Thursday, April 7, 2011

with Missy Tippens

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Missy!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

Life before writing was so long ago I can hardly remember it! :) First, I worked as a microbiologist, then I became a stay-at-home mom for about 16 years and wrote during that time. All the while, I was a big reader. The reading was what led to the writing. I had stories swirling around in my head all the time. But I wasn’t dedicated enough to write them on paper until we got our first computer in 1995. Then I went crazy and wrote my first novel in 2 months—writing at night, one-handed, while nursing my second child. :)

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I guess most difficult was the fact it took almost 12 years to sell my first novel. I nearly gave up at least two times. But God gave me encouragement and confirmations along the way, so I stuck with it. After making the first sale to Love Inspired, I realized it happened in His perfect timing. I wouldn’t have been ready earlier.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I love to read debut novels. A few that I’ve read recently and really enjoyed are Tina Radcliffe’s The Rancher’s Reunion, Audra Harder’s Rocky Mountain Hero, and Lindi Peterson’s Her Best Catch. Right now, I’m reading Janet Dean’s Wanted: A Family and just love it (although it’s not a debut).

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Gabe, the hero in A Family for Faith, was inspired by a single father with a daughter who I watched interact on a flight home from a conference in D.C. The man was trying to put a hair bow in his little daughter’s hair and just couldn’t get it. He struggled but persisted. I started wondering how a single father might deal with all the girl things he had to face while that daughter hit the teen years. I imagined my own husband trying to raise our children (one a daughter) on his own. That fascinated me and made me want to write the story of a widower dad with a daughter about to hit thirteen. I loved throwing things at him. :)

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Right now I’m on a low carb diet, so I guess anything with real sugar would thrill me at the moment! LOL My favorite, though, is brownies. I would share a recipe, but I have to admit I always make them from a mix. The most popular in my household is the Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate brownie mix. Now, excuse me while I go eat a celery stick.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’d probably laugh and end up being eaten by the monster because I’d assume it was one of my teenage children trying to pull a trick on me! Yes, I’m gullible, and they torment their ol’ mom. :)

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
I’ve had three favorite moments in my life: the birth of my three children. The joy following each birth was indescribable. Each one was a miraculous blessing.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Dealing with my piles (of mail, books, laundry…you name it) that seem to grow exponentially! Especially when a book deadline draws near. I’m a piler, and my husband is a filer, so I tend to drive him crazy. :)

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I’ve found two themes that keep coming up in my writing. One is forgiveness (of others and of ourselves). And another is looking for someone who’ll love us for who we really are (and finding that love in God.) I think writers tend to write about themes that are important to them. Things they’ve dealt with in their own lives. I’d recommend writers figuring this out and using those themes to help them write something they’re passionate about.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
I recently finished Beth Moore’s study, Breaking Free. One thing that really spoke to me in the study is my need to find the things that keep me from fully enjoying all the benefits of a relationship with God. I’m much more aware, now, of things that keep me from living fully in Christ.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m finishing the final polishing right now on a Love Inspired book due April 15. It’s titled A House Full of Hope and will be out in February. Here’s the one-line description:

A widowed mom of four who's put her life on hold until her kids are grown finds hope of love in the most unlikely of places when the former bad boy who ruined her sister returns to town seeking redemption.

You can purchase A Family for Faith from Amazon.

Missy is giving away a copy of A Family for Faith. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

Please add my name to the list of those who want this book. Thanks!

Mona said...

I would love to win this book. I also sometimes wonder how hubby would fare as a single father to our daughter(turning 6 in June).

Joanne Sher said...

Enter me please :)

Jackie S. said...

Please enter me .....would love to read this book!!!

apple blossom said...

love the love inspired books please include me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Marianne said...

i would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance Missy and Esther, and the interview. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Arizona

Charity said...

I really like the sound of this book:) Please enter me. Thanks!

Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love Missy's books...and would love this one

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Maureen said...

I would love to read this book!

Leanne said...

I so want to read this book!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

Jo said...

Sounds interesting. Please enter me.


Kari Linder said...

Looks like a cute read! Would love a chance to win!
Kari in Oregon

windycindy said...

I am looking forward to her Love
Inspired book due out this month!
Thanks, Cindi

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks to all of you for entering! I've been buried under a book deadline or would have stopped by earlier! :)

Missy Tippens said...

Mona, I used to worry about it when my daughter was young. Then one day I came home, and he was on the front porch having a tea party with her. The sweetest thing I'd ever seen! That put my mind at ease. :)

Katy said...

Ohh, please enter me! This looks like a neat book. Cute cover!

~ Katy

Charity U said...

Please enter me in this great giveaway!

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