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TIFFANY AMBER STOCKTON INTERVIEWS WITH NORA & GIVE AWAY



BIO: Tiffany Amber Stockton is an author, online marketing consultant, and web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart, and their baby daughter in Colorado. They also have a vivacious Border Collie mix named Roxie. Amber has sold eight books to Barbour Publishing with more on the horizon. Other writing credits include five short stories for Romancing the Christian Heart, and contributions to Grit for the Oyster and 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage. Her goal in writing is to convey the message that God is always present, even during the most difficult circumstances.

How did you come up with the idea for your book, Patterns and Progress?




-- In all honesty, my editor selected the setting, but the storyline and time period was all me. Since this is book 3 in a series, and I moved forward with each book yet kept it somewhat within the same family line, I needed a story to focus on the Industrial Revolution while also continuing the series from book 2. Since I set the stage at the end of book 2 with reference to Henry Ford, a story about the Model-T seemed perfect. And I had a blast doing the research on this classic car, as well as the dreams of Ford and Thomas Edison. Depicting their friendship also brought a unique flavor to the story.

2. Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The cover on your book is very eye catching, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out?

-- For Barbour and Heartsong, authors have a great deal of input into the cover design. Authors are sent a "fact sheet" with questions about our book and the opportunity to send photos or state what we'd like to appear on the cover. Then, a mock-up is sent to us for approval with the invite to submit changes. I *love* working with the design team, and for Patterns and Progress, I asked for the Model-T to be added. Originally, it was just the quilt draped over the chair.

3.Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?

-- Well, I don't currently have a contract, but my agent has requested book 1 of a western series set in Wyoming involving a socialite artist from Philadelphia who takes a teaching job in a small town in Wyoming so she can fund her passion for art. She'd heard the West was full of adventure, but she had no idea "adventure" would include cattle rustling, riding range, cattle drives, blizzards, epidemics, and even losing two of her students. I've been itching to write a western series for years. Looks like I just might get my chance.

4. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, how did you catch the writing bug?

-- Actually, no, although I've been spinning yarns since childhood. In college, I wrote fan fiction for 2 TV shows (learn more about fan fiction at my web site: www.amberstockton.com/fanfic.htm ) and after feedback from readers asking for more, I realized I might actually be able to make something of this love of writing. So, I started pursuing a professional career, and after 5 years, I sold my first book. 8 books later, I'm still going strong and loving it.


5. Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had since you’ve been published? What made it a “Wow” for you?


--The first happened when I received the initial batch of reader mail. It's always scary when you send your story out into the world to be read and possibly hated by readers. So when those letters and notes were full of encouragement and thanks for writing a story they loved, I felt truly amazed and blessed. The second happened just recently when I was told over 100,000 copies of my books have sold and my latest release is a best-selling title with my publisher. Talk about "Wow"!

6. Why write Christian Fiction when you could write any other market? What’s the draw?

- Where else are you free to write of the "third element" along with the emotional and physical? That spiritual element makes the story, in my opinion. Without it, you lose the "hope" that exists, no matter what challenges and obstacles life throws your way. And without it, you're stuck being two-dimensional. Everyone loves 3-D right? Well, you have to have all 3 in a book to really make it excellent...physical, emotional, AND spiritual. And secular fiction just doesn't cut it for me.

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK. GRIN!

1. What foods do you dislike? What is your favorite?

-- liver, sauerkraut, spicy foods, and tex-mex dishes; but I adore seafood, salad, steak, and of course mint-chocolate-chip ice cream or vanilla ice cream with caramel.

2. What THREE things would you rather not live without?

-- air conditioning when temps are in the 90's!!, books and a camera



3. Where would you visit if you had a chance to? Why?




-- Hawaii or Alaska for their beauty and grandeur, and because I'd be able to check 2 more states off my list. I'm down to 10 of all 50.





4. If you had the opportunity to hang out with any two people in the history of the world—alive or dead; who would you pick and what would you do? (someone other than Jesus)



-- Hmm, this is tough. I think I'd love to meet George Washington and simply talk with him in private about his vision for this country and his feelings on being the first president.

A second would likely be Henry Ford or Thomas Edison, and I'd love to tour their factories or work shops to witness the realization of their dream in person. Plus, seeing the original industry they helped create would be awe-inspiring considering the times.

5. A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why?

Wow! Two challenging questions in a row. Are you *trying* to tax my brain on this hot summer's day? Let's see. First, I'd go with the signing of the Declaration of Independence for America.











Second, the meeting of the two railroads to join in the first Trans-Continental Railroad across the U.S. The first simply to be present to hear what was going through the minds of our founding fathers and see the hopes/dreams in their eyes as they took a risk that could cost them their lives, all to give us the freedom we enjoy today. The second because again a dream was realized in connecting our country by rail. We might never have had the access to so much of this great country without it.

6. What are your THREE Favorite books of all time?


-- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, the Bible, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

7.What THREE movies could you watch over and over again?







-- Somewhere in Time, the Sound of Music, and Mary Poppins

ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

-- Just an appreciation for those who have taken the time to read this interview and to everyone who has purchased or read my books over the years. It's because of you that I can continue to do what I love, so my heartfelt thanks goes out to you. And Nora, thanks so much for having me here on your site.

Tiff

Amber Stockton - Author http://www.amberstockton.com/
Follow me on Twitter! www.twitter.com/amberstockton

Thanks so much Tiffany for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I’m very excited to be running the discussion of your book Patterns and Progress on the ACFW On-Line Book Club loop starting June 21st. I’m also looking forward to the “Live” author chat for ACFW book club on Monday night, July 5th. EVERYONE is welcome to join ACFW book club. It’s free. All you have to do is go to www.acfw.com and on the left hand side click ACFW book club. It’s easy to join. You too can look forward to the discussion and live chat with Tiffany Amber Stockton .

Thanks again Tiffany. I’ll be talking to you real soon!
Blessings

Nora :D


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17 comments:

  1. Great interview! I really enjoyed Tiff's Copper and Candles book and would love to read this one. So glad to hear it's part of a series. Cool! I love historical stories. Wish I were smart enough to write them! LOL. Looking forward to reading it.

    lynetteeason at lynetteeason dot com

    Lynette

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  2. Thanks, Lynette. Glad to hear you enjoyed Copper and Candles, the first in this series. I've received a lot of great feedback on all 3 books.

    As for being "smart enough" to write historical fiction, you write suspense. That takes more brains I think than historicals...or at least a different kind of smarts. I wish I was smart enough to write *that*. Takes all kinds. :)

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  3. Loved the interview! Book sounds really good.

    Gail Mundy

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  4. I would love to try Tiffany's book for the first time. I have heard great things about it, so please enter me. :)

    I am a follower and a member of the Book Club Network. I really love it over there. :)

    Email in profile. Thanks for the chance!

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  5. I love her top 3 books, and I think it's great she lists the Holy Bible as one!
    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  6. I definitely agree with the top three book and the mint chocolate chip ice cream!! Thanks for the giveaway!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  7. Casey, great seeing you again.

    Gail, Jenna, and Amanda, nice to "meet" you here.

    Jenna, the Bible is the best of all times. You can read the same stories over and over again and still get something new out of them each time. Just like a great fiction book. All depends on where you are in your life at the time.

    Amanda...a fellow MCC ice cream fan. :) And speaking of which, I think I'll go have some.

    Good luck everyone!

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  8. Great top three book choices and I have never seen one of those top three movies, I am going to have to check that one out! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  9. The book sounds great! One of my favourite movies is Sound of Music as well! :)

    I am a follower of your blog! :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    Kim
    lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

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  10. A delightful interview! I enjoyed getting to know Tiff better and learning about her writing.

    I follow you on fb and joined network blogs.

    Blessings,
    Carla

    http://writingtodistraction.blogspot.com

    carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

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  11. Great interview, Nora. Where do you come up with these great questions? Tiffany seems like a really neat lady and a passionate writer. I look forward to reading some of her books.

    Rachel Walker

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  12. I enjoyed this interview with Tiffany! It was nice to see her favorites listed. Of the movies, I've seen 2 out of 3. I too love seafood, air-conditioning and books! :)

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  13. I'm a follower of your blog. :)

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  14. I'm a Member of The Book Club Network.

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  15. Oh, Martha, you're going to have to see those movies. They're all available on Netflix and for rent at most DVD stores. And drop me a note when you've seen them. :)

    K, you've got great taste in movies. *winks*

    Carla, thanks. Glad you enjoyed the interview. I had fun answering the questions.

    Rachel, I agree...the questions were fantastic. Some are ones I get asked often, but most were unique. And I LOVE how Nora added the graphics to spice up the post. Thanks for the compliment on my passion for writing and my personality. And be sure to let me know when you get a chance to read one of my books. I always love to hear from readers.

    Doreen, you sound like a woman after my own heart. :) Thanks for dropping by.

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  16. I would love to read this book. I love your interviews.

    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  17. CONGRATS goes to DOREEN HAYES. Thanks everyone for leavng such encouraging comments for the author. You are all a blessing.

    Sincerely,

    Nora :D
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