Thursday, February 20, 2014

Guest Author Interview Tara Andrews

Today, I have fellow Decadent Publishing author, Tara Andrews, talking about her debut novel, Long Overdue. Her book is a 1Night Stand story. They are fascinating love stories unique to Decadent Publishing.

In addition to her obsessive need to write, Tara Andrews spends her day managing the business office for a community hospital. She lives in upstate New York with her wonderful, supportive husband and two children – who make everything worthwhile. If all that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she’s also a part time student. Tara’s a procrastinator (advanced-level) who likes to spend every spare moment reading – even those moments that shouldn’t be spared.

Tara, reading is so hard to break away from. I understand. You sound like an extremely busy person who needs that breakaway time.

What a stunning cover!
Long Overdue

Jill Malone has been looking for love for all the wrong reasons. A reality check has her signing up for a no-strings attached night to simply forget about forever after. The last thing she expected was to know her blind date.

Blake Anders doesn’t need help finding a date, but he’s tempted by 1Night Stand’s reputation of arranging exactly what a person needs. And he needs more. Though doubtful, he agrees to one night and hopes to discover his perfect match. He didn’t count on Madame Eve reaching deep into his past to give him a night with the woman he never forgot.

Fearing another broken heart, Jill works to keep herself from becoming attached, but Blake goes all in to convince her that he wants their long-overdue love to be more than a one-night stand…

“I think there’s been some sort of mistake,” she managed.
“But, we’re here. And I don’t think it’s a mistake.”
Of course, he’d be polite, while wondering what happened to the size zero, with extra-large breasts, he ordered. “I don’t know.” She shook her head and swore disappointment flashed across his face. “I’ll be honest; I am not comfortable.”
“And let me be honest. I’m looking forward to an evening with you.” Ooooh, smooth. Then again, she didn’t expect less, given his tabloid reputation. Still, her legs felt a little less stable.
She faced him. What really went on in his head? “You don’t find it strange that you know me?”
His killer smile set off butterflies in her belly and a warning bell in her mind. “No. In fact, it makes sense.”
“Why is that?”
“Because I used to wonder about you. A lot.”
Jill forgot to breathe. Forgot almost everything. Did he say…?
“Didn’t you ever wonder about me?”
Jill exhaled. “I’m taking the Fifth.” His smile grew. She shook her head, recognizing dangerous territory. “I’m still not sure.” Not sure she’d measured up. Not sure she’d survive with her heart intact.
“Stay for a drink.”
She wavered at his low-voiced offer. Dammit, he’d become even more handsome than she remembered.

You can buy her book here: Decadent Publishing and Amazon

Author Interview

What is the best thing for you about being a writer?

Long before I attempted writing anything, I was a perpetual daydreamer.  I’d think up these wild stories – you know, everything from saving the world to meeting my favorite celebrities.  So, in a way, I’ve always been a storyteller in one way or another.  Being a writer is a dream-come-true for me because I found a way to put life into my stories.

What is the hardest thing for you about being a writer?

For me, the hardest thing about being a writer is – believe it or not – being a writer.  LOL.  I’m only half-kidding.  For starters, I find I’m always trying to stay focused on finishing one story, while another’s left to simmer.  And unfortunately I also have a full time job that keeps me from writing to my heart’s content.  So I find it hard when I have to stop writing when I’m on a roll.

What genre/s do you write and what genre is your latest release?

My debut that was just released, Long Overdue, is a contemporary short story.  But I also enjoy writing paranormal as well.

What essential things have you learned about writing in the last year?

The editing process of Long Overdue was a real eye-opener.  All writers have heard the terms “passive phrasing” and “show, don’t tell”, but this experience really pushed me to do better and I learned a tremendous amount in the process.  And, truthfully, I had an awesome editor that I owe that to.

Who is your favourite heroine from your books and why?

Well, since I only have one published book so far, I will have to say Jill Malone!  What I like about Jill is that she’s down to earth, someone I can picture having a drink with after work.  She doesn’t let her fears stop her either.  From meeting her friend in the city at the beginning, to following through on her date, she keeps moving forward.

What type of hero do you like? Super alpha, wounded or somewhere in between? Or even something totally different? You could give an example from a movie or well-known book.

Oh, man, a tough one!  I can say, I do like heroes who are self-assured.  Does that make them an alpha… maybe.  Right now, a bunch of Regency Lords are popping into my mind, and Iron Man.  J

Tell us about your journey in writing this book.

When I started writing Long Overdue I was also taking classes online to pursue a degree.  So it was slow going!!  I thought I’d never finish.  When I finally did I sent it off to be read by an author friend, who was kind enough to send me feedback – that I didn’t open for weeks because I was too nervous to read her comments.  But as always, the anticipation is worse than the reality. 

When I finally sent it in to Decadent Publishing, I felt like that was an achievement regardless if it got accepted or not.  Though, I’m so glad they did accept it!  And ever since, each step of the way so far, I’ve learned something new, the journey is still in progress.

Tell us three quirky or interesting things about yourself.

I like to say I was born in California, raised in Virginia, and grew up in New York.  My Dad was in the Navy and we travelled around quite a bit.
While living in Virginia, between my parents’ New York accent and, well, everyone else, I’ve heard every pronunciation of my name; Ta-ra (the way I say it now), Tah-ra, or Tee-ra, and occasionally something that sounded like Terror.  Seriously, there was a time I hated to even say my own name.
I like a wide range of music.  My husband laughs because Metallica will be on one second, and then the next shuffled song is Let It Go from Frozen. Country, classical, Motown, 80s Pop – I have a little bit of everything. LOL.

What rituals do you use to help you focus or get the words down on the page e.g. music or a snack?

I actually use an egg timer to help me get focused.  I tend to procrastinate – I’ve practically made it an art form.  To get myself started, I set the timer to twenty minutes and write.  When it goes off I take a five minute break and then set it for another twenty.  By this time, I don’t really need to set it for a third time because I’m back on track.

What book would you like to work on next?

I’m working on another 1Night Stand right now and so far it’s a lot of fun to write!

Thank you, Tara.

You can find Tara here: Website, Facebook, Twitter.


  1. That "show" don't "tell" lesson is hard, but once you get it the writing becomes so much better. Congratulation on your release.

  2. Thanks, Nana. And you're so right! I've noticed a big difference in my writing after my first editing experience.

  3. Thank you, Kathy, for having me here today!:-)