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Interview with Tina Ann Forkner January 29, 2009

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     Tina Ann Forkner’s debut novel is       Ruby Among Us. Tina has graciously agreed to an interview and also to give away one of her books, so please leave a comment at the end of this post to be entered in the giveaway. Leave your name and your email in a manner where you won’t get spammed such as 123[at]456[dot]com. The drawing will be on February 5.













   1.     Where did you come up with the storyline for   your book?


 Ruby Among Us has been in the making for years. From the moment I stepped foot in the Sonoma Valley back in – I think it was 1993 – I was in love with the scenery. Everything else was inspired by various experiences that I either went through or saw others go through. That said, it’s all fictional.



2.  The mother/daughter relationships throughout this story really got to the heart of my being because of my own issues in that area. What made you have the element of single parenting woven into your book?


I was a single mom for awhile and it was a journey that definitely played a big role in the novel. During my single time with my daughter, my eyes were opened to another side of things that I hadn’t been able to imagine before. In the church, in particular, I felt really out of place on Sunday mornings. I didn’t feel I fit into any niche and it was pretty lonely at times. My feelings about that journey definitely made their way into the story.


3.  So how many children do you have and what are their ages?


I have three children, two boys and one girl. My step-sons are 9 and 11 while my daughter is 10. We stay busy with their ages all close together like that. It’s crazy, but in a fun kind of way. 


4.  What kind of schooling did you have in the way of writing?


I think college definitely helped. I skipped the traditional plan of becoming an English teacher and focused mostly on writing and literature. I didn’t know what I wanted to be, so I figured why waste my time on something I wasn’t sure about? Writing was the one thing I knew I wanted to do. Besides college, writing is its own kind of teaching. We can take all the classes we want to and if we don’t actually write, we won’t learn the craft.


5.  Do you attend writing conferences? If so, how often?


I try to attend conferences at least once a year. Last year I attended three. I love conferences, but I have to admit that conferences are fun and really exhausting, so I always give myself permission to take naps.   


6.  What do you enjoy in your free time?


I love to Garden. I’m not very good at it in this climate, but I do my best. It’s not easy to grow things here, like it is for Kitty in my novel to grow things in Sacramento and the Sonoma Valley.  We have very short summers.


7.  Do you live in the area where the story took place? If not, is where you live similar to that in the story?


I did live in Sacramento for about five years while I was attending Sac State and spent a couple of weekends a month meandering through the Sonoma Valley as I visited family friends. Now I live in Wyoming. It’s a much different climate, as you can imagine.


8.  Do you have any more books coming out soon?


Rose House comes out in May 2009. It’s a sort of spin-off of Ruby Among Us and is also set in the Sonoma Valley. I think readers will be happy to see Kitty from Ruby Among Us again in Rose House.


9.  Where can we get a copy of your book and how can we keep up to date on your latest books?


Ruby Among Us is available at Christian Bookstores, stores like Barnes and Noble and also some independent stores. Just ask the clerk to order it for you if they don’t have it. It’s easy for them to get it in their stores. It’s also available at online stores like, Amazon and B&N.


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23 Responses to “Interview with Tina Ann Forkner”

  1. cheryl wyatt Says:


    Great interview.

    Thank you for linking to my Web site on your fabulous blog by the way. I’m humbled and honored.



  2. Mary Says:

    This book looks so interesting, I’m definately going to have to pick up a copy of it. I’ve had my eye on it for a while 🙂

  3. BookBegger Says:

    Please enter me:)


  4. Great interview! Thanks Patty and Tina.

  5. Kristi Says:

    Yeah – another chance to win this book! Great interview!

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  6. skoots1mom Says:

    thanks for coming by…kirkman3(at)charter(dot)net

  7. Sheri Says:

    I am very interested in reading this book. Would love the chance at winning a copy.

  8. rebornbutterfly Says:

    please enter me! I’d love to read her book(s)
    rebornbutterfly [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

  9. Thanks Patti for sharing Tina’s interview. I hope to read the book sometime (even if I don’t win it here!)

    Blessings to you both.


    hollymag at gmail dot com

  10. I’ve met Tina in person, so it was nice to learn a little more about her here. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win a copy of her book. Miralee

  11. Jo Says:

    Enjoyed reading the interview Patti and Tina. I would love to read the book. Please enter me in the drawing.


  12. Carole Jarvis Says:

    I enjoyed the interview and have wanted to read Tina’s book since it first came out. The family drama is my favorite type of book, and I appreciate the chance to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  13. Patti Lacy Says:

    Hello, Other Patty!
    Wow, what a wonderful blog! And thanks for linking up with me!
    You have led so many women to my on-line book discussion group chats. Thank you!

    All of you ladies are in for a real treat with Rose House! I got a sneak peek and can tell you it’s the same great poetic voice as Ruby Among Us with suspense and intrigue to keep those pages flipping!

    For this reason, Rose House would be a great book to buy for moms, sisters, and friends who love women’s fiction and/or suspense!


  14. tbbycatt Says:

    this looks like a great book! please enter me

  15. tbbycatt Says:

    oops…my email addy is

    tbbycatt at gmail dot com

  16. Bethany Says:

    I know that my mom would love this book, especially as she’s laid up for a month after foot surgery. She’s devouring everything she can get her hands on, so I’d love to surprise her with a great new book!

    jimmynmatthewsmom [at] netzero [dot] com

  17. Pam Williams Says:

    I LOVE gardening. The past twelve years we have been gone a lot during the summer so haven’t gotten to have one but this year it looks like we might actually be around to grow one. yippee!
    I’ve seen Ruby Among Us here and there over the last several months and would love a copy for myself. I’m glad to know Rose House is coming as a spin off from it. Thanks for the chance to be in the drawing.
    Pam Williams
    cepjwms at wb4me dot com

  18. Sherrinda Says:

    I just love author interviews and learning about their background, inspirations for their books, and to get a glimpse of personality through the interview!

    I would love a chance to win her book!

    sherrinda (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Beth Larner Says:

    The author is new to me, and I am always looking for new authors. I believe the book will be very interesting and enjoyable to read.

  20. Pauletta Says:

    I would like to be entered for the drawing. Thank you.

  21. Sonya Jensen Says:

    Excellent job interviewing, book sounds fantastic. Please enter me too.

    sonyaelaine at charter dot net (lol, sounds just the same but strange to look at that way!)

  22. Lynn Rush Says:

    Great interview. I don’t need to be entered in the contest (I have a copy), I just wanted to say how interesting the interview was.
    I love hearing about how authors decide their hooks and to learn a bit more about them as regular people. THANKS!

  23. martha Says:

    Please enter me!

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