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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Interview with Author Terri Tiffany and Giveaway!

Twenty-year-old Bobbi Snow is more at home behind an easel than on the golf green. After all, being a pro golfer was her twin brother’s goal and her father’s obsession. But when Bobbi’s careless accident causes a fire that leaves her brother crippled, she’s determined to dust off her clubs and follow his dream. Playing the hero might be the only way to save her splintering family. Maybe then her father will forgive her. But can she ever forgive herself?

Today, I want to introduce you to a super talented author - Terri Tiffany!

I met Terri online through blogging. If you need some encouragement, hope, or inspiration, make sure to stop by Terri's blog. Her open and honest approach of her writing journey is refreshing. She also has a love for photography. 

Terri is repped by Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency.

Terri's debut novel - The Mulligan - was released earlier this month on February 6th. Please welcome Terri, and let's help her celebrate this milestone on her writing journey.

And yep, I don't see any rafflecopters, so we are also doing an old fashioned giveaway.

THE GIVEAWAY - Terri has generously offered to give away a copy of The Mulligan., and I'm throwing in a Starbucks gift card to one lucky winner. To be entered in the drawing, all you have to do is answer Terri's question at the end of the interview. Answer in the comment section. For those who have trouble commenting on Blogger, leave your answer on Terri's Author Facebook Page - and while you stop in, don't forget to "like" her Author Page! The winner of Terri's book and the gift card will be drawn at random next Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 9pm CDT, by Terri, and will be announced in a post, right here, on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Let's Chat!

Welcome Terri! I’m so glad you are here today to talk about your debut novel, The Mulligan.

Thank you for having me today. I've never done a blog interview before about my book so I'm excited to share with your readers. 

I'm so honored to be the first blog interview, Terri! So how long have you been writing? Is this your first novel? 
This is not my first novel. I think it's my seventh and I have two more written in the wings. I started writing back in the 90s for publication but stopped after one novel and one rejection. Then I got serious in 2005 and started writing non-fiction with some success. That's when I also wrote my second novel and began learning fiction.
In your own words, tell us a bit about The Mulligan. What is the inspiration behind the novel?
When my husband lost his job in 2007, he attended a golf college to learn a new skill. We were surprised when one lone female attended too with all those men. She intrigued me and I began to wonder about her life and why she'd put herself through such a situation. The Mulligan was born from that inspiration. 
Is there a sequel or series planned?
Not for the Mulligan. I was able to write a prologue which I think neatly gave a good ending. 
They say that there is a bit of each of us in all of our characters. Which character in the book is most like you, and why?
That's so true. Bobbi, the main character, struggles with the same issues I do. Wanting to take our own path and not wait on God to show us his plans for our life.I am also a fixer. I think that comes from my counseling background. When someone has a problem, I want to find a quick way to fix it, not wait and see what God can do. My husband attending golf college is a good example. He needed a new skill and I suggested going there before searching other options. But God used that choice still, like he does all our choices for good or bad. I learned about golf and was able to sell my first book. My husband also has a great hobby but is back working in his original field.

Love that last answer. So now, what do you read for enjoyment?
I read  a lot of women's fiction and mostly contemporary works. Jodi Pecoult, Robin Jones Gunn, Billy Coffey (Love his work!)and a little Stephen King.

I must ask—what is your favorite writing snack or drink?
Funny you ask that. I just bought a new computer and I promised myself I would not eat at the keyboard. I'm not sure how long that commitment will last. But normally I munch on crackers. 
I'm a cracker muncher too. Well, it's been a real fun chat, Terri! Thanks for stopping in!
Thank you so much for having me!


Now, Terri will ask you a question, and she will give away a signed copy of The Mulligan to one lucky commenter –  and don't forget, I'm throwing in a Starbucks gift card.

Take it away Terri…

My main character in The Mulligan is torn between her passion to paint and her love for her brother. Was there ever a career you wished you'd followed but instead chose something else?

Oooh, great question! 

Author Terri Tiffany

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Loree Huebner
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Victoria Lindstrom said...

I do have a career I wish I'd followed earlier, Terri: Writing. My first path steered me in the direction of Dental Hygiene. Thankfully, several years ago, I was allowed to pursue my true passion. Congratulations on your new novel!

Terri Tiffany said...

Victoria-I'm so glad you were able to write! I was a MH counselor for years and dreamed about writing but sometimes we have to do what we have to do!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Loree: I love Terri, too--she is one of the sweetest writer friends I have, and I am uber happy over her success! I'd love to win a print copy of The Mulligan and a Starbucks card!

Teri: I studied opera in high school and sometimes wish I'd gone down that path, but I'm also glad I chose to go to Bible college, where I met my wonderful husband.


Susan said...

That was a nice interview, Loree. Terri is a wonderful blogger and writer. I'm so happy for her new book being published!

I always wanted to write but then moved into human services, always keeping a hand in the writing.

If I were to do my life over, I think I would have continued in journalism full time. Susan

Terri Tiffany said...

Opera? That is so cool! I have heard you sing and I think you are good!

Terri Tiffany said...

I wish I had too Susan. You are also a great photographer!

Loree Huebner said...

All very interesting answers, ladies.

I will put in my two cents here.

I've worn many hats in my life.

Sometimes I wish I pursued my love of the earth sciences. I loved Geology, Meteorology, and Astronomy - I still do. I loved the earth and the sky that God had made, and wanted to know all about it when I was young. I studied these things on my own and thought seriously about going into one of those fields - probably meteorology - but it was not meant to be my path.

What I do know, and discovered recently is that they all have led me to writing in a way. When revising recently, I could see the time that I had spent studying those sciences has made me a better writer when certain things were called upon - I knew about them. I don't have to do extensive research, and I'm able to describe and incorporate the sky, stars, wind, storms, weather, the earth, the land, mountains, deserts, nature, etc. into my stories with incredible ease.

I still star gaze and have an awesome telescope hubby bought me for Christmas a few years back. I still collect rocks and study them. One thing I think I would like to do is storm chase sometime. I would love to see a real Kansas tornado.

Such a great question, Terri.

Vicki, Jeanette, and Susan, thanks for stopping by!!

So great to hear everyone's answers.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Congrats on your new book, Terri! I've already bought it, so don't enter me in the giveaway.

My career path has always been in the secretarial/administrative assistant field. In many ways it prepared me for the writing I love so much.

Terri Tiffany said...

Thank you Susan for buying my book! I hope you enjoy it!

Carmen said...

I know I have a kindle version of your book, but I prefer to hold an actual book while reading. Just an old fashioned girl, I guess. In answer to your question, I always wanted to be a stewardess, but somehow wound up in the banking industry. I think my life would have been so interesting as a stewardess. The places I could go, the people I would meet and just the change of worldview. Banking seems rather boring in comparison! In the end, I raised 4 boys and became a SAHM anyway, and that's the best job a mother could have! Still -- it would have been fun to be a stewardess. :)

Lin Floyd said...

I started out teaching dance in college but when I got divorced and moved away from California, I started a new career of elementary teaching to be home more with my family.

Heidi Willis said...

Congrats on the publication, Terri! I know this has been a long road!

Right after I got married, I played around with the idea of law school. My father had told me all my life that I should be a lawyer, but by the time I could go to law school, I knew I was going to have kids, and I knew if I had kids, I'd want to stay home with them. Then I'd either feel like I was wasting my degree (and all that money!) or feel pulled to go back to work when the kids were still little. I don't ever regret that decision - I still think it was the right one for me - but I do wonder what it would have been like to go down that path. As the kids have gotten older, I miss having that feeling of a career that gives me purpose.

I already have the book, so I'll leave the free book for someone who doesn't have it yet. :)

Terri Tiffany said...

A lawyer...I once wanted that too!! Thank you for buying the book!

Carol Riggs said...

Tons of congrats to you, Terri, and how fun to read the interview! Thanks for featuring her, Loree! I don't need to be entered because I bought the book yesterday--and am really looking forward to reading it. :)