Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ann Tatlock - Sharing Biblical Truth Through Fiction

Ann Tatlock is a novelist and children’s book author. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Christy Award, the Midwest Book Award and the Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media. She also serves as managing editor of Heritage Beacon, the historical fiction imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She lives with her family in Western North Carolina. Please visit her website at You may write to her at

If you’re anything like I am, one favorite book is hard to pick! Do you have two or three top picks among the historical genre that you would care to recommend?

Yes! Forgive me for this shameless plug, but among my favorite historical novels are some of our own stories at Heritage Beacon, the historical fiction imprint I manage for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Our next release—coming June 2015--is an absolute delight, a first novel by musician Buck Storm called The Miracle Man. One of our recent releases is Laurel by Susan F. Craft, and our very first release was a Christmas novella by Sandra Ardoin called The Yuletide Angel. I have to say I’m very excited about the quality of books we’re putting out at Heritage Beacon/LPC.

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

I can hardly believe I started writing historical novels before the advent of the Internet. I used to go to the library and come home with armloads of books. The funny thing is, I still do. While I do a great deal of research through websites, nothing beats books, as far as I’m concerned. History books, biographies, autobiographies…these offer up the historical details that help bring my stories to life.

What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?

The starting point for every writer is what he or she perceives as truth. Writers can portray the world only as they see it—whether that’s as a place of despair or a place of hope and grace. Whatever a writer believes, that’s where he starts. I believe the Bible portrays the world accurately and answers the questions of who made us, why we’re here and where we’re going. For that reason, I can’t write anything other than inspirational, or Christian, fiction. My desire to share biblical truth keeps me plodding ahead.

What do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?

Marketing. Ugh. I don’t like having to promote myself/my books through social media. In fact, I liked the world much better before technology took over our lives. Maybe that’s one reason I write historical novels!

Do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer? How do you think it comes across in your writing?

I’m much more character driven than plot driven. While the plot, or the outer story, interests me, the more memorable story in my opinion is what’s going on inside the character. I always want to know how people respond to the events going on around them, and how those events change them for good or for evil. My main characters are always somehow different people at the end of a novel than they were at the beginning, and that change is the heart of the story.

Would you like to share about what you are working on now?

I write non-fiction children’s books for Purple Toad Publishing, and at the moment I’m working on a book about the Statue of Liberty. I’ve written on such diverse topics as Hearst Castle, ancient China, Eleanor Roosevelt, opossums and medieval England and, boy, do I learn a lot. What’s really fun is that the publishing house was started by one of my best friends from high school. Who knew back then that one day we’d be producing children’s books together. Oh the places you’ll go!

Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?

Just this: The story you’re living is more important than the story you’re writing. You may become a best-selling author, but still, make sure your life is a love story with God instead of simply a success story that impresses the world.

Thank you, Ann, for joining us at Novel PASTimes. It has been a privilege to interview you.

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or in our comment section, please answer her question:

If you could live for one day at any place in time, what historical era would you choose and why?

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Bonnie Roof said...

I would love to live a day, in the Holy Land, during Christ's life on earth.

Thanks for the interesting interviews and giveaway opportunities!!


Kathleen Rouser said...

Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie. I have often thought
how wonderful it would be to spend a day with Jesus and His disciples. I just hadn't thought of it as
my favorite time in history. Thank you for sharing.

Ann Tatlock said...

Bonnie, can you imagine what it would be like to see Jesus on earth, living out his life in his own time? I would like to listen to him preach the Sermon on the Mount or see him heal the blind and the lame. It would be so incredible! Thanks for stopping by Novel PASTimes today.

Lane Hill House said...

I would choose the early forties ~ to know my mother. She died a month before my sixth birthday and I have no memory of her ~ other than... my love of reading. I always had lyrics recalled (my father played his Baby Grand) and nursery rhymes, fairy tales ~ Hans Christian Andersen, and Brothers Grimm, and Aesop's Fables come to mind. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

Lane Hill House said...

Oops, forgot to leave my contact e-mail lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Ann Tatlock said...

Kathleen, how special it would be if you could go back to the 40s and spend time with your mother. I wish that were possible! It sounds like you have cherished childhood memories nevertheless--the stories, and your father playing the piano. Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen Rouser said...

Lane, thank you for stopping by and sharing your
heart. I'm sure a day with your mother would be
priceless. I'm sorry you lost her so early in your life.

Ann Tatlock said...

I'm so sorry I wrote "Kathleen" when I meant the note for Lane!

Lane Hill House said...

I am also a Kathleen at Lane Hill House ~ Thanks, Ann, and Kathleen! :D (like your name; smiling)

Susan said...

I agree with Bonnie Roof. I would love to experience one day during Christ's time on Earth! Thanks so much for the chance to win Ann's book!
My email is:

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