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Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 13, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for an eBook copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways here.     

Unconditional by Tanya Eavenson

Tanya Eavenson and her husband have been in the ministry for fifteen years teaching youth, adults, and counseling. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries sharing the Gospel around the world. You can find her on Twitter at @Tan_eave and contact her at her website Want to learn more about writing? Stop by her blog

Tanya Eavenson is our guest today. Welcome, Tanya. Let’s talk a while and get to know you better.

JO:  When did you first discover that you were a writer?

TANYA: I’m not sure when it happened really, but it took longer than most. See, I never intended to be a writer, it just happened when my husband left for a mission trip. Then in 2011 Unconditional semi-finaled in the ACFW Genesis contest. I still didn’t believe I was really a writer but I keep plugging away, learning the craft. It wasn’t even when I signed my first contract. It happened when my husband told me he was proud of me and that I trusted God and never looked back. That’s when I became a writer and an author at the same time.

JO: Describe how you write a book – with your other responsibilities, does it tend to be something you work into your every day, or do you have to “set apart” time to write with open, undesignated blocks of time? 

TANYA: As a writer, I heard time and time again that I needed to write every day to be successful. I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t meet that goal. It took two years fighting with this idea when I finally gave up. So I decided to do something different, I set a word count goal each week, and it’s worked. Some weeks I write 3,000 words and others 7,000 depending on what’s going on during the week. Flexibility is the key for my writing success.

JO: Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

TANYA: I love to read non-fiction that dives into God’s word. Next would be historical fiction.

JO: How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

TANYA: I’m still learning. =)

JO: How do you choose your characters’ names?

TANYA: I choose names that I’ve always liked. I remember being in middle school and picking out the names my children would have one day. And yes, I did actually name my youngest child one of those names, and that name is my heroine in my novel Unconditional.

JO: What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

TANYA: My greatest roadblock, and one I still face today, is being afraid of making mistakes for people to see. Most of the time I overcome it by praying, but it runs deep, so it’s a struggle.

JO: Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

TANYA: I’d have to say that every character has a piece of me within them whether it’s something the character likes, a physical attribute, or even a journey of spiritual growth. There’s a scene in the novel where Elizabeth and Chris head out to the lake. Elizabeth tries to hold onto the dock, but is unable and the boat floats away. When I thought to add that scene, I could only laugh. It was the first time I’d ever tried to use a trolling motor.

JO: Tell us about Unconditional and what inspired you to write the story?

TANYA: What inspired me? Brokenness I guess you could say. Brokenness for families, children, and what happens when couples divorce.

I grew up in a family where divorce is common, like most people today, with the idea once you “fall” out of love, and you can’t get along  anymore, it’s time to get a divorce. It was almost engraved in me witnessing everyone in my family get divorced one time or many times. I, too, almost went down that route with divorce papers in hand. I told myself many things at the time, but the truth. I was focused on our failures, not the hope that with God, all things are possible. The question was, were we willing to save our marriage at all costs? Would we fight for each other, whether we felt like it or not?

It is my hope through this story, that no matter the circumstances the reader is facing, a loss of a child, anger, emotional hurt, infidelity, abandonment, etc., they will know there is hope in Christ. 

Here is the blurb for Unconditional:
He will fight for her at any cost…
Elizabeth Roberts can't remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter's death, her husband's affair.

When his wife's coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can't erase his betrayal, but with God's help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth at any cost.

She wants to forget. He wants to save his marriage. Can they trust God with their future and find a love that’s unconditional?

Endorsements for Unconditional:
"Unconditional is a powerfully-gripping story of deep heartache laced with fears, yet even through the sorrow, Tanya Eavenson reminds us that nothing can separate us from God's love." ~ Alice J. Wisler, author of "Still Life in Shadows" and other novels

"Not your typical amnesia story, Unconditional tells a tale of loss, betrayal, and forgiveness. Eavenson drags her characters through the fire, then reveals God’s power through their broken lives. The writing is stellar; the emotion, raw and palpable; the cast, impeccably crafted. This author is one to be watched!"~ April W Gardner, award-winning author

"Unconditional explores the struggles that married couples sometimes experience, and the decisions they must make after going through difficult circumstances. A powerful story of hope and healing." ~ Laura V. Hilton, Healing Love (Whitaker House)

"Unconditional is a beautiful story of God's never-ending love. Throughout its pages, Tanya Eavenson evokes a myriad of emotions in her readers, from deep despair to heartfelt praise. The characters gripped my heart, showing me the reality of man's sin but also the depth of God's grace. Unconditional is a well-written, heart-stirring novel written by a talented new author." ~ Jennifer Slattery, Novel Reviews

Tanya, thank you for spending time with us today. Tanya will graciously give the winner of my commenters drawing an eBook copy of UnconditionalI'll announce the winner on Monday's blog.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 13, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for an eBook copy of Unconditional by Tanya Eavenson. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday's blog.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.


  1. Thank you, Jo for having me on your blog!

    1. Tanya, you're so welcome. Glad you're with us for a few days.

  2. Hi Jo! I'm a blog follower and I thank you for this interview and contest. Thank you Tanya for doing this interview as well. I have never read one of your books but "Unconditional" sounds like a good place to start. I'm alwqays open to new writers that I haven't discovered and your book sounds awesome. Thank you so much for offering it!



    1. Wanda, thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog and leave a comment. I appreciate your being a follower of this blog.

    2. Thank you, Wanda, I'm so glad to be here. I appreciate that, and I look forward to you reading Unconditional. After you finish, send me a note on my website. I'd love to know what you think.

      Thanks for saying hello!

  3. Thank Jo for the chance to win this book..Would love to read it..I do follow your blog! Thanks

    1. Hi, Kathy! Jo does have a great blog. =) Thanks for entering to win Unconditional and stopping by!

      Have a great weekend!

    2. Kathy, you're welcome-good luck in the drawing. I appreciate your being a follower of my blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  4. Thanks for the chance to win this book,I would love to win and read it.I love your blog.I am a follower and I get your email.Thanks again

    1. Jackie, You're welcome. I wish everyone could win, but good luck in the drawing. So glad you're a follower of my blog. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

    2. Hi, Jackie, I hope you read Unconditional as well. After you do, stop by my website and leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Jo, I follow your blog and am always blessed by it. Loved meeting Tanya and loved her answer on how she keeps her sanity.

    Unconditional sounds like a great book, one I'd love to win! pat at ptbradley dot com

    1. Pat, thank you for your kind words about my blog. I'm glad you came by and met Tanya. I appreciate your being a follower.

  6. LOL! Thanks, Pat! It's wonderful to have you stop by. And thank you for entering to win Unconditional.


  7. Jo and Tanya, thank you for the interview. I enjoyed it very much. Unconditional sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.
    I am a follower.

    1. Kay, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I appreciate your being a follower.

    2. Hey, KayM,

      It's so good to see you here! Thank you for stopping by and entering to win Unconditional!

      Have a good weekend!

  8. thanks for the chance to read this story, jo & tanya.
    i'm a follower, too

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. Karen, You're welcome. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate your being a follower of my blog.