Tara Newlands has been fascinated by books all her life and is amazed by their ability to transform worlds. She is contributing writer to a well known paranormal research site and a contributing writer for Night Owl Romance.
Shelagh: Hi Tara, please tell everyone a little about yourself.
Tara: I’m a native of Arizona currently residing in the United Kingdom. I enjoy creating new and different worlds for my readers. I’m an avid yogi and love spending time with my hubby and two young children.
Shelagh: Briefly tell us about your latest book. Is it part of a series or stand-alone?
Tara: My upcoming release with Whispers publishing entitled Nirvana is a stand-alone novella. The story, which is an interracial romance, features a psychic with electrokintic powers, a sexy London cop and a few Indian demi-gods or two. It’s releasing as an ebook on February 19, 2010 and with be available at Fictionwise, Mobipocket, the Whispers website and All Romance ebooks.
Shelagh: How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?
Tara: These past few years have really allowed me to explore my desire to write. I’ve travelled to Scotland, lived in Mexico and currently live in England. All these places and people have taught me a lot about myself. In each of my stories, I try to bring in the insights I’ve learned from the people and places around me to make better strange – if not interesting – stories.
Shelagh: Share the best review (or a portion) that you’ve ever had.
Tara: I think the most interesting review was for my bestselling Urban Fantasy novel with Red Rose publishing – The Dream King. Here’s a bit of what Tiffany at You Gotta Read reviews had to say about it:
“A good plot, believable characters, and a very creative magical world, all served to gradually draw me deeper into the story… I was thoroughly impressed and looking forward to the sequel.”
Shelagh: What are your current projects?
Tara: I’m currently working on the follow up to The Dream King which is entitled Dawnbringer. As well as working on a new paranormal romance set in Scotland.
Shelagh: When did you begin writing, and in what genre(s)?
Tara: I first got the itch to write during high school. My English teacher was impressed by a short poetry book I put together and she thought I should try to pursue writing farther. When I moved to England a few years ago, I found myself wanting to write again. I had enough free time to do so and I’ve also been interested in paranormal happenings. So, the two feelings just seemed to go together, and then The Dream King was born.
Shelagh: How do you develop characters?
Tara: I’m afraid I don’t follow a set routine to develop characters. I like to allow my characters to speak to me in strange ways: listening to music, people chatting on the street, a word on a page.
Shelagh: Who is the most unusual character?
Tara: I’d say in my current work, Nirvana, the appearance of Lord Shiva would be my most unusual character, but he just seemed to have so much to say that I had to include him.
Shelagh: Do you write paranormal romance only or non-fiction as well?
Tara: I’ve contributed articles on yoga to a popular paranormal website and it’s were I do research on subjects that interest me.
Shelagh: Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Shelagh: Thank you for joining us today, Tara.
Tara: Thank you, Shelagh, for spending time discussing my work!