Add The Real Thing to your Summer Reading List:
“A heartwarming–and heartwrenching–story of moving on, The Real Thing deftly explores stepfamilies and Alzheimer’s disease with plenty of intrigue and a healthy helping of romance. Tina Ann Forkner weaves a tale of love, loss, overcoming fears and, best of all, discovering what it really means to be a cowgirl.” ~Kristy Woodson Harvey, Author of Slightly South of Simple
Also, highlighted in Working Mother Magazine as a top read for holiday travel, be sure to put #1 Amazon Best Selling Author Tina Ann Forkner’s award-winning novel, Waking Up Joy, on your reading list.
Dear Readers —
I’m so glad you decided to stop by! This is where you can learn more about my novels, as well as a little bit more about me.
My story isn’t all that miraculous, but it’s a story of hard work and perseverance. I think my story proves that an author can come from any background. I’m a mom of three college-age students, I have a Bachelor Degree from Sacramento State, and am a substitute teacher in beautiful Cheyenne, Wyoming where my husband and I live, work, and play. I’ve lived in a lot of beautiful places from Oklahoma, to the United Kingdom, to California, but Wyoming is definitely one of those rugged states that becomes even more beautiful as time goes by.
I like to say that I’m a proud Wyoming girl with a Southern heart. After two decades of Wyoming living, a part of me has easily become a proud Wyoming girl, but I have to admit that another part of me will always reside in the South/Midwest where I grew up. I was raised in a small town with very humble, and amazing, parents in Northeastern Oklahoma right in the three corners of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, so I still consider that gorgeous area between Green Country and the lower Ozarks my other home.
Going to college wasn’t the most popular path in rural Oklahoma when I graduated from high school, but a hand full of us did it anyway. My parents always encouraged me to have big dreams, and frankly, they didn’t give me a choice about college. I started at Northeastern State University in Tahlequa, Oklahoma before taking a detour, but I promised my parents I’d return to college someday. It took a long time and I attended more than one college before ultimately settling at Sacramento State. I finally graduated from college ten years after my high school graduation, and I’m grateful.
A lot of people might not think kids from small towns have big dreams, but they do, and I did. If you are a teen or parent of someone who wants to be a writer, or even something else, just know that Ivy League educations are worth pursuing, but there is nothing wrong with state colleges. Take the educational path that can get you where you want to go, one step at a time. All dreams matter so don’t let anyone ever make you doubt yourself.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find something for your reading lists as you explore the site and my blog.
Praise for Tina’s Novels:
2015 HOLT Award of Merit Recipient ~ Romantic Elements, Waking Up Joy
#1 Amazon Best Selling Novel – Ruby Among Us
Awarded 4 1/2 Stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews – Ruby Among Us
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.”
“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, Recording Artist
“A wonderfully-paced weave of compelling characters dealing with buried secrets and second chances within the framework of a flawed but fascinating family. Tina Forkner is an insightful, engaging storyteller. If you’re a fan of Jodi Picoult, you won’t be disappointed.” ~ Susan Meissner, author of A Fall of Marigolds
“A heartwarming—and heart wrenching—story of moving on, The Real Thing deftly explores stepfamilies and Alzheimer’s disease with plenty of intrigue and a healthy helping of romance. Tina Ann Forkner weaves a tale of love, loss, overcoming fears and, best of all, discovering what it really means to be a cowgirl.” ~Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love
“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
“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, author of June Bug
“Like its heroine, Tina Ann Forkner’s latest is sweet, wild, and a little bit crazy, with a loving heart that shines on every page.” ~ Joanne Kennedy, author of How to Wrangle a Cowboy
More About Tina:
Tina Ann Forkner is the author of Waking Up Joy, which was a 2015 recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit for Romantic Elements, as well as her novels The Real Thing, Ruby Among Us, Rose House, and Nashville by Heart. She lives in Wyoming with her husband and has three college-age children. Tina is a proud member of Tall Poppy Writers, works as a substitute teacher, and enjoys traveling, hiking, and fishing.
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 Sacramento State. She now makes her home with her husband in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she has lived for two decades.
Tina is a member of Tall Poppy Writers, Women Fiction Writers Association, Wyoming Writers, Inc., and the Author’s Guild. She 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 is also a freelance writer. Her articles and essays have appeared in various publications, including PopSugar, and around the blogosphere under her real name and some pen names. 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.
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Contact: tina @tinaannforkner. com