After a bit of a hiatus, the #RealmMakers2018 Faculty Spotlights continue! As we enter the last week of June, we’ll be highlighting a different faculty member every day this week! Today, we’re kicking off with our pre-conference workshop leader, the fabulous Tosca Lee!
From our Pre-Conference page:
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times, CBA and Indie bestselling author of THE PROGENY, FIRSTBORN, ISCARIOT, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, DEMON: A MEMOIR, HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (FORBIDDEN, MORTAL, SOVEREIGN). Her books have won the Gold Medallion, the Christian Retailer’s Choice Award, Forward Magazine’s Book of the Year Silver and Bronze, and have finaled for numerous others, including a second Gold Medallion and two Christy awards.
Welcome to the Realm Makers blog. Tell us a little about you and how you got into the publishing world.
The short version is “teachers and parents.” Several key teachers of mine encouraged me to write starting in grade school and up into high school. And it was my Dad who made a deal with me that would change my life when, one day while I was home from college talking about my favorite novel of all time (The Mists of Avalon) I blurted out, “I want to write a book.” He made me a deal right there: I’d spend the summer writing my first novel, full-time, and he’d pay me what I would have made working at the bank as a teller (which was what I had been planning to do). I wrote the novel and submitted it to a literary agent… and for the rest of the story you’ll have to join me at the Realm Makers pre-session in July! (Hey, my editor doesn’t call me the “queen of cliffhangers” for nothin’…)
What makes you most passionate about writing/publishing?
I’ve found that the answer to this question can be different, given the year and what I’m working on. It has been a desire to live through other time periods in history, a desire to sit at the side of Jesus Christ “in person,” or to simply write the most fast-paced run-for-your-life plot I could churn out to keep readers up far too late at night. At the moment, I’m interested in crafting custom-made escapes that take people away from the rigors of their lives—a job I take very seriously. To say to my readers, “Come away with me. I promise you’re in good hands.”
There’s a lot of online and publishing and social media noise. It’s all noisy. Find time to be quiet and listen.
If you weren’t a writer or involved in the publishing world, what would you do?
I originally wanted to be a ballerina, and was very serious about that career. So I might have become a choreographer.
What are you teaching at Realm Makers this year and why should attendees check it out?
I’m teaching the pre-session and you should DEFINITELY come a) so we can spend an epic six hours together focusing on the foundation of amazing stories and long-lasting careers and b) so I can tell you the rest of what happened in question 1.
What are YOU most looking forward to about Realm Makers?
Everyone there—from former attendees to first-timers. I love seeing and meeting everyone!
And we definitely can’t wait to see Tosca again! She’s always a lot of fun. Less than a month to go!