In January of this year I had the privilege of reviewing Toni Teepell's debut novel, A Truth Worth Tellin' for Goodreads. This book deeply touched me and I loved the story and the characters. When I asked Toni to tell me what inspired the story, she shared this very personal heartfelt information. Toni has graciously agreed to give away 3 copies of her book. Details at end of post.
The dream to become a published author began when I was eleven years old and remained through marriage, children, career, and plenty of life. Forty-one years later, my dream has become a reality. After teaching elementary school for fourteen years, I am now able to write/market full time. I am married to a wonderful man who keeps life interesting and fun. We have two sons, a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. My husband and I love being Noni and Poppy, and cherish every moment with our grandsons.
Although fiction, the inspiration for A Truth Worth Tellin' comes from two extraordinary people who taught me the true meaning of love. My mother, diagnosed with schizophrenia in her twenties, walked through horrific events with an unwavering faith in God. When well, she chose gratefulness over bitterness and never lost her optimism or love of life. My father demonstrated unconditional love and commitment that went far beyond what one would expect possible. Their story of hope, struggle, and determination is worth telling.
Here are the details of the giveaway: