Please join me in welcoming Tari Faris to the blog today to chat about her new novel Until I Met You!
Tari Faris loves romance and considers it a gift to get to write about it for a living. She released her debut novel, You Belong with Me in 2019 and a follow up novel Until I Met You in 2020. When she is not writing or working for My Book Therapy, she spends time with her amazing husband and kids. In her free time, she loves coffee, rockhounding with her husband and kids, and distracting herself from housework. You can connect with her at www.tarifaris.com
UNTIL I MET YOU
SERIES: Restoring Heritage #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2020
When she hears that the small town of Heritage, Michigan, is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a storage closet stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans.
All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished so he can do right by the family business and then extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town’s new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints–and possibly even his heart?
Novelist Tari Faris invites you back to the small town with a big heart in this second book in the Restoring Heritage series.
Hi Tari! Welcome to the blog!
Tari: Oranges – unless it is dry or sour. Nothing worse than a bad orange but then again there is nothing better than a good orange.
Carrie: I love the smell of oranges but sadly I’m allergic to them so it’s apples for me (which I also love the smell of lol)
Tari: Winter – I love everything cozy. Fireplaces, blankets, sweaters, and fuzzy socks. Also, the summer in Arizona is like living in your oven so Winter is when we can get outside.
Carrie: “I love everything cozy” – yes! me too! And winter is the perfect time for all things cozy 🙂
Tari: Coffee – I love the idea of tea. The pot, the cups, the smell, the flavors, and so much. But Coffee is necessary to my day. I am an addict, I’ll admit it. Tea is a rare treat, but coffee is a staple of my life.
Carrie: I love the idea of both coffee & tea but unfortunately I’ve never grown to love the taste of either haha
Tari: Mountains – I am not much of a sand person, but I love the quiet outdoors. I also love camping and getting away to the quiet, which is much easier to do in the mountains.
Carrie: I don’t love camping but I DO love the mountains!!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Tari: The Spreadsheet Queen – Probably not the answer for most authors, but I do love my spreadsheets. And not just the spreadsheets, but the formulas that I create to report the data just right. (One formula I created was over 100 character long) I know it is nerdy, but I think it keeps the writer side of my brain balanced.
Carrie: hahaha i love it! My book sister Beth from Faithfully Bookish is a spreadsheet queen too 🙂
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Tari: Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia – Also being the youngest of four kids I could really identify with Lucy. Her struggle to be heard, the desire to be like the older siblings, and true affection for Aslan. I loved how we saw her grow from the start of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to the end of the series. My favorite quote of all the series is:
“You mean,” said Lucy rather faintly, “that it would have turned out all right — somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?”
“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.”
“Oh dear,” said Lucy.
“But anyone can find out what will happen,” said Aslan.
–Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, page 142
The older I get, the more mistakes I am aware of that I make and yet this quote reminds me that I can always choose better. Nate (the pastor of Heritage) actually gives a rough quote of this interaction of Aslan and Lucy in Until I Met You. Just love it so much.
Carrie: I adore Lucy & Narnia. Such timely words for the season we’re all living through too…
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Tari: It may sound strange, but that would be my closet. I have a walk-in closet that had just a little extra room so put a chair there when my kids were little to escape to write. When my kids grew, I moved it out because I had time when they were away at school. But during COVID and everyone was home, I moved it back and I love it. It is my do not disturb place keeping out my family as well my to-do-list brain. In the closet I truly escape into another world with no distractions.
Carrie: haha that’s awesome!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Until I Met You, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Tari: I am definitely a plotter. That being said sometimes my characters like to take the wheel. For example, I knew most of Libby’s journey, but it wasn’t until the very end when the Corrie ten Boom quote came out in the epiphany that it fully came together. I had to go back and weave the The Hiding Place naturally into the book so it so the epiphany would have the most impact.
Carrie: another of my fave books!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in Until I Met You?
Tari: Yes – funny you should ask because no one has ever asked me that before. I hide two things. First, the number 247. Why? I don’t know. When asked to pick a number it is usually one of these three numbers. So, When I had to put a number in the book guess what I chose. Although surprisingly I didn’t put it in You Belong with Me and there were two opportunities. But it does show up in Until I Met You and it will show up in the next book. Who knows, maybe it will show up in a future novel as well. The other thing I hide is my friend’s names in the book, usually an obscure character with their last name. Just a fun thing for some of my childhood friends to find if they read it.
Carrie: oh how fun!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Until I Met You & why do you love it?
Tari: “But a life without grace for others’ mistakes ends up being a pretty lonely life.” – I think I love this quote because it is something we all struggle with. I am constantly reminding myself to have grace for my kids, grace for my husband, grace for myself. Because I will not have the opportunity to speak truth if I don’t speak grace first. And Jesus is such an example of grace – always taking me back. Why should I expect to do less?
Carrie: really wise reminder!!
Tari: The third Restoring Heritage Novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, comes out with Revell in the Fall of 2021. I am so excited to share with you Jon and Leah’s story as well as revisit so many of our beloved well-known characters of heritage. And it will finally be revealed . . .(dramatic pause) . . . how Otis moves.
But if you don’t want to wait that long for your next Heritage fix, I will be releasing a Heritage Novella November 5th, While It Was Snowing. It is a Christmas story and romantic tale of the “night reader” that we all fell in love with in Until I Met You.
Revell Books is offering a print copy of Until I Met You by Tari Faris to THREE of my readers! This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Until I Met You by Tari Faris?