Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Upside of Down, by Rebecca Talley

One of my multi-published author friends, Rebecca Talley, recently had another book published. This is the back cover blurb for, The Upside of Down:
“Hmmm,” the doctor muttered.
Natalie wrinkled her forehead, almost afraid to ask, and said, “What does that mean?”
“You do know you’re pregnant, right?”
Her breath caught in her throat. “Excuse me?”
“You’re pregnant.”
Her heartbeat thundered in her ears. “I’m what?”
Natalie Drake certainly has her hands full raising a large family, dealing with her difficult mother, and maintaining a relationship with her rebellious teenager. Just when things seem to be going smoothly, she finds out another unexpected surprise—she’s going to have a baby. Faced with so many challenges, Natalie must learn to trust in a plan that isn’t what she imagined and discover that every situation has an upside.
Beloved author Rebecca Talley carefully creates this touching and heartfelt story that is sure to inspire you. With true-to-life characters and situations, The Upside of Down will reignite your faith and remind you of the importance of family.

Rebecca, tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. I attended, and graduated from, BYU where I met my husband. He was the FHE “dad” and I was the FHE “mom.” We have been happily married for over 25 years and are the parents of 10 wonderfully creative and multi-talented children. We live in rural CO on a small ranch with a dog, cats, a spoiled horse, and a herd of goats. It took me a bit to adjust to the rural lifestyle after growing up in southern CA, but I love living in the country.
Your newest novel, THE UPSIDE OF DOWN, was released in January. What was the inspiration for this novel?

While I was watching the new version of Cheaper by the Dozen, I thought it would be fun to write a similar story set in an LDS household. Since I have a large family, I drew from many of my own experiences to create my characters and establish the storyline. I had lots of fun writing it, especially as I relived some of the funny things that have happened in our family.
What do you hope people take away from THE UPSIDE OF DOWN?

I hope people realize that no matter who we are, none of us is spiritually invincible. We all need to rely on the Lord, in good times and in bad. No matter how desperate a situation may seem, the Lord can lighten our load if we’ll turn to Him. The atonement is for all of us. And, even in the midst of trials, we can have peace.
I also hope people will learn something from my book about Down syndrome and realize that underneath it all, we’re all children of God and we all deserve love and respect, no matter our chromosome count.
Where can we purchase THE UPSIDE OF DOWN?

Amazon carries it and it should arrive in LDS Bookstores soon.
You can learn more about Rebecca at and and
Thank you, Rebecca, for the interview.


Peggy Urry said...

I've started this book, but had to put it on the 'to read' stack as I've got a couple of other projects to finish before I pick it back up. But, I can't wait to finish it! Rebecca pulls you right into the story and keeps you coming back for more. Thanks for the post Tina!

Rebecca Talley said...

Thank you, Tina!

Glad to hear you like it Peggy!

kbrebes said...

Wonderful post! Just what I needed (spiritually) this morning!

Karen Dupaix said...

Hey, I just reviewed the same book on my blog! I really enjoyed the book. If you'd like, go check out my review too.

Donna Hatch said...

I've sure heard a lot about this book lately. It must be a good one!

Taffy said...

No one is spiritually invincible. How right you are! Relying on the Lord is a constant quest.

Jennifer Griffith said...

Good stuff. Another great interview, Tina.

Anne Bradshaw said...

Looks like a wonderful book. Inspiring.

Tina Scott, the writing artist said...

Thanks ladies for all of your great comments.

Jessica L. Foster said...

Great interview! Now I want to read that book even more!