ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tanya Eavenson and her husband have been involved in ministry for fifteen years teaching youth and adults. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries sharing the Gospel around the world.
What inspired me? Brokenness I guess you could say. Brokenness for families, children, and what happens when couples divorce. Many families, churched or un-churched, find themselves struggling in their marriages for one reason or another, but God wants them to fight to save their marriages and families.
I grew up in a family were divorce is common, like most people today, with the idea once you “fall” out of love, and you can’t get along anymore, it’s time to get a divorce. It was almost engraved in me witnessing everyone in my family get divorced one time or many times. I, too, almost went down that route with divorce papers in hand. I told myself many things at the time, but the truth. I was focused on our failures, not the hope that with God, all things are possible. The question was, were we willing to save our marriage at all costs? Would we fight for each other, whether we felt like it or not?
The story opens in a situation some married couples might find themselves in, losing a child, being in a loveless marriage, hurt by feelings of abandonment, adultery. To fight for the marriage at any cost or give up. In my story, as in real life, there is a choice.
Here’s the blurb for Unconditional.
He will fight for her at any cost…
Elizabeth Roberts can't remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter's death, her husband's affair.
When his wife's coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can't erase his betrayal, but with God's help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth at any cost.
She wants to forget. He wants to save his marriage. Can they trust God with their future and find a love that’s unconditional?
Tanya, how long did it take to write the book, including preliminary work?
About two years.
Many authors say the novel has a voice all its own. Did the plot change once your characters started forming the story?
Oh, yes! I’m a seat-of-the-pant-writer so my characters changed on me and even some wanted to take over my story. I had to remind them who was in charge. =)
What was the hardest part to write this novel?
The emotions were the hardest to write, to put myself into my character’s lives and feel what they felt. Marriage is hard, and sometimes it takes a willingness to give up our pride and fight to save a marriage at all costs.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I don’t think I would. I see this as the journey God has set before me, no matter the outcome. He’s ordained this path to grow me as a writer and an author, but it’s more than that. I have grown in a better understanding of God’s grace and mercy through writing. He’s drawn me to a closer relationship with Him, and there’s nothing greater then sharing that love with others.
Thanks Tayna, I know the readers enjoyed getting the scoop about your novel.
Below are all the links to find Tanya and "Unconditional."
and Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/Unconditional%2FTanya-Eavenson/1114108760?ean=2940016066837