Tamara Rose Blodgett (Marata Eros)
Some Fast Facts About Tamara Rose Blodgett – Marata Eros:
• Tamara Rose Blodgett has written 13 books in her own name where as she has written 24 books in her pseudo name Marata Eros with even more being currently written and more already planned!
• She lives in South Dakota with her husband
• Her Novel A Terrible Love earned her NYT & USA Today Best Seller
So Tamara we have got a few quick questions………
When and why did you begin writing?
I know a lot of authors mention they’ve written their entire lives, but I can’t claim anything that lofty. I wrote an end to a story that got me some local attention when I was in 7th grade that had me wondering: gee—That was kinda fun, and easy. I dig it.
Then I grew up, got married, had a 100 kids and wrote [on] little snippets until they were older. I got after it back in 2007 with Blood Singers. I thought it was pretty bad and shoved it in a drawer. Later, my son insisted I finish and the rest is history…
I have always had a compulsion to write and it came naturally. I continue to write for many reasons but the main one will always be I don’t feel satisfied until I’ve written something. I could never stop writing now!
What inspired you to write your first book?
So easy—Twilight. A lot of people are tired of the series because of the level of media saturation its achieved, but it inspired me. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart if for no other reason than it forced me to go for it.
How did you come up with the title?
Titling books is a matter of thinking up something relevant to the story, then making sure no one else has it (I especially like paradoxical titles, or ones that have a dual meaning). I haven’t been totally successful, but most of my titles are original. Right now I’ve just thought up the new title to a series for 2015.
Did you learn anything from writing your first book and what was it?
LOL, did I learn anything? Why yes! I learned that I needed an editor worse than a cool cover. Then I learned I need a cool cover too, and I’m not the best choice for either. I’ve also learned to pay attention to my work, drive hard and follow through.
Who designs your covers?
Are there messages in your novels that you want your readers to grasp?
Not consciously, no. I “channel” my writing into a story. I never feel like I’m in charge. I feel as though the characters are in charge. My life experience has played a huge role in what and how I write. My mother influenced me greatly, especially in the spoken word.
How much of your books are realistic?
Pretty much none. Though there are absolute truths threaded through all my novels. My readers are a savvy group and they find them. Then of course, there are some readers who are sure I have it wrong. They’re sure I couldn’t possibly be writing from a perspective of experience….
Are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
That’s an insightful question. The answer is: many. People I know? Hardly ever, though there is one colourful person in my life, and his vernaculars do make their way into my Death books through Gramps. That has been a joy to write, the Death series.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Stephen King (horror that’s character-driven), The Twilight Series (dark romance), Laurell K. Hamilton (hard-boiled mystery), and Janet Evanovich (comedic writing).
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I’m going to go the boring route and talk about King. He’s the author that I read when I was 13 with a flash-light under the covers. His work is just so real. I became immersed in his stories and transported somewhere else. His characters and focus on humanity and fleshing out the small nuances in a way for us all to see is brilliant. I’d read his stuff if it was a Math text.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading RUSTY NAIL by JA Konrath. I’m a bender with his stuff right now. That’s how it goes with me. I get in a genre I’m crazy for, read it to death, then go on to the next one. And sometimes I get into a “valley” of reading and go back to an old fave until I find something else that strikes me.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’ll say Konrath is one. I discovered Stacia Kane and her dark and gritty urban fantasy last year, dig that. And I just read an interesting dark erotic romance by Mara White. I also loved, Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield.
What are your current projects?
Oh boy! Lol. I write a ton, and have The Token serial to finish up. I’m currently writing TT7: Thorn, while also writing BLOOD REIGN. It’s normal for me to write on two works at the same time. Keeps things fresh. TT7 is 30% complete and BR will be at 60% by May 12th.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Do It. Finish your project. Get it edited, and proofed. Hire the cover art out. Yes, it’s expensive. The adage is true: you get what you pay for. A good book only gets you so far. Hard work trumps talent every time. Work hard, follow through, polish it to death. Publish. You can do it.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you guys. You make it all worth it. Thank you for spending your valuable time and hard-earned money on my work. Know that I appreciate you more than I could ever say. Words fail.
Thank you for hosting me at your blog, Gemma H 🙂
Thank You Tamara! 🙂
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