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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ann Tatlock and Free Books!

PhotobucketJane Morrow’s fiancé wants to end their engagement, not because he doesn’t love her, but because he was wounded and left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq.

Today we're chatting with novelist Ann Tatlock, author of Travelers Rest (Bethany House Publishers, May 2012).

PhotobucketAnn Tatlock is the Christy-award winning author of nine novels. In 2011 her novel, Promises to Keep, was named by Booklist Magazine as one of the top ten historical novels of the year. She has also authored a non-fiction eBook, Writing to a Post-Christian World.

Ann enjoys teaching at various writers conferences throughout the year. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband Bob and their daughter, Laura.

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

-- My husband and I adopted our 14-year-old daughter, Laura, from China when she was seven months old.

-- I grew up in a state that many people don’t realize actually is a state: Delaware. (A common response: “Delaware? What state is that in?”)

-- For a little more than five years, beginning in 1987, I worked as an assistant editor of “Decision” magazine, a publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

-- Forget diamonds—dogs are a girl’s best friend! We have three rescue dogs, one Mexican Chihuahua and two Chihuahua mixes. They give us endless smiles.

-- While I’m no gardener, I do plant morning glories every spring for the sheer joy of watching them bloom.

I love how your list has an overriding theme of making a positive impact, Ann. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Traveler's Rest.

PhotobucketJane Morrow’s fiancé has been wounded in Iraq and left paralyzed from the neck down. When Seth Ballantine comes home to North Carolina, he wants to break their engagement for her sake. But Jane still loves Seth and wants to keep her commitment.

Jane seeks the guidance of an aging vet and former physician, Truman Rockaway, who is nursing a decades-old heartache of his own.

Their individual journeys for answers merge and intertwine, leading them to hope and healing in a place called Travelers Rest.

What is it about Jane that will make your readers care about her?

Jane Morrow simply wants to lay her heart in a place where it won’t be broken and from which she’ll never have to take it up again. Don’t we all?

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

I would cast complete unknowns so that they could convincingly become Jane Morrow and Seth Ballantine without all the Hollywood baggage attached!

If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Glimpses of a Distant City

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

I highly recommend The Prodigal God, by Timothy Keller. It offers fresh insight into the well-known parable of the prodigal son. While many of us might not be the prodigal, we may, however, be the older brother, the one who didn’t leave, and the one who equally needed a lesson in the meaning of grace.

What are you working on now?

I’m having a fabulous time writing a story that takes place in 1931 during Prohibition. The main character is 17-year-old Eve Marryat and the setting is Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge in Mercy, Ohio. The Island is based on a real island that used to exist in the Little Miami River called Hoppe’s Island. That island was named after my great-grandfather, who owned the place. It’s a story about everyday life in a time of gangsters, bootleggers and economic depression. What’s really fun is that Al Capone makes an appearance in the book!

What a fun project! And it sounds like the book will be fun, too.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine book stores and for purchase online through the following buttons:

208101: Travelers Rest

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

If you could jump between the covers of a novel and live out the life of the main character, what book would you choose?

Thank you, Ann, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ann has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ann'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.

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Faye said...

Ms. Tatlock, I loved how you said that you adopted your daughter from China. As an adoptee myself I always think it's wonderful to hear adoption stories! Adoption is a beautiful thing.

I can totally relate with people not knowing where my state is too. As a gal from SD, the people down in Texas don't even think we exist because we are up north and not down south with them!

LOVELY interview!

crazi.swans at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

I"d like to be Cinderella....just for a while anyway!

Jo Huddleston said...

I would love to jump into Gone With The Wind, a life-long favorite book of mine. I would like to be Scarlett or at least the good side of her. She didn't seem to worry and family was important to her. Thanks for having Ann today. I've loved all of Ann's books.

Jo Huddleston said...

Ooops, didn't leave my email address.

Anonymous said...

I am from the south, in fact TX. but I have relatives who live in the North. In fact I lived in Montana and Wyoming and loved it. Ann, I have no earthly idea who I would want to be in a book. So many great characters I have loved in books. But I am happy and content with who I am so wouldn't want to change. I would love to win your book tho.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Nancee said...

Tough question! I like to have fun and I guess I would have to say I would want to be Sylvia in one of Jennifer Chiaverini's books, Elm Creek Quilts Series.

Anna said...

This story seems like a really good one! I have to read it!!!


Sonja said...

As mucg as I love Cinderella and others, I believe I would like to be a simple character that lives her life in honesty, and over comes many trials and climbs over obstacles...for that is the truth of my life... And I hope the book would show the love I have for my family, and the pride as well

squiresj said...

I think I'd like to jump into Cinderella and live like a queen. I am so tired of my life.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Abigail Richmond said...

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.

Lane Hill House said...


Anonymous said...

I couldn'think of a specific character. But it would be someone whose life was not too difficult and who has a positive outlook and is wise. It would be a woman who is surrounded by friends.

Thank you for having the drawing,the book sounds so very interesting.


Ann Tatlock said...

I'm enjoying reading your answers about which character you'd like to be. Fun!

Faye, thanks for sharing about being adopted. You look like a lovely young lady; your parents are blessed. Since I spent 17 years in Minnesota, I DO know that South Dakota is a state. We were neighbors for a while!

Lisa E. said...

I would choose to be Violet Hayes from my favorite novel -- A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin. She's a spunky, witty, and adventurous heroine from my favorite time period, the Gilded Age.


Faith Hope Cherrytea said...
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Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

if i could jump between the covers of a novel and live out the life of the main character, what book would I choose?

Jane Austen's Persuasion ;) i am Anne even when i took quiz for which JA character are you :)

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

can't believe i still forgot the email in my 2nd attempt!
faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

Soaring Eagle said...

Not sure about a specific person. But I would love to be a character from one of the Amish fiction books that I am reading or have read.


JackieW said...

That's a tough question..off hand no one character comes to mind...I would have to read a lot of books to find someone like that...arn't we all living a book? Everyone has a story...maybe it's not written down anywhere but it's there. I'll be content to finish my story.

JOYE said...

Enjoyed reading your blog today. Thanks for the info on your book..it is one I think I would enjoy reading. I"ve yet to find any character whose life I'd like to live.



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