Monday, February 11, 2008

INTERVIEW WITH MISSY TIPPENS and GIVEAWAY!



Hello all!

I am so pleased to introduce you to my Seeker Sister SEEKER BLOG friend and fellow Love Inspired author Missy Tippens!!'


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GIVEAWAY!

Missy is donating an autographed copy of her debut novel "Her Unlikely Family" so be sure to leave a comment, asking to be entered in the drawing for a chance to win her book.

I will draw a winner one week from today.

If you don't happen to win, this book is well-worth the price and can be purchased on www.eharlequin.com or www.steeplehill.com or www.amazon.com or any other online bookseller.

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MY REVIEW:

Missy's debut novel is FABULOUS! The characters were polar opposites yet so well-matched. I loved the quaint, endearing setting in this story. Missy writes in such a way that I was rooted in the scene and felt like I was there with the characters. I eagerly await her next book!



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Missy's BIO:

Born and raised in Kentucky, Missy met her very own hero when she headed off to grad school in Atlanta, Georgia. She promptly fell in love and hasn’t left Georgia since. She and her pastor husband have been married 20-plus years now, and have been blessed with three wonderful children along with an assortment of pets.


In L.B.C. (Life Before Children), Missy worked as a clinical microbiologist. Once she had her first baby, she retired to become a stay-at-home mom. She’s grateful to God that she was able to do that for 16 years and had the opportunity to pursue her writing during that time. Nowadays, in addition to her writing, she teaches as an adjunct instructor at a local technical college.


Missy is an award-winning writer and was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Contest. After ten years of pursuing her dream, she made her first sale of a full-length novel to Steeple Hill Love Inspired. She still pinches herself to see if it really happened! Her debut novel, Her Unlikely Family, will be released in February 2008.



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And now...presenting an exclusive interview with the author:

CONGRATS on your debut novel, Missy! What was the funnest scene to write in Her Unlikely Family?



Well, the putt-putt golf scene was really fun. I loved tormenting Michael (the hero). But I guess my favorite scene to write of any book is the happy ending. I love to write an ending with an emotional punch. I usually cry while I’m writing it! Which doesn’t sound fun, does it? LOL But I do enjoy it.



Missy, you are part of a local writers' group. How important do you think writers' groups, whether that be online or face to face, are for serious writers?


I belong to several online groups and two local groups. And I can’t imagine life without them! It would be so lonely. Plus, I’ve learned a ton about the business from my local RWA chapter, Georgia Romance Writers. In addition to that networking, though, are the personal friendships. Friendships that have lasted over years. Some of those friends are just as important to me as friends here in my town. We just don’t get to spend time together face to face.



Also, do you think it helped you in your journey to publication? If so, how so?


I credit contests and conferences with helping me get published, and I wouldn’t have had those opportunities without the groups I belong to. So thank you to all those who’ve judged my manuscripts and who’ve introduced me to their editors and agents!



If your heroine from Her Unlikely Family could give a one paragraph blurb about you, the author who fashioned her, what would she say?


Oh my! What a great, unique question. J Hmmm…


Josie speaking: Missy Tippens is a busy wife, mom, teacher and writer. She loves God, loves people, loves her church, loves to sing in the choir and play handbells, loves to hang out with friends, loves to laugh with her husband and children, and loves to hold a good book in her hands to escape all the busyness for a while. She’s also blessed by being able to create worlds in her head and to put those stories on paper.



What about the hero?


Josie speaking: He’s so uptight, so bankerly, but I kind of like him anyway. He’s a great guy, and a great uncle. And I bet he’d make a great husband someday. If we can get to our happy ending. (You’ve gotta read to find out whether or not we do!) ;)



What about the teen in your book?


Josie speaking: Lisa is so like me, a little lost soul trying to please everyone, yet wanting to be loved for who she really is. She needs some unconditional love and acceptance, and she’ll be fine. If I could just teach her uncle to do that!



What about the cat?


Josie speaking: Achoo!! That little allergenic monster! I wish Lisa would keep the thing outside, but I can’t bear to fuss at her about it. She’s gotten so attached to him.



What do you have in the works? And how can readers visit you online?


I’m working on a new story right now. I’m about halfway through a re-write. I’m hoping it’ll be the start of a series about a small Georgia town I’ve created. I’ll just have to wait and see!


I love to hear from readers! Please visit www.missytippens.com or email me at missytippens@aol.com.


Thanks, Cheryl! This has been fun.

Missy..I've had a blast too! Thanks so much for being with us today. Bloggers, don't forget to help get the word out about Missy's book. And if you haven't already, sign up for the drawing by leaving your name in the comments and your e-mail address so you can be reached if you win. It's best to leave spaces in your address so internet spiders don't phish your addy. Thanks for dropping by!


Cheryl Wyatt

26 comments:

Nora St. Laurent said...

Great to get to know another author. It sounds like a fun book. Please put me in for the drawing.
Thanks

ladystorm said...

Great Interview, was fun to read. This book sounds fun also.

Stormi
ladystorm282001@yahoo.com

Mary Connealy said...

A great interview Missy and Cheryl. You guys do good work.
I loved Her Unlikely Family. You've got to keep cranking out those books, Missy.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Missy, Her Unlikely Family was fun from page one right up until the baby threw it away...

But then I bought my own copy (not autographed, though) and sat right there with Josie, having a ball with her sense of humor.

Um, Missy, I notice you didn't mention the whole 'met-my-preacher-husband-by-the-water-cooler' story...

Yeah.

Right.

Like we're gonna believe THAT!!!!!!!

I think they actually met at a Honky Tonk...

That HAD a water cooler somewhere on the premises.

:)

Missy, great first book and great gal to interview with.

Ruthy

Janet Dean said...

Fun interview, Missy and Cheryl. I loved Her Unlikely Family! I share Josie's allergy to cats, but she's way nicer than I am. I'd never let a cat into my house.

Missy Tippens said...

Nora and Stormi, thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck in the drawing!

Mary, I'm working on cranking them out. I wish I could go as fast as you do But then I don't think you're human! :)

Ruthy, I hate the baby threw out the autographed copy! But I appreciate you getting another. I'd love to sign it next time we meet up at a conference. (And yes, dh and I met at a water fountain in the YOUTH CENTER of the CHURCH! I promise. LOL)

Janet, I'm sorry about your allergies. You'd never survive in my house of two cats, two dogs and hampster. :)

Now I'm off to have surgery on my ingrown toenail (probably TMI!). I'll check in tonight.

Missy

Missy Tippens said...

I also meant to say thank you, Cheryl, for having me on your blog today!! :)

Missy

Donna Moore said...

Wonderful interview. It sounds like a fun book. Please enter me in the drawing.

Amy said...

Please enter me in the drawing as well, it sounds wonderful!

Ausjenny said...

Great interview, Sounds like an interesting cat in the book.
I would love to win this book plese enter me.
ausjenny at gmail dot com

Julie Lessman said...

Missy's book is a great read and SOOOO romantic!! I'm 3/4 of the way done and can't wait to go to bed so I can read more.

Missy and Cheryl, what a unique interview!! Wow, Cheryl, what a cool idea to have the heroine give HER opinions, and great answers, Miss!!

And thanks for the tip about NOT putting your e-mail address in a post. DUH, I had NO idea why some people did that.

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Missy's book is a great read and SOOOO romantic!! I'm 3/4 of the way done and can't wait to go to bed so I can read more.

Missy and Cheryl, what a unique interview!! Wow, Cheryl, what a cool idea to have the heroine give HER opinions, and great answers, Miss!!

And thanks for the tip about NOT putting your e-mail address in a post. DUH, I had NO idea why some people did that.

Hugs,
Julie

Tina M. Russo said...

How do you like the whole 'create your own town' thing? That must be lots of fun.

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks Donna, Amy and Jenny for entering the contest!

And Julie, thanks for your kind words. I hope you get some time to read tonight. It's kind of fun knowing I'll be reading your book while you're reading mine! (A Passion Most Pure is sooo good!)

Tina, it is fun to create a town. But I'm writing every little thing down to keep track of who's who. I'll use that as my "bible" while writing the stories. I hope the editors like this first one so I can keep going with the others!

Missy--who's toe is still numb :)

lilac grandma said...

I would be honored to win Missy's book. Thanks Cheryl for the interview.
Blessings Melody msproule1225@gmaildotcom

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks for stopping my Cheryl's blog, Melody!

Missy

stampedwithgrace said...

sounds great, please enter me, thanks!

Lucie said...

I would love to be entered in the contest for Missy Tippens new book, "Her Unlikely Family." It's so great hearing from Missy and a little about her! Love reading these interviews with the authors!
Thank You.
~Lucie

LucieInCA (at) aol (dot) com

Hope Chastain said...

Delightful interview! It sounds like a wonderful book. Please throw my name in the hat, too! Thanks! :-)

windycindy said...

Hi, I enjoyed the interview and the book sounds like a delicious read. The cover is lovely! Please enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it!
Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Missy Tippens said...

It's great to see so many entries for the drawing! Thanks for stopping by!

Cindi, I love the cover, too! They made it look nice and homey, which is what I wanted the reader to feel when they're in the heroine's home. It was something the hero noticed, too. He wanted that sense of home.

Missy

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to reading the novel. Sounds great. It will be good to read a Kentucky-born author. I hope someday to be one.

Great interview.
Jean

Missy Tippens said...

Jean, just keep at it!

I'd love to write a book set in KY sometime. I still love driving home. It's calming to me to start seeing those rolling hills. :)

Missy

Carole said...

I enjoyed the interview and would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

cjarvis[at]bellsouth[dot]net

Karin said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you.

TK said...

Great interview, please enter me in the drawing, thanks TK. vcw1476 at gmail dot com