I would like to introduce you Tamie Dearen. She is an Indie Author I recently met online. I found her Alora book to be very endearing. It is a Young Adult book with lovable characters and imaginative worlds. I won’t spoil it for you by revealing a lot about the story. Rest assured it is a great book and wonderful escapism.
Ava: Is there one person/group/thing that inspires and/or encourages you more than anything else?Tamie: My husband of thirty-two years is my best supporter, encourager, and beta-reader.
Ava: Do your characters ever “take the wheel” and lead you in an unplanned direction?Tamie: Absolutely. Every time I write, I’m surprised by what happens.
Ava: What is your favorite part of being a writer?Tamie: I live for feedback from readers who’ve enjoyed my books. It’s way better than money. I would write for free if I could!
Ava: What is your favorite quote? Who said it? What do you like most about it?Tamie: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” J.R.R. Tolkien. I live by this idea every day. I feel like my time is precious, running through my fingers, less and less remaining each day. So I try to make the most of my time. The most important thing I can do with my time is to invest in other people—family, friends, young people, those in need. As much as I love to write, I have to give up writing to have time to show God’s love to other people.
Ava: Is there anything you would say to other Indie authors?Tamie: Write what you love. And if you need anything, I’ll be glad to help. In my view, we’re all on the same team.
ABOUT YOUR BOOK:
Ava: Is there a story behind how you came up with the idea for your Alora series? If so, can you share it?Tamie: I love young adult fantasy. It’s actually my favorite genre. Teens are such great book characters because they are so open and accepting of new experiences and ideas. When I started Alora, I imagined a girl having a vision of a cute boy while showering. I wrote that scene, and the rest of the story just happened.
Ava: Does the title have a special meaning? If so, what?Tamie: There is no special meaning to the title, Alora, other than it being the name of the heroine. But the subtitle is The Wander-Jewel, the name of the stone that produces her special power of transporting.
Ava: What is one thing about your heroine (Alora) that you hope your readers connect with?Tamie: I hope people will see Alora as an ordinary girl who chooses to use her gifts to do good instead of evil. Each of us make this decision every day, although most of us don’t have anyone attempting to kill us because of it.
Ava: Have you started on a/the sequel for this book?Tamie: I am working madly on the sequel, and I’m way behind my self-imposed time schedule.
Ava: Describe your next writing project.Tamie: I’m in the midst of writing Alora: The Portal (Book II of the Alora Series). Building on the story in the first novel, we get to learn more about Kaevin’s world. Alora’s father is still trying to kill her, of course. Meanwhile, Stone Clan and Water Clan are racing to find the portal between the two realms. We will meet some characters from Water Clan and find out what it is like to live under Vindrake’s oppression. We also discover the past events that resulted in Vindrake’s complete turn to evil. We meet a man who voluntarily infiltrates Stone Clan to spy for Vindrake, motivated by his own bitter need for revenge.
While accompanying the Stone Clan group on a quest to learn how to dissolve the soulmate bond, Bardamen uses every opportunity to search for a future wife. But instead, he meets a woman whose sharp wit and tongue put him in his place repeatedly.
And even though Kaevin and Alora are soulmates, their relationship has its share of struggles. After all, an emotional and physical bond doesn’t create the perfect relationship. In addition, they’re teenagers who grow and mature as the story proceeds.
We will find a secret place where the clanspeople live in harmony with one another, embracing the very differences that have alienated the clans throughout Tenavae. We also get to meet another soulmate couple. There will be lots of actions in both worlds, resulting in a bit of confusion for the park rangers at Yellowstone. And I still don’t know how I’m going to fit this all in one book!TAMIE’S BIO:
Tamie lives with her very romantic husband of thirty-two years. They have two grown daughters (the inspiration for the daughters in The Best Girls Series) and one grandson, an eleven-year-old boy, recently adopted from Ukraine. Tamie loves to play, sing, and write music. She started writing books in 2013 and published her first book in October of that year. Since then, she’s published five novels and a novella. She also writes a free serial romance on her weekly blog. And in her spare time, she’s a dentist. (But she’s painless.)
Tamie met her husband as a freshman in college when she acted out of character on a whim. One night in the library lobby, she spied a cute guy with his first name written on the back of his shirt. She called out his name. When he approached to talk to her, she pretended that she'd met him before, asking about his classes and how he liked college. To her surprise and delight, he also pretended that he knew her, but of course he didn't know her name. They continued this false relationship for two months. Each time they saw each other, an event which occurred three times per week at the cafeteria, he would pretend he knew her. Meanwhile, all of Tamie's friends were careful not to reveal her name to him. When he finally admitted his ignorance of her name, he was astonished to learn the truth. And the rest is history.
You can follow Tamie at:
Blog: (This blog isn't a normal blog. I'm posting a weekly serial romantic comedy.) http://terratt0612.wordpress.com/
Thank you, Tamie, for guesting on The Road to a Dream! And thank you to all the followers of The Road to a Dream, too. If you would like to comment or ask Tamie a question, just click on the word Comment at the bottom of the posting.
Each person to leave a comment will go into September’s drawing!Until next week, be kind to each other…and to yourself!