Saturday, February 3, 2018

$50 Amazon gift card and fantasy author Diana Anderson-Tyler

Three small-town young women face big-time battles.

If your writing journey, like that of Diana Anderson-Tyler, has proved much more than a transient phase, then you've likely discovered that pursuing your passion as an adult is no longer like playing in a sandbox.

Gone are the care-free, easy-going days of simply devising clever stories or thinking up unique characters and hastily following after them with your pen. Diana's writing has made the beautiful transition from hobby to profession, from curiosity to obsession, from amusement to craft, from passion to purpose.

Diana has come to believe that writers are also warriors. Many giants must be slayed as we strive to share our stories with the world. Many invaders must be routed as we defend the work whose characters, settings, conflicts, and themes keep us up at night.

Armor for Orchids is a story of hope, inspiration, and life-changing belief.

After suffering a heart-aching breakup, Marissa retreats into herself, over-exercising and depriving herself of food. When she takes on an acting role portraying a mysterious woman named Poppy, she realizes that to find joy again, she must fight for it.

Still reeling from the void left after her father died, Elise fills the space with short-lived thrills and flings, each leaving her lonelier than before. But when she meets Brady Bradshaw, the lead actor in a movie being filmed in her hometown of Bluebonnet, she finds herself drawn to something more than his charm and good looks.

The honeymoon phase ended long ago for Charlotte and her husband, who pays more attention to his phone and sports than to her. After meeting handsome, blue-eyed Wes, her imagination shifts from the fantasy world of her romance novels to reality. Will she strive to save her marriage, or will lust and apathy undermine what she knows is right?

Poppy McAdams calls these women the Orchids. Despite barely knowing them, this sage older woman assigns each a particular species of orchid, one that reveals what they struggle against and how to fight back victoriously. Her own life has been rife with hardship and heartache, but it serves the Orchids well as they learn to trust in God’s work.

Still curious about the author? Time for an interview with Diana...

What inspires you to write?
Inspiration, to me, is most often birthed from life experience – the peaks, the valleys, the smooth seas and the storms. When I allow myself to draw from the well of my own life, I find inspiration flows infinitely more freely. When I try to leave my personal life out of my work by suppressing memories and refusing to reflect, my writing suffers because I’m not allowing myself to be vulnerable.

As BrenĂ© Brown says in her popular TED Talk on the power of vulnerability, to be vulnerable is not weakness. Rather, it’s “our most accurate measure of courage.” If I don’t feel somewhat nervous or vulnerable when I’m writing, I’m not being courageous. I’m not giving my all.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
It depends on the genre and how many point-of-view characters I have. Each book in The Petros Chronicles (a fantasy series with four POVs) took me a little over four months to write. The current series I'm editing, the Orchid Series, features one point-of-view character per book; they each took me just over three months to write.

What are you working on right now?
I'm actually working on a TV sitcom pilot! I majored in screenwriting, so it's been fun getting back to my storytelling roots!

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Never give up. Even when life gets in the way and every writing door seems to be slamming, never stop writing. Even if it’s just 100 words a day. Even if you have no aspirations to be published or to let anyone see your work. If you love writing, you must write, because, as Franz Kafka so perfectly put it, “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

Write to express yourself. Write to explore. Write to play. Write to find light in darkness. Write to find hope in despair. Write to find peace amid chaos.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Wow, what a good - but tough!- question! I would say Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. It's based on the ancient Greek myth of Eros and Psyche. As is all of Lewis's work, it's beautifully written and explores themes of love and its subtle counterfeits, sacrifice, self-deceit, and self-sacrifice. Lewis thought it "far and away" his best book, and most critics agree based on its imaginative scope. It's excellent!

So who wants to win something?! Diana Anderson-Tyler and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.


  1. Found that reebok site will not show entry form...keeps reverting back to adds and comments...just letting you know...

    1. That's odd. So the Gleam form isn't appearing on that page? I just tried a couple different browsers and the form appears for me.


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