Hello there folks.
Welcome to hump day, we’ve made it half way through the week! Give yourself a pat on the back (but don’t try too hard or you may do yourself an injury).
For tonight’s episode of the Author Interview series, I’m very excited to be introducing to you all author Taryne Steele, as she goes into more detail about the debut novel in her series, her inspirations and writing advice.
Here we go and thanks for reading – keep being inspired and fired up with both your reading and writing.
Hi there Taryn, thank you for being our guest to discuss your Contemporary Romance books.
Thank you so much for having me!
Let’s start with your debut novel “Good Enough”. Please tell us more about your protagonist Hillary and the story arc that she will face across the course of your manuscript, as she navigates her way on her quest for love and happiness.
Hillary is a bit of a broken, young woman. She has spent her life pleasing others, doing as she’s told and that includes keeping her opinions to herself in her loveless home. Hillary gets hurt over and over again, emotionally and physically. When she has a second chance to have her heart restored she questions everything she has ever known about love and trust.
If your novel was to be made into a film then who would you cast in the lead roles?
This is a fun question! I would be ecstatic if my story was made in to a film! Basing my answers on appearances and their acting ability I would choose Alexandra Daddario for Hillary (my back up would be Demi Lovato). I would choose Douglas Booth to play Jameson (my back up would be Tyler Hoechlin).
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The most difficult part of writing for me at this time is finding the time to write. I have a full time job (and two part time jobs), a husband, a child, a home and dog to take care of. So, for right now the most difficult thing for me is time to sit down and write. Life has a way of getting in the middle of my free time (Ha-Ha). The second most difficult is sending the manuscript off to the beta readers and the editor, then waiting to hear the feedback. That is completely nerve-wracking to me.
The easiest for me is editing, The words are all there. I just have to make sure they are saying what I want, and they are spelled correctly.
Who are some of the authors and/or historical figures that inspire you?
I have so many but my top two are complete opposites. My first is Stephen King. I have always been a fan of his. I have read the books and watched the movies. It wasn’t until I started toying with the idea of writing that I picked up his memoir “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” I learned so much about him as an individual. He had so many inspiring quotes that pushed me to continue with my idea of writing.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King.
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” Stephen King.
The second is E.L. James. I feel that she put an amazing spotlight on women writers. She has shown that we as women should not be afraid or ashamed to write about sexuality. She proved that anybody can do this with the right amount of heart, courage and confidence.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
Fortunately for me I didn’t have to do very much research since Good Enough has been based on actual events. The only research that I did have to do was geographically. I wanted to make sure the places I was describing were accurate.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I write because I have a story that needs to be told. I want other people out there who have felt like Hillary know that you are more than enough, and you deserve one hundred percent of happiness.
What inspired me was Stephen King and E.L. James. Between the quotes from his memoir and her back story on initially writing the Fifty Shades story I felt like I could write this story with heart and confidence.
What keeps you motivated during creative stumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
I can happily say I haven’t had a Writers Block moment. I can say that once I’m put on a deadline the words pour out in to my fingers and I type my heart out.
Deadline = Motivation.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
Follow your instincts.
Try brussel sprouts…you actually like them, just add bacon! (Ha-Ha)
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
What’s free time? Honestly, I don’t have free time. As I mentioned earlier, I have a full time job (two part time jobs), a husband, child, normal adult life responsibilities that take over any time I have. Even on my thirty minute lunch break I find myself running local errands but if by some stroke of luck that doesn’t happen I find myself catching up on Facebook or reading a good book.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I’m glad you ask! I just sent Book Two in The Enough Series, Never Enough off to my editor this morning. I’m hoping for a New Years release date if all goes well. In the meantime I will be starting my outline for Book Three, the final book in the series Enough is Enough for release at the end of next year.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
I highly recommend reading Stephen Kings memoir. It is incredibly inspirational. In my own words, don’t give up. Take a break if you need to walk away if you get frustrated at any given time but don’t ever give up!
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for being here Taryn and for sharing more about your book, we look foward to seeing how the series unfolds 🙂
By day, Taryn is a dedicated wife and mother who works full time. By night, she continues her wife and mother duties, while plugging away at the keyboard to bring her stories and characters to life. Taryn is an avid reader. If a story sucks her in she will stay up all hours of the night to finish it. Her favorite part of reading is when her rescue dog Ruby curls up with her.
Taryn is a big sports fan. Being a New Englander all of her life her heart belongs to the Boston Red Sox. When it comes to hockey, she follows her husband’s family and supports the Montreal Canadiens. If you have a love/hate relationship with coffee, wine or beer like Taryn she will instantly befriend you.
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