**Author Peek** Interview with Tarina Deaton, LOCKED-DOWN HEART

**Author Peek** Interview with Tarina Deaton


*Taps mic* Is this thing on? I always feel so awkward just launching into “this is me & I’m so awesome” — anyone else feel that way? Anyhoo, here goes. Hey everyone, I’m Tarina. I write romance filled with friends, lovers, snarky humor, and of course, some steamy interactions. I’m active duty Air Force. I’ve been in for almost 23 years. I’ve always had a passion for reading and storytelling. My brother and I used to write stories together when we were kids. One summer a friend and I did nothing but write a teenage soap-opera. I have no idea what happened to it, but I remember it – was – the – bomb.

I didn’t know indie publishing was a thing until a friend told me about NanNoWriMo and I was like, “Say what?” I started tuning in to specific voices in my head and a year later, I published Stitched Up Heart and I haven’t looked back since. Now ALL the voices in my head want their chance to have their story told and I have little notebooks in my bag filled with story ideas. Maybe when I retire in three years I’ll be able to get to more of them.

Right now I’m stationed overseas with my five-year-old heathens twins, two dogs, and a cat. My hobbies (when I’m not writing) include sleep, traveling, and naps.

1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?

My parents had very different reading preferences. My mom read romance and my dad read sci-fi and fantasy with the occasional western thrown in. I grew up on those two very different ends of the spectrum. Sci-fi and fantasy were about the adventure. Romance was about the relationship…the heartbreak followed by the redemption and forgiveness and love. Mostly I think it’s about wanting that in my own life. Okay, I can skip the heartbreak, but to find that kind of enduring love…I think that’s everyone’s goal.

2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?

I am a plotting pantser. I usually have three or four scenes that I know NEED to happen in my book, but I’m not always sure how my characters get from point A to point E. Those points are plotted, but the journey to get between them is completely pantsed.

3. What is your favorite part of writing?

The End. lol. My favorite part is when I figure out who the characters are. Where they came from, what their conflict is going to be. Especially when a scene comes to me (usually in the most inconvenient times and inconvenient places) and it tells me even more about the characters.

4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?

Travel writer or trophy wife.

5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?

Breakfast. I could eat eggs for every meal. When I was deployed, I loved working the night shift because I got breakfast twice a day — once for midnight chow and then for the real breakfast.

6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?

Easy characters. Those are my favorite. The ones who follow the story like they’re supposed to and not go off on some weird journey I didn’t intend for them to go on (I’m looking at you, Denise).

7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?

Telepathy. So I could tell drivers who are going too slow in the left lane to move the hell over and get out of my way.

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 have NO idea. One of the reasons I’m still in the military is I truly have absolutely NO idea where I want to live. None. I’m open to recommendations.

9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?

I love the reviews that let me know how my story connected with the reader. I’ve had a few thank me for writing about veterans (especially female veterans) and their struggle with PTSD — those mean the most to me since it’s personal for me. I always appreciate reviews that provide constructive feedback if the reader didn’t like it. I understand I won’t appeal to all readers and I’m okay with that, but I’d still like to know why. I probably won’t do anything different, just so you know.

10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

Locked-Down Heart is finally (FINALLY) Denise’s story. If you’ve read Stitched Up Heart and Half-Broke Heart, you know her cousin is terminally ill and Denise becomes her young cousins’ guardian — something she wasn’t expecting. In HBH, Chris took off without a word and he’s back unexpectedly right when things get really tough for Denise. She has to learn to trust him, and herself again, because things are about to get intense.

Locked-Down Heart is available on all retailers on 28 November, 2017.


Be sure to come back to learn more about Tarina’s novel, LOCKED-DOWN HEART, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.


Links to Tarina’s website, blog, books, etc.

Locked-Down Heart is available on all retailers on 28 November, 2017.

Add it to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36399218-locked-down-heart 

You can find all the buy links for all my books on all retailers on my website: http://www.tarinadeaton.com/books/

I have a special surprise for my newsletter subscribers a week or so before Locked-Down Heart is released, so you’ll want to be subscribed for that: http://bit.ly/1sUVDJA


Thanks, Tarina, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


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7 Responses to **Author Peek** Interview with Tarina Deaton, LOCKED-DOWN HEART

  1. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Congrats on the upcoming release. I enjoyed the interview, thanks for sharing.

  2. Yvonne Cruz says:

    First, thanks for your service and sharing a little about yourself. Will need to check out this book.

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Tarina, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Loved learning more about you. Like you, I love typing The End…even though I don’t leave those words there when I publish. It’s a kind of closure for me. We could so go to breakfast together, anytime. I love it in all its forms. Thanks for sharing with us today.

    Thanks, too, for your service. 🙂

  4. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    How have I never read any of your books? Thanks Karen, for introducing me to Tarina, and nice to meet you! I’m sure you and your friend’s book was “the bomb”!
    Shelved on Goodreads and thanks again!

  5. Eileen AW says:

    Thank you for your service first off. Also thank you for joining us and sharing a bit about yourself. I look forward to hearing more about your books.

  6. Toni says:

    I can’t wait!

  7. Linda Moffitt says:

    Thank You for Your Service and Thanks for coming and visiting with us

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