Author Interview – Rachael Tamayo (Romance/Erotic Thriller/Psychological Thriller)

Hello there friends.

It’s time for another insightful Author Interview, which I’m sure you will all enjoy very much!

Please give a warm welcome to author Rachael Tamayo, as we discuss her books and delve deep into her writing inspirations.

Hi there Rachael, a sincere pleasure to have you here today to discuss all your novels, along with your own passions, influences and writing experiences.

Thank you, I’m so honoured to be here to chat with you today.

Let’s start first with your books themselves. Tell us a little bit about the plot and themes of all of your books, along with giving us some background information on what is at stake for your protagonists and antagonists too.

Whew that’s a tall order! To date I have published eight books. Four Contemporary Romance, two erotic thrillers, and two psychological thrillers. So, let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

The Friend Zone trilogy is a three-book series about a group of friends. Most of them grew up together, and one by one they find that their friendships are more than they imagined they would ever become. Steamy, funny and sweet all at once. These characters have been with me since I was a teen, when I created them, but they didn’t come to life until this series was finally complete.

Crazy Love was also born from an idea I had in early adulthood, but not created until much later. This is my first psychological thriller, and my first step away from writing romance, therefore it does have a heavier romantic subplot than you might find in some thrillers. Nonetheless, it’s the chilling and sometimes downright frightening tale of a man’s obsession with a beautiful stranger, her romance with the detective on her case, and the horror that follows.

Lucifer’s Game is my only supernatural-erotic thriller. It’s an original tale inspired by the song, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ by the Rolling Stones. One couple holds the key to stopping the devil, and his only chance is to break them apart. So he brings in Lust to do the job. The demons are personified in this unique tale, and the end will leave you begging for more of them all.

I wrote Once Upon a Kiss, a contemporary romantic novella, as my kiss goodnight to romance. It’s a sexy, sweet reverse fairy tale. She doesn’t need anyone to save her, Talia can stand on her own just fine. In fact, she saves him!

That brings me to the most recent, the Deadly Sins Series. The series itself is original in the fact that the stories begin and end, and the characters don’t recur in the next book. Each tale is its own, each woven around one of the seven deadly sins. Break My Bones is about wrath, a raw tale of domestic violence (Rone award finalist 2020). Carnal Knowledge is the tale of lust, a psychological serial killer story with an ending that will leave you stunned.

If you could invite any one of your characters to dinner, which one would it be and what would you cook for them?

I think I’d love to have a big dinner party and bring them all. It would be amazing! And I think Mexican food would be perfect.

If any of your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?

I think Lucifer’s Game has the most potential for a TV series, especially since the readers loved Devin (the Demon Lust) so much. He’s a beautiful demon, and his work with Xander (Lucifer) would prove an interesting show. For Devin, I can easily see Jason Momoa. He’s not blonde, but he stands out, and that alone would make him perfect for the character. For Xander, that’s harder. To pick a man to play the devil in human form is a head scratcher. Especially since the story is more central around Devin, despite the title.

What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?

In the last few, I’ve focused on the darker side, psychological thrillers. I fully intend to stay there! As far as quirks, not really. When the mood hits, I can write anywhere, but I can’t plot my books. I have been known to let the manuscript sit for weeks while contemplating what comes next.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

The beginning. Starting a new book. The first reason is knowing that the first couple of pages are the most important in the story when it comes to grabbing the reader. I have a habit of dropping the reader in the middle of a scene on the first page, leaving the back story and character intro’s for later. Not to mention the fact that I get so pulled into the story and the characters, it takes me a while to cleanse my pallet- as it were- from one book to the next, so starting new books is the most difficult.

Who are some of the authors, musicians, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?

Ted Dekker, Stephen King, BA Paris, to name a few. I love Ted Dekker because his stories are simply brilliant. Like, who thinks of that?

Do you listen to music when you are writing and if so, then what type of music do you listen to?

Nope, I tune everything out when I’m writing!

What sort of research do you do to write your books?

I try to stick with things I know a bit about, and either google it or ask the proper person for the rest. Writing about something I have no clue about has proven hard in the past.

Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

I can only say I have been doing it since childhood. I can’t stop. I think I was born with it, my mom always wanted to be a writer too. Can writing be genetic? Maybe so, ha!

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

Time is the best cure. It’s OK to step away. The second is to read. Read in your genre and find inspiration. That is what I do. It’s best to wait than to force it.

You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t stop writing. I stopped in my early twenties. I wish I hadn’t. I can only imagine where I’d be if I had not put I down for so long.

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

What’s free time? Ha! I have a three-year-old and a seven-year-old, I read for Hot Tree Editing, I am also a freelance editor. In the rare moment I do have down time, I usually just watch a movie with the kids.

What are you views on audiobooks and would you consider having your novels made into audiobooks? If so, then who would you get to narrate them?

I read audiobooks almost exclusively. I love them. For a busy person they are a godsend. I have a few books in audio, but not all. And yes, I would love to have them all in audio! As far as narrator, my dream narrator would be the guy who narrated ‘You’ by Caroline Kepnes, Santino Fontana, he is amazing.

Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

I am wrapping up book three in the series and have put pen to paper to start book four. I’m also wrapping up a project with author Cynthia Austin that will appear in InD’tale Magazine next year.

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

Yes, first of all don’t stop writing. Take criticism with a grain of salt, and do not marry your stories. Be bendable, willing to change. Getting emotionally invested in your work and refusing what might be great edits isn’t always a good idea. Find a site like Critique Circle (online website) and use it to hone and perfect your work. It’s what I used, and it will make a huge difference in your work.

And that’s a wrap! Thank you for spending time with us today Rachael, now that we have got to know you better, we can’t wait to check out what your books have to offer!

And now a brief bit of background behind Rachael’s latest release and her involvement with helping people with postpartum depression.

AWARD WINNING AUTHOR TO DONATE 50% OF ROYALTIES TO HELP WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

{Houston, Texas} It started out as an innocent experiment that led to surprise and shock for Houston’s own Rachael Tamayo. Rachael, an award-winning author and former 911 call dispatcher had just set up her very own TikTok account and was sharing stories about from her years as an award-winning 911 dispatcher. Initially for Rachael, the initiative was one that would let her revisit past memories both good and bad and educate the public on the ins and outs of what it really means to be a 911 operator.

The end result of this was not something she ever expected. Within one day of Rachael posting her first video, the video had 600,000 views and Rachael herself had gained 11,000 followers within two days. Continuing to gain thousands of followers daily, results like this speak for themselves and it became all too clear for Rachael what her next step was to be, and it’s a big reason for this message today. Due to the content of the video itself, and thousands of comments on Postpartum Depression, she was moved to do something to bring attention to this little talked about issue. Going forward and for the next two sales quarters, Rachael will be dedicating 50% of her overall sales on her newest novel, Carnal Knowledge to help support postpartum depression for both men and women.

ABOUT RACHAEL’S LATEST RELEASE – CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

“Carnal Knowledge” is a twisted tale of lust, but not the kind of lust that anyone is expecting. A woman is hunted by a killer in a world that is turned rapidly inside out as her life is put on a countdown by a madman. This killer has authorities baffled, and will leave readers with one question: What do you do when you know you’re on a serial killer’s hit list?

One thing is certain, some appetites are best left unsatisfied.

A serial killer on the loose, driven by darkness and obsession. A woman determined to not go down without a fight and refuses to be a victim. International bestselling author Rachael Tamayo is back with a highly anticipated Deadly Sins novel. With twists and turns to keep readers gripped, fans of Teresa Driscoll and Rachel Caine will be hooked in this unforgettable thriller.

“A well-written thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the end!” – InD’Tale Magazine

“Intense, original, and detailed thriller.” – Power of Three Reader

Bio:-

Rachael Tamayo is a former 911 emergency operator and police dispatcher. After twelve years in those dark depths, she’s gained a unique insight into mental illness, human behavior, and the general darkness of humanity that she likes to weave into her books. A formerly exclusive romance author
tried her hand at thrillers in her award-winning novel, Crazy Love, and loved it so much that she decided not to turn back. Rachael is also the author of the internationally renowned domestic thriller, “Break My Bones and her newest novel Carnal Knowledge, the second in the critically acclaimed stand-alone Deadly Sins Series.

Born and raised in Texas, Rachael lives in the Houston area with her husband of sixteen years, and their two small children.

You can connect with Rachael via the following Social Media links:-

Amazon:- Rachael Tamayo (Amazon Author Profile)

Bookbub:- @RachaelTamayo (Bookbub)

Facebook page:- @RachaelTamayowrites (FB)

Facebook fan page:- Rachael Tamayo/The Asylum (FB)

Goodreads:- Rachael Tamayo (Goodreads Author)

TikTok:rachaeltamayowrites on TikTok

Twitter:- @rtamayo2004 (Twitter)

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