Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Summer Reading with Anointed Authors Blog Tour

Anointed Authors on Tour consists of seven award-winning, bestselling authors of Christian fiction and non-fiction publications with a commitment to write and/or publish integrity-based literature, touring as a testament to the power of using gifts and talents for God's glory. Over the next two weeks, plan to meet Kendra Norman Bellamy, Tia McCollors, Vanessa Miller, Michelle Stimpson, Shewanda Riley, and Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress. Each of these authors have current and upcoming book releases that are must-reads for your summer reading list.

Meet Tia McCollors

Tia, tell us about yourself.

Wow! That’s such a broad question. Besides being an author of Christian novels, my first love (and first priority as far as I’m concerned) is taking care of my family. This November my husband Wayne and I will celebrate five years of marriage. Since the day we said, “I do,” we’ve been blessed with two children. Evidently they were sent here to keep us young and spry because we have a very lively three year old son and a daughter who’s almost one.

In my (limited) free time, I love to read, browse through home decorating books (which means I’m a HGTV junkie), and enjoy scrapbooking – which by the way I’m about one hundred and twenty pictures behind on!

Would you say you are an extrovert or introvert?

Definitely an extrovert.

Do you like to cook? If so, what are your favorite dishes to cook?

Nope..I don’t like to cook, but a person’s gotta eat right? I’m the queen of casseroles because I’m all about mixing ingredients, throwing it in the oven, and setting the timer. But on another note – this isn’t a “cooked” dish -- but I make a slammin’ banana puddin’.

Do you like books being turned into a movie? If so, what is your favorite book-to-movie?

I don’t mind when books are turned into movies even though with a movie it’s hard to thoroughly depict every character and include every scene. If I think about recent movie releases, I’d say the producers did a good job with The Secret Life of Bees. And oh yeah, I don’t know how I forgot about The Color Purple.

If your book was turned into a movie who would you cast to play your characters?

For The Last Woman Standing I would cast Angela Bassett as Lynette Bowers (the ex-wife), Taraji P. Henson as Sheila Rushmore (the current girlfriend), and Blair Underwood as Ace Bowers (the man in the middle).

Which social networks do you enjoy the most?

You know what? I really need to get better about maximizing the capabilities of the social networks out there. Right now I tend to be on Facebook the most and have recently been getting tapped back into Shoutlife.
What's next for you?

I know authors are supposed to think three books ahead, but I can’t say I have a solid idea in mind. I have a few I’ve been tossing around, but nothing concrete. Most of my faithful readers have been asking about a sequel to my first novel, A Heart of Devotion. We’ll see.


Lynette Bowers had no intention on falling in love with her ex-husband, “Ace” Bowers. After all, it has been ten years since their marriage ended, and two years since the beginning of his relationship with the younger and prettier, Sheila Rushmore. Besides Sheila, everyone knows that only a fool makes the same mistake twice, especially when it comes to marriage.

Ace seems stuck between his past and his future. With his conflicting emotions, he risks losing two women who hold a significant place in his heart. It’s going to take his faith and God’s love to handle the ensuing drama.

Sheila is starting to see Ace’s ex-wife as a threat to her lifelong dreams of achieving the happily-ever-after. Sheila is used to getting what she wants – except Ace’s commitment to marriage. When Sheila realizes Lynette may be the cause, she launches a plan to play the hand of God, instead of allowing Him to bring the love all three of them desire.

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Renee Williams said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read your new book.

Many blessings in all that you do.


Ty said...


I'm looking forward to your August release.Great choices for movies roles. I would love to see more AA Christian Fiction books make it to the big screen. Hey, you never know!

LaShaunda, thank you for being a host for the Anointed Authors Blog Tour. Much appreciation.

- Ty

From Tia's Pen said...

Hi LaShaunda-
I've been on the road the majority of the day and I'm just getting a chance to "swing by." Thanks for hosting me and the othe AAOT authors. We TRULY appreciate it. You'll be getting a copy of the book directly from the publisher so when you get a chance to read it, drop me an email.

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