26 May 2008

Interview with Missy Tippens and giveaway

Interview with Missy Tippens Author of

Her Unlikely Family

Firstly thanks for agreeing to this interview

Thanks for having me, Jenny!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I’m a pastor’s wife and mom of 3 children. We live in Georgia in the US. I teach part-time at a local technical college and stay pretty busy with church activities. My dream came true last year when I made my first sale to Steeple Hill Love Inspired, and just this past week sold my second book to them! :)

How did you know you wanted to be a writer, have you always had the desire or did it come later?

I always enjoyed writing during high school and college. Well, let me clarify. I enjoyed creative writing. Not research papers! :) I also liked to read romance novels, and when we got our first computer in 2005, I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing one.

If you were not a writer what would you like to be?

Well, I’m formerly a microbiologist, so I imagine I would be pursuing that again. (I was a stay-at-home mom for 16 years and wrote during 13 of those years.) If I hadn’t ever sold, I guess I would be trying to get re-certified to work in the hospital again.

What was you motivation for writing Her Unlikely Family?

I had a what-if idea: What if a stuffy banker gets thrown together with a flirty waitress? Then I brainstormed it from there. It was a lot of fun to write!

How do you come up with the characters for your books and are they modeled on people you know?

No, they’re not modeled after anyone I know. I always fear people seeing themselves in the book, so am pretty careful. But I do learn by observing people I know and by analyzing them and their actions. (If any friends are reading this, don’t let this worry you!) LOL

What was the Hardest part of writing "Her Unlikely family"?

The hardest part was revising it after critiques to get it in good enough shape to submit it to the editor. I always enjoy writing the first draft, but going through a manuscript again and again… and again… gets tedious. It takes a lot of patience to read something about 20 times! :)

Did you have a favourite scene in this story?I love the last scene before the epilogue. (I won’t give any spoilers.) I had been able to picture that scene from the very beginning, and it was emotional for me to write. I love it when writing makes me cry! I figure that’s a good thing. :)

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?

As I mentioned earlier, I just sold my second manuscript to Steeple Hill! I have a tentative release date of July 2009. This one takes place in a small fictional town in Georgia. It’s about a hunky but somewhat geeky physics professor who returns home and finds he’s starting to fall in love again with his high school crush.

How can readers find you on the web?

www.missytippens.com and www.lifewithmissy.blogspot.com

Do you have any final thoughts for us?

I would love to give away a copy of my book! Anyone who comments today will have her/his name put in a drawing for a copy of Her Unlikely Family. Thanks for having me today, Jenny!

Thanks Missy for the give away and for giving up your time for us.

remember to leave a comment to win a copy of Her Unlikely Family, this giveaway is open to all readers. Entries close midnight aussie time Monday June 2.


Missy Tippens said...

Hi, Jenny! Thanks for posting the interview!

I hope you've had a great weekend.


Danna T. said...

Great Interview! I love being inspired by other writer's stories. Can't wait to read Her Unlikely Family! Best wishes and blessings for continued success.


kamewh said...

Please enter me :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Jessica said...

I already have it so don't enter me. Jenny, I didn't know you had a blog! So cool.
Thanks for the interview, Missy. Anyone who's in the drawing, you won't be disappointed. I loved this story.

Janet Dean said...

Missy, For some reason I struggle to 'see' you as a microbiologist. But I sure see you as a terrific writer. I can't wait to read your second book!

Kari said...

Please add my entry to the giveaway, thank you!!

Shirley Kiger Connolly said...

I loved the interview cuz I love getting to know my friends a little better. Please enter me. I would also LOVE one of Missy's book.
Thanks a bunch and a Blessed Memorial Day to you both!
Shirley Connolly

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks, Danna and Kamewh! Jessica, I appreciate the kind words!

Janet, it's been so long since I've worked as a microbiologist, I tend to forget, too. I imagine the field has changed like crazy! :)

Hi, Kari and Shirley! Thanks so much for stopping by.


Toystory said...

Wow...sounds good. Please enter me.

Rel said...

Enjoyed the interview, Jenny and Missy :)

Tina M. Russo said...

I am so excited to go down under and visit Missy on Jenny's blog. Terrific interview. Are we having blooming onions after the book signing???

Ausjenny said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by I had a lot of fun with Missy doing the Interview. I do appreciate the time she took to do it for us.

Tina, Im lost whats this about blooming Onions?????????

Kat Bryan said...

I really enjoyed the interview with Missy. Please enter me in the contest.

Jewelz said...

I'd love to read this book!
Please enter me.
joyfuljewelz (at) gmail.com

Missy Tippens said...

Toystory and Rel, so glad you stopped by!

Tina, sounds yummy to me! LOL

Jenny, a blooming onion is a fried onion you can get at Outback Steakhouse--a US restaurant. :)They slice it but somehow keep it together at the core, then they dip it in batter and fry it. You pull off the "petals" and dip them in a sauce before eating. It's really, really good!

Missy Tippens said...

Kat and Jewlz, thanks for commenting! I'm glad you stopped by for the interview!


Alexis said...

It sounds like a great book! I sure enjoyed the interview Jenny...and Missy. Count me in the draw please.

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks for stopping by, Alexis!


ChristyJan said...

What an interesting interview! HER UNLIKELY FAMILY sounds like a wonderful read.

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks, ChristyJan! I hope you'll get a chance to read it. :)


Wyn said...

Hi Jenny, you do great interviews. Thanks for posting them here and providing this service.

Your friend

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading Missy's book. Great interview! Please put my name in the drawing.

Missy Tippens said...

Hi, Wyndy and Ann. So glad you dropped by to read the interview!


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