MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS “Classical romance…for the 21st Century” AUTHOR TARAH SCOTT TODAY!!
Good morning,Tarah and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today….
TARAH: Thanks so much for having me, Tha! I’m pleased a punch to be here today.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Tarah Scott?
TARAH: I grew up in the Southwest,Texas primarily, and moved to New Yorkf ifteen years ago. I have a teenage daughter, so there’s a possibility I won’t live through the next five years. (She’s starting to give me a run for my money.) We live in a small home an hour north of NYC. I love the Northeast—but am coming to hate the snow! That’s what happens when you get old.
MBA&M: Can you tell our readers what some of the challenges are in writing an erotic historical time travel romance?
TARAH: Everything! One big challenge was making sure that the speech of the characters was different enough for readers to be aware of the time difference between the modern and historical characters without throwing readers out of the story. This element also came into play in keeping a unique voice between my American born heroine and her British love interest. What made the challenge even greater was that the historical character is Scottish, so this gave me three distinct speech patterns I had to be careful to maintain.
The other big challenge was my heroine’s reaction to her time traveling experiences. Labyrinth is more fantasy than paranormal, as we have magic instead of vampires and ghosts. The time traveling elements in Labyrinth are a result of enchantments and voodoo. Heh heh. More of the old meets new. In Labyrinth, Margot comes face to with this magic, something she’d never believed in, despite having grown up with backwater Southern voodoo. I worked very hard to keep her reactions realistic, yet bring her to the understanding that there are things one just can’t explain.
TARAH: I had Labyrinth on my mental drawing board for a couple of years before I started writing. I knew it would be a huge challenge (the very reason for my wanting to write the book,) yet I had sense enough to be afraid. HA!! I wanted to write something of a modern fairy tale. Fairy tales are the original Fantasy genre and delve with the darker more base elements of the human psyche.
Fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White come with a charming prince who saves the princess with a kiss. I wondered what would happen if we switched that and had the princess save the prince. Of course, we can’t forget the kiss, but in today’s modern world, a kiss is a sweet gesture, and since fairy tales dig into our darker side, I couldn’t settle for anything quite so chaste. So I went much further in that my heroine can only save the hero by giving him her body. The rub is, he murders his lovers when they can’t free him from his spell. That won’t do for our heroine, Mississippi Deputy Sheriff Margot Saulnier.
As you can see, there are some twists and turns that lead Margot down a very dangerous path where nothing is as it seems.
MBA&M: Who do you believe is your greatest supporter and why?
TARAH: I have a couple of great supporters. My critique partners, Evan Trevane and Kimberly Comeau. We’ve been together for over ten years now and are devoted to one another. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have them in my life.
My daughter is also a great supporter. She loves writing (maybe as much as I do,) so she shares in my highs and lows with a compassion that touches me. I guess teenagers aren’t ALL bad. Heh heh.
MBA&M: If you had to pick a hero, be it character, person, or animal who or what would it be and why?
TARAH: Wow! That’s a toughie. There are so many choices. If I’m to choose from a real life character, I’m struck with Martin Luther King Jr. He said something that I often remember; “I have a dream.” No one can aspire to change the world on anything less than a dream. No one can aspire to change their own lives without a dream. Sounds corny, I know, but I believe the philosophy applies to every aspect of life, and given that I’m a dreamer by nature…well, you get the idea.
TARAH: This answer goes back to why I decided to write Labyrinth. Enchantments of all kinds fill fairy tales. I just couldn’t consider writing a fairy tale without one, which led me to combining the enchanted characters with modern characters here in this modern time. That meant I had to bring someone to life. And what better to bring to life than a legend?
MBA&M: What is the weirdest piece of writing advice you got that actually worked for you?
TARAH: My mentor and critique partner Kim Comeau often writes the different threads of her novels separately. While I knew this worked very well for her, I found the idea completely foreign. I simply couldn’t imagine maintaining the momentum and connection between the characters with that method of writing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. (That’s why she’s the teacher and I’m the student. Heh heh.)
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Labyrinth” is available?
TARAH: Labyrinth is currently available at Amazon. For readers who might have a prime membership, Labyrinth is available as a free read for them. Anyone who doesn’t own a Kindle (believe it or not, I don’t!) you can still read Labyrinth on Kindle for PC or Mac, or your Kindle Cloud. No one misses out.
Tarah, do you have anything to add?
Thank you so much for having me here today. It’s been a real pleasure visiting with you!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!!
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