A Full Interview with Tonya

Tonya's Family

Tell me about yourself. What are your favorite books to read?

I only read Women’s Christian Fiction. I have an Amazon Kindle subscription, and I love supporting authors who are just beginning or haven’t quite made it to the “Karen Kingsbury” level of popularity yet. We all start somewhere, and supporting those who are just getting started is important to me.

When did you decide you were going to write a book?

July 7, 2017. I found myself with lot of idle time on my hands, since the kids were grown and on their own, and I asked God to fill that idle time. I asked Him to give me a purpose in something that would change lives, including my own. That’s when He began filling my mind with images and characters, and I strongly felt Him telling me to write not just one book, but a three-book series. I never fussed and whined about it, and I never stomped my feet in protest. I just did what He told me to do. I haven’t written any outlines for any of the books. Instead, I just sit down, put my hands on the keyboard, and let Him tell the story for me. When I say that “Ivory Shores” is a page-turner, it is for me as well! God has been so faithful in this journey, and it has brought me into a deeper relationship with Him.

How did you come up with the name of your books?

I knew the book series would mostly take place on a fictional beach. Along with a row of six pastel cottages built along the shoreline, I pictured white sands, hence the title “Ivory Shores.”

What advice would you give other authors?

Do it. Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from writing. Don’t worry if you think others won’t like your work. It’s not about them; it’s about fulfilling a passion that God has given you. Also, make sure you have at least two really great editors! 

Melanie & Savannah - Two Really Great Editors

Do you plan on making more books in the future?

Absolutely, if the Lord gives me another story to tell!

Did you go to college to be a writer?

No, I never went to college. I started working full-time right out of high school, got married, had babies, and have been a homemaker ever since. I always enjoyed writing poems and short stories during my childhood and teen years, so I wasn’t surprised when that passion and gift came full circle later in my adult years.