1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
There’s not a lot to tell! I adore researching whatever topic catches my interest, so I’m always picking up random trivia that comes in handy at the strangest moments. My family and my mischievous dog keep me busy. The most interesting things about me are the plots and characters my imagination comes up with.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to knit, read, and spend time with my family. My dog also appreciates time with me. I enjoy spending time tending my garden in warm weather.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I don’t really have a routine, but I do like to get all the necessary things taken care of (dishes, walking the dog, etc.) so that I can write for a couple of hours or more without worrying about interruption. Those uninterrupted blocks of time are gold when I’m working on a writing project.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Many places. Sometimes an idea will come to me from a conversation. Other times I’ll hear about a myth and my imagination will take over. In the case of Tara of the Fey, I looked up sea monsters and read about the Blue Men of the Minch. That started me on a journey of following that infamous question so many writers rely on, “what if...?”
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I think my current favorite is Thirst for Love. Admittedly, I may be partial to it for sentimental reasons. After all, it’s my first book. But there’s just something about Victor (the hero) that sticks with me like no other character yet.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I love writing paranormal romance, but when I’m reading, I generally stay away from the genre.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
My stories are basically the product of my imagination, although I do use life experience and my limited knowledge of human psychology to help give the characters realism, regardless of what species they are.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I’ve never named my muse, but there are times it’s frustratingly silent. Perhaps if I gave it a name, or at least a gender, it would speak to me more often.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I love writing paranormal romance, but I do enjoy reading a variety of genres. Perhaps one of these days I’ll write a historical romance. I make no guarantees about whether it would have paranormal elements or not.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I enjoy reading books by several authors, but two of my current favorites are Mary Balogh and Nicholas Sparks.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I absolutely love Victor Nicolescu from Thirst for Love. He has stuck with me ever since I first started writing him. He has so much depth, and he tugs at my heart every time. I think my current favorite female is Tara from Tara of the Fey. Her loyalty, determination, and fiery spirit make me wish I could be more like her.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me, I’d say it’s wondering if what I’m writing is any good and if readers will like it. That insecurity isn’t particularly unusual for a writer, but it can cause writer’s block if I don’t shut off that internal critic and write anyway.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Be persistent. You’re going to have days where you wonder if it’s worth the effort. Rejection happens, and so do family members and friends who think you’re crazy for wanting to write a book (or write a book in a particular genre). Don’t let the naysayers or the occasional setback keep you from pursuing your dream.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I have no idea. I suppose I might have become a librarian or a teacher. One thing I do know is that I’d still be an avid reader of whatever book catches my eye.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
That’s a dangerous question to ask someone who writes romance! There are so many options for an amazing romantic getaway that it’s difficult to choose. I think one most people could agree on is a luxurious hut on a secluded tropical beach. Palms trees swaying in the warm breeze, turquoise sea lapping at the white sand, the man (or woman) of your dreams to enjoy it all with you...
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Tara of the Fey is a short, sweet paranormal/fantasy romance. I think the best description I can give is the blurb:
Sailing through the Minch, fey princess Tara enjoys her last taste freedom before facing her betrothal to an Irish prince—a man she doesn’t love and has no interest in marrying. The smooth voyage takes an abrupt turn for the worse when a group of ornery Blue Men of the Minch appear and brew up a storm. Tara has no choice but to give into their whims when she is swept overboard.
Caeden, a fey cursed to live as a Blue Man, can't believe he is seeing the grown version of his childhood best friend. He hopes she’ll be the one to break his curse and allow him to return to life on land. Tara sees the fey man trapped inside the blue exterior, but is she his one true love and the key to breaking the curse? Or will Caeden live as a Blue Man of the Minch forever?
The H.M.S. Fairweather glided peacefully through the Minch, heading due north between the island of Lewis and mainland Scotland. Caeden slowly moved his tail to keep himself steady in the icy waters as he kept a close watch on the ship, hoping for a glimpse of the young woman on board. He and his companions followed at a safe distance. If they were spotted too soon, it could spell disaster for Caeden and subject him to even more ridicule from his compatriots.
“Mighty fine ship,” Fergus muttered, a mischievous gleam in his eye. “Sure wish we could sink her.”
“We’re only allowed the girl,” Duirkin said. The chosen leader for this rambunctious group of Blue Men, Duirkin was an older man everyone respected.
Everyone, that is, except Fergus, who respected no one but the chieftain, and him only grudgingly. “Can’t we at least play with the sailors? Teach them to fear the Minch?”
Caeden missed Duirkin’s response, for over the rail of the ship appeared the face he had longed to see. Framed by flowing, golden hair, the delicate features and sparkling blue eyes gazing into the deep stole the oxygen from his gills. An emerald green dress of shimmering fabric draped her slender body—a body which had grown into that of a woman since he last saw her.
Although years had passed since he had been taken by the sea witch and cursed to live as a Blue Man, there was no mistaking Tara, his best friend and childhood crush. Her memory had kept him going through many long, lonely nights and given him hope that he might one day walk with her again along the shores of Garbh Eilean. So much depended on her acceptance of him now, much more than his companions knew—his very future was at stake. They believed her abduction to be an authorized bit of mischief. Only Caeden and the chieftain, waiting in the cavern far below the waves, knew the truth behind this mission—that Tara’s response could change Caeden’s future forever.
Tara of the Fey is available from
Sweet Cravings Publishing: http://store.sweetcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=10&products_id=148&zenid=f60708222d0601ff696faf5739e090d5
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tara-of-the-fey-misha-tagliaferro/1114977182?ean=2940016514079
All Romance eBooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-taraofthefey-1150379-140.html
Readers can connect with me in the following places
My blog: http://mishatagliaferro.wordpress.com
My website: http://mishatagliaferro.webs.com
Thank you for having me here today, Jamallah!