Dear Readers –
When Waking Up Joy was first released, I was excited, but admittedly a little bit nervous to be moving my focus to the Midwestern/Southern part of the United States after writing about California, but it has been a fantastic experience.
I’m grateful for my readers who gave ‘Joy” a chance and have stayed with me, and I’m thrilled to “meet” all the new readers who have discoverd the quirky little town of Spavinaw Junciton.
If you are new here, I wish you happy reading!
Here are a few things people are saying about ‘Joy':
Working Mother Magazine listed Waking Up Joy as one of 7 Super Reads for Holiday Travel.
Library Journal highlighted Waking Up Joy and said, “One title that should appeal to those crossover women’s fiction readers is Waking Up Joy (Tule, Oct.), by Tina Ann Forkner. When the adored town spinster ends up in a coma and is shocked by the conversations she overhears about herself while down for the count, she is determined to fix things. Joy must face the past—and her failed romances—in order to embrace a brighter future.”
What other authors are saying:
“Tina Forkner is an insightful, engaging storyteller. If you’re a fan of Jodi Picoult, you won’t be disappointed.” ~ Susan Meissner
“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
“The wit, wisdom, humor, and real-life escapades of Joy will keep the reader guessing and turning pages to the satisfying conclusion. Thoroughly captivating!” ~ Chris Fabry
“…Waking Up Joy will enchant you with its lively prose and heartfelt humor.” ~ Carla Stewart, Author
“Tina Forkner has penned a delightful novel, a heartfelt story filled with quirky characters, family secrets and lost love.” ~ Kellie Coates Gilbert, Author
“Tina’s humor and dialogue makes this novel a treat to read.” ~ Alice J. Wisler, Author
“Reading Forkner feels like coming home.” ~ Gina Holmes
I’m so excited to bring you Waking Up Joy! Read more about Joy by going to the ‘Waking Up Joy’ tab on this blog or by visiting your favorite online store.
About the Author:
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.
More Praise for Tina’s Books:
“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
“Tina Ann Forkner has created a remarkable cast of characters in the Talleys. The wit, wisdom, humor, and real-life escapades of Joy will keep the reader guessing and turning pages to the satisfying conclusion. Thoroughly captivating!” ~ Chris Fabry, award-winning author of June Bug
“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
Keep up to date on Tina’s book news and more by signing up for her newsletter.
Representation: Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary Agency
Contact: tina @tinaannforkner. com