Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Interview with Tanya Stowe, Author of Tender Touch

Joining us today is Tanya Stowe, author of Tender Touch. Tanya has had an eclectic career in market research, arts education and event coordination. She has written for the real estate industry, television, publicity firms and national publications. Her first novel, Time’s Embrace, a time-travel adventure, was released in the United States in 1993 and internationally released in 1995. Most recently Tanya contributed to a collection of women’s survival stories titled, "Triumph! The Beautiful Face of Courage" and collaborated on her first full-length play, a Christmas musical titled "The Night Before Christmas."

Tanya has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1992. She’s taught at writing conferences and numerous workshops as well as seminars and conferences throughout California. On her blog, Creative Writing Forces, she blogs about all things writing. Follow the workshops, classes and ups and downs of writing at www.creativewritingforces.blogspot.com.
Tanya has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-seven years. They have four children and seventeen grandchildren.

Welcome to The Book Connection, Tanya. It's wonderful to have you here. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My husband was an Air Force brat. He lived all over the world, including Japan and Germany. I was born in Colorado and lived there until I was 11 years old.

We figured out that we were in Colorado about one hundred miles apart for about a year before he went to live in Germany. Then we both ended up in California and became high school sweethearts. Thirty plus years later, we’re going to travel again but this time together!

When did you begin writing?

I started writing in junior high because I didn’t like how my favorite television stories ended so I rewrote them in my head to my satisfaction. Finally I decided I could start the stories too, so I wrote my first book. I only stopped writing long enough to have my babies. When the fourth child was about three, I started writing again and never stopped.

What is the inspiration behind Tender Touch?

The inspiration for Tender Touch came shortly after I started writing again. My husband needed to go back to school. He worked and went to school full time so I was basically a single parent with four rambunctious children. My sister decided to help me out and planned a trip in her motor home through the California gold country. I loved the quaint towns we saw and I wondered how they survived after the gold ran out. It took me a long time to figure out why Lacy, my heroine, was living as a recluse on a mountain above a gold mining town.

What is one of the challenges you deal with as a writer?

I have a hard time with my characters. No matter how many character charts or interviews I do, I can’t get a handle on my characters until I write their story. I have to sit down and start writing. I have to let the characters play before I get a feel for them. And sometimes when I come to a dead stop, I know it’s because I’m making the character do something that isn’t right for them. When that happens, I know I finally have a realistic character. I couldn’t find the real Lacy for a long time. I had her as an early environmentalist, abused, multiple back stories and none worked until I finally realized she needed to be a healer.

What is Lacy's story?

She’s graced with the gift of healing. She can save strangers…even those undeserving…yet fails to save her mother. Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart? With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most…Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?

Where can readers purchase a copy of Tender Touch?

Readers can purchase Tender Touch online through my publisher, White Rose Publishing, http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/. The website also has other fabulous stories to download and a great reader’s loop!

Is there anything you would like to add?

I’m running a contest on my website, http://www.tanyastowe.com/, titled God’s Healing Touch. I love stories about God working in our lives so I’m looking for short, 2 paragraph submissions about His healing, mental or physical, in your life. The winner will receive a lovely handmade necklace and I’m going to post the story on my blog, http://www.creativewritingforces.blogpsot.com/ in February. In between all the interviews, signings and contests for Tender Touch, I’m working on the story of two secondary characters. Alex and Penny have a heart wrenching story of their own to tell. I hope to finish Tender Trust sometime in the spring … before I head over for our big adventure in the Middle East!

Thanks for spending time with us today, Tanya. We wish you continued success and safe journeys.


Michelle V said...

Wow. Tender Touch looks like a beautiful story!

CarlybirdK said...

Tonya - Tender Touch sounds like such a nice story, I just had to buy it for my Kindle. I really enjoyed the interview, especially the part about how you started writing. Thank you :-)

Ellen said...

This sounds like a book I need to read. Definitely my cup of tea. Thanks for sharing!

terri.forehand said...

This book sounds like it will be a favorite. Always good to read how God works in the lives of characters and in life. Blessings.


Suzanne Lieurance said...


I can identify with your problems getting to know your characters. I too conduct character interviews and make up character profiles before I start writing. But it's only once I start to get into the actual story that the characters seem to come alive to me, and then I'm able to bring them to life for my readers (at least I hope I do), too.

Happy writing!

Donna B said...

Great interview, Tonya, and this sounds like a wonderful story! I really can't wait to read it!

I agree with you about characters, too. I can't second guess mine and get to know them before I write. Even when I do, they always have surprises for me.

Mary Manners said...

Hey Tanya,

I absolutely love your author photo, and the post is great. What a story, too!

Marianne Evans said...

I'm a fan of Tanya's, and can highly recommend! Pick up Tender Touch. You won't be disappointed!

Morgan Mandel said...

What a cute cover!
You have a very unique heroine in Tender Touch. The premise of the story sounds great, with all that conflict involved. What will she do? I'm guessing the right thing.

Morgan Mandel

Delia Latham said...

I love, love, love the cover of this book - and the story sounds absolutely riveting! Can't wait to get a chance to see what happens with Lacy and Royce!

April said...

What a wonderful interview! Tonya, you sound like such a delightful person! I have to say that I adore the beautiful cover on Tender Touch and the story sounds amazing!!!

Rebecca Camarena said...

I like your book cover and your characters sound great.

Mayra Calvani said...

Sounds like a lovely book and I love the cover.

Turning the Clock Back said...

That sounds like such a touching, heart warming story! Thanks so much for sharing!

LoRee Peery said...

Tender Touch is on my e-reader, waiting its turn. I went to school with a boy named Royce, the only other time I've ever seen that name. Best wishes for the next one.

Tanya Stowe said...

Thanks all for your wonderfull comments! I hope you guys enjoy the book as much I enjoyed writing it! The story was so much a part of my life for so long, it's good to talk about it again. I'm traveling, in Tucson, right now and my computer died a week ago. I had a hard time connecting but I'm so glad I made it!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. so wonderful to see you all here.

Tanya, I finally corrected the spelling of your first name. Darn reading glasses. Wishing you much success with your book and prayers for a safe journey home.


Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Nice interview, Cheryl.

Tanya, I enjoyed reading about your adventures and your family. You book sounds like one I would enjoy. Congratulations and best wishes to you.