Tommy was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and he moved to Arlington, Texas, where he received his bachelor's degree in Bible from Arlington Baptist College. While in Texas Tommy met and married his wife Alicia, and they live in South Carolina with their daughter Reagan.
While in college Tommy served as a youth pastor for three years in Grand Prairie, Texas. In January of 2008 he was called to be the pastor of students at Philippi Baptist Church in Union, South Carolina, where he is presently serving.
In 2009 Tommy Mann Ministries was created to spread the message of Jesus
Christ through writing. His 4 books are available at www.tommycmann.blogspot.com.
Tell us about your newest book.
Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery tells our story of losing three children to miscarriage, and the birth of our miracle daughter Reagan. We call her our miracle because one doctor thought my wife should have an abortion when she was diagnosed with a chronic degenerative kidney disease. We refused the abortion and changed doctors, and we began to see different specialists, and each of them gave us a grim outlook.
This book does more than tell a story, though; it answers the most
common questions people have after going through the agony of losing a child.
How did you come up with the title?
The title of the book came to me one day when I was writing in a journal. After our third miscarriage I wrote that we had another baby asleep in heaven’s nursery. Those last four words stuck with me, and when I felt like it was time to write this book, those four words kept coming back to my mind, and I knew I had my title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely. If they have lost a child, it is not their fault. If they have had an abortion, they can be forgiven. Most importantly, their child is in heaven, and this book lets readers know how they can trust in Jesus and be reunited with their child in heaven.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Bible, first and foremost, because it teaches me how to live. The Chronicles of Narnia got me into reading, so I have to mention those books as well.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Its hard to pick just one. I love the way Robert Frost paints pictures with his words, and Max Lucado is a gifted storyteller. I admire how Warren Wiersbe explains the Bible in his Be Series. I have tried to emulate those three in different areas in my books.
Where can people buy your book?
Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery
is available wherever books are sold, including my website www.tommymannministries.com.
Tell readers where they can connect with you online.
I always love hearing from people who have read the book or who have
had to endure child loss. There is a contact form on my website, and I am on
social media at @TommyCMann and facebook.com/tommymannministries.
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Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest five, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for three blogs.
Ginger tell the readers how you chose the genre you write in?
I think it chose me. J I just love to read romance, and when I first started reading and wasn’t “in the know” about new authors, I had a hard time finding wholesome romance books to read. I had read everything written by Janette Oke, Lori Wick and other similar “famous” writers. I literally ran out of Christian romantic fiction to read. When I wrote the first words of my first novel (never to be seen again), I knew that romance was where I belonged. It just seems to flow so easily, no matter what sub-genre I try — so far I’ve worked on or am working on contemporary, historical, and fantasy/scifi.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I just write. I tried with my latest work-in-progress to plot. I wrote down a general guideline for the first few chapters, but when I sat down to write, the words would not come. I chucked the outline I had written and just sat down and let the characters tell me what was happening. I liken it to watching a movie in my head and as I do, I write what I see. J
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I think at one time or another, all writers experience this, so yes. What I’ve found in my own writing, since I am a seat-of-the-pants writer, is that I’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere. I’ve focused on something that has little to nothing to do with the actual story. I go back a scene or two and find where the “flow” quit, and go in a different direction. I have pages upon pages of deleted scenes for just this reason — I don’t permanently delete those scenes in case I need them later.
Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.
Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?
When Cahri and Josiah meet, sparks fly. Will it ignite a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?
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I was e chatting with a friend recently, on the subject of writing styles. A memory surfaced, and I remembered a woman who read my first novel commenting, "Your writing style took me back to when I used to read Grace Livingston Hill." She continued to say, she enjoyed my writing and was certainly going to read more of my novels. At the time, I didn't give it much thought.
Looking in my book room, I came across several Grace Livingston Hill novels, which I read long ago. In refreshing my memories with her books, I find them to be down-to-earth and laced with messages about finding the path to the Lords mercy. I rediscovered her easy to read novels, the type of book you can relax with and not have to scrutinize every other word or wonder what the authors is trying to convey.
I don’t mind if my novels remind book lovers of Grace Livingston Hill, as a matter of fact, I'm flattered. Not because she was from a different era, but because of what her works stood for. I read this section from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Livingston_Hill
Good and Evil
Hill's messages are quite simplistic in nature: good versus evil. As Hill believed the Bible was very clear about what was good and evil in life, she reflected that cut-and-dried design in her own works. She wrote about a variety of different subjects, almost always with a romance worked into the message and often essential to the return to grace on the part of one or several characters.
If her clear-cut descriptions of evil in man and woman were Hill’s primary subjects in her novels, a secondary subject would always be God’s ability to restore. Hill aimed for a happy, or at least satisfactory, ending to any situation, often focusing on characters' new or renewed faith as impetus for resolution.
Grace Livingston Hill (April 16, 1865 — 1947) was an early 20th-century novelist and wrote under her real name, and the pseudonym Marcia Macdonald. She wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories.
Simplicity is the word that pretty much sums me up, in writing, and in life. The books I scribe will not list as scholarly classics. Nevertheless, I don’t write minimal stories. My novels are easy to understand, but that doesn't mean they're voided of adult knowledge or phrases well-educated people use.
The books I compose reflect a personal style of rural living, with a belief just like Ms. Hill's, the Bible is a guide for right and wrong, and Jesus Christ will always forgive.
As far as I'm concerned, I will gladly follow in the footsteps of Grace L. Hill. I will write to shine a light on the Lord and his salvation, after all Jesus came in his simplicity to save the world, and that is the most sophisticated thing anyone has done in two-thousand years.
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