Author Q&A- Tasha O’Malley

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Tasha O’Malley, an upcoming author. Keep an eye out for her debut novel, Sweet Capture; a romance novel about the business world.

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Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I first started writing a few years ago but stopped for a couple years due to various reasons, getting married and raising two boys being the most prominent. I started back up again in February 2015 and really started looking into publishing in June of the same year. I think the reason I started writing was because I wanted to turn a hobby into a career that I could love and enjoy and share with others.

 

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: Lots of things inspire me from conversations in coffee shops to things the kids say or do. I’ve been inspired by the weather and long walks in the park. I see all the little things that other people tend to miss and turn it into something that works within my book. I think if I do have a muse it would be my gran. She always had a wisdom to her and some of the things I remember about her are a source of inspiration in themselves.

 

Q: You are currently working on a book called Sweet Capture. What can you tell me about the book? What inspired it?

A: Sweet Capture is a romantic story of a highly respected businessman who is struggling to cope with his current relationship. He’s a man that loves his work and the life that goes with it; however, he feels trapped. His long-term girlfriend is ready to settle down and he isn’t and he can’t see how he can change that until he meets his new personal assistant who changes everything for him.

I have always been impressed with businessmen and how they have the ability to change things for others. They always seem so calm and controlled even in stressful situations. The idea for Sweet Capture came up after watching ‘pretty woman’. I loved how the businessman changed the life of the woman and wanted to see if I could get a story to work where one person’s life was changed by another’s actions.

 

Q: When do you do most of your writing?

A: I’m most often found at a computer between school hours or in the evening when everyone is settled. I find the quiet times really give me time to think and it helps me to concentrate on what I’m trying to get across to readers.

 

Q: What kind of work has gone into your writing at this point? Is there a lot of grunt work involved?

A: Yes, I think there is a lot of grunt work involved in writing but it makes it more interesting. So far I’ve interviewed a CEO for research purposes, I’ve taken courses to improve my writing standards and I’ve written about 20 draft copies. I’m starting yet another to see if I can fit bits in where I couldn’t before. I’ve even posted bits on a website where you can get feedback on it. Using the info I’ve received my book is finally taking shape. I’ve also made a start on thinking how I’d like to publish; whether I would like to go traditional or Indy it’s a tough one to be honest.

Q: When you accomplish something, do you make sure everyone knows or do you keep your success to yourself?

A: If it’s something notable, like passing an exam, then I tend to get over excited and tell everyone I know. If it’s something small like, getting my first bit of feedback I’m more reserved and tend to keep it to myself.

 

Q: What habit do you have that you wish you could break?

A: My husband would say it’s my ‘putting things in a safe place’ habit that I need to break and I would have to agree with him. I have a nasty habit of putting things in this safe place and forgetting where that place is only to find it again a year later.

 

Q: What has been the most exciting moment of your life so far?

A: Oh wow! There have been a few exciting moments getting married and having my children would be top but being told I have a fan was also very exciting.

 

Q: If you could enter the world of any book/movie/TV show, which would it be and why?

A: There is only one answer for this. I would love to enter the world of my favourite book collection, ‘the adventures of Odysseus.’ Glyn Iliffe captured my heart with this collection. The way he combines fact with fiction is completely amazing and I love the way he re-tales the battle of troy. (I’m a big fan of Greek history.)

 

Q: What is one thing you want the world to know?

A: I think one thing I’d like everyone to know is that no matter how hard something looks or how daunting something can be, never give up. Never live a life of what ifs, maybes and buts as you will always be wondering what would have happened had you chose a different path.

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Writing my First Chapter

For the past two days I have been working on the first chapter of my second novel. As I have said before, my first novel (Keep Moving On) was not written very well. I was participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which meant I had to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It was definitely not easy.

My second novel, Candy Wrappers, has nothing to do with Keep Moving On. It is going to be the first in a series called The Gravestone Chronicles, which will follow Malia Kotter and Zane Towne in their quest to find the gravestone and banish demons from our world once and for all. In Candy Wrappers Malia is going to meet Zane, and learn about the threat of demons in the world; and how they are the real reason behind her parents murder.

I have most of the main plot points figured out, but how to actually start the book is a whole different story. I truly believe that beginning a story is the hardest part. You face the challenge of setting up the plot, characters, and setting, all while keeping the reader engaged.  Just the thought of doing this makes me want to curl up under a rug somewhere and hide.

In the past two days of working on my book, I have written 1,218 words; that is about 2 1/2 pages of size 11 font. I have successfully completed my first scene, which is about 1/3 of my first chapter. In all honesty, I think I would have written a lot more if I didn’t spend so much time online and on social media; however, it is part of my life, and I have no deadline for when I want my first draft to be done.

I have also spent a lot of time staring at my sentences and rewriting them over and over again. I think it is fair to say that I am a bit of a perfectionist. Hopefully I will be able to resist the urge to edit so I can get some new words on the end.

I have some high hopes for Candy Wrappers, and seeing it being written down on a page is very encouraging. I can’t wait to write some more, and see if Malia and Zane want to go along with my plans for them.

Author Q & A- Arielle Lynn

Today I had the pleasure of Interviewing Arielle Lynn. She is a writer, yogi, and all around amazing person. Arielle is currently working with on her debut novel, which is based in Nazi Germany. Read the Q&A below.

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: For fun, since middle school. I’ve only been seriously writing with the intent to publish for about three years now 🙂 it took a lot of time to work past the self doubt that came along with it.

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: It sounds funny, but what inspires my writing are the characters in my head. They all have a story that needs to be told, and they’re very adamant about that. 😉

Q: You work as a Yoga teacher. Tell me a bit about that. How long have you been practicing yoga?

A: I’ve been practicing yoga for eight years now, teaching for three. I actually found yoga on accident. I’d signed up for volleyball my Freshman year in high school, and they put me down for yoga instead. Happiest mistake ever.

Q: You said that you accidentally were signed up for yoga instead of volleyball. Did you ever pursue volleyball after that?

A: Nope! Volleyball was just an easy gym credit. I’ve never really been too interested in it 🙂

Q: What is your favorite book, and what do you like about it?

A: That’s such a loaded question haha. I think right now, my favorite book is A Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin. The characterization in that book is genius. The way the characters interact is so raw, so real that you really come to know them. His story telling skills are amazing, and I cried more than once, but really it’s the characters I fell in love with.

Q: You call yourself a cat lady. How many cats do you have? How do you feel about dogs?

A: I have 2 cats myself, though I just gave 2 of mine to my mom after she had to put hers down. I like dogs! I have one myself: a golden/German mix, but I love my cats more haha.

Q: What does it mean to be a free spirit? Why do you call yourself one?

A: I think it means something different for everyone. For me, being a free spirit means just letting myself go. Not holding myself to any stereotype or standard. I’m allowed to have off days, and I’m allowed to have rock star days. It means listening to what my ‘spirit’ , ‘soul’ , ‘light’ , whatever you want to call it, is saying. Truly listening. Sometimes logic tells you to spend the weekend at home cleaning, but your soul needs to take a camping trip.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: If I could travel anywhere, I think I’d go to Germany. My current WIP takes place in WW2 Nazi Germany, and the history lingering around that country would be such an inspiration for me.

Q: What is your favorite season of the year? Why?

A: Fall, easily. Rainy days are my absolute favorite. My house has a lot of windows, so the sound just fills the room and creates this amazing, relaxing atmosphere. Plus, hoodies and boots. Everything is cozy in the fall.

Q: Is there anything else about yourself that you want the world to know?

A: If you’re on the cusp of doing something, DO IT. Take the leap. Once I got over the fear of the unknown, my life improved exponentially. After working through the self-doubt, my co-author and I are 40,000 words into our debut novel. After embracing the unexpected, I’ve landed into a career that gives me nothing but happiness. I wish the same for every single person reading this blog post. And to you writing it as well.

We’re meant to live, thrive. Not just sit around, worry about our next paycheck and which bill we need to pay first.

 

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