Welcome and welcome back! Today's guest on The Same Six Questions is author Tallulah Grace!
Hi Andy, thanks for hosting. I write non-fiction business articles to pay the mortgage and all those other pesky necessities, but my southern roots show through when I flip the switch to fiction. When I’m not writing, I’m an avid reader and bead weaver. Ghost-hunting is another hobby, but lately I haven’t had time to explore that as much as I’d like. Traipsing around in the dead of night with a camera, a recorder and an amateur or three does not flow seamlessly into a day filled with writing. I’m a single mom and thrilled to say that college tuition is finally in the past. That one fact gave me the freedom, time and energy to pursue fiction as a full-time career. My daughter thinks my ghost-hunting is ‘cute,’ but she really likes my fiction. She’s at the age where she knows everything, so who am I to argue?
Thanks, Tallulah! Now it's time to answer The Same Six Questions.
1.Have you published a book yet?
My first book, Fate, went live in early June. The second book of the
trilogy, Spellbound, became available in July. I plan to publish the third installment, Destiny, in late August, early September. Collectively, the books are part of the Timeless Trilogy series. The series revolves around the lives, loves and paranormal abilities of three women; Kristina Collins, Veronica Myers and
Cassandra Locke. Kris takes center stage in Fate and enjoys a quiet, successful life as an independent television producer near Charleston, South Carolina. Her life turns upside down when she discovers that she is being stalked by a very clever serial killer. An old love reappears and new friends emerge as she deals with the drama. The book trailer for Fate can be found here. I recommend that anyone who watches it first turn up the volume. If you scare easily or have a history of heart problems, please don’t watch the trailer.
2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a writer, in one form or another. I have journals from my childhood, filled with poetry and short stories, but I stepped away from writing fiction for pleasure when my full-time writing career took off. After too many years of dry, to-the-point writing, my inner voice began crying for something extra. Timeless Trilogy is the answer to that niggling little voice, but those stories are only the beginning. Now that I’ve begun, I never intend to turn it off.
3. What was your first lengthy piece of fiction (say, >1000 words)? What was it about? When did you write it? Do you still have it?
The first serious short story I wrote as an adult was a romantic interlude about reincarnation. I had it, and a few other short stories, recorded to an acoustic guitar about ten years ago for a venture that never got off the ground. I hadn’t listened to, or read, the stories since then. I unearthed them this past spring and they helped give birth to the Timeless series.
4. When was your first indication, "I can do this(write)"?
My first 5-star review gave me goose-bumps. The reviewer expressed how I felt about my characters—‘I found myself wanting to be a part of their world’—so I knew then that it worked.
5. If you could meet one of your characters in real life, which would it be?
I’d like to meet all of them, but if I had to choose just one it would be Cassandra Locke. Cassie’s story unfolds throughout the first two books in preparation for Destiny. Cassie’s dreams convince her that she’s lived many times before, but she’s loved only once. The power of that relationship transcends time, which, as any genuine romantic will tell you, is the ultimate test of true love. Cassie is also a successful author who lives in and tends to a Victorian mansion in the heart of Charleston. I’d love to pick her brain and hang out at her house.
6. It's a dark and stormy night...you're alone in the house...there's a knock at the door...you open it, look out, and proceed to scream like a little girl. What's on the doorstep?
A box overflowing with spiders. How did they knock, you ask? Of course they didn’t, but the deranged stalker who’s been following me for months used them as a diversion to gain entry into the house, unnoticed. I slam the door in the path of the eight-legged fiends and run to find the phone. After calling my neighbor for extermination assistance, I fly upstairs to find my hiking boots and spot the stalker, poised behind a door in the foyer, ready to spring. Upon reaching the upstairs landing, I head for the iron urn filled with great-aunt Gert that’s sitting on the table directly above the crouching man. Without a second thought, I drop the urn on his head and go for the boots. I’ll deal with him later; the spiders must not get into the house.
Great stuff, Tallulah! For more of Tallulah and her writing, visit her web site, check out her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter
Be sure to stop in for a visit this weekend, between the picnics and the pool, and meet another indie author, C.A. Deyton!