Good question! The romance genre really did choose me. I began writing Historicals, my first and main love, and expanded into other subgenres of romance. Absolutely every aspect of a person’s life comes into play in a relationship, which I makes the hurdles they face in getting together a huge challenge to write. No two people are alike, and two relationships are alike. The possibilities are endless.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights. Her work is amazing.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My latest release is the erotic paranormal/time travel Labyrinth. This book pulls a Mississippi Deputy Sheriff between an SAS agent and a three hundred year old Scottish lord, who legend says murders his lovers.
Yes, magic exists. Not the backwater voodoo witches practice where Mississippi Deputy Sheriff Margot Saulnier grew up. But the age-old black magic a woman weaves around a man that draws him under her spell. The kind Margot’s best friend used to kill her husband…and get away with it.
Margot chases her friend to Scotland, determined to prove her guilty of murder. No one will stop Margot. Not the SAS agent sent to watch her…and not the Scottish lord legend says murders his lovers when they cannot free him from the spell that has imprisoned him in Castle Morrison for three hundred years.
He’s just a legend.
And magick doesn’t exist.
My most pressing project at the moment is my upcoming release with Total E-Bound slated for March 7 2012, the romantic suspense Hawk and the Cougar. As you probably guessed this is a cougar story.
Forty-four year old Liz Williams intends to put a stop to the affair between her daughter and her daughter’s archaeology professor. But she’s unprepared for the six-foot-three, thirty-two year old Native American man who turns out to be Professor Thornton Hawkins—and the men who try to kill him.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
In the course of my career I have had two agents, both of whom I parted company with. Shifting my mindset from depending on an agent to sell my work to becoming my own advocate was a huge change for me. Much time was spent in reevaluating my goals and career arc. That alone took some time! The fast moving changes in the publishing industry became a major factor in my decision making process as well. ROFL. I’m still working out the details, but I have since published with several small presses, all of whom I’m very proud to be with.
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
The e-revolution has created a myriad of opportunities for authors. What author wouldn’t be thrilled?
As for the indie route, I have not only considered that direction, but have self published two titles from my back-list, and Labyrinth is my first self published title all my own. Of course, an author must keep in mind that self publishing is no less a professional endeavor than is publishing with a traditional press. Books must be critiqued, edited, and professionally formatted for publication. All of which is just as big an investment as is working with a publisher.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
The reader/author relationship is very intimate. Readers love getting to know the authors of their favorite books. Why would any serious writer not work to grow that relationship? Book signings and radio spots used to be the best ways to connect with readers. Today, social media instantly connects us with readers across the globe. This is a huge advantage for authors — and readers. Gotta love that!
Info about the author:
Award winning author Tarah Scott writes historical romance and romantic and paranormal suspense. She is published with Total E-Bound, Loose Id, The Wild Rose Press, and Etopia Press.
Ten years ago, she relocated to Westchester County, New York, where she and her daughter reside in a lakeside community. Don’t be fooled by what sounds like a quiet life. The city that never sleeps is only an hour away, and this Texas girl and her New York bred daughter wouldn’t have it any other way. To know more, visit her website: