I have the pleasure of having Tara Chevrestt with me today talking about her book "Plotting to Win" as well as a bit about herself.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Before I was a writer, I worked in aviation for 11 years as an aircraft mechanic. I’m deaf/hard of hearing. I love dogs. I have a huge crush on Detective Amaro on Law & Order SVU and I watch Bomb Girls every Wednesday. I’m an editor also. Ooh, and I love a good glass of wine. I guess you could say I’m a wino!
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading. I always have my nose in a book or my Kindle. I also love to cook—not spend 8 hours a day in the kitchen—but try new recipes and test them out on my husband. It’s the doing the dishes part that makes the experience bleh. LOL. The cooking part, I love.
My husband has a motorcycle he takes me for rides on too.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I have none. If I feel like writing, I do. If I don’t feel like writing, I don’t. I normally write at night though for some odd reason. But I’m not a “OMG I must write every day and put out a book a month” type author. I’m not eager to throw out garbage. If I feel an idea has been done 50,000 times already, I won’t bother wasting my time, or my readers’ time.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Hm. That’s a tough one. Each story has a different birth. But Plotting to Win, that came to me when I became to addicted to a reality show called Ink Master. As I was watching, I said to myself, “We need a show like this for authors.” And I created one!
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
A Healing Love. It has a lot of elements I took from my own life. Kimberly is coming to terms with a hearing loss, learning not to be ashamed of needing help or hearing aids. She’s also learning to be tough again. In the book she has a hard time finding a job. In my life, so do I. I hope when people read this, they realize how they take their own hearing for granted and appreciate it more. I also threw in a handsome biker like my husband.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I make up jingles and sing them to my dogs.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I base a lot on real life. In Love Request, Ciara experiences a lot of school bullying because of her hearing loss. That is based on my experiences growing up. Even the twins came from real life. I went to school with a set of twins. He was so wonderful and nice—my first ever crush. She was the complete opposite: pure evil. Just like in the book. I had a reviewer ask me once, “How can two people be so different yet come from the same loving household?”
I honestly don’t know but I know they can. Hunter and his evil sister are based on real-life people.
Plotting to Win...let’s just say I’ve had a lot of bad experiences in the publishing industry. I was able to twist that to my advantage in this book. Each time the authors face a challenge, they learn something that will help them tackle the publishing world without—hopefully—getting taken for a ride by a craptastic publisher.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’m actually not writing at the moment. I have other things going on that pay a heck of a lot better. LOL. Writing is going to have to go back to being a hobby. But I’ve been meaning to write a historical novel based on my Puerto Rican heritage and family history for a long time. However, the research required is really intimidating and with my editing workload, I don’t have the time for it anytime soon. It’s one of those “before I die...” things.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
That’s a vast list. Gosh, I really like Laura DeLuca. It doesn’t seem to matter what genre she tackles and whether or not I even like that genre, I am totally sucked into her stories. Her book, Morrigan, just blew me out of my chair.
If you want a dead author, I am a huge fan of the British Catherine Cookson. So much drama in her books!! Really leaves me on the edge of my seat.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Carlos from A Healing Love. I pictured Danny Pino as I wrote his character. He’s Latino (sexy!), rides a motorcycle, and is educated, caring, and kind. I don’t do Alpha males, but I don’t do sissies either. In my eyes, Carlos is perfect. He’s also good in bed. LOL
Female...Catalina from Maiden Behind the Mask. I named her after my great-grandmother. I love her because she’s rebellious and feisty. She stands up to her husband and engages in witty repartee. She also honors her parents and yet breaks the rules by being a masked crusader in the night. I’d love to be her. LOL And she has a sense of humor—a must.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Promotion. Screaming about your book over and over when 5 million others are doing the same thing.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Don’t quit your day job. LOL
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d still be an aircraft mechanic.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and have an adventure. I want to see crocodiles, hug a koala, and feed the dolphins in the ocean. I suppose that’s not very romantic, but that is what would make me happy. For romance, the husband and I could soak in a hottub at the end of the day and enjoy some wine.
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?
My latest is Plotting to Win...a reality TV show for authors. It’s available for pre-order from Escape Publishing and will be available, period, June 1st on Amazon and other leading e-book retailers as well as the Escape site.
Reality TV has made stars of dancers, bachelors and singers. Now authors get a turn.
In New York City, seven writers compete for a hundred thousand dollars, a publishing contract with Bright House, and the title of the next bestseller. One is Felicity James. One is Victor Guzman.
Drama, plagiarism, and trash talk play out to enthralled audiences across the country as all seven contestants compete against each other in a range of heated challenges, with tensions reaching breaking point. As Felicity and Victor start up a show-mance, their relationship burns up the ratings.
Will this sizzling fling escalate into a vicious battle for money and fame, or will these two authors manage to write their own happy ending?
Maiden Behind the Mask
You can mark A Healing Love to read on Goodreads.
And because I mentioned it, Morrigan by Laura DeLuca
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