A Visit With My Friend Bee Halton Earlier This Year (things have been going crazy this year so I am trying to catch up!)
TAMARA FERGUSON DOES THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
Today I am honoured to have Tamara Ferguson back on “The Bee Writes…”. She is one of my favourite contemporary fiction writers and I hope many more readers will discover her intriguing characters and stories. Before we start a little more about Tamara:
Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, #1 international bestselling author of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series and the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series.
Her wounded warrior romances, Two Hearts Unspoken, Two Hearts Surrendered, and Two Hearts Undone were all WINNERS at the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards; with Two Hearts Unspoken earning the Silver Medal in Military Fiction. Two Hearts Surrendered is also a 2016 New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing.
Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish, the fourth story in the series, spent 6 consecutive weeks at #1 in the Mistletoe Kisses & Christmas Wishes romance set and has become a #1 Best Seller independently as well a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.
Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
She’s just released Two Hearts Find Christmas (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 5), Two Hearts Unbroken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 6), That Unexpected Kiss (Kissed By Fate Book 2) and Extended Flight and is working on Two Hearts In Accord (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 7), Two Hearts Under Fire (Two Hearts Warrior Romance Book 8), A Kiss Beneath A Strawberry Moon (Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance 3) and Emergence her fourth Tales of the Dragonfly Novel, due to be published by Windswept in spring of 2018.
A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Independent Authors’ Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.
Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on Twitter.
And now with no further ado over to the interview:
Thanks so much, Bee for inviting me back to your super fantastic blog!
HOW HAS YOUR WRITING JOURNEY BEEN SINCE YOUR LAST VISIT TO THE BEE WRITES…?
It’s been crazy during the last year and a half. I’ve sold thousands of books, and I’ve had to write every day to keep up with the deadlines.
WHAT IS YOUR LATEST PUBLICATION?
My latest two releases were That Unexpected Kiss (Kissed By Fate Book 2) and Two Hearts Unbroken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 6). The last story I wrote was Extended Flight (Tales of the Dragonfly III) soon to be published in the anthology Unforgettable Trouble. Currently I am writing 2 stories both coming out in June anthologies. Two Hearts In Accord (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 7) and A Kiss Beneath A Strawberry Moon (Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance 3).
WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA FOR IT?
These days my ideas are based partly on anthology themes – I’m writing with the Authors’ Billboard now – and partly on my series themes. Two Hearts are my wounded warrior books, which are both romance and romance suspense, Kissed By Fate is new adult romance suspense, Tales of the Dragonfly is romance suspense with a little paranormal involved and Daydreams & Dragonflies is Sweet Romance.
WOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR ADVICE TO APPRENTICE WRITERS TODAY?
Slightly. Authors should be sure to take advantage of boxset opportunities. One thing I’ve also learned is you believe in yourself, you have to be willing to spend money to make money because of all the books that are available these days. You can’t have the attitude “I’m not going to charge 99c for my books.” Reducing prices for your books and using available paid promotions will get more of your books out there. And the more books you sell, the more readers you will gain; particularly if you have a series like my wounded warrior books. They don’t seem to be losing their popularity, and I’m really proud of these stories. I can’t remember the last day that I didn’t sell a book, which is actually pretty exciting when you think about it.
Thank you so much, Tamara, for taking the time to come back and let us know more about your writing journey!
In the 19th century, there has been a kind of party game which meant that guests had to answer a list of questions in the host’s guestbook. Marcel Proust answered it twice in his life and after a while, it got accredited to him.
A similar questionnaire is regularly seen on the back of Vanity Fairanswered by celebrities. They even launched an interactive version in 2009. The magazine of the German newspaper FAZ asks celebrities for years to answer it to
Where do you want to live? Somewhere besides Illinois.
What is perfect bliss for you? Living in a peaceful place, with trees near a lake and no disruptions.
Which fault do you excuse the easiest? Forgetfulness.
What is the biggest disaster for you? Not being able to go back in time and take back some of the stupid things I’ve done.
Your favourite characters in a novel? The humorous, romantic ones of course. I’ve read way too many novels to have an all-time favorite.
Your favourite figure in history? I don’t really have one.
Your favourite hero/heroine in real life? I don’t really have one.
Your favourite painter? I don’t really have one favorite – I like what I like.
Your favourite author? It’s a three-way tie between Mary Balogh, Nora Roberts and Linda Howard.
Your favourite composer? Same answer as with a painter – I used to sing and I pretty much love everything; rock, show tunes, even opera sometimes. What I listen to depends on my mood and what is happening in my life.
Which quality do you appreciate the most in a woman?Sincerity.
Which quality do you appreciate the most in a man? Sincerity.
Your favourite virtue? Sincerity.
Your favourite activity? Gardening and home improvement (although I never have time anymore)
Who or what would you like to be? Happy
Your main characteristic? These days? Exhausted.
What do you appreciate the most in your friends? Sincerity.
Your biggest fault? Being a pushover.
Your dream of happiness? Success (as a writer), living in a peaceful place near a lake like where I vacationed when I grew up, being able to provide for my son for the rest of his life without having to worry about what will happen when I’m no longer around.
Your favourite colour? Blue-green
Your favourite flower? Stargazer Lily
Your favourite bird? A cockatiel (my Delilah who passed away at 22 yrs old)
Your favourite poet? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What do you hate the most? Insincerity & lies.
Which historical figure do you hate the most? I guess I would have to say Hitler.
Which is your favourite reform? I don’t think I’ve found one yet (well maybe I have but I need to avoid political statements so I don’t get people MAD.)
Which natural talent would you like to have? Painting.
How do you want to die? Happy.
Your current state of mind? Stressed.
Your motto? Y Ask Y
Thanks, Tamara for taking part in this fun blog game !
And here some more information about Tamara and her books!
CONNECT WITH TAMARA:
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Tamara on Amazon
Tamara on Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly
Tamara on Twitter @KissedByFate2
Tamara on Facebook
Tamara on LinkedIn
Tamara on Goodreads
Tamara E-mail: Tammysdragonfly@gmail.com
Kissed by Fate on Facebook
Kissed by Fate homepage
Tales of the Dragonfly homepage
Tamara on Bookbub
Tamara on Pinterest
Tamara on Tumblr
Tamara on Instagram
Two Heart Wounded Warrior Romance on FB
UNFORGETTABLE TROUBLE (Featuring EXTENDED FLIGHT)
Searching for his missing sister, wounded warrior Aaron Davidson saves the life of Kiley Carlton, a mob bosses’ daughter. Can their extended flight survive kidnapping, murder and…LOVE?
A Valentine She’ll Remember
Airman Sarah Benton’s survived unimaginable horror, having been captured in Iraq, Two years later, when her life’s once again endangered, can Lieutenant Brand Reardon break through her wounded heart?
Books By Tamara Ferguson
Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance
Two Hearts Surrendered
Two Hearts Unspoken
Two Hearts Undone
Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish
Two Hearts Find Christmas
Two Hearts Unbroken
Coming in June 2018: Two Hearts In Accord
Coming in Nov 2018: Two Hearts Under Fire
Mistletoe Kisses & Christmas Wishes Set
(Includes Two Hearts Christmas Wish)
Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance
A Kiss Upon A Star
A Kiss Beneath A Christmas Star
A Touch of Passion
Mother’s Day Magic
Annie Acorn’s 2016 Romance Treasury
Love In Times of War
Hunks To The Rescue
Sweet and Sassy: The Best Kind of Romance
Hotshot Charmers: Men Women Love
Sweet Heat: Where Romance and Suspense Meet
A Christmas She’ll Remember
Sweet and Sassy Christmas: A Time for Romance
Sweet and Sassy Valentine
A Valentine She’ll Remember
Coming In June 2018: Sweet and Sassy Weddings
Coming In June 2018: A Wedding She’ll Remember
Coming In Sept 2018: Sweet and Sassy Suspense
Coming in Nov 2018: Love Under Fire
Coming in Dec 2018: Holiday Hunks
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