Tessa Afshar on accepting God’s invitation to a fresh start
Susie Larson Live
Do you wish you could start over in some area of your life? Maybe your faith feels stale. God has a vision for your life, and invites you to new things. Author Tessa Afshar shares hope and inspiration from her Bible study, "The Way Home: God's Invitation to New Beginnings."
Tessa Afshar and Susie discuss Tessa's book Daughter of Rome. With impeccable research and vivid detail, Daughter of Rome is both an emotive love story and an immersive journey through first-century Rome and Corinth, giving an imaged backstory to Aquila and Priscilla.
Are you looking for a video teaching series for your Women's Bible Study this fall? Monday we will highlight The Way Home, a Bible Study of Ruth, as we talk with Bible teacher Tessa Afshar. Through this study Tessa shows us how God turns pain and loss into hope and redemption in the story of Ruth and how He longs to make that exchange in our lives as well. Listen for this uplifting look at this Biblical love story that pictures the love of God for us today.
Daughter of Rome: A Conversation with Tessa Afshar
Life is Story
Biblical fiction is a difficult genre. There are so many expectations, limitations, and interpretations that an author must carefully weave through—all while imaginatively going “beyond the text” to bring the story to life. In recent [...] The post Daughter of Rome: A Conversation with Tessa Afshar appeared first on Life Is Story.
Bonus Content: Tessa Afshar on the power of perseverance
Susie Larson Live
In a special series of short bonus interviews with Northwestern Christian Writers Conference faculty members, author Tessa Afshar shares important lessons learned through perseverance in her writing career.
22 – “Don’t write because you want to get published. Write because you enjoy writing.” (with Tessa Afshar)
The Professional Writer
I debated long and hard about what to title this episode: How to make a tattooed construction worker cry like a baby “This girl knows nothing!” “It sounds wrong for someone who makes up stuff for a living to write a Bible study.” Eventually, I settled on, “Don’t write because you want to get published. Write because you enjoy writing.” That’s the bottom line for award-winning author, Tessa Afshar. But it wasn’t always that way. When Tessa submitted her first romance novels to publishers, she assumed she’d get offered contracts and would immediately begin living off her writing. Things didn’t work out that way. In episode #22, you’ll learn: How Tessa’s “romance with romance” began Why she gave up her longed-for writing career when publishers said “no” How a life-changing event strengthened her resolve to return to writing How Tessa’s publisher believed in her writing, took pity on a newbie author who “didn’t know anything,” and helped her establish her author brand And yes, you’ll learn how a scene in Tessa’s first novel made a tattooed construction worker cry like a baby. Tessa’s first book, Pearl in the Sand, was published in 2010, when biblical fiction was in its infancy. As she was writing the manuscript, a voice in the back of Tessa’s mind kept taunting, “This will never get published. Nobody will ever want to read this. This is so boring! This is terrible!” Pearl in the Sand sold out in three days. Since then, it has been translated into eight languages besides English. In October 2020, a tenth-anniversary edition, with new scenes and a new cover, is being released. Tessa’s 8-year journey to full-time writing It took eight years for Tessa to build her readership and writing income enough to transition to full-time writing and speaking. During those years, she worked full-time in women’s ministry while penning eight novels and one non-fiction book in her not-so-spare time. Tessa marvels that writing and speaking is now her full-time job. Not only that, but she does it “in a language that’s not even my own”(Persian is her first language). “Switching Lanes” to Non-Fiction In June of 2020, Tessa’s first non-fiction book was published. The Way Home is a 6-week Bible study on the story of Ruth. In the episode, Tessa reveals why her publisher initially turned down her idea for this Bible study, but welcomed it a few years later. She explains how a combination of in-depth research, “what if?” questions, and imagination brings her stories – and her Bible study – to life. Drawing Fresh Eyes We also discuss Tessa’s marketing strategy. In a competitive marketplace, all authors “have to work harder and harder to sell our books,” says Tessa. “It doesn’t matter how established you are. You need to find ways to draw new readers and fresh eyes to your work.” “You have to be disciplined about what you choose to do and what you choose not to do,” she says. Tessa explains how the “free” writing and speaking she does draws new readers, and how she uses social media to encourage her followers to persevere. Ultimately for Tessa, this journey is about writing for the sheer enjoyment of writing. “Be mindful that small beginnings are powerful,” she says. And feel confident that God’s intention for your writing is specific, she adds. “It has nothing to do with your worth; it has nothing to do with your talent; it has nothing to do with the fact that He loves you or doesn’t love you…. “Receive whatever opening He gives you with gratitude and run with that opening. Do not grow discouraged. Resist the lies you will hear and do the thing God created you to do.” Word Nerd Moment Biblical fiction: Writing about a biblical character or event. Inspirational historical fiction during the time of the Bible – A biblical character is present, but the story isn’t about biblical events. About Tessa Afshar Tessa was born in the Middle East to a nominally Muslim family, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. When her parents divorced, she moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. Tessa attended college in the United States, has lived most of her life there, and is a U.S. citizen. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa is the award-winning author of nine books – eight of them are inspirational fiction and biblical fiction. Visit TessaAfshar.com Tessa’s most recent books: Daughter of Rome (February 2020), a journey through first-century Rome and Corinth with Priscilla and Aquila. The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings (June 2020), a six-week, in-depth Bible study on the story of Ruth. An optional DVD contains additional teachings lasting approximately 15-20 minutes per session. Share Your Thoughts About This Episode Freebie of the Week: The 7 Biggest Website Turnoffs Prevent people from instantly clicking away from your website. My free cheatsheet and video training include quick fixes for each turnoff. How to Keep Up With The Show Ask questions, meet our guests, and share breakthroughs in The Professional Writer Podcast Community on Facebook. Click here to join the group. Click here to join my my email list and I’ll notify you about every episode. (When you subscribe, you’ll also get my free guide, Essential Resources for Running a Writing Business.) 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Dear Listeners, Real Talk. Show notes are the bane of my existence. They are literally the worst part of having a podcast. They murder my soul. If these were not reasons enough to put an end to this madness, the sheer number of arguments that show note deadlines have created in my marriage should be. I have a theory that show-notes are an unnecessary source of information that can easily be replaced with some good old fashion facebook stalking. Please feel free to use the links below to get to know this week’s guest or reach out to them directly. They are awesome and worth your Google efforts. Connect with Tessa Afshar Website || Facebook Connect with hey girl podcast Instagram || Facebook || Twitter Connect with Bethany Website || Instagram || Facebook