Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Big Easy Tour

I'm not sure who came up with the title The Big Easy Blog Tour but welcome! Shirley McCann, an author from Black Opal Books, invited me to participate in this tour, so be sure to check her website out to see what she is up to these days. I think you are going to enjoy her work. Then at the end of this blog posting you’ll find several other authors that will be on the tour June 16th.

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Writing action thrillers is my first love. However I also write fantasy YA and children’s books. Join me as I answer the following questions about “what makes me tick.”

What am I working on?
At any one time I have about three projects in various stages of development. Just this week I finished the edits of Winds of Deception, the sequel to An Unlikely Hero. These two novels begin the Enigma Series with characters Tessa Scott and Captain Chase Hunter. The third book is set in northern Afghanistan with a working title of Rooftop Angels.  This novel is nearing completion with rewrites and edits to follow.  I signed with Black Opal Books this spring for a novel I wrote about the mining industry in the Ozarks. Where my Enigma Series is considered action thrillers, The Rescued Heart is romantic suspense. Geopolitical conflict fuels my stories. To relieve a little stress of writing about mine explosions, terrorist plots and kidnapped orphans, I write children’s books.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Most of the time people envision men writing thrillers. Men are the protagonist and without his help all would be lost. My protagonist is an ordinary woman who bakes chocolate chip cookies, married with three kids and teaches junior high school.  Yet because of her tenacity she becomes the most unlikely of heroes. I believe that there is something deep inside all of us that enables the ordinary to reach down deep inside to make a difference when the situation demands it. In everything I write, I search for that trait in my characters.  Heroes are literally all around us. Sometimes they look like us.

Why do I write what I do?
From the time I was a little girl I loved adventure movies, music and television programs. My parents often said, “What’s wrong with you?”  I was the only little girl sitting in the corner with the boys listening to progress of astronauts in space. My friends ordered books about horses and boys while I got the History of WWII and John F. Kennedy’s PT-109. My dreams of adventure  bubbled inside me until stories just spilled out onto paper. I love the quickened pulse, the nervous anticipation of rescue and of course, the larger than life characters that save the day.

How does my writing process work?
Lots of coffee! Music. Surround myself with the things I love. My office is actually my living room. My $85 desk I purchased at an antique story is chipped and scuffed, just like my stories. When I’m in the writing mode I set a goal of 1500-2000 words. Sometimes that takes all day and other times a few hours. I keep a notebook for each novel with notes, character sketches and research to keep me focused. This really helps me treat writer’s block like a pesky speed bump so I don’t waste too much time.  For me it is important to do something connected with writing each day. Sometimes that is rewrites or edits. When you’re in love with words it doesn’t matter as long as you can write.
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Find my books on Amazon: An Unlikely Hero – Adult Thriller
                                              There’s a Superhero in the Library – Children’s
                                              Zombie Meatloaf – Children’s
Coming soon from Black Opal Books – The Rescued Heart

Now meet Lori Robinett:
 Lori is a member of Book-In-A-Week, the Callaway County Writers Group and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. Lori has had articles published in Secrets and Strategies, Writing for Dollars!, WordBeats, and the Heritage Writer. She's also short stories appear in The Storyteller Magazine, Bridges (Callaway County Writers Group anthology), and Well Versed 2014.

Another relatively new author is Willy Robbins.
Willy Robbins, is aspiring to write children's books. Each of her books will support children in their quest to solve problems they may face when their imaginations run wild. Her love for reading began at a young age, and as a teacher she continues to spread the joys of reading to her students. After hearing the true encounter of a young man who thought there was a troll in his closet, she was compelled to write In My Closet.  Find her on June 16th at this blog address.
Next week you can also meet Carrie Zimmerman, also with Black Opal Books.
Married for almost 13 years to her very own romance hero, Carrie spends most of her days writing while their three children are at school. Nights and weekends are spent watching the kids play soccer and summers are spent vacationing at the beach and playing outside. She is so grateful to be doing something she loves that also allows her to spend time with her family whenever she can. You can reach Carrie on Facebook, Twitter, or through email - Blog link -


  1. I love how you make ordinary characters heroes. Your varied interests help you to always have stories at the ready, I'd imagine. Nice that you keep a notebook for each novel. Wish I were that organized.

  2. Thanks, Beth. It also helps to meet other interesting people and authors like yourself!

  3. It is interesting to have a woman as an action hero. We think of all action heroes as men, but there's no reason it can't be a woman.

    1. Chuck, you are so right. Being an action hero simply means "a person who takes action". We can all be a hero to someone. Thanks for your comments.

  4. I like your comment about your notebooks helping writers block become speed bumps! Keeping those notes is such a good idea. I need to do more of that, for sure! Barb Bettis

  5. It really does help at times. Today is one of those days I'm really stuck. I'm in the process of writing down "what if" to help me push through. Sometimes I go back and look at other speed bump moments and find that something I left earlier in the project could actually be used where I'm at that moment. Thanks for commenting.

  6. Thanks for sharing with us! I loved the part about your chipped & scarred desk. :) And thank you for including me in the tour!

  7. Thank you, Lori! Great things are coming your way. I'm thrilled to be a small part.

  8. Great post, Tierney. Loved Unlikely Hero. Can't wait for the next one.

  9. Thank you, Shirley. I feel like we have a great deal to talk about these days. We should get together & discuss blogging, newsletters and the future marketing job ahead of us.

  10. Hi T!
    I love your over-all outlook. Your smile and energy is infectious. Loved seeing inside your writing process. Creative Blessings!