Special Guest – Tosca Lee


by Keven Newsome

We’re starting today a new series here at NAF, featuring published authors giving us a glimpse about their publication journey.  That’s what we’re about anyway… chronicling our life and journey on the road to publication.  So what did that look like for others?  What was their journey?

This series will bring you a new published author each month, on the third weekend of the month, with articles written specifically for NAF and our readers.  We hope that you’ll find these guest articles encouraging and entertaining.

What greater author to kick this series off than Tosca Lee!  Not only is she an amazing author, but she surprisingly has something very big in common with most of NAF’s members.  In fact, if this blog had been around before she was published, she might very easily have been a member.  We are very honored and privileged to have her join us today!

You can find out all about Tosca Lee and her books at her website www.toscalee.com.  And FYI, you can get a free download of Demon there!  Also, don’t forget to be her friend on Facebook!  Here is her bio from her website:

Tosca Lee is the critically-acclaimed author of Demon: A Memoir–Christy Award finalist and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Silver Award winner–and Havah: The Story of Eve, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 stars from Romantic Times.

Forbidden, the first book in her new series with New York Times Bestseller Ted Dekker, releases September 2011.  Iscariot, Tosca’s highly-anticipated novel about the infamous betrayer of Christ, releases January of 2012.

A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States, Tosca received her B.A. from Smith College in Massachusetts. She also studied at Oxford University.

And now without further ado… here’s Tosca Lee.

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About Keven Newsome

Keven Newsome is an musician, theologian, and a bit of a nerd. He enjoys a variety of musical genres, from Christian rock to movie soundtracks to KPop. A former band director, he plays about a dozen instruments, given a couple of weeks to practice up. His theological work has included a book on multi-generational ministry and a thesis on the theology of communicating with the dead. As for his nerd-card, he enjoys the fandoms of The Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Lord of the Rings. With a music degree from William Carey University and a theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Keven actively serves in ministry as both pastor and worship leader.

11 comments on “Special Guest – Tosca Lee

  1. Awesome! I have a PDF and Nook copy of both DEMON and HAVAH. Still not sure which one to read first, though!

  2. Excellent post, Tosca and Keven. Thank you for sharing with all of us in cyberland. Faith and determination seem to be key for anything in life. =D

  3. Yeah, that was great! Well done all.

  4. A very inspiring read. Thanks for sharing with us here at the NAF, Tosca. 🙂

  5. Though I’ve thanked you innumerable times in email, I’d like to say thank you again here officially.

    Thank you! We are very honored!

  6. I appreciated the transparency and good advice here. I’ve heard such rave reviews about Tosca’s work that I have begun suggesting her work to others, though I have never read it myself. Havah and Demon will be added to my TBR pile, for sure.

  7. “Learn to let it be ugly along the way. No book will ever be as polished as that first one that you buffed to a mirror sheen for years before it was published. Find some peace with that.”

    This is so true, and makes me feel so good just reading it. I had so much time to write the first novel of my teen/tween Thomas Nelson series, so many months to daydream scenes and ideas. But when it was time for the second, I had less time to imgaine, and had to discipline myself to “dream on demand”. The ideas came, they just came differently.

  8. These words moved my heart, all right, especially the bit about being gracious. It’s so easy to get testy and defensive when critique partners start picking on the words we’ve slaved over. Grace and gratitude are indeed the keys. Thanks, Tosca.

  9. What an encouraging post! Thanks for taking us on your journey to publication, Tosca.
    Though it must have been such a struggle for you to keep going when nothing looked right, yet still you carried on in faith. The story HAD to be written and God knew it would be read.
    I am inspired…not only to keep writing, but to shake my head when that mean little voice pops up now and then to try and stop me.

    Thanks again.
    God Bless,

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