!!UPDATE!! GIVEAWAY EXTENDED
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It is my distinct privilege to welcome one of my favorite authors to my blog site today. (Excuse me while I “fan girl” over here for a minute.) I was introduced to this author’s work this summer when I attended two classes she taught at a local Writer’s Conference. Of course, I picked up a couple of her books. And fell in love with her writing. Her stories are compelling and engaging. And she has quite a command of the craft. But enough rambling. Please allow me to introduce Tamara Leigh!
From the USA Today best-selling author of the acclaimed Dreamspell comes another medieval time travel romance set during the 15th century conflict of the Wars of the Roses. Lady Catherine Algernon, dreaming of her death at the hands of traitors, is stunned when a handsome stranger from the twenty-first century saves her life just as her nightmare is about to come true. Look for Lady Ever After in late November 2016.
I am excited! I just finished The Feud Trilogy and it had me from the beginning to the end! I imagine you had as much fun writing it as your readers did taking it in. But there’s bound to be something about the process you don’t enjoy as much. Is there something about the process that you dread?
The synopsis. Oh my goodness, the hair-pulling, nail-biting synopsis! I’m mostly a seat-of-the-pants writer, so building a story with enough detail to satisfy a publisher is incredibly painful. Fortunately—yay!—no synopsis necessary as an indie author. But there’s something nearly as difficult that I still have to tackle—the back cover copy. It can take days to get those 2-3 paragraphs right.
That is so true. Lots of coffee and some of restless nights to get that back copy. I can’t imagine having a best-selling author’s ear for an interview and not asking for some suggestions to help me become a better writer. What are your recommendations to those growing and learning, maybe even starting out?
Set aside a regular time to write a minimum of 5 days a week, even if only a half hour each day. Learn your craft by taking workshops, reading books on the writing craft, and joining organizations such as American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) that offer annual conferences and have local chapters in most cities. Oh, and read, read, read, particularly in the genre you’re writing. Osmosis!
On that note…what are you currently reading?
I’m reading Wine Of Violence: A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal. Obviously, this selection is something of a hybrid read for me (pleasure and research). Though it took several chapters for the story to grab me, I’m enjoying it and look forward to the next book in the series.
Looking a little more to your process, let me ask: what kind of music, if any, do you listen to when you write?
I often start my mornings at Starbucks. Providing it’s relatively quiet, I write music-less, but when those caffeine-holics (what are they thinking!?) start pouring in, I drown out the noise with headphones that deliver inspiring, mood-appropriate instrumental music.
You are quite prolific! A fast reader like me loves that. How long does it take you to write a book?
On average, it takes 6 months to write an original story. My rewrites—the seven general market medieval romances published with Bantam and HarperCollins 1994 thru 2001—take 3-4 months to bring each one up to my current standards.
What about any current projects you’re working on? Care to share?
I’m gearing up to write the sixth book in my Age Of Faith series. Though it’s untitled, I’m finally giving readers the story they asked for—that of the wonderfully redeemed Sir Durand. Very excited!
Thank you again, Tamara, for visiting with us today and sharing some valuable insight! It’s really been a treat for me. Without further ado, let’s jump right in and check out Lady Ever After.
Lady Ever After
Releasing later this month, Lady Ever After will be available on:
B & N
Please visit http://www.tamaraleigh.com/lady-ever-after to read more and to enjoy an excerpt!
More About the Author
Tamara Leigh is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of twenty-eight medieval and contemporary romance novels published with Bantam, HarperCollins, and RandomHouse since 1994. Tamara lives near Nashville with her husband, a Doberman who bares his teeth not only to threaten the UPS man but to smile, a German Shepherd who has never met a squeaker toy she couldn’t destroy, and a feisty Morkie who keeps her company during long writing stints.
Connect with Tamara & Her Books
Website ~ www.tamaraleigh.com
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/tamara.leigh.50
Twitter ~ https://twitter.com/TamaraLeighAuth
Tamara Leigh has graciously offered 1 ebook copy of Lady Ever After to be gifted. All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post. Qualifying entries will be taken November 11th – November 16th (11:59 p.m. CST), 2016. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments, make a comment, or answer this question:
If you were to time travel, what time period would you like to end up in?