Monday, November 15, 2010

Jenness Walker & Tracy Bowen's "Bliss"

We're happy to have Jenness Walker and Tracy Bowen with us today talking about their book, Bliss. To learn more about them and their book, read on!

Publisher: Written World Communications

Cover blurb: When the universe lets you down, it’s time to go over its head. Following the stars, Indie Moore sets off to find ultimate happiness in South Florida. But in her quest for comfort and fortune, she encounters mishap and mayhem. She finds a home in a trailer park, a job scrubbing toilets, and a moody roommate-not quite the glamorous world she'd envisioned for herself when she left Rabbit Hole, Kansas. But maybe bliss looks a little different than she'd thought. Laugh and cry with Indie, the Miss Adventure of misadventure, as she blunders on land, by sea, and in church, seeking love and a sense of belonging...seeking true Bliss.

1. How did this story come to you?
J - The story started with this question: what if a girl was addicted to horoscopes, but every time she followed the advice it ended up in disaster?
T - The original premise came from the brilliant mind of Jenness. She approached me with the idea and asked if I would be interested in helping her bring the story to life. There were a million different ways that the book could have gone. After a very long beach walk together we mapped out the rest of the story. Our main goals were to reflect our belief that God is the source of true happiness in our lives, and to have fun in the process.

2. Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Hmmm. You probably don’t have enough room here to get into all of the details of that long saga.  Bliss placed in the 2007 Genesis contest, but it took a while to complete it, as it was our first book to write together and we had other projects going at the same time. We finished it just in time to miss the chick lit boom. But we loved the book and didn’t give up on it. New publisher Written World Communications decided to take a chance on us and Indie. We hope you’ll enjoy the result.

3. Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
J – 1. I won a contest in first grade, so my drawing was used in a newspaper to advertise a baseball game. 2. I can’t drink coffee. I wish I could. I love the smell and the whole idea of it, but I just can’t like the taste no matter how much I doctor it. 3. I don’t like to drive. If I’m out of familiar territory, I have to turn the music way up and sing along to steady my nerves.
T - I am fairly new to the party and most things about me would be a surprise since I am “unknown”.  1. I am terribly afraid of heights. This is a result of a little incident in my childhood that involved me being aboard a plane that crash-landed in a soy-bean field in a town called Santa Claus, Georgia. 2. I avoid a movie if I know that it has the potential to make me cry. Seriously, who puts money into buying a ticket or a DVD if they know it will make them sob? I can look at my checkbook and do that for free. 3. For most of my life I was a faithful church-going wreck of a woman who secretly felt inside that there was no way that God could ever love me. I was the queen of the façade. And then someone reached out to me, and truly showed me a glimpse of His character. I was loved to Jesus.

4. What are you working on now and what's next for you?
We have a couple projects together that are in different stages of development and are waiting to hear back from an editor about one of them.
J – Meanwhile, I’m trying to finish up a story that’s very close to my heart. It’s a darker women’s fiction story, but I pray that the darkness makes the glimpses of hope and faith that much brighter.
T - I am working on a non-fiction solo project. Somewhere in the back of my mind I also have a great story line for a children’s series. There are not enough hours in the day to cover all of the material that is whirling around inside this crazy, blonde head! 

5. Parting comments?
Thank you so much for having us! We hope you enjoy Bliss.

6. Where can fans find you on the internet?
Drop by and see us anytime at http://www.tandjbooks.com/, our joint website We also have a facebook page (Tracy and Jenness Books) and Jenness has a personal website (http://www.jennesswalker.com/).

15 comments:

  1. It is my thought that many woman will relate to this book. it is also a thoughtful cover, I want to know whose feet those are. I imagine them to those of Christ. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win this wonderful book. I hope I win.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  2. The book sounds great. I would love to win a copy! I do subscribe.

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  3. What an interesting premise for a story. I can't wait to read it. My beloved grandmother is a faithful follower of her horiscope...alas it just never quite lines up for her! It is my wish that even at her advanced age she'd come to understand the truth. I'm going to keep a look out for your book! Thanks for doing the interview and allowing us a little peak into it.

    Brandi
    vi2005@aol.com

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  4. I am interested in this book. I would love to win it.
    Blessings,
    Sherry Dennis
    heelfan91@att.net

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  5. What a great idea for your book. So many people depend on those little words in the horoscope. they never come true for me. So I dont watch them any more. but i have a friend who lives by them and it is funny watching her day in day out trying to make sure that everthing comes true in those little words each day. YOur book would be a great book for her to read.
    Great interview...
    Heidi
    heidijohnjeffATverizonDOTnet

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  6. I really would like to read this. Scrubbing toilets is definitely not a fun job! I would love to read about she finally found her bliss.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I'd love to read this book.:)
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  8. What a unique idea for a book...I'm going to put this one on my TBR list. I've always read my horoscope but beyond that never much took the idea to heart.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. Oh I have been looking in my Walmart for this book but have not seen it yet. Would love to win it! Thanks for offering this giveaway!
    Tanya Waterman

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  10. Forgot my e-mail address. tanyalovesdan@juno.com

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  11. would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance to do just that :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  12. I would love to discover/find bliss with Indie.

    Thanks,
    Lmaria23@hotmail.com

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  13. Would love to win!!3
    crystalrichards74@yahoo.com

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  14. To: Making out like a bandit
    The giveaway has already ended. They run a week from Monday to Monday. Thanks!

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