Dear Readers –
Welcome to my website. It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since my first novel, RUBY AMONG US, was published. Since then, I’ve had another novel published, ROSE HOUSE, and while I don’t own a mansion and I haven’t had time to sit around drinking umbrella drinks by the pool (I live in Wyoming, so time has not been the only factor), being a published author has been a wonderful experience.
I haven’t won any awards or made the NYT bestseller list, although an endorsement from Jordin Sparks was exciting for me and impressive to my kids. We are kind of sheltered here in Wyoming, so that kind of thing is exciting to us!
And, yes! Jordin Sparks really did read my book! (I’ve been accused of being friends with her and that’s how I got the endorsement, but I assure you I’m not lucky enough to know her. I wish!) Still think it’s too good to be true? Well, the favorable endorsement is inside the cover of RUBY AMONG US if you want to verify. (Right about now, you might be asking,”Is this just a ploy, Tina, to try to get me to buy the book?” Maybe, but do you blame me? Wouldn’t you do the same thing?)
Of course, having a famous person endorse your book (I’ve also had other famous endorsers) doesn’t mean it will sell millions of copies, but it does give an author an extra paragraph to include on the About the Author page of their website.
The truth is, aside from my celebrity endorsement from Jordin Sparks being one of my crown achievements (Okay, maybe the only crown achievement), I’ve been living a pretty mundane life as an author. It’s not glamorous, but it has afforded me the opportunity to be around my kids more, meet a lot of amazing people (mostly not the famous variety, but amazing just the same), and the good feeling of knowing that the words I have written have inspired some people and entertained others.
God bless you and thanks for stopping by.
P.S. Here is the big endorsement!
Reading is a passion of mine, and when I find myself identifying with the characters, anxious to get to the next page to find answers to my questions, I know I’m into a good book! The daughter-mother-grandmother theme in Ruby Among Us pulled me in. Wonderful story-telling. -Jordin Sparks Music Artist & 2007 American Idol Winner.
About the Author:
Tina Ann Forkner is the author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House (Random House/Waterbrook). Ruby Among Us earned 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Book Review and was chosen as a Faith Point book club selection for Books-a-Million. Tina’s second novel, Rose House, was described by Faithfulreader.com (Bookreporter.com) as “a lovely rendering of working through grief and learning to live fully again, despite the abiding wounds of loss.”
Tina has a passion for libraries and served on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors in Wyoming for six years holding various offices including Foundation President. Tina has had articles and essays appear in various publications, including the popular gospel music publication, Homecoming Magazine.
Tina grew up in Oklahoma before moving to England and eventually to Sacramento where she graduated with honors from Sac State. Tina is a substitute teacher and is now settled in Wyoming where she lives with her husband, three bright children, and two loveable dogs.
Tina has presented at writing conferences and speaks to women’s groups and book clubs about the writing journey, blended families, and themes related to her novels.
Representation: Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary Agency
Visit Tina’s Blogs: Random Ramblings
Reviews of Tina’s Writing:
Faithfulreader.com (Rose House)
Romantic Times Book Reviews (Ruby Among Us)
Learn More About Tina’s work at these Links:
Book Clubs: If your club is reading Rose House or Ruby Among Us, thank you! If you would like to have Tina visit or call your club, simply email for an appointment.
Email: atforkner@ yahoo.com