Highlighted in Working Mother Magazine as a top read for holiday travel! Be sure to put Tina Ann Forkner’s award-winning novel, Waking Up Joy, on your 2016 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.
Besides writing fiction, I’m also a mom/stepmom to three teenagers who all have their driver’s licenses. Since you’ve obviously been a teenager at some point, you can easily guess at just how handy and stressful that situation is for me, so enough said about that. I have great kids and am so blessed to have all three of them in my life.
I am also a substitute teacher in Cheyenne, Wyoming where my husband and I live, work, and play. I’ve lived in Wyoming for more than seventeen years and a part of me has easily become a Wyoming girl, but I have to admit that another part of me will always reside in the South.
I grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma right in the corners of Missouri and Arkansas, so while some of my earlier novels are about the wine country of California where I lived for a time, my later novels are becoming more and more about the South. Taking a look at my list of published novels, you might ask where the Wyoming side of me is in all this fiction. Well, a couple of my mystery author friends have that covered, but I do have to admit that the story of the American Cowboy is stronger here in Wyoming than anywhere else, so it’s no surprise that I finally gave in and let a cowboy have a big role in my upcoming Southern novel.
I just received word that my next novel, The Real Thing (The one with the cowboy), is already available for pre-order as an ebook. It releases in digital and print the first week of April. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to bring this Southern story to you. I’ll be posting about that more and more as it gets closer.
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
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.”
“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
“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
“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
“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
About Tina Ann Forkner:
Tina Ann Forkner 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 The Real Thing from Tina in the Spring of 2016.
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 smalltown 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 in Cheyenne with her husband, three teens, and two spoiled dogs.
Tina is a proud member of Tall Poppy Writers and is involved in Women Fiction Writers Association and several other writing organizations. 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. 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.
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Contact: tina @tinaannforkner. com