2015 HOLT Award of Merit Recipient ~ Romantic Elements, Waking Up Joy
Highlighted in Working Mother Magazine as a top read for holiday travel! Be sure to put Waking Up Joy at the top of your list of Summer reads.
Dear Readers —
Waking Up Joy is my latest novel. It is different from my first two books in that they were based in California while ‘Joy’ is set in the Southern/Midwestern region. While this change in direction might have surprised some people, those who knew me best simply said, “It’s about time.”
I like to write about places I have spent a significant amount of time in. I wrote about this over at Southern Writers Magazine Suite T if you want to check it out, but suffice it to say that in writing Waking Up Joy, I went back to my Oklahoma roots because it was time. I wrote even more about this over at Women’s Fiction Writers for Amy Sue Nathan, who just happens to be the editor of Waking Up Joy.
I have had the opportunity to travel and live in different places in my life including England, California, and for the past 17 years I’ve lived in Wyoming where I met my husband, Albert and have been raising our family. These adventures have enriched my writing and no doubt even Wyoming will find its way into my stories someday, but no matter how far I get from Oklahoma where I was born and raised, that’s where my heart stays.
So much of ‘Waking Up Joy’ is fiction, but my friends from Oklahoma say there is much that rings true about the quirky little town of Spavinaw Junction. If you haven’t discovered it, I encourage you to get a copy and enjoy it this summer with a glass of sweet iced tea.
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 her latest novel Waking Up Joy (Tule). Keep an eye out for more from Tina in the Spring/Summer of 2015.
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 Vanilla Latte.
Before making her way to Wyoming, Tina grew up in small-town Colcord, Oklahoma, moved for a time to England, and eventually to Sacramento where she graduated with honors in English from Sac State. She now 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
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Representation: Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary Agency
Contact: tina @tinaannforkner. com