Hey, readers! I’m excited to have romance author Tami Lund as my guest author today. When I heard about her new Lightbearers series–and her fantasy beings who go by that name–I was intrigued. Please give her a warm welcome!
Welcome to my blog, Tami! I’m so glad to have you here. What is your name, and what genre do you write? Tell us what readers can expect from your books.
Thank you, Danielle, for having me here today! I’m Tami Lund, and I write romance. I write both contemporary and paranormal. My books all have two things in common: I like to weave humor into the writing and there will be a happily ever after by the end.
Tell us a little about yourself. What should people absolutely know about you?
Hmmm… I think I’m a pretty typical writer, to be honest. I love to read. I’ll read all sorts of different genres, so long as the writing is captivating. I drink a lot of coffee and wine. I have a furbaby who keeps me company while I sit outside on the back porch and write. See? Pretty typical stuff. And yes, I do pull story ideas from real life, so if I have a blank look on my face, I am probably envisioning that next storyline, which likely has something to do with whatever situation I am currently in.
Oh, how I can relate! Particularly the blank look and the furbaby! How did you start writing?
I’ve been writing stories practically since I learned how to write, and for a minute during high school, I considered writing as a career. But I worried it wasn’t sensible enough, so I went to college and ended up with what is essentially a liberal arts degree and then spent the next 14 years trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
In 2009, while the US was going through a recession, I was laid off from one of those sensible jobs. I spent 3 months diligently searching for a new job, keeping my house far cleaner than it has ever, ever been, and writing. Eventually, I spent more and more time writing and less and less time cleaning and job searching. By January 2010, I had self-published my first book, The Bartender. I now have 7 self-published books available, 2 more through publishers, with another coming out on August 24. I think I’m addicted to writing. And coffee. And wine.
I admire how you made good things out of a bad situation and following your dream. Way to go! What is your writing process like? How do you get a book done? Where is your favorite place to write? Do you have any writing rituals, like a cup of coffee before you sit down?
I am a morning writer. I like to get up early, before everyone else in the house wakes (except the dog, of course). I pour a giant mug of coffee and take the dog and laptop out onto the back porch, plug in the earbuds and get lost in my fantasy worlds. Editing, I can do pretty much anytime, but writing new scenes, new books, definitely happens in the early morning hours.
My writing process is like this: Something happens in my everyday life that sparks an idea. It could be an event, like a wedding or a funeral; it could be a conversation with co-workers at the day job. It could be a result of observing a friend’s relationship angst. Sometimes reading someone else’s book provokes a fresh idea, too. Occasionally, submission calls from publishers give me ideas.
I usually let the new idea percolate for a few days or even weeks before I start writing. For some reason, it’s while I’m driving that I tend to best plan out story ideas. This is crazy for a couple of reasons. First, because I hate driving (or maybe that is exactly why I do it?), and second, because it’s kind of hard to write anything down when you’re driving.
When the storyline is pretty well laid out in my head, I finally sit down and start plugging it into the computer. And since I rarely outline and often have to write in small spurts, the final version is usually completely different from what I came up with in the first place.
Every writer has their own unique method. Thanks for sharing yours. What is the craziest thing you ever did in the name of research?
Naked Truth, which came out on June 30, is about an FBI agent, something with which I have very limited experience. Before I started writing that book, I spent a lot of time stalking the FBI website. A lot. Probably, I’m on some sort of watch list now. Unless they’ve taken a look at my website. Then they probably just rolled their eyes and deleted me from their database.
Oh, that is too funny! Hopefully whoever checked out your website also decided to buy a copy of the book. 🙂 Where did you get the inspiration for your current book?
My most recent release is Into the Light, a paranormal romance about a new kind of magical being called Lightbearers.
I came up with this concept after taking a writing course meant to teach us (aspiring writers) how to pitch to agents and publishers. The instructor was a published author, and she said one way to help get your manuscript to the top of the slush pile was to introduce something unique in your book. Shifters, vampires, faeries had all been done, and since I was (at that time) on a paranormal kick, my strange, creative brainwaves started churning… And the concept of Lightbearers was born.
Lightbearers are descendent from the fae and pull their magic, and their life force, from the sun. Take a Lightbearer away from the sun for long enough and they die. Lots of storylines can be derived from that description, I think. The book also has shifters, and later in the series I’ll introduce faeries, water sprites, demons and who knows what else, but Lightbearers are at the core, and Lightbearers are the unique aspect.
I’m fascinated. Do you have a favorite character out of your own works? Tell us a little about him or her. Is this character’s book available yet?
I think my favorite character is Brandon Sarantos, from my self-published book, Candy Crush. I love the way he falls for Gabriella, the heroine, and I love that he is flawed, and knows it, and owns those flaws. He’s a playboy with a ridiculous number of notches in his bedpost, yet he’s charming and personable and manages to stay friendly with most of those notches, long afterward.
When he meets Gabriella, he’s floored by the fact that she does not immediately leap into his bed. He figures out he has to earn her trust before she’ll sleep with him, and of course in the process of teaching her that she can trust him, he ends up falling for her. He’s also not a typical alpha hero. There’s a point in the book where he wishes he was Italian instead of Greek, because he figures that way he would have a cache of scary friends and family to call on to help him in a dangerous situation. Every time I re-read this book, it both makes me laugh and makes me fall in love with Brandon all over again.
Candy Crush is available through most e-book retailers. Click this Smashwords link and then choose the format you need for your e-reader: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/399279
I love how the story brings him around to the idea of something deeper in a relationship. We’re almost done with our interview, but before I let you go, brag about your book! Give us the title and summary and links where people can buy it.
They were supposed to be enemies, not lovers. Tanner Lyons is a shifter without a pack, which is just the way he likes it—until he rescues Olivia Bennett, princess of the Lightbearers. Suddenly, he finds himself fighting an attraction that makes no sense, because Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the beginning of time. Intrigue, adventure, magic, and passion – you’ll find it all in Into the Light, Book 1 of Tami Lund’s exciting new fantasy series, Lightbearer.
You can buy it through most e-book retailers, including my publisher’s website: http://www.lsbooks.com/into-the-light-p922.php
And if you like it, please let me know by leaving a review!
Thanks again for dropping by, Tami! Now, what is YOUR question for our readers?
What can a new, emerging author do to encourage you to give her (or his) books a try?
Tami Lund likes to live, love and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles, of course. Find Tami at www.tamilund.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @TamiLundAuthor. She’s also on various other social media, including Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+. Just search “Tami Lund Author.” She’s probably there.
Amazon (all books):
Barnes and Noble (all books): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tami-lund
Into the Light (All formats): http://www.lsbooks.com/into-the-light-p922.php
Smashwords (all formats, all self-published books): https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TamiLund
Thank you for taking the time to read!