We've been a big help towards each other as far as ideas for our books and just being able to talk. She's a wonderful friend and an amazing author.
Today we will learn more about Taabia and what makes her tick!
Plus she will give us a look at her amazing book "She Loved Me Once"
Honestly you've so got to pick up this book because it's absolutely right on!
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
First let me say thank you to you Jamallah, for the invitation to come over and hang out on your blog today.
I am known online as Taabia Dupree. The name is a Pseudo that I have used for many years. I like the idea of having a name that I can use instead of my birth name. Why? There are a couple reasons. I am an erotica writer, and I would prefer my personal life and my life as an author of adult fiction, not to coincide. Under my birth name, I do plan on writing a YA Fantasy one day, and young readers, and those who enjoy YA fiction, should not have to weed through erotica collections of fiction just to get to the book they wish to read.
Let’s back up a wee bit though; the main reason I started out with a Pseudo is because during the time the internet was booming, I didn’t trust anything or anyone. I belonged to many MSN groups and communities, and I worked closely with MSN techs to assist in these communities and using my personal name would have opened a can of worms. I was bullied and bashed online numerous times, and when I dealt with these people as Taabia, I knew my personal life and my real identity was safe from predators.
Taabia was a unique name and was unknown in any search engine during the late 90’s. Trust me; I did lots of research online. I even checked name your baby list. It took a few years but my name Taabia, started to rise on the internet. The baby name list started to register Taabia, and they even gave it an origin. *grin*
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I read a lot! My favorite genre is fantasy. I love a good fight with sorcery and swords. My favorite writers are Tolkein, David Eddings, and Piers Anthony. I also like Jordan and Weis. I have enjoyed being a part of writer groups on Facebook because there are so many new fantasy writers. If you are a fantasy writer I am free to read your Fantasy work. I will find time to read anything that has to do with adventures, dragons, magic and swords.
Besides reading, I am obsessed with games. I can find a game to play online, on my cellphone, my iPad, my Wii, my handheld DS, or at a friend’s house. I play card games, board games, and I love them all! A few of my favorites; solitaire, logic puzzles, sudoku, chess, checkers, backgammon, othello, and I will play any of those online or off.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
One of the first things I do when I have a story idea is go look for the characters. That means, get my butt online for pictures. I need to see my characters visually. It really doesn’t have to be a beautiful face. I can look at someone’s shoulder, or see a picture of a winding road, and I can create a story from it. That does not mean the story will get completed. It is just the beginning stages, an idea.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Ideas can pop out of nowhere. I can see a picture online or someone could say something and viola, I see a story.
Example, I was in the waiting room of my doctors’ office. I became bored, so I thought I would take a walk. I went outside to a larger area of the hospital where others waited. BOOM! I sat down, open my iPad and started writing a scene where a female finds another patient attractive. Later that night, I opened my laptop and went to a story that I had started eons ago. There, right in the middle, one of the characters asked her friend, how did you meet Mr. Oh So Sexy? I copied and pasted the idea I had earlier into that story. It worked!
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Actually there are two unpublished stories that are my favorites. Cocoa, which is about a woman who has been around the block with many guys, and when she gets older, she wants to hide her past. Mr. Right comes along and shows her trust is her problem, not her past that she wants to keep hidden. The reason this one is one of my favorites is this particular character came to me when I was looking at chocolate online. There was a picture of Jimmy Thomas and a female model, and they had chocolate all over them. Great scene, but it wasn’t the right picture.
I love chocolate, and what is in chocolate? Cocoa.
I found a picture with Jimmy Thomas and model Erin Roberts. They are fantastic looking together. Erin is my Cocoa. In the picture she has ropes around her wrist; her arms around his neck, and he has her facing him while she is sitting on his lap. The photo appears to be of bondage, but when you look at it, you can see the sensual nature of the pose. I created a book trailer for this story on YouTube. I will leave the link at the end of the interview for those who would like to take a peek.
My second favorite is Sasha. Sasha wants to be an actress. She does something to get the big part. Sadly, she regrets what she has done. She has to find a way to live with it, but how? This is a favorite because it’s real life for many people. In one split second, a decision that one makes, can change the course of one’s life forever.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Ha, besides I am a geek that is accident prone. Hmm, let me see. No one online knows this…shhh don’t tell, but I do impressions. Not of celebrities, but actual people. I can mimic almost anyone’s voice. I can repeat back what someone says, but in their voice. It gets laughs. In fact, I am laughing right now. Can’t you tell?
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I may toss in a person, place, or thing, from my life into a story. An actual experience, hmm, I can say I may jumble up a few experiences from those I know, to create something within a story. It doesn’t actually have to be a sex scene in an erotic story. It could be an airplane ride or a conversation that someone had, and I mix it with someone else’s conversation, just to get the right visual for a reader. As I said earlier, I like to intertwine reality with fiction sometimes.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
My muse is usually the one in charge at the time I am writing any story. Jessica, of Jessica’s Obsession, dominated my thoughts. Most of the time, not all of the time, one character in the story will take the lead and help create a few thousand words of greatness. At least that’s what you think until you do edits.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I do plan on writing a contemporary romance, and an epic fantasy.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I would say myself but that would tread somewhere near narcissistic behavior. *silly grin*
Off the top of my head, two writers of series that I read last year comes to mind; Author Brian Rathbone, The World of Godsland Series & Author Christopher Paolini, Eragon.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Rathbone has a female lead, Catrin, which I truly liked. Nothing like a fantasy book that starts with the main character thinking they have a simple life. Then, wham, something takes place and the journey begins. I enjoyed investing in this character. I had an opportunity to watch her grow and watch her come into her power through trial and error. This was a fun read.
A teenage boy leads the story in Paolini’s Eragon. In this story it has all the things I love about fantasy. It has great visuals. The fight scenes, the sorcery at work and the dragons, are all a part of a tantalizing tale of a young boy who goes from a farm boy, to a dragon rider. This series was and will forever be a fantastic read to me. It has been made into a movie, but as usual, the books are better.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
I would say the hardest thing about writing for me is time. I can write a story, put hours into writing, yet, it is never enough time. The muses talk a lot some days. Yes, there are many voices at once sometimes. I may not have anything to write/type with, and that becomes frustrating. I could be out in a grocery store, and an idea for a great scene comes to mind; I take out my cell and it becomes the worse thing ever to work on, but I try my best.
I once wondered if I had a cottage, and twenty four hours, without any cramped fingers, and without interruptions, how many books would I get completed. I figured at least five or six, depending on the word count.
My time is divided between my family, my business and writing. I can honestly say, writing does not get a fair percentage. I do get days that I can spend time writing, but it is not guaranteed that those days are going to be productive. My muse may have a bad day and things go quiet. I can get maybe 1k. On a bad day, I get a paragraph. Time is essential for writers, I learned that during NaNoWriMo.
My fingers cramped and trembled while I typed to complete my 50k goal. I was a success, but most day’s life got in my way, and I had the remaining final week of November to get NaNo finished. It wasn’t easy, but it was accomplished because during the thirty days I had typed scenes where ever I could type them; on my cells notepad, on my iPad, on my laptop, and I even had a few hand written paragraphs on the back of envelops.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
* Always know you are good enough. No matter the critics, work at what you want to accomplish. Do what you have to do to be the better writer. Read, get an editor or beta readers that will help read your work and tell you what mistakes you have made. Find a support group that will encourage you.
* Get thick skin. Reviews come and they are not always nice. Take it on the shoulder, take a day, and then move on. There are no perfect writers, and none are closer to perfection than anyone else.
* Write, write, write, write, read, read, read, and then write more.
* Research what you write. Make sure whatever you write, you know what you are talking about.
* Lastly, Back up EVERYTHING!
* Dropbox.com is one place you can go to back up your files. You do not have to share your files. You can find the settings to make sure your files are private.
* Your computer, laptop may take CD’s that you can write on, use them too.
v If you can, get a separate hard drive if you can. Personally I have a 500 GB portable. Thumb drives are useful, but you could lose one.
v Use whatever you can to back up your work. You do not want to write a masterpiece and have your computer crash and not be able to get it fixed to get your work. Some files will be corrupt and you may never see those great words you wrote ever again. BACK UP EVERYTHING!
14. If you hadn't become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
In my private life I own my own business. I also like creating business ideas for other people.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
I don’t like boxers. No matter how cute they are, no boxers please.
A man who has a great *butt*, I want to see in a sexy brief. Then, I want to see him out of those briefs. *cheesy smile*
Well now that we got the question and answer part out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My last ebook that I published is called She Loved Me Once, and below is the Amazon link. I am also located on Smashwords.com, B&N.com.
She Loved Me Once is an erotic story with a twist.
Falling for the popular girl isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be. Or is it? Ask Ben. He knows because during his first days in high school; he fell for the fiery, popular, vivacious Atruah. Although he thought he wasn’t alive to her; she did know he liked her, and she started paying attention to him during their final days of school.
Atruah had plans for Ben, and those plans went into effect during graduation night. She asked Ben to come to their school’s graduation party; given by the popular crowd. When he got there, the music was pumping, the other kids were loud and having fun, but he ignored it all as he walked through the crowded house; he was on a mission. He only wanted to see Atruah.
That night, Ben had no idea he would be a part of an intense sexual experience, surrounded by onlookers.
That was only the beginning.
From teenagers to adults, they have an obsessive sex life that keeps them together.
Until…..the unexpected betrayal.
He thought Atruah loved him. She finds out, Ben’s no pushover.
To find out more about me and what I am up to:
My Author’s Page:
My Wordpress Page:
My YouTube Channel:
Also where you can find two of my book trailers; Cocoa and The Temp.
I mentioned Jessica’s Obsession. I am looking forward to a debut sometime this January 2013. To get up to date information on any of my books, please visit my Facebook Author’s Page.
Jamallah, thanks again!