I had the pleasure of meeting Sammy Tippit a few years ago when we were both taking the same writing course. Welcome Sammy! It's great to have you here to discuss your new book and learn a little bit more about you. :) How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
It is at the core of my writing. I am attempting to write fiction that doesn’t just add my faith in the story, but my fiction where faith is at the center of the story.
I can relate to that since I also write fiction. :) How did you develop a 'love of story'?
It began early in my Christian life. I experienced a personal faith in Christ while attending the university and found that following Jesus was an incredibly wonderful adventure. I began writing and speaking about the adventure upon which I had embarked. I developed a style of speaking that included telling stories of the things God had done in my life. When I started writing, it was natural to take the storytelling with me. A few years ago, I started thinking about fiction. I didn’t have any idea how to write fiction, but I knew how to tell a story. Once I learned some of the basics of fiction writing, I found a fun way to share truths through fiction stories.
That's great, Sammy. When do you fit writing into your day?
I have a crazy schedule, especially when I’m traveling and speaking. I try to find “seasons” to write. During those seasons, I write mostly in the afternoons and edit/write during the mornings.
How long have you've known you're a writer?
I knew I wanted to write in 1985. I had visited Romania and saw the most incredible spiritual revival among people who were suffering for their faith. I was compelled to write their story. I wrote it shortly thereafter. It was published by Moody Press.
That's right, you have a number of nonfiction titles you've written as well. You are a man of many talents. :) You shared that you write Christian inspirational on the nonfiction side and mystery and suspense on the Christian fiction side. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
I’ve been traveling back to city (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) where I grew up during the past few years. My wife’s father passed and her mother became ill. Thus, I found myself needing to travel to Louisiana on a consistent basis. South Louisiana has a unique culture, and I thought it would be fun to write a series of Christian mystery/suspense thrillers set in Baton Rouge. As I met with some of my high school classmates, I wondered what might happen to someone who had left the city and returned after forty-four years. The story began to take shape in my mind. Also, I became aware of thousands of young people who are being trafficked in America and thought it would be good to create a story that highlighted human trafficking in America. The story is not about human trafficking. It’s about one man’s search for family, but it highlights trafficking.
I love the cover. What is one thing you hope readers will take away from your story?
The power of forgiveness to heal our deepest hurts and revive our hearts.
Ooh. that's a great theme. What do you plan to work on next?
I will be writing the second book in the Louisiana Family Mystery series. It will highlight cyber crime and continue with the same major characters.
That's wonderful. Where do you get ideas?
Everywhere, everyone I meet.
:) What qualities do you look for in a hero and heroine?
Transparency and authenticity.
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Philippians 1:20, 21. Jesus isn’t just a part of my life. He is my life.
Amen. What does your writing space look like?
I love to write in coffee shops. And believe it or not, I write much on airplanes. Because I travel much and no one can contact me on a plane, it’s a great place to write.
I know your speaking ministry has taken you all over the world. What is the farthest place from home that you've traveled?
That's definitely somewhere I've never been. :) Is there something about you most people wouldn’t know?
I am a little reserved.
:) I'm guessing most writers would say the same thing. Where can readers connect with you?
Thanks again for sharing your life with us, Sammy. Best of wishes with your new release. Next week Darlene Franklin will be sharing. Be sure to leave a comment this month for the chance to win: