Friday, October 03, 2014

SUNDAY MORNING SONG - Tia McCollors - One Free Book

Welcome back, Tia. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I like to write books about people who would be my friends. They are usually women of faith who face trials but overcome them because of their relationship with God. Not only do I want my novels to entertain, but I want them to inspire. I’ve always said that I write for God (to spread the gospel), for my grandmother (if she can read it then I know I’ve done a great job) and for my children (to leave a legacy).

Good measuring sticks for our novels, Tia. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Definitely the birth of my children. Each was a unique experience that gave me and my husband such overwhelming joy. I know I’m a writer, but the words escape me. It’s hard to explain … and that’s the best kind of happy!

How has being published changed your life?
I came from the world of public relations so I had daily interactions with people. Being published is such a solitary career when you’re in the actual writing process. That’s why I absolutely love the times when I get to connect with readers. I’m sure I’ve met more people that I otherwise wouldn’t have crossed paths with.

What are you reading right now?
These days it seems I’m reading more of my children’s homework and projects than anything else. But when I finally get to crawl into bed with a book these last few nights I’ve been reading a book titled Gone by Mo Hayder. I saw it on the display in my local library so I thought I’d try it out since it was an author I’ve never read.

What is your current work in progress?
It’s untitled for now, but it’s the third book of the Days of Grace series. This series has a romantic undertone so of course the book centers around a relationship. Here’s a little about it:

Rae Stevens is a journalist at heart though she’s currently a love and relationships columnist/blogger and inspirational speaker. She’s beautiful and known locally by many, and also part of the town gossip since she was recently dumped by her even more popular boyfriend, the local news sportscaster.

Due to a staff shortage at the city’s budget-strapped newspaper, Rae’s editor assigns her to write feature stories. Her first assignment is to cover baseball standout Malachi Burke. Malachi has returned to his hometown to spend time with his grandmother whose memory is slipping away due to dementia. He’s also on leave from his major league baseball team after suffering recurring shoulder injuries.

Rae’s heart is guarded, but Malachi is intrigued with Rae from the first time he laid eyes on her. That of course, is the making of a new romance!

What would be your dream vacation?
If I can ever get over my fear of flying long distance (4 hours in the air is enough for me), I wouldn’t mind visiting Italy. I’ve heard such great things about it and would love to immerse myself in the culture.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
They are usually places that I know well or have visited. Most of my books have been in the Atlanta area, and since there are so many different pockets of life and different kinds of communities in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs, it makes it easy to find interesting places. My current series is based in Greensboro, North Carolina – my hometown.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
First Lady Michelle Obama because she carries herself with such grace, wisdom, and knowledge. It seems like she’s raised well-rounded children (even before her husband’s term as president), but I’d be even more intrigued to glean from her business experience.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Organizing. I like to make shabby and disorganized spaces into tidy and functional places!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time and discipline! Oh, that’s two! But most of the time they go hand in hand.

When I want to overcome it, I leave my house and find a quiet corner or conference room in the library. I put my writing on my day’s schedule and try not to veer from it.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write, write, and write some more! The more you writer, the better of a writer you will become. Practice makes perfect.

Tell us about the featured book.
Quinn Montgomery has been under the abusive hand of her husband for ten years until one final incident changes it all. Now that she’s moved to a new city and is ready to start a new life with her son, being in a relationship is the last thought on Quinn’s mind. When she’s pulled over for speeding by Officer Leviticus Gray she doesn’t expect for their lives to cross paths again. When they do, Officer Gray sets out to put a new song in Quinn’s once broken heart.

It sounds interesting. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you so much, Tia, for sharing this new book with us.

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Sunday Morning Song -
Sunday Morning Song (Days of Grace) - Amazon
Sunday Morning Song (Days Of Grace) - Kindle

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Deanna Stevens said...

Would love to read & find out if she gets a new song in her heart :)
d stevens Nebraska

Anonymous said...

My younger sister would love to read this book.
J.C. -Indiana-

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting! Love trying new authors! Shelia from MS

Granny's Attic said...

This is a new author for me. I am looking forward to reading this work. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com in Ohio

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela in The Bluegraa state.

Mary Preston said...

I love to be organised too. I'm in the middle of my spring clean.

I like the sound of this story.

Mary P


Deanna Stevens said...

Sunday Morning Song is an interesting title. dk stevens, SE NEBR

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel...

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

Perfect Sunday morning to enter for this book - "Sunday Morning Song."
Beth from IA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

kec200 said...

Wonderful interview! Will add to my TBR file. Just returned from ATL area. Was in Jonesboro for a small family reunion. And I'm originally from Burlington, NC!

Kathy from Wendell, NC