Tara Fox Hall-Author

Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

The Promise Me Series:

WHY VAMPIRES: I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.

Website: http://www.tarafoxhall.com

Tell me a bit about yourself:

My bio says it all: Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

What type of genre do you write?

Mostly I write supernatural-related fiction stories, such as the paranormal fiction series Promise Me and Lash. But as per above, I also have written erotica, suspense, horror, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction.
What genre to you personally read?

Thrillers as a rule are my favourite books, the more graphic the better. But I occasionally branch out to YA, historical, romance, graphic novels, action/adventure, westerns and other genres.

Tell me about your latest?

My latest book is Taken for His Own, the fourth installment in my Promise Me Series. It takes up where the third book left off. Sar had done her best to rebuild her life when her fiancé Theo went missing. She’s partnered with her former vampire lover Danial to raise Theo’s daughter Elle (Elle’s natural mother is dead from childbirth complications). She’s also had a child of her own with Danial, Theoron, and is trying to come to terms with her inevitable turning from human to vampire. When she finds out Theo’s alive, she can’t stop herself from journeying west to find him, and confront him about where he’s been for the last year and a half. This is where Taken for His Own begins. After a passionate reunion and a hasty marriage, the two lovebirds are headed back east. But picking up the pieces is far from easy. While Danial is accepting of Theo’s return, Elle prefers her vampire adoptive father over Theo. More than one enemy is waiting in the wings, making repeat attempts on Sar’s life. Add into the mix Devlin, Sar’s old enemy who’s now turned good guy, and a new paramour for Danial and you’ve got a powder keg primed to explode.

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?

I’ve always enjoyed reading…a very passionate teacher taught me to read my first words in kindergarten, and I began devouring short books by first grade…and novels for YA by third grade.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?

The Hobbit. I like the message; that it’s not who you were or what you can do that influences what you will do, it’s how willing you are to step outside your own boundaries and push for what you think is right.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

That it’s never too late to take control of your destiny…and that you are the only one that really ever can. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to events. And that it’s important to always try to do the right thing…but that isn’t always possible.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career?

Getting published. I spent 4 years getting rejection after rejection from every agent under the sun and also some publishers. But the near misses were the worst, to think that I finally had an agent or a publisher and then to have it fall through at the last moment. Those were the crushing blows. The newest thing I worry about are bad reviews.

What has been your best moment as a writer?

Getting that first acceptance…though every 5 star review is another perfect moment for me. I love getting validation for the world I created.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Bits of me are in all my characters, being my creations.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
There is MUCH more to do….I won’t be able to rest easy until all of the Promise Me series is out and sitting on my bookshelf in a lovely row and after that, I’ll probably say the same until the Lash series is done!

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?

Of course. Getting my first 2 star review on Amazon made me want to quit. Poor sales in a given quarter makes me want to quit. Having no free time makes me want to quit. But I didn’t survive years of fighting to get my stories out to give up now.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t give up until you do what you set out to do.

After this book, what is next? There will be more books in this series?

Two more will be out this year—Immortal Confessions and Her Secret—with more in 2014 and 2015, until the series is done. The next installment in the Lash Series, Revenge, will be out this fall, and hopefully my second anthology of short suspense/horror stories will also publish. There will also be the first Promise Me anthology and a Latham’s Landing anthology this fall. A new Lash short story, “Spiritwalker”, will debut in the Shifters charity anthology from Hazardous Press, and I also have a short story called “The Lie” in the upcoming anthology Brief Grislys, both due out in a month or less. I’m also working on a sequel to my transgender short Grow a Pair, and another compilation of BDSM stories for the late summer/fall.

Your website? http://www.tarafoxhall.com

Your blog? http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall/blog

Other websites?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TerrorFoxHall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TaraFH
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tara-fox-hall
Melange Books: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/index.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Fox-Hall/e/B005YPAA4W/


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Hello, L.M. David interviewing Garry Rogers author of Corr Syl The Warrior. This interview is part of a Blog Tour conducted by Saskia Book Services. Because this is part of a tour, the usual blurb will not be added.

Welcome Garry. Let’s begin with a little background information.

Q. Tell me a bit about yourself.
A. I like exploring and planning. Once I learned about science and marketing, I decided I wanted to be a scientist or a business entrepreneur. I earned a PhD and studied plant interactions for several years before founding and becoming CEO of a successful computer business. I enjoy planning anything from meetings to research projects to marketing campaigns. Not much of a conversationalist, my favorite activities are camping, boxing, dancing, and drinking.

Q. Briefly describe what your book, Corr Syl The Warrior is about.
A. The book is about a young warrior whose community calls on him to investigate and devise a response to aggression by a neighboring community.

Q. What is the character Corr Syl like?
A. Corr Syl is not very complicated. He has a few secrets and ambitions, but none so powerful to interfere with his friendliness and generosity. Apart from becoming a warrior, Corr has always wanted to be an effective comedian (many Tsaeb do). His jokes usually fail, but he never gives up trying. When Corr’s local district council calls on him become its agent, Corr wants to refuse, but as the danger becomes apparent, he moves ahead with no reservations.

Q. Corr Syl is a Tsaeb warrior. Describe what being within the Tsaeb is like.
A. Tsaeb is a name for an ancient multi-species civilization. Immediacy, the philosophy of consequences, governs the Tsaeb. The Tsaeb have moved past mere sentience to sapience. They have evolved an instinctive sense of responsibility. Thus, the Tsaeb civilization has almost no rules for individual behavior. Among the Tsaeb, all are equal, and all are free to do as they please.

Before Immediacy, the cardinal emotions fear and desire, and their many derivatives, ruled the actions of the Earth’s intelligent species. As natural selection enhanced intelligence, Earth’s creatures built machines of conquest and defense that eventually threatened the existence of the planet. The warrior guild formed as Earth teetered on the brink of annihilation. The warriors provided the moderating force and the Immediacy ideal that saved the Earth and let sapience flourish.

Warriors include those Tsaeb that choose to undergo the years of intense training required to master combat and war. During the long reign of the peaceful Tsaeb civilization, the need for warriors has declined and few are left. Corr Syl is one of only 21 warriors in a district of half a million intelligent beings. Occasional dangerous individuals and species appear, and then the Warriors become essential.

Q. Describe the Wycliff District. (See map below)
A. Wycliff District is one of 2,100 Tsaeb districts that form a continuous mosaic covering half the Earth’s lands and all its oceans. Wycliff occupies a high desert valley about 30 miles wide and 60 miles long. The few services needed by the District’s half million residents are found at the District Center. The Center occupies a large hollowed out mass of emergent granite bedrock on the banks of the valley’s principal stream, White River.

Q. What genre is Corr Syl The Warrior? And is it a favorite genre of yours?
A. The book fits best into the #EcoSciFi subcategory of Science Fiction. All its premises, events, and characters are possible within the limits of our current understanding of psychology, society, philosophy, and the natural world.

Q. Who was the easiest character to create and why?
A. Ralph MacKinnon resembles a best friend who died young. My friend was a champion boxer, a natural comedian, and an idealist.

Q. What was the hardest part to write in Corr Syl The Warrior?
A. My chief challenges are finding new expressions for old situations, and providing the hidden motivations and traits needed to turn characters into real people.

Q. Will there be a sequel to Corr Syl? And if so, what is the working title and will there be returning characters?
A. The sequel is in progress. I will probably title it “Corr Syl the Terrible.” Some of the principal characters remain, but there are new secondary characters.

Q. What inspired you to write Corr Syl?
A. The union of my concern for nature and a strange image I saw once as I came out of corpse pose.

Q. You are a self-published author. Why choose this over traditional publishing?
A. A traditional publisher handled my first two books. They sold more copies, but there weren’t any other benefits. I like setting my own standards and schedule.

Q. What advice do you have for other writers wanting to get published?
A. For nonfiction, my advice is to strive for accuracy and significance. For fiction, I am not qualified to offer advice. Corr Syl is my first fiction novel. Perhaps after the sequel I will have something to offer.

L.M. David: This concludes the interview with Garry Rogers. I wish him the best of luck with Corr Syl The Warrior and his current work in progress.

Author Bio:

Garry Rogers has a PhD in Physical Geography. He taught at Columbia University and UCLA, and currently serves as President of the Agua Fria Open Space Alliance, Inc. He has published three nonfiction books, and hundreds articles in peer-reviewed science journals and conference proceedings. He is currently working on a sequel to his debut novel Corr Syl the Warrior, and a second volume on Arizona wildlife.

Book Blurb:

When an armed patrol crosses the border into Wycliff District, the Wycliff Council sends Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response. Corr soon learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and already many lives are at risk. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, must choose between a safe response that might fail, and a sure response that might start a global war

Corr Syl The Warrior is available in paperback and eBook through Amazon.com. It is also available through Createspace.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.aoifemariesheridan.com

Blog: http://aoifesheri.wordpress.com

Services: http://www.saskiabookservices.yolasite.com

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