I am pleased to welcome back to Writer Chat Wednesday one of my favorite YA Indie authors, Tamara Rose Blodgett. Tamara is a wife, mother and busy author, prodigious in the extreme! Listen in as I chat with Tamara to see what she's been up to:
Natalie Wright (NW): Do you have any news to share about your work?
Tamara Rose Blodgett (TRB): Oh my, yes! Most recently, my first book in the Blood Series was released, with plans for book #2 to publish before the end of the year. Little known fact: it was actually the first book I'd ever written (in 2007) and after extensive editing, it was a full-circle, warm fuzzy to finally get it in the hands of my readers :)
NW: That's awesome! And is another example of the kind of freedom and flexibility we have as independently published authors. What books have you published so far?
DEATH WHISPERS (#1) March 31, 2011
DEATH SPEAKS (#2) Sep. 1, 2011
DEATH SCREAMS (#3) Jan. 13, 2012
THE PEARL SAVAGE (#1) Jun. 15, 2011
THE SAVAGE BLOOD (#2) Thanksgiving 2011
BLOOD SINGERS (#1) March 9, 2012
THE SAVAGE VENGEANCE (#3) *Releasing Mar. 31.
NW: What was the inspiration for your books?
TRB: The Death Series is an easy one. I had four kids that loved zombies but felt like boys weren't being betrayed in YA accurately. I thought to myself, “Huh... I can do that!” And I did.
In the Savage Series, I had a couple of ideas that collided together to create a a story about a princess who hails from the future but lives and old-fashioned existence. Her life is rife with challenges that belie what most would assume to be an easy lifestyle. It is an epic fantasy with great Alpha males and dark undertones.
The Blood Series is about a special sub-species of humans that balance the food load for vampires and offer genetic properties which allow the werewolves to become moonless changers. The MC, Julia, has what they need but her resolve for personal liberty puts a major crimp in their plans.
NW: What genre do you write in?
TRB: I'm of that “new breed” of authors that are putting out mixed-genre books. Mine are mainly comprised of the following genres within the YA/YA mature umbrella: futuristic science fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy/fantasy and action. I usually have a thread of intrigue running through all my works. I wouldn't say that I'm a “mystery” writer by any stretch but I definitely believe in intrigue for those “ah-huh!” moments/revelations.
NW:What works in progress do you have?
TRB: I just finished writing book #3 in the Savage Series, THE SAVAGE VENGEANCE. It is currently being edited and I will do a final edit/read through in about a week (for release on Mar. 31). I 'm currently writing book #4 of the Death Series, DEATH WEEPS, for release in May. I will begin writing both BLOOD SONG (#2) and Savage (#4) after April 1. I have an exciting new series (my fourth) planned that will have a blurb and cover reveal within a month. I'm nuts over it and have to hold myself back from beginning work on it right this second!
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NW: Which character from your books do you like most / are most like?
TRB: I love Jonesy from the Death Series and Gramps. People that are brave and candid. Jonesy is that way because he doesn't know any better but Gramps is purposeful with who he is. That's its own kind of bravery.
I love Clara so much in Savage! She is intrinsically good. She just wishes to do the right thing, it's by default, she doesn't deliberate about her actions. I shouldn't admit this but it was really fun to write the “bad” people in that series, it was definitely a love-hate thing. ;)
Julia in SINGERS is great because her freedom is precious. She's not really blown away that she's “special.” To her, she just wants to reclaim the life that was stolen from her. When she comes to terms that she can't, the axis of her world gets turned upside down and she has to cope with the cards she's been dealt. Love her resolve, her unwavering bravery in the face of no hope.
I'm not like anyone in the series. Although, snippets of my humor bleed through....
NW: I love Jonesy too - he's funny. You have a knack for capturing teen dialogue in a much more realistic way than most.
If you walked through a portal to dimension without books, what three books do you want to take with you?
TRB: Well, right now I'm nuts over Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire. I love Stephen King (The Master) and think The Stand would have to come. And since I love to laugh, I'm going to take @hit My Dad Says as well. And that is a grotesquely small list! Haha~
NW:Who is your favorite author and why?
TRB: Stephen King, for having the cajones to write “real” and with just the brand of humor I like in combination with the fragility of humanity as an appetizer.
NW: How long have you been a writer?
TRB: I'd like to say forever, but that's not exactly accurate! I had a moment in junior high when I realized that I could write a story. That self-awareness, the realization... never left me and when I began this odyssey, it gave me the spark that eventually ignited into a career.
NW: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
TRB: When I'm in the middle of a day dreaming fugue and an idea strikes me between the eyes and I know that it is my next book. I sit up straight in my chair or in the middle of some random store and get chills. SO normal! Lol!
NW: What is your favorite movie – the one you can watch over and over again?
TRB: The Last of the Mohicans. Wow~
NW: What is your favorite band or musical performer?
TRB: I have a ton that I like but right now I'm diggin' on Parabelle.
NW: What do you hope readers will take with them from your writing?
TRB: I'm hoping they receive the same sense of escapism I do from the creation of it all. For me, when I'm writing, it's like that great book you can't wait to read when you're done with your chores... so, it doesn't feel like work, not really. Pure entertainment would be a great bonus as well. I'd like to take the time to thank Natalie, for offering to do this and my amazing readers for supporting me by purchasing my work. Thanks for reading my stories!
NW: And Thank You Tamara for writing them! If you enjoy reading about teens with paranormal abilities and like realistic dialogue, check out Tamara's books.
You can connect with Tamara here:
Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tamara-Rose-Blodgett/e/B004UNVT8K
Some of my titles are available on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=tamara+rose+blodgett
As always, comments are welcome. Have you read any of Tamara's books? If so, share with us your favorite book or character. Or just say "hi."