Tina Rae Collins
Author and Copy Editor
little about me:
favorite books are my "Emily series" of novels. The setting is eastern Kentucky in
the Appalachian Mountains in the mid-'50s and early '60s. I have long
loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and decided that my youth would
make a good story if I presented it the way she presented hers. After
all, I began my schooling in a one-room school with a pot-bellied stove.
We used an outhouse and drank water at school that we carried in
buckets from a mountain stream.
I wanted to write books that
would entertain, but I also felt that if God had given me a talent to
write then I must use that talent to glorify Him. So all my books gently
teach moral lessons. Emily, my main character (who, of course, portrays
me in the books) is inquisitive and adventurous. She gets herself into
some messes but always learns an important truth in the end. I have now published four books in this series. I am offering a special price for the set of four, which is available here on my web site on the Home page.
Besides these books I have
published seven others--two poetry books, a fable about chickens that I
co-authored with James Johnson, a novel about my divorce, a non-fiction
book for pre-teens about growing up in the Lord, a book of religious articles, and a book for women on
being the glory of man. All these books are available on this site.
was producer, director, and star of "Writers Reading," which aired for
five years to about 25,000 people on WPRG in Harold, Kentucky. I
interviewed authors on that show and was able to read quite a bit from
my own writings.
I published my first book, a poetry book called
Down Mare Creek Road, in 1993. About that same time I began writing
fiction with the novel When Angels Cry (2004), as a form of
therapy to get past the pain of a divorce. I called myself Emily in that
book and continued with that name when I decided to write my "Emily series" of
novels so that my children would have a record of what life was like
when I was growing up.
Success for me is not a fat bank account.
It is knowing that I have written something that others learn from or
enjoy reading. My niece was checking out at a store one time and the
woman checking her out was reading my poetry book. The lady pointed to a
poem and said, "That's my life!" And that is why I write. I want to
share the human experience. I want to say: You are not alone. Or, as
Matthew Arnold said in "The Buried Life," "The same heart beats in every
Most important, I write for the glory of God. If
what I write is not pleasing to the Creator of the universe, then it's
not worth writing and nobody needs to read it! I try to keep my mind on
what is true, honest, just, pure, and lovely. That does not mean that I
am "preachy" or that I don't write about my sorrows or struggles, or
even my anger. But I try to make sure of my purpose--that it is to find
redeeming value and honor my Father in heaven.
Oh, yeah, and I
also write to have fun! If I don't enjoy writing something, most likely
nobody will enjoy reading it.