My guest today is Tami Kidd, author of the novel Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. I interviewed Tami a short while ago and here is what she had to say.
Q: Can you briefly describe your journey in writing your book?
A: I’ve started many books throughout my life, but I’ve never finished them. I’d get to a point and I would stop for some reasons. Then that all changed when I signed up for NaNoWriMo. I committed myself to finish a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It didn’t matter if it was good or not, all I had to do was finish. To my astonishment, I finished! Then I set out to rewrite and make it better. One of the ‘prizes’ for finishing the novel was a free “proof” copy of the book from CreateSpace. I figured since I put so much effort into finishing the novel, I might as well reward myself with a printed copy.
Q: Why did you decide to become a writer?
A: I don’t think I ‘decided’ to be a writer, that’s just who I am. I’ve been writing since I can remember.
Q: What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
A: I hope they are touched in some way; I hope my writing stirs something inside them, like joy, sorrow, or anger.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
A: I learned that I am happiest when I’m writing. I learned that with every word you write, a part of yourself is exposed and vulnerable.
Q: Are you a full time writer or part time? How do you organize your writing time?
A: I am a part time writer. I don’t organize my time very well at all. I have found that promoting my books takes up a lot of my time.
Q: What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
A: Letting people read what I write and getting critiqued. A writer has no choice but to get past it, unless you are writing for yourself. I had to get over the fear in order for my writing to be shared with others.
Q: What genre do you write in? Is there more than one?
A: I love writing mysteries and I also like writing paranormal mysteries.
Q: Is this your first published work? What other types of writing, if any, have you done?
A: I have written poetry and it’s been published in some anthologies.
Q: Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event?
A: Yes, the loss of a loved one.
Q: What kind of research did you do for this story?
A: Having grown up in rural Arkansas I really didn’t need to do much research on that area. However, I did need to research the NJ area as well as what types of civil service jobs are at the Air Force base in Riverside. Although I was born in Riverside I still had to research some of the locations that were mentioned in my book. For example, the Italian restaurant where my two main characters share a meal is real and it is located just outside the back gate at March AFB.
Q: What about your book make it special?
A: I think it’s special because it contains pieces of me in it.
Q: What books or authors have most influence your life or writing?
A: This is the hardest question of all to answer because I have read so many different authors and they have all influenced me in some way. From Steinbeck to King, they’ve all touched me and left their mark.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I’m going to start on the sequel to Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. Readers have wanted to see what happens next, and so do I.
Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?
A: Sit down and write. Don’t put it off. If you’re stuck, use writing prompts. Sometimes reading will stir you to write.
Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned during your journey as an author?
A: I’ve learned that it’s never to late to follow your dreams. If you want to write, write. Don’t put it off another day. If you want to publish your book, it’s easier now than it’s ever been. There are no more excuses.
Q: What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing?
A: My book is self-published. I think writers have more freedom by being able to make all the decisions themselves, but it is time consuming.
Q: What are your feeling about ebooks (for Kindle or Nook)?
A: I love ebooks. I still like having physical books, but Kindles and Nooks are so convenient.
Q: Where can people learn more about you and your writing?
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is the story of Mara who loses her husband after nearly thirty years of marriage. After his death she learns that he was not the man she thought he was. She finds a letter in his belongings that leads her to believe that he may have had an affair. Mara becomes obsessed with finding out the truth and joins forces with a private detective who helps her in her quest. Together they uncover evidence that the letter is a catalyst for danger.