Whodunnit? Won’t He Do It? by Tyora Moody

When I’m at a book event, I always warn readers that I write mystery and suspense under the Christian Fiction genre. That’s right somewhere in my books, often within the first chapter or so, there’s a dead body. I’m not into the graphical stuff, but I do push my characters to the edge of their emotions as they try to figure out “whodunnit.”

The funny thing was in the back of my mind I’ve always thought I would write a book, but I never imagined it would be a fiction.  I have always loved devouring a good mystery, suspense or thriller, but my writing tended to be nonfiction, in the form of articles, devotions and bible studies.

At the beginning of 2006 I sensed I had reached a crossroads and I asked God for a new direction creatively. You see I live and breathe creativity. I get bored easily and in all honesty, being creative is an escape for me. It may have been a few days later, but characters showed up in my mind. The concept wasn’t foreign to me, as a child, and then as teenager I loved making up stories. I liked seeing reactions to my stories from my parents, teachers and other students. But like a lot of us as we grow older,  I buried the joy of storytelling.

So my journey towards becoming a Christian Fiction author began the moment I started writing When Rain Falls in 2006. I completed it around 2008 and even paid to get the manuscript edited.  Then, the rug was pulled out from under me in 2009 with a divorce. It’s crazy, but that year started out with the anticipation of seeking a literary agent, and ended with my manuscript and my dreams catching dust.  I wanted to put the past decade of my life behind me, so the workaholic side of me took over.  I escaped into a fierce and ambitious workload.  As I worked into the late hours of the night, I pushed aside the fact that my household had drastically changed.

But in 2010, something stirred deeply in my spirit. I picked up the almost forgotten manuscript for When Rain Falls  and I re-read it. As I read how Candace grieved her deceased husband, I realized I had been grieving in a very different way. When I saw how Candace’s daughter, Rachel, lashed out in anger after losing her dad, I recognized myself. I wouldn’t admit it out loud to anyone, but I was angry and hurt. God woke me up and reminded me He had plans for me despite the fact I had grown sullen. The story ministered to me.

I didn’t know where the funds were coming from, but I made a decision to attend the Faith and Fiction Retreat hosted by Tiffany L. Warren. It was the first time pitch sessions were offered to writers. On the day of the pitch, I sat in front of four editors with my heart on my sleeve and talked about the story that had been apart of my life since 2006. It took a few months to hear back from anyone. There were two rejections, but in December 2010 I received an answer to a prayer from Urban Christian.

I have since written the three books in the Victory Gospel Series and I’m thrilled about the spin-off. The first book in the Serena Manchester Series, Hostile Eyewitnesswill be released March 31, 2015. My work with a traditional publisher has given me the confidence to branch out into the world of independent publishing. While most authors won’t admit to a favorite character, it’s such a joy to write the character, Eugeena Patterson. I truly want to be her in many ways when I get to my retirement years… well, I don’t want to be stumbling over dead bodies, but I love her spunk. Plus her budding romance with Amos Jones gives me hope that maybe one day I will cross that line and fall in love again.

Speaking of spunk!  The #BlackChristianReads group rock!  I have read books by most of these authors and have been a fan long before being published myself. It’s such an honor to be included.

I consider it a privilege to write Christian Fiction. In fact while I specialize in writing whodunnits, I hope by the time you finish reading any of our books that you are saying, “Won’t He Do It?

Check out my literary endeavors at TyoraMoody.com.


16 Replies to “Whodunnit? Won’t He Do It? by Tyora Moody”

  1. I’ve read everything Tyora has written and I have not been disappointed and I don’t expect it. I bet you won’t guess who done did it…LOL

    1. Missy, I’m so blessed to have a reader like you. I will definitely do my best to make sure I can keep readers from guessing who did it before the ending of the book. I have never liked when I guessed whodunnit early in a book. 🙂

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