About the Book
Book: About Face, Rest, and Intents & Purposes
Author: Tonia Colleen Martin
Genre: Illustrated Poetry
Release Date: 2019 and 2020
The terrible accident happened too long ago to remember the specifics. Having lost what she doesn’t remember owning, it takes the miracle of crossing paths with Hush, Shush and Silence, to reveal the truth. The shock of realizing she struggled to maintain an identity never meant to be hers, floors her. From a position of surrender, the surface of her tears mirrors who she has always been but hasn’t seen and does not know. Unimaginable possibilities, surprising choices and thrilling freedom ensues.
At the core of all anxiety is mistaken identity. About Face invites readers to consider who they might be apart from other people’s expectations and who they might become.
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A perennial gift book for the stressed and beleaguered. Falling into the growing category of children’s books for adults, Rest: An Invitation to Freedom, lures readers out of frenzied productivity into a state of peaceful contemplation. Written for exhausted high achievers, this story is suitable for office lobbies, coffee and bedside tables.
“The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. At its best, the fairy story or fantasy is far from being a flight from reality; it is, rather, a flight to reality.”- JRR Tolkein
“The trumpet of imagination, like the trumpet of the Resurrection, calls the dead out of their
graves.” – GK Chesterton
“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” — C.S. Lewis
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This story took longer to live than to transcribe. For daydreamers, truth-seekers, joy-feeders, and those longing to let your heart instruct your mind, this little book is for you. Falling into my own stylized category of children’s book for adults, Intents and Purposes, chronicles the path of a life abandoned by disconnection and loneliness as it moves to the threshold of hope and contentment.
Both text and illustrations are mine. Although countless versions reside in my constantly reconfiguring memory, this compilation seems to be its truest version.
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About the Author
I earned my MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, received the Hallberg Award for Art; Best of Show, Blue Line Gallery, Membership Medley; published in The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies; Ruminate Magazine; Metonym; Sierra College Journal.
More from Tonia
They are ready! Finally! These three illustrated books are condensed chronicles of various phases of my spiritual development. Over the years, I’ve learned that the deepest matters of the heart seem to be resistant to the confines of words. Images aid in the capture of emotions, but even still, the heart is shy. It runs from impatience and requires a concentration of listening and a suspension of judgment.
Each one of these books hovers over distinct territories and touch down in depths most avoid. I struggle to put my experiences into a kind and beautiful package, hoping to lure readers into places of feeling many might avoid. Not realizing they would be officially released during this unnerving pandemic, I am now so grateful for the message of hope that invites readers into possibilities and faith in our merciful Father of Lights who brought all things into being and is, even now, administering Peace to those who simply ask and expect. For those who suffer in the unknown, as I have and often do, I invite to include the reading of these missives of encouragement and their distribution of the message of Hope hidden in their pages. They were written to uplift you on the days when you can find no words for your longing, no relief for your uncertainty and a deep desire for encouragement. I am eager to get them out in the world.
When/how did you decide to become a writer?
I was in my late 20’s.
Which author has most influenced your own writing?
C.S. Lewis; Frederick Buechner; Wendell Berry.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I take forever to write. I often start from a “lyrical impulse and work backwards, ”which is the funniest description I’ve ever heard. But some fancy editor told me that and its always rolled around in my mind.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I write almost everyday but rarely at the same time or the same amount or on the same thing.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser.
Do you have a favorite or special place to write?
Yes, in my office. I need to be quiet and confined.
Is there a particular literary period that you’re drawn to (Regency, Victorian, Romantic, Modernism, etc.)? Why?
No I like a wide variety of books and articles and poetry and subjects.
Describe your book in five words.
BOOKS YOU WANT TO GIFT
Which one of your characters speaks most to your heart? Why?
The characters all speak for me from regions I couldn’t access any other way.
Do you ever hide things in your stories for readers to find?
What are your hobbies?
Who was/is your biggest inspiration?
Do you have a favorite Bible verse, or is there a particular Bible story that really resonates with you?
The Story of Esther inspires me. I wish I had Esther’s courage.
If you could live inside a book, which one would it be?
Oh wow! What an interesting question. The more I thought about it, the more frightening it became. The idea gives me claustrophobia. I think I love reading stories to experience characters making difficult choices and speaking up when I’d be too much of a coward to do the same. I can be inspired but I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a book.
If you could meet one author, living or passed, who would it be?
Mike Mason or Frederick Buechner.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Get a group of like minded writers and commit to being a “tribe.” A group like the Inklings…that’s what every writer needs.
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Texas Book-aholic, September 20
Beauty in the Binding, September 21 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, September 21
For Him and My Family, September 22
For the Love of Literature, September 23 (Author Interview)
Inklings and notions, September 24
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 25
Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 26 (Author Interview)
Artistic Nobody, September 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 28
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 29
Sara Jane Jacobs, September 30
Through the Fire Blogs, October 1 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, October 1
Emily Yager, October 2
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