Tiffany Gobble (yes, pronounced like a turkey) is a wife, mother, decorated Army veteran, investigator, and author of Deadly Opposition. Tiffany holds a B.S. in criminal justice. She gained her investigative experience working with the public defender’s office, the Oklahoma Innocence Project, and child protective services. Tiffany is an avid reader (listener!) of thriller, suspense, romance, Christian, and crime novels. Tiffany was born and raised in Oklahoma, currently living in Yukon, with her husband, two children, and her dogs Bonnie and Bella.
Would you please introduce yourself to my readers and share something about your life.
My name is Tiffany Gobble (yes, pronounced like a turkey) and I genuinely love life. I’ve been married for eleven years. I have two children, two dogs, and one bird. With a degree in criminal justice, I’d love to spend hours buried in paper, whether its police reports or transcripts, I find most criminal cases thrilling.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I have an uncanny ability to remember facts once I’ve studied material. I mean facts such as specific dates, times, amounts of money, and individuals that others have to hunt for, but for me, it’s readily available in my brain’s Rolodex.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
The Shack William Paul Young
The Confession John Grisham
A Life Intercepted Charles Martin
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate
Wrapped in Rain Charles Martin
Juror # 3 James Patterson
Black Book James Patterson
Tending Roses Lisa Wingate
Angel’s Walking Series Karen Kingsbury
What inspired you to write this book? (If you have more than one book, please choose one.)
In college, I did an internship with the Oklahoma Innocence Project. During those eighteen months, I learned just how massive of a problem we have in this country with wrongful convictions. Currently, the estimates are around 80,000 people incarcerated in this country are factually innocent. That’s a staggering number for a criminal justice system hailed as one of the best.
The fact is, a system ran by fallible people will always result in errors, but there’s a better way. I don’t claim to know what those ways are, but I’ve set out to educate, while entertaining readers with my novels. I’ve tried to write in such a way that pulls back the layers of this multi-faceted problem in a very practical way in hopes that people will understand the issues our system faces.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working on a contract basis with the Innocence Project, which will provide many, many stories to share in the future. There is more to tell, so I will continue writing until I no longer can.
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Making memories with my family. I’d laugh, cry, and share an elaborate meal with those closest to me. I’d spend time reassuring my loved ones to only mourn me for a short while before living life. We only have one life and it’s our responsibility to live well.
Who is your hero and why?
My brother, 1Lt Damon Leehan. He perished in Afghanistan on August 14, 2011, at the age of thirty. He chose to serve because of who he left behind; his family and loved ones. Nothing prepares you for the sudden and tragic death of a loved one, but I can say I’ve grown a great deal and learned more than I care to about perseverance.
Describe your writing style.
I write what I feel. My characters each have aspects of myself and those I’m closest to, so rather than droning on with visuals, I lean more on thoughts, emotions, and relating to others. I’ve been told I tell certain parts too quickly. I think it’s safe to say we all make mistakes as we grow in writing. I’m learning how to lengthen certain parts and not rush through them.
What makes a good story?
I’m a book junkie! I absolutely love when I can relate to a character and feel like I know them, personally. As the story unfolds, I enjoy feeling as if I’m experiencing the character’s story right alongside the person. Some authors do this better than others, but my favorites with this ability are Lisa Scottoline, Charles Martin, and Lisa Wingate.
How to find time to write as a parent?
As a mother of two, I write early in the morning, during my children’s afternoon quiet time, or late at night. During the school year, I’ve written for an entire day. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of doing that often. Most often, when they are at school, I write for two hours in the afternoon.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I’ve always said writing a novel was never on my five or even ten-year plan. I’ve loved to write since as far back as I can remember, and it’s come easily to me, but I never set out to be an author. I even enjoyed those “long” college papers but never thought about a novel.
My first novel came to me in bits and pieces and I just started writing. I had no plan of what the story would be, but nine months later, I had a fully written manuscript. Little did I know, the hardest work wasn’t the writing, but the editing and rewriting. Finally, the hardest step of all… the rejections! That’s another subject.
What are you currently reading?
The Love Season Elin Hilderbrand
How long have you been writing?
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
The main characters come to me at once, but I’ll meet new ones along the way. In my current project, a character developed later in the story that I absolutely love! I can’t imagine this particular story without him in it, but at first, he wasn’t involved.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Dependable, bulldog, selfless, passionate, and loving.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The entire process. I get lost in my writing as much as I do in a good story. After a writing session, I know I’ve done decent work when I’m able to picture/feel what I just wrote hours later.
Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?
Dig in and don’t give up. I believe each author has a unique story to tell that will impact someone in some way. If we give up after rejections or unkind words about our writing, we’re taking something of value from the world. Don’t let rejections stop you. There are many ways to publish a novel these days. Have faith in yourself and never quit!
The memories unfold like a movie reel. Death row front and center. The gurney, bright lights, and white walls. The innocent man restrained with IVs in both arms. “Continue your work,” were the last words he spoke to her before his execution, which marked her first loss.
Roxanne Hollis is a head-strong, successful private investigator with a passion for wrongful convictions. Sam Rollins and Seth Carmichael are corporate lawyers who litigate problematic cases pro-bono.
The Blackwell family achieved the American dream, but murder plays no favorites. Unknowingly escaping the same fate, their live-in nanny, Cassandra Lovejoy, finds herself on trial, facing triple homicide.
Fifteen years later, Sam acquires the case, certain Cassandra’s innocent, but he needs Roxy’s investigative talents to prove it. Along with her fears of another loss, an unbeknownst love interest further complicates her life.
Deadly Opposition is a riveting story of one woman’s fight against the unforgiving hurdles of the criminal justice system.