INTERVIEW | Tia McCollors

Tia, describe yourself for our visitors.

Just when I thought I almost had it under control with one child, I (joyfully) found out that I’m pregnant again. I’m not sure that you can count children as a hobby…LOL…but rearing them brings out all kind of fun. We can do some of my favorite things like scrapbooking and reading, all while bopping to any of my favorite Kirk Franklin or Fred Hammond CDs. When I’m not spending time with family, I enjoy the occasional night out with my girlfriends. Right now I have one baby that has no choice but to go with me, but once he or she makes their debut into the world around June 25, they’ll be left home with dad, too!

How do you find time to connect with God?

This year I’ve tried to be the first one up in the morning. It gives me uninterrupted time to read the Word, pray, and review some of the notes from my pastor’s sermons. And I never let the opportunity pass to get my praise on in the car while I run errands. I wish I had some big bass speakers in the trunk!

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

That’s one of the hardest questions you can ask an author and an avid reader. There are so many great wordsmiths today, that my favorite author and/or book is usually the one that I’m currently reading.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I’m a journalist/public relations professional, turned author. Writing has always been in my blood, but I never thought writing novels would come down my career path. After attending Book Expo America in 2003 and meeting so many authors, editors, and bookstore owners, I knew for sure that I was on the right track. (Mind you, that was after a wrestle with God when I was searching for my true purpose). Shortly after returning from BEA, I submitted my manuscript to Moody Publishers and the rest has been history, or should I say her-story!

Tell us about your current book?

I haven’t been this excited about a book since the release of my first novel, A Heart of Devotion, in 2005. The Truth About Love will be released on March 1, 2008, and it’s the sequel to the 2006 release, Zora’s Cry. I know a lot of my dedicated readers have been anxiously awaiting this one and I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

The Truth About Love takes us back into the lives of four friends – Paula Manns, Belinda Stokes, Zora (Bridgeforth) Fields and Monet Sullivan, who once again have to depend on each other as they face life’s challenges. Paula’s marriage is still in shambles and seems irreparable, Belinda’s rebellious stepson is testing her marriage and her faith, Zora’s a newlywed who has to cope with her husband’s recent announcement of his call to the ministry, and seeing the trials in friends’ marriages, Monet questions the possibility of moving into a lifetime commitment with her boyfriend.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

It was a natural spin-off from Zora’s Cry. In that book, I’d intentionally left some issues in the characters’ lives unresolved because whether we like it or not, life doesn’t always wrap things up in a pretty little bow. But the characters of Zora’s Cry kept calling me in my head (and the readers kept sending me emails wanting to know what happened to them) so I put pen to paper. And although this book is a sequel, the plot is strong enough to stand on its own.

List your three most recent books (if applicable).

  • The Truth About Love (March 2008)
  • Zora’s Cry (June 2006)
  • A Heart of Devotion (2005 – Moody Publishers); (2007- Simon & Schuster)

What’s next for you?

I’m working on a half-book project that I hope to have complete by late March or early April. After that – a baby – and I haven’t thought much past that. I know my writing time may be few and far between for a few months. However, I am looking forward to joining my fellow sisters of the Anointed Authors On Tour during the city stops in the late fall once I get things settled at home. Please continue to check out our website at www.AnointedAuthorsOnTour.com for 2008 tour updates.

Where can visitors find you online?

Visitors can find me at www.TiaMcCollors.com or like everyone else who has a myspace page, I’m parked at www.myspace.com/TiaWrites.