Monday, November 30, 2009

Rebecca Talley and Altared Plans

Being a writer and wannabe author, I know and am friends with several authors. I had the opportunity to interview Rebecca Talley to get to know the woman behind the computer a little better (for my review of her book, check my earlier blogs). Here is what she had to say...

What is your book’s name?

Altared Plans

Is your book fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction--it's an LDS romance.

What is the setting of your book?

It's set at BYU.

Who are your main characters?

Caitlyn Moore, a young bride-to-be who doesn't quite get to the "to-be" part, has to put her life back together.

Travis Dixon, a charming cowboy and RM, who's more than willing to help Caitlyn get over her humiliating experience at the temple.

In what ways do you think you are like them?

Caitlyn's planned her big wedding and when it doesn't happen, she's devastated. She doesn't know what to do with her life. She feels like her life is over. I'm a total planner and when things don't go as planned, I freak out. I want to plan everything, but I've learned, just as Caitlyn does, you can't plan everything, and sometimes, the best things in life aren't planned at all.

Altared Plans is loosely based on my courtship with my husband.

After you wrote the book, how long did it take you to get it published?

I submitted it to Cedar Fort and a month later is was accepted for publication. It then took 6 months until publication and another month before it was on store shelves.

Have you been published before?

My first book, Grasshopper Pie, was published in 2003 by WindRiver. It's a children's picture book with illustrations by my daughter. My first novel, Heaven Scent, was published by Cedar Fort in 2008.

How did the publisher let you know your book was being considered for publication?

The publisher contacted me though email.

What did you do when you found out your book was being published?

I cried. It was such an emotional release. I was so thrilled to think my story would be out in the world for other people to read.

Please share a brief description of your book.

Caitlyn Moore has planned to marry her high school sweetheart, but he has different plans. When he abandons her at the altar, she vows she'll never love again. Of course, going to BYU doesn't make that easy, especially when she's called to be the "mom" of the family home evening group and the "dad" is a handsome, funny, charming cowboy set on breaking her vow.

Where can we purchase a copy of your book?

It's available at Seagull Book, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LDS bookstores.

Thank you so much for the interview!


Valerie Ipson said...

Great interview and review, Tina and Rebecca! I can't wait to read this will be the perfect one to curl up with over the Christmas hoidays. Everyone should put it on their Christmas lists.

Rebecca Talley said...

Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Tina - great interview. Rebecca - sounds like a good book to enjoy. I love cowboys, too. They just have a hard time being bad. Will add this book to my list!
Barbara B

Jen in AZ said...

Looks like a fun book. I bet my niece would love it, too. I love fun love. I haven't seen a cowboy as a serious love interest in a book in a long time (not an LDS romance novel, at least), so that's kinda cool. Looking forward to reading it, Rebecca. Thanks for the review, Tina.

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