Today I have an interview with Tianna Holley, author of the fantasy series, The Alissia Roswell Books. We are lucky enough to be able to get her first book in the series, Unexpected Metamorphosis, for FREE, and at least one commenter will receive the second book in the series, Unexpected Entrapment!
What was your inspiration for the Alissia Roswell series?
I was going through a dark time in my life, and Alissia’s story pretty much just came to me one day and wouldn’t leave my head. Within a week, it was beginning to drive me mad, and I had to start writing to get it out. Three months later I was finished with the first draft. Almost a year after that, I was a published author with a new obsession/career. It was never planned and very surprising. Now I don’t see how I ever lived without writing. It’s a true passion.
The setting for Unexpected Metamorphosis sounds beautiful. The way you use nature, making it such a focal point, made me wonder, are you an outdoorsy person?
Very much so! In fact, most of Unexpected Metamorphosis was written in the middle of the night and early morning hours from my back porch. I’m not a lover of cold weather and can’t wait for spring so that I can get back outside.
The characters that are from the alternate reality, they have an accent that Alissia has to work on perfecting. What is your favorite accent?
I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and often hear a variety of accents. However, I was on a dinner cruise many years ago in Reno, Nevada, and a boisterous Scottish man was sitting next to me. I loved his accent, and when I told him to keep talking, he and everyone else on the boat (even the Americans) informed me I was the one with the unique accent. Apparently, they had never heard a deep southern accent. I also love British accents. They sound so proper compared to me. I really enjoy being around British people—just listening to them.
I haven’t gotten to read Unexpected Entrapment, so the answer may lie there, but how many books do you think the Alissia Roswell series will be?
The third one, titled Unexpected Peril, is set for release this spring, and I don’t know if there will be one or two after that. There is a lot of action and adventure still unwritten, and I’ll know within a few months if it will all fit into one book. Last month I was thinking I could get it all into one, but now I’m thinking it may have to be two. I do know the series will end in a fast pace of fireworks—lots of adventure.
Is there anything you would want your readers to know before they start on this series?
I’ve branded myself as a writer of passionate, fantasy romance without the guilt. Although I try to keep my writing at a PG-13 level without swear words or sex scenes, I do push some lines with violence. I’ve never had complaints, but I do know some people consider clean to mean sweet. I really can’t describe my writing as sweet. It’s clean, yet still passionate and intense.
Is there a certain message you really want readers to take away from your books?
All I want to do is tell a good story. I hope people finish my novels with a smile and a deep sigh, wishing there was more.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I read a lot of Indie authors, and I have many favorites. However, the main author I aspire to be like (and I have a long way to go) is J.K. Rowling. Her Harry Potter Series is extremely descriptive, and you can’t guess the ending. She created a magical place that won the hearts of many, including me. I hope my writing will one day be half as amazing as hers.
What book (or books) are you reading right now?
I’m on an editing deadline right now, so I’m not doing any reading. However, I just finished the first three books in The Water Keepers Series by Christie Anderson, and I highly recommend them. They’re very imaginative and enjoyable.
What advice do you have for new authors?
Write for yourself, and write from your heart. Make it a passion, and you’ll never hate what you do.
Being St. Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about love a little. What is your absolute favorite love story of all time?
That’s a hard question. I just wrote a blog post titled Why I’m not a Writer/Reader of Love at First Sight. I’m one of the least romantic people I know. (I know that sounds strange with me being a romance writer.) I can’t really think of a fiction couple that still has me mesmerized with their story. I guess I’ll have to say that my personal love story is my favorite. My dear hubby still loves and puts up with me after all these years, and it’s been a wild ride. I have a random and spastic personality, and he’s the complete opposite—logical and a creature of habit.
What has been your favorite Valentine present?
I don’t really have one, but my husband got me a Pandora necklace last year for my birthday. It’s filled with charms that have to do with Unexpected Metamorphosis. I’m not sentimental—at all—yet, that gift means a lot to me. It connects me to Alissia Roswell.
So, there is a little insight into the I inner workings of today’s spotlighted author, Tianna Holley.
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