Today I'd like to welcome Tara Chevrestt
to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Tara
Tell us about your latest book A Facebook Affair
It's about a woman with hearing loss who finds love on the internet…but must overcome some demons from her past to enjoy her new romance to its fullest.
When did you first start writing? What made you want to become a writer?
It's somewhat funny, actually. I've always been a reader, from the time I was in 1st grade. I especially enjoy historical fiction and novels based on strong women that really existed. Well, in 2010, my husband and I went to Sturgis. (We love motorcycles.) We went to the museum there and of course, I had to walk through the women's area. There was a display, a poster board really, about these two women: Augusta and Adeline Van Buren. In 1916, they rode their motorbikes across the United States. I'd like to note that there were no highways back then! I said to my husband, "I need find a book about them!" and I searched for one to no avail. So I wrote one. LOL (That's Ride for Rights and comes out February of 2012.) I've been writing ever since.
What satisfies you about your writing?
I am not happy unless I put something in my books that either 1. Makes people laugh, or 2. Makes people think.
How did you celebrate selling your first book?
I haven't celebrated any book sells yet, but I know when I sign a contract, my husband and I go to dinner and I eat a piece of cheesecake.
Almost every author at some point or another suffers from writer's block. Have you ever had that problem? How do you deal with it?
I say a lot of four letter words and whine to the husband. Then I occupy myself with reading books or cross stitch or old movies and try to forget about it till my little muse "bites me in a**."
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Editors don't like adverbs.
What do you see as the biggest influences on your writing?
I'll have to name some authors that I really enjoy..that every time I read their works, I think to myself, "I want to write like this!" I haven't reached that goal yet, but the following authors inspire me: Christina Courtenay, Bev Pettersen, Elizabeth Chadwick.
What can your fans look forward to in the next six months from you?
Gosh, quite a bit. LOL. In February, I have three books coming out: Ride for Rights is my young adult historical novel that I mentioned above (Feb 10th). That month also introduces the world to Sonia Hightower, my sexy side. Breathless Press will be releasing Sonia's Sinful Urges on February 3rd and Afterburn later that month. And though I do not have the release date yet, my memoir about growing up hearing "impaired" will also be released in 2012. It will be under my real name, Tara Chevrestt, and the title we've agreed upon is Deaf Isn't Dumb.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A laptop and a little thumb drive thingy to save your work on. If you write historical, have some research books. Also: lots of wine.
What would you consider your most interesting quirk?
I have numerous different happy dances. When I get news about a book or a contract or I get a new cover.. I dance around the house and each time, my dance is different.
You have 3 wishes, what are they?
I would wish that my dogs had longer life spans. I would wish to be on the NY Times Bestseller list. I would wish to fly a jet. (All very selfish wishes. No world peace here. It's all about me! LOL)
If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Stubborn. Don't Argue With Me. You'll Lose.
Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I hope you not only enjoy A Facebook Affair, but that you learn something from it. School bullying is a very serious issue. Talk about it with your kids. :)
Thank you for spending time with us today Tara
Thank you for having me.
Interviewed by: Tammy