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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tyora Moody and Free Books!

Photobucket"Why does God keep taking away the people I love?"

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of An Amish Family Reunion, by Mary Ellis, is:

lubell1106@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Tyora Moody, author of When Rain Falls (Victory Gospel Series, Book 1, Urban Christian, March 2012).

PhotobucketTyora Moody's debut novel, When Rain Falls, is the first book in the Victory Gospel series. She owns and operates TywebbinCreations.com, a design and marketing company. Her company's niche is assisting authors with branding and developing an online presence.

Tyora served as a judge for the Christy Awards for three years. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I love coffee.

--I’m a cat-lover.

--I’m a “cookie monster.”

--I enjoy reading comic strips every morning.

--I graduated from Clemson University.

How is that for randomness and the use of the letter “C.” Yes, I’m a geek and love it! LOL!

Very Cool and Clever, Tyora!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of When Rain Falls.

PhotobucketCandace Johnson grew up traumatized by the death of her mother due to a domestic violence incident that turned tragic. Now a widow and the single mother of two teens, Candace struggles with yet another tragedy - her best friend’s murder.

Struck by an obsessive urge to seek justice, Candace sets out along with help from Detective Darnell Jackson to find her friend’s killer. Unfortunately, the killer has eyes set on Candace. She is going to have to look past her tragedies and totally trust God with her own life.

What is it about Candace and Darnell that will make your readers care about them?

I think anyone can relate to my main characters, Candace Johnson and Detective Darnell Jackson. Both of these individuals have suffered and deal with loss which is a common part of life. Candace has suffered extensive loss of loved ones due to violent crimes. The first question that may come to anybody's mind is why? Candace struggles with her faith as she ponders this question.

Darnell is a homicide detective who deals with the consequences of violent crimes on a daily basis. He’s also been struggling with the loss of a relationship. Divorce is often equated to death since individuals lose a significant other and often hopes and dreams.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

Great question and a hard one too!

PhotobucketI think I would choose “Angela Bassett” to play Candace Johnson.



PhotobucketAnd “Idris Elba” to play Detective Darnell Jackson.



Recently a friend gave me a book that provides links to online music meant to accompany the story at specific points in the plot. I thought that was an interesting idea. If you were to choose a song to be played somewhere within your story, what song would it be?

Trish, you are a great interviewer. Another question to make me really think. LOL!

I think a really appropriate song would be “Yesterday” by Mary Mary. Through our pain and tears, we need to trust in the Lord. He knows best and will send us the Comforter to provide strength as we heal.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I’m a small business owner so I tend to read more nonfiction especially when I’m writing fiction. I’m currently reading The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the second book in the Victory Gospel Series. The next book in the series, When Memories Fade, will bring back a few of the characters from When Rain Falls. It’s been nice to be reunite with familiar characters and get to know new ones.

Where else can readers find you online?

Visitors can find me online at:
www.tyoramoody.com
Facebook
Twitter

The book can be found in fine bookstores and can be purchased online via these buttons:




Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I’m curious to know if any of your readers have also asked a similar question to what Candace has asked. "Why does God keep taking away the people I love?"

How can you encourage someone who has experienced loss without sounding cliche? Remember loss can come in various forms (death, divorce, broken relationship, unemployment, etc.)

Thank you, Tyora, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Tyora has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Tyora's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Donna Crow, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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12 comments:

Tyora Moody said...

Trish,

Thank you for interviewing me about my debut novel, When Rain Falls. I really enjoyed your questions. They were fun!

squiresj said...

I am not asking the question "why does God take away the people I love" but I am asking the question, "Why do I ask God to take illness away from my family members and pray for each one by name only to have to learn someone else is sick. It hurts to learn my 1 year old grandson has fifth disease." After I was up all night pleading with God to heal my family and take sickness away from them all. Why dosn't he answer?

jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Maurice Gray said...

I think everybody asks Candace's question "Why does God take away the people I love?" at some point. It's natural when you lose more than one person close to you in a short period of time. We went through a season of death at my church a few years back- in the months before and after my mother died, it seemed like every week there was another homegoing service for another member of the church I knew well. My question then was more like "Why all these folks now?" It's during times like that when you really learn to lean on God.

Marianne said...

A close friend lost her husband about 12 years ago, leaving her with a 10 year old son, a 5 year old daughter and a six month son. Two years ago she lost her oldest son - 21 years old. Both tragically, suddenly. Why, God? And yet she is the strongest Christian, carrying on being strong for her family, including her folks. i would love to read this novel. mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

Loss is a part of death, just as birth is. I have lost my only brother and mother and it was
only four months apart! One does
learn to go on in life, but I
believe that we are forever changed
when we lose the people we love...
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Judy said...

When I was going through a divorce of 25 years I couldn't understand why God didn't make it all better. He did..just not the way I had hoped for. Instead, he gave me so much more!! When my second husband died of a brain tumor. I cried out..God why didn't you hear my prayers and heal my husband..he did it just wasn't an earthly healing. When my Mom died 4 weeks ago today..I once again prayed for healing while she laid in the hospital bed...he healed her. He took her to Heaven so she could breath deeply and healed her completely of all her physical ailments. I share my stories to others that have had losses. God does hear our prayers! God does answer our prayers! God's time and God's Will...not ours!

Praying for continued success with your books. I would love to win a copy of "When Rain Falls". Thanks for a great interview and giveawy.

Blessings!
Judy
judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

apple blossom said...

I think just by being there for the person is most important sometimes no words are needed.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jennifer said...

God tells us we are all going to die and that we need to be ready because we don't know when our time is. We live in a broken world and I lean heavily on God and his word. Proverbs 3:5&6 helps me, especially when my sister and I took care of my dad a week before he died of cancer, to not lean on my own understanding. I'm so grateful that God allowed me that last chance to be with my dad.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Apple Blossom is right-no words are needed. And sometimes, we can't find the right words anyway. However, a hug always seems to be comforting.

That question about why loved ones are taken away hasn't been something I asked God about. But
when there was an extremely difficult situation which I couldn't seem to handle correctly, that was my constant why to God. Why that problem occurred I don't know, and I don't know the answer, but he always answers. We just don't always understand what he was telling us.

jeanereads(at)sbcglobal{dot}net

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your interview of Tyora Moody. In answer to her question, no, I've not really asked that question.
But I have lost many and it is always hard. Also hard to know what to say to comfort someone during their loss, except just let them know you are there for them and that you care. Maxie Anderson (mac262@me.com )

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Tyora, Congratulations on your Debut Book "When Rain Falls". I have added to my wish list. Great interview.
I would ask "Why is my son the one that has an addiction problem?" Of the 30 nieces, nephews, cousins, their children etc. why my son. I keep praying for God to help him overcome his addiction.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

beemama said...

I have loved some wonderful people in my life that have gone on to be with the Lord. I miss them terribly, but can truthfully say that there were few occasions with I asked the question of Why to their deaths. They are home now and at peace.
Shirley
beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

 

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