Here we are at the end of another month already. Around my area, students have been in school for a couple weeks, and I'm waiting for those cooler temperatures to hit. It may be a while.
This week our author spotlight is on Virginia Tenery. Hello, Virinia. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
I’ve always been an avid reader as far back as I can remember. I was drawn to Agatha Christie novels as my father had a collection. Before he passed away, he gave me his Agatha Christie and Zane Grey collections. I was fascinated by her plots and Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple’s sense of outrage at the act of murder and their dedication to finding justice for the victims.
So you are into mysteries. :) When do you fit writing into your day?
I’m blessed because I’m retired. Writing is an eight hour a day job for me. I get up in the morning have breakfast and then go to my computer. I take the usual breaks for lunch and coffee so I can write full time. My heart goes out to those young women who have children and a job and try to write.
I know I get much more writing accomplished now that my kids are gone, and I'm no longer homeschooling. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
I’ve always been a history buff and am fascinated by the WWII era. So many brave people enduring the hardships of war. My genre is suspense and Deathwatch is the only historical novel I’ve written, but it may become a series. I wanted to write a mystery/suspense set against the backdrop of the London Blitz. I learned so much about the hardships people endured in that period through my research.
Historical is what I love to read. Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
I have many, but if I must choose one, it is a confrontation between the two main character where he has been ordered to include the heroine in his investigation team and he intends to use her as a glorified research clerk to keep her out of his hair. In true American fashion, she tells him is isn’t going to happen. This is followed with a breakfast the following morning in which he tries a clumsy apology.
LOL. I can picture the scene. :) What do you plan to work on next?
I’m currently co-authoring a novel, with the Benghazi consulate attack as the setting.We hope to published it before Christmas. Here’s the back-of-the book blurb.
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.
Sounds intriguing. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Eph. 5:8-9 is my favorite verse because it proclaims that Jesus is all we need for salvation. He is all sufficient. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
That's a good one. Where can readers connect with you?
The first three chapters of all my novels are on my website.
FB Author Page: www.facebook.com/vbtenery
Thanks for being with us today, Virginia and giving us a glimpse of your writing world.
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