I'm really excited to host this Q&A for Neverland Blog Tours. As I've said before author insights are super interesting to me and I love the advice they give at the end. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter...
After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won’t stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he’s fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more.
Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she’s not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There’s just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him?
Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I am actually living my dream for my writing career. By day I’m a journalist with The Associated Press, which means I write interesting and challenging news stories regularly. At night I’m a romance writer. All of this means I’m immersed in words!
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
My main character is Skylar Shaw. She’s a young journalist at a small newspaper that is desperate to get ahead in a demanding business. When a plane crashes on a beach, she thinks this will be her opportunity for a good scoop. But then she meets a mysterious and handsome man while reporting, and she’s forced to rethink her entire life as she falls in love.
Would you mind sharing a favourite quote from your book?
“Have you thought about what will happen when you start living the life that’s right for you, instead of the one you promised to live for someone else?”
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? (* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
Where do your ideas come from?
I am a pretty literal person, so many of my ideas come from news events, things I read in magazines and snippets of conversation. I’m in awe of people who can write paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi, because it’s so opposite of how my mind works.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I need to outline, chapter by chapter, before I can write. I have everything 90 percent plotted before I begin a book.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I either write or edit every day, generally in the evenings.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. I usually write a scene at a time instead of a word count.
How much research do you do?
Since my books are contemporary romances set in Florida (where I live) I don’t do as much research as, say, a historical novelist would. I research details as I go.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
No. I feel like if I have any blocks it’s because I haven’t plotted properly or don’t know the goals and motivations of my characters.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m reading Maestra by L.S. Hilton and My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I do think a first free works well to draw people into a longer series – but the series needs to be five or more books, I think.
Did you format your own book?
I have used Vellum in the past for formatting, but for Hot Shade I used a formatter for print and e-book named bbebooksThailand. They do beautiful formatting for print books.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
A homicide detective.
Are there any more ideas for future books on the cards?
I’m in the editing stage of a novel that will be released in November about a newspaper publisher who is trying to save her dying business, but is forced to call her ex-boyfriend for help.
Advice to aspiring writers?
Read, and then read some more. Read widely and outside of the genre you write. Read classic literature. Read magazines and narrative non-fiction. Reading good books will make you a better writer.
Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the last several years, she’s worked as a journalist and is currently a correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two dogs on the Gulf Coast.
She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she'll be riding trains and writing romance.
Published in September of 2015, her debut novel HOT SHADE received four stars from RT Book Reviews. Her most recent novel, a five episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has "an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.
Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhones, Art Deco, Spanish telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.
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