A little bit about Tara from her own website:
I’m a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. I love planes, motorcycles, and above all, reading. That led to my love of writing. I think I have the greatest job in the world now…
I write as both Tara Chevrestt and Sonia Hightower. The reason for that is they are different genres. Tara writes cleaner or sweeter, and Ride for Rights is a young adult historical so when I penned Sinful Urges which is a tad on the erotic side, I chose a pen name. And I couldn’t have only one book to her name…so Sonia wrote another…and another..
Sonia’s newest release is called Afterburn. Let’s visit with Tara for a bit, shall we?
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Not enough male POV. I’m not a dude. I don’t read about men or understand quite how they think, so I have a hard time with the male POV and I get tired of hearing people belly-ache about it. LOL
What is the easiest part of writing for you? What is the hardest part?
The easiest…I just have a ton of ideas. That comes easy. The hardest is trying to get people to read my work, and thus, keep myself motivated.
Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?
Be prepared to spend all day on the computer. Even after the book is wrote, you still got edits, and then promoting…
Name some of your favorite movies.
I love old black and white movies. Johnny Belinda blew me away. The Children’s Hour. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. Love Cary Grant and Greta Garbo.
Name some of your favorite books.
Molokai by Alan Brennert. Unsaid by Neil Abramson.
Do you have a writing regimen?
No. I just write when I feel like it. LOL. And usually when the husband is at work.
What are the perks of being an author?
Meeting other authors. Doing Beta reads. Getting sneak peaks.
You are having a dinner party. You are able to invite one literary character, one president, one musician, one sports figure and one movie villain.
Literary Character: Veda Grenfell from The Tailor’s Daughter because I see so much of myself in her.
President: JFK. He was the best looking…and I’d ask him to bring his super fine son.
Musician: Pink. She rocks.
Sports Figure: Victor Cruz. I’d make him do the salsa.
Movie Villain: Catwoman/Michelle Pfeiffer. (sp?) That would have to be my favorite villain.
Fuzzy socks or slippers? Fuzzy socks
What’s your favorite shape? triangle
Crayons, markers or paint? markers
Spanish or French? Spanish
Writer: Christina Courtenay
Cheese: Sharp Cheddar
Bestseller: Nora Roberts
Now you get to ask me a question: Why the favorite shape question?? Because I used to be a teacher…..
Thanks so much, Tara for stopping by. Here’s a blurb from her new book, Afterburn:
Their love burns hot, but will it stay fueled?
Crystal is an enlisted mechanic with a tragic past. Grant is an officer and a pilot with a broken heart. When faced with a difficult decision, will Crystal choose wisely or lose the best thing that ever happened to her?
The love between them burns hot, but their relationship won’t stay fueled if they can’t beat the obstacles that stand in their way. Besides breaking the fraternization rules, Grant and Crystal have the difference of race between them…but can they prove to the rest of the world, and to each other, that love is color blind?
Afterburn is about overcoming one’s past, not judging others, learning to forgive, and what it’s like to be a woman in a “man’s world.”
Ready to buy? Of course you are:
As Sonia Hightower:
As Tara Chevrestt:
I’d like to thank Tara for taking the time to “sit down” with us. Wishing you much success in your future endeavors.