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Please welcome Virginia Tenery to the Coffee Corner, everyone! I’m excited to have her today. We’re talking about her new book Against the Odds and her life as a writer and Christian. We have a lot to talk about so let’s get started. Make sure you check out the giveaway after the interview though. This book is a great one and I’m excited to host this author!
Renee: Hi Virginia, thanks for being here. You’re an awesome writer and friend.
V. Tenery: Thanks for having me, Renee.
Renee: Can you tell us how you came up with the idea for your book?
V. Tenery: Like many people, I was horrified about the attack on the Benghazi Consulate and the heroes that died there. I began to think what would happen if there were other people outside the Consulate and how they might cope. You will note the book is co-authored with David Arp who lived with his family in the Saudi Arabia for ten years working in the oil fields. David and I have been critique partners for many years and I asked if he would like to join me in this venture. His knowledge of the Middle East was invaluable in making the setting realistic.
Renee: What’s your favorite part of the book?
V. Tenery: The tender developing romance between the two main characters amid the chaos.
Renee: Ah, romance. I love romance. How did you pick your title?
V. Tenery: LOL. I wish I could tell you I go through some elaborate process, but the title simply came to me out of the blue and it fit. We never considered another title.
Renee: Sometimes that is a miracle from God! I love it when the title drops in your lap because when it doesn’t the process can be a painful one. Personally, when the title doesn’t come to me like that, I punt it to my readers or someone else!
I’d love to hear a fun story about writing this book. Can you share one with us? Please…
V. Tenery: Absolutely. I originally thought that co-authoring a novel would be faster than writing alone. However, I failed to take into the equation the time spent sending chapters between us. Plus, David works on an oil platform 100 miles out in the Gulf so naturally had to put his job first. What I learned was that two heads really are better than one for creative ideas.
Renee: That sounds rather challenging but fun. I’ve never co-authored a book before, but I’d love to try. Speaking of writing, what writing style do you prefer?
V. Tenery: I only write inspirational suspense novels, mostly contemporary. However, I have written one historical suspense and one speculative fiction suspense.
Renee: And how long have you been writing and why did you start?
V. Tenery: I’ve been writing for about 15 years. I was always an avid mystery/suspense reader and most main stream authors were adding more and more violence and sexual content. I decided to try my hand at writing exciting novels without all the violence and sex. Hopefully I have achieved that goal.
Renee: What do you do when your “stuck” or need inspiration?
V. Tenery: I usually have more than one project going at once. When I’m stuck on one, I go to the other one. Sometimes, I just take a break from the project, relax, and read a novel from one of my favorite authors. That gets my creative juices flowing again.
Renee: Oh, I need to do that more. I tend to be the one project person because I’m already so busy. Thanks for that, Virginia. Maybe I should just take some time and do nothing…pharmacy or writing. What do you think? What would you do if weren’t a writer?
V. Tenery: I’m retired now after many years in middle management in a large wholesale optical company. I’m doing exactly what I always wanted to do, to write. However, being a tour guide in Great Britain sounds like fun. I could write in my spare time. LOL.
Renee: I’d be first in line for your tours! Where would you go to get away from it all if you could?
V. Tenery: My favorite spot is the River Walk in San Antonio. I love the Mexican influence and the many restaurants along the river, the music and the boat tours.
Renee: San Antonio is a cool place. Austin is too. Before we wrap up this interview, we’d love to hear about what makes you tick if you don’t mind. What do you believe your role is in the world today?
V. Tenery: I believe my purpose is to tell as many people as possible about Christ through my writing and in my community. The world has never needed it more than it does now. I especially have a burden for young girls. Morals are not fashionable today, and they face so many spiritual challenges. There are really no role models outside the church and most of them don’t attend church.
Renee: How do you face this changing world each day?
V. Tenery: I try to stay positive through prayer and to remember that God has everything under control, even when the world seems to be in total chaos. Nothing surprise Him and there is nothing too big for Him to handle.
Renee: God uses life to teach us many lessons. Can you share one with us?
V. Tenery: I don’t want to go into details, but there have been many instances in my life when I ran into problems that seemed too heavy for me to bear. I learned to turn those over to God and ask him to handle it. And He is always faithful. That doesn’t mean things always turn out as I would have wanted, but they are resolved satisfactorily.
Renee: Thank you so much for being here today. You are a true blessing to the world.
V. Tenery is an amazing author and great example to girls and women today. I thank her for coming and sharing her book and life with us. This world is a tough one and is only going to harder. She is a testimony to the world of God’s love and strength.
Virginia is giving away one copy of Against the Odds! Enter by commenting on her interview below. Leave your name and email address to be eligible for the drawing. Winner will be elected by random draw on April 5th!
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About the Book, Against the Odds:
It was the mother of all bad days.
The date, September 11, 2012. The place, Benghazi, Libya.
While a brave band of warrior’s fight for their lives in the consulate and CIA annex, outside, a Mossad Agent, a missionary, and a Mississippi giant fight a different battle.
Caught between terrorist and an enraged Russian arms dealer, they must complete the mission and manage to stay alive until they can escape or the cavalry arrives.
Never assume things can’t get worse.
About the Author(s):
V.B. Tenery: Author V. B. Tenery lives with her family in East Texas. Her passion is writing books with shinning characters and settings with plots so exciting readers come away feeling delighted with the experience. Not content to stay in one genre, her novels range from contemporary suspense and supernatural suspense, to an upcoming historical suspense set in WWII England. When not writing she enjoys reading, hiking, and tube-floating down rivers in the Hill Country.
God’s child trying to make Him proud.
David Arp: David Arp was born in Arizona, raised in Texas, and lives in Colorado with his wife of 30 years. He’s 59 and has spent the past 36 years in the drilling industry, traveling and working the oilfields of the world, from the deserts of the Middle East to the vast oceans offshore. His thirst for storytelling began on a rig in the Saudi desert with the availability of email when he started penning short stories about his experiences and passing them along to friends at home in the states.
When he's not working, he enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.