Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Book Tour for She Is My Child by Tammy Coulter!
About the Book
Book: She Is My Child
Author: Tammy Coulter
Release date: June 7, 2022
In 2007, fourteen-month-old Ava was diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome, a rare, progressive, genetic disorder for which there was no treatment. The jarring news left her mother Tammy reeling and wondering what the future held for her daughter. As the days following the diagnosis blurred together, Tammy saw two paths before her—fall apart or fall into the arms of the Lord. For a time, she did both, struggling with her emotions one moment, feeling God’s peace the next, all while continuing to care for her young family. Slowly, through near-constant prayer and Bible study, her burgeoning faith grew stronger than her fear and distress, leading her to a path she hadn’t seen—one that would test her even more and offer help for Ava. In She is My Child, Tammy Coulter shares her spiritual journey, alongside Ava’s physical one, from diagnosis to surgeries to a long-anticipated Morquio clinical trial that had them flying to Chicago every week for more than two years. She reveals the most difficult moments and the greatest victories, as well as the humorous situations she and her daughter so often encountered, while highlighting God’s provision and what He taught her along the way.
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About the Author
Tammy Coulter graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a communication arts degree and a certificate in technical communication. She was a technical editor until the birth of her son, when she became a stay-at-home mom. After the birth of her daughter, her role expanded to include researcher, student of the Psalms, and full-time prayer warrior. In addition to writing, she enjoys quilting, reading cozy mysteries, and studying Bible prophecy and current events. Tammy lives in Madison, Alabama, with her husband, two children, and their Jack Russell terrier.
More from Tammy
When my daughter Ava was diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome, I was crushed and very frightened. Morquio is a progressive disorder and there was no treatment for it. How was my mother’s heart supposed to handle that? I’ll tell you how. By immersing myself in God’s Word. Only then did I begin to calm down and grow stronger in my faith, leaning on Him in ways I never had before. As I look back, I am still amazed at everything we went through and how God was present in all of it.
When we embarked on this trial, everything was new. The name of her disorder was new, seemingly constant doctor visits were new, and then, after four years of prayer for a treatment, a clinical trial for a new drug to treat Morquio was new. And so was the location. Chicago. That meant getting on a plane every week, also new, and flying there from Alabama, just me and my daughter who had just started kindergarten. It surely felt like God was doing a lot in such a short time. And He was. He took all the newness and turned it into both a testament to His provision and lasting memories for both of us. Not all of those memories are pleasant (the cab incident for one, though we joke about it now), but they remain as evidence of God taking care of us, bringing a sweetness to each remembrance. But, oh, so many of them are, and while we were going through something quite serious, the Lord, in His goodness, allowed us adventures, fun, laughter, and new friendships. Best of all, I had the most wonderful traveling companion who, at her tender age, taught me a thing or two along the way!
Just the other day, at a routine checkup, a specialist Ava sees said, “You just never cease to amaze me at how well you do.” I added that comment to so many other comments and experiences that have paved the path of my learning to turn to God first instead of immediately jumping into the quicksand of fear that will quickly suck me in if I let it. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Ava is now sixteen and the shy little girl I so worried over years ago currently wants to be a theater teacher.
I wrote this memoir to share how God provided for our family during a stressful period in our lives. It may make you cry some. I hope it makes you laugh a lot (let me tell you, Ava is a hoot). But the thing that would bring me the greatest joy is someone being encouraged in their own circumstances and life trials.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
What is your favorite genre to read? What is your favorite genre to write? And why are they your favorites?
So far, I have only written a memoir, but I very much enjoy this genre because of what people are willing and able to share about themselves and their experiences. Such details generally offer insights into why an author may have done certain things or why they live in a particular way. It can reveal their ideologies and their priorities and how they handle whatever life throws at them.
My favorite genre to read is cozy mystery. I love trying to figure out whodunnit, but I don’t want to read the gory details or the cursing or anything else gratuitous. I also appreciate the talent it takes to plan out such a story, planting clues here and there without sharing too much before surprising readers at the end.
What inspires you the most?
In general, having a relationship with Jesus is the greatest inspiration to me because it affects every facet of my life. As far as writing, my daughter and our journey with her disorder naturally inspired my memoir. Fully living something and seeing God’s work in it will certainly do that. But in thinking of writing another book, I think the state of the world today is something of an inspiration to me, insofar as it being an impetus to creating something I likely wouldn’t have a few years ago. I can see myself writing something that could be a respite from today’s culture or fully embracing it in a way that could offer an interesting take, such as an allegory or a political tale.
What are your hobbies other than writing?
I enjoy quilting, punch needle, reading, perusing antique stores, and watching SEC football.
Do you have a genre that you would never write? (In the Christian genre sphere i.e. speculative, historical, contemporary, etc.)
I won’t say never, but I don’t see myself writing anything historical. I feel there is so much that I could get wrong in that, so I admire people who do it well.
Lastly, what was your favorite book growing up?
It is difficult for me to select just one. As a child, two of my favorite books were Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a teen I read a lot of Agatha Christie books, and any story with Miss Marple is a favorite!
Thank you for letting me interview you Tammy!
To celebrate her tour, Tammy is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
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Visit other stops on the She Is My Child book tour:
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 8
Texas Book-aholic, January 9
Artistic Nobody, January 10 (Author Interview)
Lots of Helpers, January 11
Cover Lover Book Review, January 12
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, January 13 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, January 14
Locks, Hooks and Books, January 15
Beauty in the Binding, January 16 (Author Interview)
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 16
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 18
Guild Master, January 19 (Author Interview)
For Him and My Family, January 19
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 20
A Baker’s Perspective , January 21 (Author Interview)