Friday, April 8, 2016

Feature Friday Author Tanya Eavenson and Her Book "Restored"

I’m pleased to introduce Author Tanya Eavenson to Feature Friday.

Tanya Eavenson enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and writes for Christ to the World Ministries.

Tanya, where can you be found online?

Where can readers purchase Restored?


Barnes & Noble:

Restored Back Jacket: Sometimes love arrives when you least expect it.
Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his cancer prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past—to the woman who once stole his heart. Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a way through her family's grief, never suspecting a man from her past might offer hope for her future. But how can there be a future when he's only come to kiss her and says good-bye?

Tell us a few things about yourself some folks may not know, Tanya. Oh, goodness, that’s hard! =) How about the fact I never wanted to write. Never cared to write until I was older and felt the Lord calling me. I remember my husband leaving for a mission trip and there I was, typing away at the keys with a burden to share a story I had no idea where it would be heading. This was the beginning of my Unending Love series.

How about one more fact, Tanya? Let’s see… The first novel I wrote was entitled LIVE BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT. This story was actually the beginning of the Unending Love series, but honestly, the book will never be published because it wasn’t very good. The second novel originally in the series became the first. Unconditional was published in 2013. Restored was published just last month.

Great! Two books to your credit. What gives you the most satisfaction in your writing—besides "The End," that is? My favorite part of writing, is just writing the story. I love seeing my characters come alive.

What do you hope readers will take away from Restored? I hope readers will take away the fact God is our hope, our comfort, and our fortress. He is faithful--when those tough times come, and they will, He will never leave us. He is the One who gives us hope, a future, and a peace that transcends all understanding.

I dedicated Restored to those whose faith is shaken. To anyone who is searching. To anyone who needs to believe in the impossible. For as Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

This is wonderful and truth, Tanya! Is this book’s setting based on a real place? Yes, Miami and Monticello are both real places I used as settings in Restored. I added fictional people and events, but I love how it all came together as Steven and Elizabeth journeyed from one location to the other.

What was your inspiration for Restored? I believe the Lord called me to write. Several years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and it was a defining moment, not only dealing with my cancer prognosis, but asking the Lord if He truly called me to write as I thought or was I mistaken. But through the fears and searching for God’s direction, I learned He did indeed place this desire to write on my heart and no matter what I was facing in my life, that didn’t diminish His call. I’m inspired by the Lord to write inspirational Christian fiction, so people may know the love of Christ. To know the depth He will go to have a relationship with us. And though we struggle, He uses us, He uses people like me, the ordinary, to do out of the ordinary things. Unexpected things—like writing.

Oh, I love this, Tanya, and a Sister in Christ! What do you have in store for the year of 2016? I’m changing gears from Contemporary to Historical Romance. I’m working on a series of novels set in the late 1800’s. The first novel in the ALL ROADS LEAD TO TEXAS series is called The Rescue which will be releasing this fall! Each heroine has circumstances that will drive them to a small town in Texas. This series has been such an adventure to write, and I’m looking forward to introducing them to my readers.

Wow, Tanya, all the research you have to do for writing historical! I admire you. Thank you for joining us here on Feature Friday.

Until next time . . . read Tanya’s Unconditional and Restored!

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