How did you become a writer?
I can remember writing short stories in high school and college, but it seemed to be something I grew out of mainly because I started to pursue more on my love for design. The desire to birth a story returned in 2006. With my surprise, this was more than a short story but a novel. LOL!
It took me until the end of 2008 before I had a draft I really liked. In 2010, Tiffany L. Warren offered pitch sessions at the Faith and Fiction Retreat (check it out this year in Texas at http://faithandfictionretreat.com/). I decided to go and I prepared the query letters and proposals about a week before attending. On the day of the pitch, I sat in front of four editors with my heart on my sleeve and talked about the story that had been apart of my life since 2006. It took a few months to hear back from anyone. There were two rejections, but December 2010 was an answer to a prayer. I’m deeply grateful to finally being able to share the story in When Rain Falls with readers.
Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
In 2006, these characters popped into my head at a time in my life when I was seeking new direction. Once I got a small glimpse into their background, I wanted to know more. I think they were created from the internal turmoil that I was going through at the time. Writing has always been a way for me to express myself, so I wrapped my questions and pain into these characters and worked hard to develop the story.
What are you hoping readers take from your book?
When Rain Fall is the first book in the Victory Gospel Series. The series introduces women whose pasts insist on walking beside them like a maddening visitor, unwilling to depart. Through a series of twists and life-altering experiences, these women learn victory over pain truly only comes in developing a deep trust in God. I pray that for any readers who are currently experiencing the same struggle.
If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
Wow! I don’t know. I cover some deep issues in When Rain Falls like death, grief, loss, domestic violence, revenge, etc. Not too controversial, but more of what you would see on the 6:00/11:00 news or your favorite crime show. I’m open to whatever stories come to me. My goal is that the glory of God’s presence is highlighted far above any trials, tribulations or controversy. There is nothing to hard for God.
Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
Well, I started out like most writers by writing what came to me. That didn’t work out to well for me. LOL! A few author friends described to me how they used outlines. With my analytical brain, an outline was the best thing for my writing process especially since I write mysteries. I spend quite a bit of time researching and developing an outline. Now just because I outline that doesn’t mean there is no flexibility. After I start writing the scenes, sometimes I will see visually how one scenes works better earlier or later in the timeline.
What is your favorite genre of books?
Definitely mystery and suspense. I do enjoy women’s fiction.
Are you an avid or occasional reader?
I used to be more of an avid reader, now with my schedule I read occasionally. I wish I could read as many books as I used to in a month.
What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
1. I’m a social media enthusiast! Love some Facebook and Twitter.
2. I like to say I’m not a big TV watcher, but I have some shows if I miss them during the week. I’m definitely catching up on the weekend. Thank goodness for on-demand. LOL!
If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
I think I have already had the privilege to interview some of my favorite authors which include Sharon Ewell Foster, Stacy Hawkins Adams, Tia McCollors, Wanda B. Campbell, Rhonda McKnight and Claudia Mair Burney. Over the past 12 years, I have mainly worked with authors to assist them with branding and developing an online presence via my company Tywebbin Creations. As an avid bookworm, I have two book blogs, Christian Bookworm Reviews (est. 2004) and Written Voices Blog (est 2006).
What is or was your dream job?
I feel really blessed. For the majority of my adult life, I have mainly worked as a web developer and a graphic designer which I enjoy doing.
What new projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on the second book in the Victory Gospel Series. The next book in the series, When Memories Fade, will bring back a few of the characters from When Rain Falls. It’s been nice to be reunited with these characters and get to know new ones. This novel will be released March 2013.
Where can readers find you?
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“Why does God keep taking away the people I love?”
This is the lamentation of widow CANDACE JOHNSON when her best friend is brutally murdered. Ensnared by a deep-rooted bitterness, seeping her faith day by day, Candace is determined to seek justice.
Detective Darnell Jackson is in need of clues fast. The police captain is coming down hard on him and his partner to find out who murdered Pamela Coleman, the daughter of a high profile judge. Darnell confers with Candace to get the inside track on events leading up to the murder. As the investigation heats up, his growing attraction for Candace plays havoc on Darnell’s judgment.
Little does she know, Candace’s quest to find the truth has led her straight to the killer. She’s already lost loved ones. Now Candace must choose to completely trust God with her own life.
In When Rain Falls by Tyora Moody readers are introduced to Candace Johnson, a beautician grieving the loss of her husband. Candace is trying to help her children through this difficult time while running her salon full time. When Candace finds out her best friend, Pamela has been murdered a new side of Candace emerges. She is determined to find out what happened to her friend with or without the help of the police department.
Detective Darnell Jackson is assigned to the Pamela Coleman case. Darnell is feeling the pressure to solve the case and decides to contact Candace the closest person to Pamela to assist him. As Darnell continues to look for clues he realizes there is a connection with an older case. What puzzles Darnell is how both cases relate to Candace Johnson.
When Rain Falls is a Christian mystery that connects one woman's past to her immediate future. The twists and turns in this book were unsuspected but suspenseful while bringing the storyline to full circle. The characters were well-developed, entertaining and full of surprises which kept me interested in the book. I recommend When Rain Falls to others and look forward to the next book in the Victory Gospel series.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.