I am so delighted to introduce you today to author Teresa Tysinger!
Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.
Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, made me smile for all the right reasons.
Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person.
On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.
Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project—and an undeniable whirlwind romance.
But it’s not all smooth sailing.
Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts to discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?
Hi sweet lady! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Teresa: Apples, because I hate dealing with sticky orange peels.
Carrie: Amen to that!
Teresa: Winter, because I hate sweating.
Carrie: We are clearly kindred spirits 🙂
Teresa: Dogs, only because we have a dog and she’s the best (I have nothing against cats!)
Carrie: Don’t tell Zuzu but I have nothing against cats either.
Teresa: Coffee, if hot, tea if cold.
Carrie: Makes sense!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Teresa: Able to change moods in a single bound? Haha! I’m incredibly sensitive and emotional. But I like to at least try and use my power for good and not evil by being empathetic and encouraging to others.
Carrie: LOL! Those qualities (empathy, encouragement, sensitivity) are rare anymore. Sometimes superpowers ARE a choice 🙂
Which books are ‘on your nightstand’?
True to You by Becky Wade (finished it recently and it’s already in the running for my favorite of the year!)
The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson
The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist
Carrie: I completely agree with you about True To You – such a fabulous book. And I loved The Hideaway too!
If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Teresa: Ooooh, what an interesting question! I think they’ve probably uttered any of the following under their breaths or to one another:
“She does know she left us here, hanging, doesn’t she?”
“Really, another coffee break?”
“Please stop putting words in my mouth then taking them back!”
Ha! I think my characters probably think I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants author who writes by trial and error. I’ll draft a scene that I’ve been mulling over, then might decide it doesn’t work or feel right for the character, so I’ll scrap it. My characters, I imagine, see me as easily distracted by writing the physical description of a scene – the sights, sounds, smells, feels of the place. It might make my characters feel neglected sometimes, so they have to work at reigning me back in. Overall, though, I hope they’d say I’m thoughtful and hardworking at my stories.
Carrie: LOL! I love it! And I can tell you ARE thoughtful and hardworking because Someplace Familiar is stellar!
In Someplace Familiar, Livy Johnson and Jack Bowdon are childhood friends/crushes who are unexpectedly reunited. Do you have a friend from childhood you wish you could see again?
Teresa: I do have one friend who would be fun to see again. Though I’m happily married for fifteen years, I’d love to see if my first childhood crush remembers his connection to my love for reading. James and I were in the same fourth grade class. He read Charlotte’s Web to me under a big tree at recess for a few weeks. Be still my book-lover’s heart! The following school year, we attended separate schools and I haven’t seen him since. The memories are sweet!
Carrie: Oh my goodness! How sweet! That belongs in a book!
Laurel Cove, North Carolina, is the setting for Someplace Familiar. Describe Laurel Cove for us. What (and who) will we find there when we read your series?
Teresa: Laurel Cove is inspired by Burnsville, NC – the hometown of my best friend from college. I spent many a weekend there with her parents. The photo above is the view from her parents’ front porch.
In Laurel Cove you’ll find views like this one, of rolling hills and far away mountain peaks. You’ll experience the slow pace of a one-stoplight town, rocking chair porch chats, cool summer breezes, bubbling brooks, and lightning bugs. The people are curious of newcomers but generally hospitable, friendly, and ready to extend a welcoming handshake. They’re salt of the earth folks – teachers, small business owners, farmers, and dreamers. Hopefully, Laurel Cove invites you to sit a while, relax, and make new friends.
Carrie: Gorgeous view! I loved my visit to Laurel Cove and I’m ready for the return trip 🙂
What do you most want readers to take away from Someplace Familiar ?
Teresa: My draw to writing comes from my own experience as a flawed person saved by the grace of God, freely given and way more than I deserve. I hope my stories convey that despite our troubles, mistakes, poor choices, and disappointments, God not only has the ability but also the loving desire to see his people thrive in lives of hope and love. He’s a God of second chances. My prayer is that readers will find within Someplace Familiar an example of new beginnings restored from this grace.
Carrie: “He’s a God of second chances.” Yes. Amen.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Teresa: Thanks so much for having me, Carrie! I’ve already begun sketching out book two in the Laurel Cove Romance series, Someone Forgotten. My goal is to have the first draft completed by the end of the summer! I’m not quite ready to make promises on its release date, but stay tuned!
Carrie: YAY! So excited to read it!
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What about you? Is there a childhood friend you would like to reconnect with?