This week, Ann Tatlock has graciously agreed to talk with me about her career in writing. She’s the author of 10 novels and four children’s books. Her newest novel, Sweet Mercy, was released in May by Bethany House Publishers. She also enjoys teaching at various writers conferences throughout the year, especially because it gives her the chance to meet and mingle with so many amazing Christian writers, both published and yet-to-be published. She lives with her husband and daughter in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
ADG: Tell me a bit about yourself, how long you’ve been writing, what types of writing you do, etc.
AT: I was raised in the little-known state of Delaware (otherwise known as the Small Wonder, but only by those of us who have actually lived there). Dad was a chemical engineer and Mom was a nurse-turned-mother/homemaker. While growing up, I thought I’d become a nurse like Mom but God had other plans, which is a good thing because I have a decidedly non-scientific mind. I had dabbled in writing from earliest childhood, and by the end of my freshman year of college, I knew writing was meant to be my life work. I have a master’s degree in journalism and spent five years as an editor for Decision magazine before leaving to pursue novel-writing full-time. By then, I understood how powerful story can be in promoting biblical truths. After all, C.S. Lewis’ journey from atheism to Christianity began when he read a novel by George MacDonald.
ADG: Why did you decide to become a writer?
AT: Becoming a writer was a no-brainer because writing is the only talent I have. Thankfully, I also enjoy it so it works out well!
AT: Something new! One of my friends from high school is starting a publishing house with her husband, an extremely talented artist. It’s a secular press specializing in children’s literature, and I’ve written books for four of their series so far. Right now I’m working on one titled, “My Friend is Christian,” which is an opportunity to explain the Christian faith to children who might otherwise not know or understand what it’s all about. Because it will end up in public school libraries, I’m very excited at the thought of how the Lord will use this book.
ADG: What do you have coming out next? What do your fans have to look forward to?
AT: Promises to Keep has been picked up by Big Film Factory and will soon be a motion picture. This is the first of my novels to be turned into a movie. Big Film Factory is a fairly new production company out of Nashville, specializing in inspirational films. The screenwriter, Rusty Whitener, is a friend of mine, and he’s done a fabulous job with the screenplay. Casting is being done right now, and filming should begin by the end of the summer. I hope my readers will enjoy this film adaptation of Promises to Keep!
AT: Persevere. If God has called you to writing, then he has a place for you. At the same time, don’t fall into the trap of using sales numbers/bestseller lists/starred reviews/awards to measure your worth. Your worth as a child of God is immeasurable. Our lives are meant to be a love story with him, not a success story that dazzles the world.
ADG: How can my readers find out more about you and your work?
Please visit my website at http://www.anntatlock.com/. You can also contact me through the website; I’d love to hear from you!