Here’s what Spotlight is about; it’s an interview that promotes you! It will feature questions that are formatted to your needs. Questions will be focused on your work, upcoming work and some personal [but not intrusive] questions for your fans to get to know you more!
Today features Tasha Gwartney
Tasha Gwartney is a Military wife and devoted momma to a handsome little man by day. At night she drops her domestic goddess cloak and becomes an aspiring author. She lives in Central Louisiana with her family and two huskies. Tasha has been writing poetry and short stories since she was ten years of age. There wasn’t ever a time when a story plot wasn’t found somewhere in her head. Tasha has had several of her poems published. She is looking forward to publishing many more novels as well.
Her first Novel entitled Fated Truth (Book one in The True Witch Saga) is currently published through MHP. It is due to become live in kindle and paperback in Winter 2013
Tasha has always enjoyed bringing the worlds that begin inside her head to the minds of others.
What made you want to be an author?
I have always wanted to write something that reaches out to people, to touch their imagination and bring a world that I create for them to life. I started writing poetry and short stories very early in life.
What was your dream as a child, what did you want to be when you got older?
I wanted to be a Teacher when I was younger, I got my BA in Early childhood Education. So here we are. I am doing what I always wanted to do.
What is your favorite color and do you use it in your book covers?
Black, and yes I love using black and white photos for my cover art.
If you could meet and have coffee with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Hmm…I would love to have coffee with Marilyn Monroe. She was a gorgeous soul.
What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?
A very vivid and weird dream. Then poof the first 5 chapters of Fated Truth were written the next morning.
If someone offered you an immense amount of money to write something you utterly detest, would you write it anyway?
Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you have set plot line when you write?
For my short stories, as long as I know how it is going to start and end, the plot between comes to me while I am writing. However, my novels (Black Legacy, Keeper of the Spirits, and another untitled WIP) have a detailed outline before I start. I don’t always stick to every detail but the main plot stays the same.
Do you ever have vivid dreams staring the characters of your work?
OMG, yes! Whenever I write my first drafts, the dreams come in vivid details
If you could give advice to a struggling author, what would it be, and why?
Keep going! There will be moments when you want to throw your book in the trash while you are writing or editing.
Tell me something interesting about yourself that you think you fans would love to know.
I detest doing laundry.. Does that count? Lol.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and bred in NW Arkansas
Do you dream about traveling anywhere, if so where?
I lived in Germany for almost Eight years until here recently. We have plans to move back in about two years. I can’t wait. That is come for me now.
What do you do to promote yourself and your work?
Yes, I have several social network pages, including Facebook, twitter, a website and blog, and Goodreads. Although I will promote other’s works on my pages,
What is your favorite genre to write in?
I usually write Paranormal Romance/ Erotica. But I am trying my hand at a YA novel very soon. J
What drew you to that genre?
Although I’ll read and have enjoyed most genres, I just get sucked into Paranormal Romance. It takes so much imagination for people to think of and build original worlds and characters. I am a very imaginative person.
What do you think that hardest part about being an author is?
I’m still learning the ins-and-outs of marketing so I’ll say that is the hardest part. However, if I ever have to make a speech at a conference, I know I’ll be a ball of nerves. I am shy that way.
I started writing short stories when I was about ten years old. I would print them out on the sides of worksheets in school, basically write them on anything that was handy when the idea would pop up in my head. My elementary teachers would tell me to stop because it was disruptive and not pertaining to the subject that I was so post to be learning at the time.
All the way through school I wrote. My short stories got longer and I branched out into poetry. Some of my school teachers encouraged me to write. They even said they liked some of my work. But it wasn’t until I was a junior in High School that it really hit me that I wanted to do this. I wanted to write and reach people. To put the stories that were bouncing against the walls of my mind down on paper, and teleport someone into my own private world.
My Science teacher caught me writing a poem on the back of a test during class one day. That was a HUGE no-no in his class. You did not get side tracked. It was one of his major pet peeves. Well he asked me to stay after class that day and I was literally shaking in my platform boots. He was majorly hard on people that ticked him off during his classes. Come to find out, I wasn’t in trouble. He wanted to talk to me about the poem that he had read on the back of my end of term test. He asked if he could give it to his wife for their anniversary. I was so happy that I wasn’t in trouble that I quickly said yes then shot from the room.
The poem that I had wrote on the back of that test was about love and loss. I had read a novel the night before really touched me. You have to remember I was sixteen. I was a teen that knew nothing of truly feeling emotions of love on this deep a level. But the novel I read the night before had me enthralled. I fell into the main character and felt every emotion that she felt, celebrated her every triumph, and cried her tears when she lost the man she loved. That was how I was able to write a poem on the back of a test that touched even my grouchy Science teacher.
After that I wanted to be that author that transported readers and made them feel every emotion that the characters feel. That is why I write. Thanks for listening to my ramblings.
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