Author Interview with Tamar Sloan
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
Interestingly, I never considered I'd be a writer. As a child I loved to read (I devoured romance novels from the moment I discovered them), but it NEVER occurred to me that I could write one myself. My first book came to me in a dream (so cliché, right?). But it was an idea that wouldn't go away so I thought, maybe I could…
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
That very dream! It was a beautiful dream — there were moving scenes of a boy who never came of age like every one of his kind has. It was a dream about a girl who has wounds of her own (and totally underestimates her potential) and their instantaneous connection. A connection powerful enough to spark Noah's change, and to challenge Eden's beliefs. It had to be written, which meant I had to go learn how to write…
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I’m glad you asked ;) I’ve just completed a young adult contemporary romance called Make it Count – it’s about a girl who can see the one thing no one wants to see, because when Casey touches another person she sees the number of days they have left to live. Understandably, Casey fakes a phobia to avoid human contact…but this resolve is sorely tested by hot, persistent, motorcycle riding PJ…I can’t wait to share it with readers later this year!
Sounds very intriguing. Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Be prepared for a fabulous roller coaster ride. There will be lows, there
will be twists you thought you knew were coming but you really didn’t, and there will be exhilarating highs. How do you prepare for something like that? In some ways you can’t, in other ways you pack your fortitude and resilience, and open yourself up to the joy of the ride. As for promoting - connect with others (and I’m talking both readers and writers). It’s fun, rewarding and not pushy – I love to create something of value for others, and people appreciate you for it. Those are the ones that will buy your book…and help promote it.
Some sage advice. What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I work full-time as a school psychologist so writing has to fit around work and family commitments. That means getting up at 6am (it used to be 5am!) so I can get a solid hour in before the mad morning dash for school. Then in the evenings I fit it what I can as well as marketing, website stuff, social networking etc…Its hectic but I love that I get to do two of the things I love the most – writing and being a psychologist.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
Despite winning a competition and finalising in another, after a handful of rejections from publishers I decided to shelve Prophecy Awakened, the young adult paranormal romance genre was hibernating according to the big names out there. It was a whim, a hope that maybe I gave up too easily on Noah and Eden’s story that had me sending it out to some of the independent publishing houses. Sending out something that you’ve put so much time and effort into takes courage; it’s a process that flies high on hope, one that is weighed down by the knowledge that crashing can really hurt.
A few months passed…and then I discovered that your first offer of publication is an amazing feeling that you spend a lot of time dreaming and imagining, then discovering it’s even better than you thought. In the end, Prophecy Awakened had two offers, and a too-late request for a full manuscript. The willingness of those publishing houses to invest in my dream-molded-onto-paper was motivating, exciting and infinitely terrifying!
I chose Clean Reads for Prophecy Awakened due to their fair contract terms and they seemed like a supportive, inclusive publishing house (and I’ve been proven right multiple times!). My debut novel is now on virtual shelves thanks to Clean Reads and I can’t wait to see what readers think of it.
Congratulations on your debut novel! What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else?
I think it would have to be self-doubt. I was blessed with a strong inner-critic (said as euphemistically as possible…), which means I set high standards of the books I want to produce for readers, but also means I can be quite hard on myself. I don’t think I’m alone with this as a writer, and I’ve learned to proactively ignore that voice when it gets its shouty pants on. I simply take it as one of the inevitable challenges that comes with doing something you love – and you’re putting on display for all to see ;)
I agree. It's important to shout that inner critic down and write. The critic can come back out later when it's time for editing! I struggle with my inner critic too. Thanks for chatting with me.
About Prophecy Awakened
Eden - shy, wounded...all she wants is to finish her senior year and escape to college.
Noah - the guy who’s spent two years drifting aimlessly, not knowing why he failed to come of age as every one of his ancestors has.
When the two meet the connection is instantaneous and undeniable. A connection that has Eden running and Noah burning to know more.
A connection destined to be the catalyst for a prophecy that neither knew existed.
A prophecy others are willing to kill for.
As families rupture and struggle to realign, as their hearts connect and ignite, Eden learns to trust. But with their love and life on the line, Eden must find the power to believe.
Prophecy Awakened (ISBN: 978-1-62135-652-3, Clean Reads Publishing) is now available online at:
Let's Meet the Author
A school psychologist by day, Tamar Sloan channels her passion for books into creating young adult stories about discovering life and love beyond our comfort zones. She is the award-winning author of the Prime Prophecy Series. Her debut novel, Prophecy Awakened, is an epic story of a love that defies boundaries.
When not reading, writing or working with teens, Tamar can be found with her ever-patient husband and two beautiful sons enjoying country life on their small acreage in the Australian bush.
Tamar finds it deeply rewarding to share her stories and she loves to hear from her readers and fellow lovers of all things book related.
A special thank you to Tamar Sloan for guesting at Pandora's Box Gazette. We hope you all can stay for a bit to chat with her. Feel free to post your comments below.