I’m going to take a break from my Thankful Alphabet in March and introduce you to some new books by some wonderful authors. Today I’d like to you to meet one of my very dearest friends and critique partners, Tanya Eavenson. She is the author of the inspiring contemporary fiction Unconditional and its brand-new sequel, Restored.
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Tell us about Restored.
Restored is the second book in the Unending Love series and it has taken me about six years to write. Not that it was difficult, I mean, it’s a story I wanted to write, one I knew I could write, but something was missing.
Four years ago, Carole and I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and during the conference, she and I discussed Restored. We came up with different plots, but nothing felt right. Months later I was diagnosed with cancer and I began a journey I didn’t want to be on. I stuffed this novel away and almost gave up on God’s call to write. But as time passed, and God began to work on my heart through my cancer. I struggled, but I continued to write. This is where Steven’s story was born. Restored is a story about lost love being given a second chance when you least expect it.
Give us the backcover of the book.
Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his cancer prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past—to the woman who once stole his heart.
Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a way through her family’s grief, never suspecting a man from her past might offer hope for her future.
But how can there be a future when he’s only come to kiss her and say good-bye?
Share the first page of Restored.
Elizabeth ran her fingers down the wooden handrail along the stairs, glancing at the ornate clock on the mantle. “Not much longer now.” Her heart pounded with excitement as her gaze moved to the framed picture beside the clock and settled on her husband’s handsome face. Warmth flowed through her as she lifted the portrait with its silver frame. Chris had just tackled their son, Luke, with the football in the front yard when she snapped the picture. She touched the glass over Chris’s blond hair. His hazel eyes peered up at her. She smiled. It still amazed her how their lives had changed throughout the years, coming back from the brink of divorce to discovering what unconditional love truly meant. What they meant to each other.
“Two hours and you’ll be home,” she breathed. This mission trip to Goma, Africa, kept Chris away for several weeks this time, but now it was time for him to come home to stay.
She closed her eyes, envisioning Chris’s arms around her. Tonight, she’d drink in the words of love she’d missed before she fell asleep every evening, the feel of his body next to hers.
She smiled and pressed a hand against her flat belly. “Yes, Daddy will be home soon. Won’t he be surprised?” The chime of the doorbell broke through her thoughts.
She set the frame down and hurried to open the front door. Elizabeth smiled at her sister and brother-in-law. “Hey, why did you ring the doorbell? You could have come right in.” She halted. Something in their expressions made her heart race. “Where’s Luke?” she asked her sister.
Sam’s mouth opened, but no words came out. She grabbed Phillip’s arm as if she needed support.
Moisture filled Phillip’s eyes. “There’s been an accident. They tried to call. We tried to call.”
“Lizzy.” Her sister moved to her side.
Elizabeth couldn’t breathe. No, God, no. Please, God, I can’t take losing another child. “Where is he, Sam? Where’s Luke?”
Phillip cleared his throat. “Luke is fine. He’s with Mom.”
Elizabeth glanced between them, not understanding. “But you said there was an accident…that they tried to call—”
“My brother…” Phillip’s voice broke and a tear ran down his face. “Elizabeth, there’s been a plane crash.”
What’s next after Restored?
I’m changing gears from Contemporary to Historical Romance. I’m working on a series of novels set in the late 1800’s. The first novel in the All Roads Lead to Texas series is called The Rescue and it will be releasing this fall!
If time and money did not enter in the equation, what would be your dream?
This might come as a shock to some people, but I’d love to have a four-bedroom home with a wraparound porch in the middle of nowhere. A few acres made into a lake and not too far from the house so we can fish. Perhaps that is why I included this image within Restored. =)
What three things are you most thankful for in your life that others might think silly?
Coffee. Books. Chocolate.
What is your favorite season of the year? Why?
Oh, I love the Christmas season! The decorating, the smells, the sparkling lights, but most importantly why I love it so much is that it’s a special time to worship the Lord in remembrance for Him sending His Son, and to be thankful to Jesus who came as a babe. A wonderful time of the year that represents love and grace.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
1. I can’t remember people’s names to save my life, but I can always remember a face and where we’ve met.
2. My favorite show to date is still “I Love Lucy”.
3. I love to play card games and board games.
4. Did I mention books, chocolate, and coffee? =)
5. I love Twitter! (If you’re on Twitter, give me a shout-out!)
Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I’d have to say that every character has a piece of me within them whether it’s something the character likes or dislikes, a physical attribute, or even a journey of spiritual growth. In Restored, I see myself in Steven as he deals with his cancer. Truly, it wasn’t until I dealt with my cancer and fears that Steven came alive.
How do you organize your writing day? How many hours per day writing? Use a word count to determine when to stop? Just write until you drop?
As a writer, I heard time and time again that I needed to write every day to be successful. I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t meet that goal. It took two years fighting with this idea when I finally gave up. So I decided to do something different, I set a word count goal each week, and it’s worked. Some weeks I write 2,000 words and others 5,000 depending on what’s going on during the week. Flexibility is the key for my writing success.
What do you love about writing?
I love coming up with stories, the characters, the situations they put themselves in, and the conflict they have to live through. When I sit down to write my first draft there is such a satisfaction that I can’t begin to explain, but I love seeing everything come together.
What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?
My strengths as a writer… I guess I will have to say what I’ve been told, and that is my stories have great plots and great emotion. Personally, I’d have to say perseverance is my overall strength. Through my cancer I‘ve learned to never give up. And as to my weaknesses? My kryptonite is grammar! Thank goodness for critique partners and editors! =)
Tanya Eavenson is an inspirational romance author who enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries. You can find her on her Website, and on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. You can buy her books on Amazon.