The waiting was worth it, so today I am bringing to you a very special interview with the multiple award-winning author of Olive Kennedy : Fairy World MD series, *drum rolls* the one and only : Tamara Grantham.

I would like to firstly thank her from the bottom of my heart for taking the time out to answer all  - okay, not all, but some - of my  curiosities as I know how busy her schedule is lately with the writing, designing and editing of her soon to be released book. I will let her tell you more about her upcoming release in the moments to come.

So...lets give her a warm welcome and big hug ! :) 

 

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself ?

Hello! My name is Tamara Grantham and I live in Kansas in the US. I was born and raised in Texas. I love going outside on nature walks, and I also love to read. I have five kids ages 3-13 and they keep me very busy! I also love to go the movies with my husband. My favorite films are fantasy and sci-fi movies like Star Wars and Thor.

2. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I tried to write as a teenager but always gave up. The story never went the way I wanted it to go. Years later, after getting married and having three kids, I wanted to use my English degree, but didn’t know how. After reading a fairy tale retelling, the author wrote in her acknowledgments that she wrote the book while raising two young children. How? I thought. My next thought was—if she could do it, then so could I. But I knew I couldn’t do it the way I’d tried before. I knew I needed a detailed outline so my story would go the way I wanted. On September 1, 2010, I started writing my first book, and a month later, I finished it.

3. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

My mom read C.S. Lewis’s books to us as children, and I fell in love with fantasy. I also read authors such as Terry Brooks and J.R.R Tolkien.

4. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

I love fantasy and sci-fi because it uses so much creativity and imagination. I love envisioning new worlds and different cultures.

5.How important is research to you when writing a book?

I always research before writing a book and while I’m writing it. I’ve found myself researching odd things that I wouldn’t expect, but it’s a great opportunity for learning.

6. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I use a computer for almost everything, but when I’m outlining, I also use pencil and paper to get my thoughts put together in a logical order.

7. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

Not until I started writing my first book, and even then, the word “writer” always seemed too great a term for me. I still have trouble realizing that I’m a writer. To me, I’m just someone who channels my story into print.

8. What inspires you to write?

Whenever I read a book that inspires me or makes me cry, I always think…I want to do that. I want to write something that will inspire, entertain, and uplift. I think that’s one of the main reasons I do it.

9. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired? How often do you write?

I’m a strict believer in a schedule. I have a goal of writing 1,000 words five days a week. Lately, I’ve been writing under a deadline, so that number has gone up to 2,000. I’m also planning to have a nice break after I reach my goal, which means I’ll likely go back to writing 1,000 words a day again.

10. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?

It wasn’t hard after I made up my mind to do it.

11. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last? Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?

If I have an outline, I never experience writer's block.

 

12. What project are you working on now?

I’m writing several things. I’m writing a new young adult sci-fi novel called The 7th Lie. I’m super excited about it. It’s different from most of the YA books out there, and it gives a new twist to science fiction. I’m also writing the sequels to my Twisted Ever After trilogy, and I’m writing bonus scenes for Fairy World MD, which I’m so excited about. I love being able to revisit old characters.

13. Will you have a new book coming out soon?

Yes! I just completed a fairytale retelling of Rapunzel. Like most of my books, it’s a different take on the usual. The heroine of the story is the witch Gothel, who must go on a quest to find a pair of magical shears to cut Rapunzel’s hair, which will free the princess from the tower. I’m also writing two sequels, which will focus on The Swan Princess and Rumpelstiltskin. The release date is March 11, 2019.

14. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

There’s a character called Kull in my Fairy World MD series. I miss writing him so much! I’ve even thought of writing another series focusing on his children, but I still don’t think it would be the same.

15. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I usually don’t view criticism as tough. I see it as an opportunity to improve as grow. The best compliments are when readers tell me my books transported them away from their worries and pain. That’s worth it to me.

16. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Just write! Write every day. Write when you don’t feel like it. Writing continually is the only way to improve.

17. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

You are my heroes! I feel so blessed to have you. There was a time when I thought I’d never be published, and no one would read my words, but now I have a group of fans, which is so amazing. You really are the best.

Published by Cristina Piciu