Dear Readers –
The release of my third novel, Waking Up Joy, is coming up fast, but publication this time around has been hard-won, which makes finally being able to share it with you that much sweeter. I’m thrilled and grateful to my publisher Tule Publishing Group for welcoming Waking Up Joy as Women’s Fiction into their Southern Born line of books, right alongside some amazing novelists, including Kim Boykin, Erika Marks, Jane Porter, and many others who make me star struck to think about sharing a publisher with. I also got to work with editor Amy Sue Nathan. I’ve known her for a long time, but having her work on my book with Tule was amazing.
As for being Southern Born, as many of you know, I live in Wyoming, but you may not know that I was raised in Oklahoma where my roots still run deep in the corner of Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. This is the region that inspired Joy’s story. Growing up in that rural area between Green Country and the Ozarks was an experience that has shaped who I am, although I have only just started to write about that region in my books. Most of Oklahoma is considered Midwest, but growing up on the eastern side of the state is a little more South by Midwest, which is why you’ll find so many Southern things about Waking Up Joy. If you just can’t wait to find out more, be sure to click on the tab dedicated to Waking Up Joy on this blog or check it out over on Goodreads.
I want to thank you, my readers, for being my biggest encouragers of all. Your letters, emails, and messages telling me you were waiting for me to write another book kept me believing that there was a readership for Waking Up Joy. You all are amazing. An author couldn’t ask for more in the way of readers and friends.
So here’s to bringing you Waking Up Joy on October 8th, 2014. And of course, my first two novels, Ruby Among Us and Rose House, are still available from Random House.
Thanks for visiting and be sure to keep in touch.
Tina Ann Forkner writes women’s fiction. She is the author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House (Random House), as well as a forthcoming novel Waking Up Joy (Tule)
When not writing, Tina is a substitute teacher who loves sharing her appreciation of reading and writing with children and teens. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and hiking in the great outdoors, is (still) learning to knit scarves, trying to cut back on caffeine, and not much makes her happier than an extra-large mocha.
Before making her way to Wyoming, Tina grew up in small-town Oklahoma, moved for a time to England, and eventually to Sacramento where she graduated with honors in English from Sac State. She makes her home in Cheyenne with her husband, three teens, and two spoiled dogs.
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. She volunteers with her church’s youth group and likes to be involved in various volunteer roles when she isn’t on a deadline.
Tina’s articles and essays have appeared in various publications, including Homecoming Magazine and around the blogosphere. She is also a poet at heart, having had poems published in small press literary journals, including the Sacramento Poetry Center’s journal, Poetry Now, under the pen name Tina Linde, and has had columns appear in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle under the same pen name.
What people are saying about Tina’s writing:
“Tina Ann Forkner takes us on a hilarious yet emotionally demanding adventure in Waking Up Joy. The free-spirited Joy has an unforgettable voice that puts us solidly on her side, no matter how unconventional her choices. Waking Up Joy is a rollicking ride.” ~ Susan Schoenberger, Author of The Virtues of Oxygen
“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
“Readers will not want this story to end.” – Awarded 4 1/2 Stars in praise for Ruby Among Us from Romantic Times Book Reviews
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Representation: Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary Agency
Contact: tina @tinaannforkner. com