My name is T. Webb. I'm the author of Before The Beginning.
I was born in the Midwest. In college I double majored in English and Music. I've been a worship leader and a home educator. My husband Doug and I have six children: two toddlers, two teens, and two college students. I love being a sports mom. I love to cook and I am beginning to love golf.
Which writer inspires you?
As a home educator I have taught literature for years. It is not so much an individual author that has inspired me, but individual books or poems. My favorites: Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities; Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo; The Autobiography of John Adams; and various poems by Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes.
Have you written other books? If so, what are the titles?
I have books to finish. No Road Too Long is on hold--I'm half done, but I need to take a step back from the protagonist for awhile. I have a children's series that I started more than 10 years ago. It's time to finish it.
How much research, if any, do you do when writing a book?
It depends. Before The Beginning was inspired from a family bible study led by my husband. The study lasted more than a year, so this was my research.
For the children's series, I have had to do research on past Christian prayer movements.
Why do you write?
I love the power of words. I love how phrases, creatively constructed, can evoke emotion or vision or destiny. I love the affect that certain books and poems have had on my life. As a teenager, I sometimes read 1-2 books a day.
Where do you get your ideas from?
God. 100 % God-inspired. He drops a vision, a picture, even a plot in my mind. As a teenager, I was a huge daydreamer. That wasn't exactly a healthy habit. Now, I let Him guide my imagination.
Do you use an outline, plot, or just see where the story takes you?
Each book has been different. I have an outline for the children's series. The definite ending is unknown to me at this time. However, I know what I want to convey through the series. No Road Too Long is interesting. I'm navigating this plot as I write it. The character is pretty dynamic. I know her emotional journey in my mind, but I'm having to decide at what point in her personal journey to end the book. Before The Beginning, since it is based on Ezekiel 28, was easier to write. However, I had to pray through it since it was to be as Bible-based and God- inspired as possible. That was fun. Writing the action scenes was challenging for me. God had to really help me with that.
What's your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is actually a poem by Langston Hughes. "Bring me all your dreams, you dreamers. Bring me all your heart melodies, that I may wrap them in a blue-cloud cloth, away from the too-rough fingers of the world."
What's your favorite Bible verse?
"I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." Jeremiah 31:3
What do you like to do for fun?
I'm an HGTV and Food Network fan. I like to play games with my family and hang out with friends.
Do you write a blog? If so where can we find it at?
Where can readers find your books?
To purchase: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/before-the-beginning-tina-webb/1116308678?ean=2940148654629
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/OCfqu-soAXg
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