Words can not express how elated I am to have as my guest today, debut Christian Fiction Author Tyora Moody. Ty, as she’s affectionately known, has played a major role in my literary journey. She taught me what an “url” is and how not to head-hop. My writing is stronger because of her and she keeps me looking good with great graphics.
Much success and many blessing to you, Ty!
by Tyora Moody
I kept notebooks of ideas for books for several years. None of the ideas were for a fiction book though. I can remember writing short stories in high school and college, but it seemed to be something I grew out of mainly because I started to pursue more of my love for design. So for about ten years, I mainly wrote nonfiction pieces likes devotions, bible studies and how-to articles.The desire to birth a story returned in 2006.
I have always been a journal person. The journal was where I poured my thoughts, lists and sketches. This particular year, I used the pages for something different. Characters made their presence known. One character in particular intrigued me. It was a young girl in the back of a police car. Who was she? I wrote countless chapters in an attempt to tell the story of this little girl. Why should the reader care about her being in the back of the police car? At one point I thought about cutting this scene which eventually became the prologue in When Rain Falls.
The scene remained through all my writing (and chopping). It was like she wouldn’t leave me alone until I told her story. It took me years, but I finally did. During the process, my main character, Candace Johnson, took me on a journey through her past. This one event deeply affected Candace well into adulthood.
How has events from your childhood affected you today as an adult? Read below the opening of When Rain Falls.
Excerpt from When Rain Falls by Tyora Moody – Prologue
Twisting her torso around, the girl strained against the seat belt to peek through the police car’s back window. Lights burned from several nearby houses, creating an eerie glow against the damp night sky. A number of sleepy-eyed neighbors lined the street, their attention focused toward a small white house, now decorated with yellow tape around the yard.
The front door opened, spilling bright lights onto the tiny porch. Two police officers walked out with a man between them. The cops were tall, but not nearly as tall as the handcuffed man, whose arms were muscular and huge. The girl tensed, her eyes drawn toward the man’s white tank top, which revealed more than his furry chest. Bright and dark reds merged into a strange starburst pattern around his middle.
He turned his head in her direction, his narrowed eyes hunting for her. The flashing blue lights danced across his face, highlighting his light brown eyes. His lips parted, showing off perfect white teeth. He’d found her. Like always, his smile stopped at the curves of his mouth, never reaching his eyes. She never knew if he liked or hated her.
Thank you for reading a partial excerpt. I hope you will grab a copy of When Rain Falls to follow Candace’s journey through grief and loss.
About the Book
“Why does God keep taking away the people I love?” This is the lamentation of widow CANDACE JOHNSON when her best friend is brutally murdered. Ensnared by a deep-rooted bitterness, seeping her faith day by day, Candace is determined to seek justice.
Detective Darnell Jackson is in need of clues fast. The police captain is coming down hard on him and his partner to find out who murdered Pamela Coleman, the daughter of a high profile judge. Darnell confers with Candace to get the inside track on events leading up to the murder. As the investigation heats up, his growing attraction for Candace plays havoc on Darnell’s judgment.
Little does she know, Candace’s quest to find the truth has led her straight to the killer. She’s already lost loved ones. Now Candace must choose to completely trust God with her own life.
About the Author
Tyora Moody’s debut novel, When Rain Falls, is the first book in the Victory Gospel series. She owns and operates Tywebbin.com, a design and marketing company. Her company’s niche is assisting authors with branding and developing an online presence. Tyora served as a judge for the Christy Awards for threee years. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers. Tyora resides in South Carolina.
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