Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’m a coffee addict. Love chocolate, books and movies. Practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong four days a week and love my husband, son and family. I strongly believe you follow your passion and success will follow you.
1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I’ve always been drawn to stories where the hero is emotionally scarred from war and the heroine is emotionally scarred from a personal tragedy. Yet, they both manage to overcome their obstacles by helping each other. Hence, resulting in an HEA. I guess that is why I like military romances, both contemporary and historical set in the Georgian era.
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?
I used to be a pantser, but now I’m definitely a plotter. Pantsing causes way too many rewrites, delaying releases of books–at least for me anyway.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Developing my characters. I love getting to know who are they, what they want, why they want it, why they can’t get it and how will they overcome the obstacles that are preventing them from achieving their goals. I also enjoy writing action scenes, especially when the stakes are high and the main characters are placed in danger.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
This is a tough question. I don’t want to even imagine what life would be like if I couldn’t write.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Breakfast because it always includes at least two cups of coffee. I need that caffeine fix in the morning. LOL.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?
Male characters are easier for me to write. I think I was a man in a prior life-LOL. I was not only a tomboy when I was growing up, but I was also very close to my brother (still am). I was always competing against him in sports and in school and had more friends who were guys in high school than I had girlfriends. However, I love writing bitchy female secondary characters. They’re a blast.
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
Hmmm, I’d like to be able to wheel a hammer around like Thor and fight against evil. Look out everyone, here comes Tara with her badass hammer-LOL.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I’d love to write in England. I was there two years ago and I’d love to go back there.
9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?
All I can say about rejections and bad reviews is accept them graciously and move on and when you receive a positive review thank the reviewer.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I have two more books in the Alpha Aviators Series yet to release: The Dream Maker-book 3, which won’t be out until late October or early November and The Soul Shaker-book 4, early January. They were to be put out sooner but Hurricane Irma threw a wrench in my schedule and I had to push the release dates out.
Be sure to come back to learn more about Tara’s novel, THE HEART BREAKER, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Links to Tara’s website, blog, books, etc.
Google Play http://bit.ly/2wU7vla
Amazon Author Page amazon.com/author/taralames
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