INTERVIEW | Tiffany Warren

Tiffany, describe yourself for our visitors.

I’m a wife and mother of five. I love worship music like Martha Munizzi, Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin. I also enjoy praise dancing and drama to the glory of God.

How do you find time to connect with God?

It can be hard when most of the time it seems like I hit the ground running everyday, but I make sure to listen to an inspirational word in the morning (Bishop T.D. Jakes or Pastor Paula White) and during the children’s naptime I just turn on my gospel music and reflect on the character of God. When I’m working on a novel I make an extra effort to read and study my Bible at least three times a week, because I want my writing to be in line with the Word of God.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I’ve been writing a long time – since I was fourteen. The first novel I attempted to get published was a mess and I got about thirty rejection letters and emails. One of those rejections came from Denise Stinson at Walk Worthy Press. Her rejection was a constructive one that gave me tips on how to improve my writing. I took her suggestions to heart and went back to the drawing board. When I was ready to submit again, I found an agent who wanted to represent me, but who told me to go directly to Walk Worthy Press. Two weeks after Denise received my manuscript, we were discussing a two-book deal.

Tell us about your current book?

My new book Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer than I Meant to Stay is about Charmayne Ellis who is saved, successful and single. She’s waiting on God to send her a man, but finds herself getting impatient because of pressure from her mother and sister. On top of it all her best friend, Lynette, is getting married and Charmayne is the maid of honor. Charmayne’s battle with her weight has left her discouraged about ever finding a man until the finer-than-fine Travis Moon comes along with marriage on his mind. She goes head and heart first into a romance that is built on nothing but lies. This story is really about waiting on God and the disasters that we can cause for ourselves when we step outside of His will for our lives.

How did you come up with ideas for your current release?

I was inspired by a friend of mine who found her soul mate and husband at the age of fifty. It was her first time being married because she’d waited on God. I realized that there were alot of saved women who are waiting on God and hopefully, they are encouraged by Charmayne’s journey.

List your most recent books.

My first book was called What a Sista Should Do and was released in June of 2005.

What’s next for you?

I’ve just completed my third novel and I am working on a fourth. Also, I plan to take the stageplay adaptation of What a Sista Should Do on the road in 2007.

Where can visitors find you online?

My website is www.tiffanylwarren.com and also www.myspace.com/christianauthor