Welcome to Patterings, Tammy! Tell us about your epiphany moment when you decided you were going to seriously pursue writing and eventually publication.
“Epiphany” is an interesting word choice. Years ago, after I graduated high school, I was praying alone, searching for God’s direction in my life. I asked him, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” I heard his voice in the air right beside me. He said, “You’re supposed to be a writer.” When God tells you out loud to do something, you quit guessing what you’re going to do. =)
What is your strangest habit?
My strangest habit is my frequent lack of habit. Perhaps that comes from moving from place to place my whole life—I just love constant change and newness. If there’s a good meteor shower in the middle of the night, I wake up the kids and we watch the meteors. If it’s pouring rain, I might be inspired to run in the rain (and splash barefoot in the biggest puddles). If I wake up one morning and itch to get out of the house, we might load us and the dog in the car and go visit family two states away. For me, spontaneity nicely counterbalances strict, repetitive schedules and of life’s have-tos.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Actually I love to conquer things I dread. I do, however, put off doing things I don’t like to do—like pulling weeds—but the only real dislike is getting started. Once a project is underway and I begin to see success, the dislike is replaced by the positive feeling of accomplishment.
Such a good point, Tammy! I've found that positive feeling of accomplishment is a huge encouragement--one that I try to remember when I'm procrastinating. =)
What would a perfect day for you look like?
How long is this day? =) Wake up after twelve hours of great sleep, meet up with a bunch of friends, eat blueberry muffins hot from the oven (the zero-fat-really-healthy kind--LOL), ride horseback over a miles-long path through a forest, it’s sunny, about 78 degrees with a cool breeze, go hang gliding over mountains, and finish the day in a remote log cabin eating strawberries swirled in chocolate in front of a cheery fireplace listening to a thunderstorm.
Wow! You really know how to plan a day! =)
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Romance, suspense, mystery, historical, biography.
Are there certain foods or snacks keeps the words flowing for you?
Gold raisins and popcorn. Not together.
What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you?
God intends for us to work steadily and store up, like the ants in Aesop’s fable, but He also intends for us to know when to quit and live and to take time to touch others’ lives as well.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Hundreds of them, subtly. My favorites are those that reveal how God helps us overcome impossible situations. I love that when a struggle involves God vs. Satan, God will always win.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Next summer book two in the Sierra Chronicles will be out, called Hope's Promise.
Jake and Jessica Bennett learn there was more to her parents’ deaths than they knew, and both the ranch and Jessica are in danger. Now they must quickly find the murderer . . . and discover for themselves how far they will go for love.
Thank you so much, Patty, for inviting me! What a fun, fun interview!
Thank you for being with us this week, Tammy!
You can keep up with Tammy at her website www.tammybarley.com.
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Don't forget the other giveaways currently in progress:
Nicole O'Dell with Truth or Dare AND All That Glitters
Mary Moss with The Woman At the Well