Tell Me A Story: The World is a Book

Tell Me A Story: The World is a Book

By Tall Poppy Writer Tina Ann Forkner I love to travel. I think it’s because I grew up in a small town and always imagined what it would be like to live in faraway places such as Shakespeare’s England or on a tropical island like the girl in Scott O’Dell’s ISLAND OF...
Tell Me A Story: An Old Lesson About Waiting Rings True

Tell Me A Story: An Old Lesson About Waiting Rings True

By, Amy Sue Nathan A long time ago, as a young married mom, I spent a lot of time waiting. Waiting for the right time to have another baby (three and a half years after the first), waiting for another move to another city for my husband’s job (five interstate moves in...
Tell Me a Story: My Summer of Romance Novels

Tell Me a Story: My Summer of Romance Novels

One summer, when I was about sixteen and out of books to read, I happened across a heavy brown paper bag full of books. I knew they were my mom’s romance novels and that she sat on the sofa reading them every night while the family watched television. Once, when I...
Tell Me a Story: Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Tell Me a Story: Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

By Amy Sue Nathan In the past few years I’ve learned that the good stuff happens right outside my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, the comfort zone is called that for a reason. It’s comfortable, easy, familiar. As my grandmother would have said, “Feh.” About ten...
Tell me a Story: Bonds That Break, Ties That Bind

Tell me a Story: Bonds That Break, Ties That Bind

By Tina Ann Forkner  Readers of my novels often ask, “How much of your stories are based on real life?” The answer, like many of the life stories we each live through, is complicated. What I can say is that while my novels are not autobiographical, my experiences, or...
Tell Me a Story: Batting Chapter Two Out of the Park

Tell Me a Story: Batting Chapter Two Out of the Park

By, Amy Sue Nathan When I’m writing a novel, I’m careful that Chapter Two lives up to the hype of Chapter One. No wonder the same thing happened when I barreled into Chapter Two of my life. It was critical that this second bit of my own story had momentum and meaning,...