Shannon here: Historical romance author shares a funny story on the way to romance plus a chance to win her latest release, Antique Dreams. Comment on any post dated Oct 25 – 28 to to enter the drawing. Deadline: Nov 9th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Tiffany:
When I met the man who is now my husband, I had pretty much turned the entire search for love over to God. Having endured my teen years and most of my 20’s as a single with no dates, no prospects, and no one asking me out, I decided I’d leave the finding to the Creator of love. He had to do a much better job than I could. Of course, I didn’t expect HOW God would make it happen.
After college and graduating with only a B.S. in Education and not my M.R.S., I started my career in teaching and dabbled in some fiction writing on the side. This led me to joining an organization now called ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and attending their annual conference. In 2004, at their conference in Denver, there weren’t many men in attendance. I believe the count went as high as 6, and that included the faculty. So, when a single man approached the registration table, you can bet he’d be noticed. And since I worked registration every year, I spotted him right away. We exchanged pleasantries, and he went on his way.
The next day, we ended up sitting next to each other at breakfast after I changed the table sign from “25 and under” to “28 and under” and he sat down next to me. Later, I’d discover we share the same birthday, one year apart. But the best part happened in one of the general sessions when our emcee, Brandilyn Collins, read from pieces of paper submitted by attendees that explained why they deserved a free book (donated from various publishers). When she came to one and started to read it, she stopped, unable to pronounce the words written. Finally, she gave up and looked out over everyone gathered, then called out, “Stuart, get up here and read this.”
As it turns out, he had written his reply in Saurian, a language he had created himself for the characters in his novel series featuring alien dinosaurs in space. If I had been intrigued by this tall, dark, and handsome man after meeting him at registration and sharing a table at breakfast, now I was fascinated! But imagine this: a hopeful romantic historical romance writer who’d spent nearly 30 years of her life looking for the man of her dreams, and the man turns out to be a scif-fi/fantasy writer, immersed in a fantasy world of alien dinosaurs, who lived 2000 miles away. And not only that? But he actually wore a dinosaur mask to a booksigning and taught me how to say “bite me” in Saurian. For those wondering, it’s “Nirt dine.”
Needless to say, our road to romance was nothing like what I thought it would be when I met the man I’d one day marry. Looking back, though, I wouldn’t change a single thing. It’s been perfect for us. And if anyone asks, I tell them, “I write normal stories and leave the weird stuff to my husband.”
About Tiffany: Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International, who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold fourteen books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary Agency. You can also find her on Facebook – www.facebook.com/AuthorAmberStockton; Twitter – www.twitter.com/AmberStockton; web site – www.amberstockton.com. Ordering links can be found on the books page of my web site – www.amberstockton.com/books.html
About the book – Antique Dreams: Lillian’s brother has one last request. On a cold April night as the Titanic sinks to the ocean floor, Conrad Bradenton asks his new business partner, Aaron Stone, to fulfill a final wish: that Aaron return a well-worn book to his family and take care of his sister. Aaron seeks out Conrad’s family, never imagining the depth of his commitment until he meets lovely Lillian Bradenton. Hit hard by the despair in her eyes, Aaron encourages Lillian to restore her hope by bringing a boarded-up bookstore back to life. Lillian is uncertain whether she can trust this stranger, the last link to her beloved brother. But she has faith in her brother’s ability to read people. If Conrad saw something in Aaron, maybe she will in time. Then Aaron is summoned to London, and Lillian wonders if it is too late to turn hesitant friendship into undying love.
Come back Oct 28th for Tiffany’s romantic interview!