Tell me a little bit about In the Manor of the Ghost.
In the Manor of the Ghost has romance, a love story, and a ghost. I'd like to think it's a pretty good read. But it's important to know that some of the houses we reside in aren't always made of lumber or stones. They are fashioned from our fears, and are as thick around us as a wall might be. Some of the ghosts we face are those fears. Real or perceived, they haunt us.
Devlin is a lawyer with a unique background. The manor where Devlin lives used to be a place of joy and safety. It was used as a safe house during the Indian Raids a decade earlier. With the loss of his wife and daughter, Devlin takes refuge in the halls of Clayborne Manor. It becomes his brooding place, filled with darkness and haunting memories. And sadly, the walls around Devlin's spirit seem to be almost as thick as the Manor's.
Kaitlin lost her husband and daughter in a fire, and went through years of therapy for her burns. She hopes moving to Minnesota to live with her sister, Constance, will help heal her spirit.
Kaitlin agrees to marry Devlin and finds herself living in the Clayborne Manor. When she begins to uncover secrets and resurrect ghosts, she questions her choice. Does she have the strength to break down the walls that confine those who reside in the Manor? Does she have the faith to lead them to the one who sets the captive free? I find Kaitlin's resilience, and her gentle and loving spirit endearing.
Do you consider this a gothic Christian Romance? How so?
When I sat down to write In the Manor of the Ghost, gothic wasn't on my mind. I don't often give much consideration to the genres as much as to writing the story. Having said that, In the Manor of the Ghost lends itself well to the gothic Christian romance genre. It has an air of mystery and suspense throughout. The characters carry dark secrets. The landscape is barren, and there is a ghost. There is also a manor house filled with darkness and foreboding. It's a character in its own right at times—you almost wished walls could talk.
Do you read gothic romances, either mainstream or Christian? Any favorites?
I read a lot of different genres, right now I'm into mysteries and sometimes paranormals, plus I like to have a bit of humor, too. As for gothic writers, I really can't pinpoint one writer. I've read stories with all the gothic qualities, but when I do I don't always think of the genre. I just read for the love of it. If the book holds my interest, I'm there.
Your book is in e-book format only. Where can readers buy it?
You can purchase my book at Desert Breeze Bookstore and Amazon.If you purchase the book at Amazon, please be aware that the e-book is the new release, the print book is one that I self printed a few years ago and needed a lot of editing. I've asked them to remove it, but they won't.
What are you working on next?
My book Touched By Mercy is due for release in December 2010, so I'm working on edits for that. It tells the story of one woman's journey to grace. Samantha Northam comes from a background of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Having been molested as a child, I identify with Samantha even more than Kaitlin from In the Manor of the Ghost.
The story was pretty much my rite of passage. Coming to a point where I believed God could find me lovely. I made it a bit harder on Samantha than myself, but I wanted to show the beauty of God's grace on us, His arms around the brokenhearted. Samantha hadn't done anything wrong, as far as the molestation went, but she spent years believing she had, and spent long years hating and being afraid to love. I went through long years of wondering like Samantha.
I think many of us have areas where life catches us, uses us and beyond no fault of our own, leaves us feeling dirty and unlovable. It literally spits us out. That's the nature of abuse. I wanted people to see that God knows exactly what happened. He hurts to see that his creation could be so cruel, and He loves us and wants to heal the scars. If we'll allow Him to, He has gentle hands, strong arms and a loving heart.
I've finished the first installment of a sci-fi time-travel series, Counting Tessa. It has clones, gene mutation, and sinister people trying to get rid of Christ. I plan to finish to two Civil War era stories I've been working on, Finding Middle C, a story about finding the music of life, and From Hell to Eternity, a story about Andersonville prison.
What advice would you give to pre-published writers?
Your perseverance will be tested, you will be disheartened, and want to give up several times a day. But hang in there, study, learn your craft, research, and read. But, first and foremost, write from the heart and imagination that God gave you. You are here for such a time as this. The story God gave you, is yours alone. You were never meant to be (fill in the blank with another writer's name). You're a special creation all your own. Be who God created you to be. Not who everyone thinks you should be. You may never be published. I realize that sounds callous, but it's true. You were not called to be published. You were called to be obedient with your gift. Write.
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Tina resides in Western Colorado with her husband of 30+ years, Danny. They have three grown sons. two lovely daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren, with another one due by the end of the year. She has been writing since she was in elementary school.