I am a BIG reader, so my tastes are all over the board. Therefore, I appreciate an author who can blend my favorites – Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Paranormal, Chick-Lit, etc. Tallulah Grace is an excellent blender! And she has recently released three of her novels as a single-book trilogy – The Timeless Trilogy! (have I mentioned I also love one-stop shopping?). Let’s get to know herJ.
ME: I’m excited to ask this question: What are you writing now?
TALLULAH: I’m working on a series of short stories that have a common theme. The shorts are more romantic than suspenseful, but I think that elements of the paranormal may also find a small voice in at least one of the stories. I also plan to write a book that centers around Jeri, one of the minor characters in two of the Timeless Trilogy books. Jeri is a strong, independent woman--my favorite kind--who feels a bit left out of the love fest happening at the end of the trilogy.
ME: I love when my faves make appearances in new books! It’s like running into an old friend. And I’ve recently discovered how much I enjoy short stories/novellas. How closely do your characters resemble you?
TALLULAH: Timeless Trilogy revolves around the lives of three women, with each character taking the lead in one book. I can see one, or more, dimensions of myself in each character. My daughter says I’m Kris, from the first book, Fate, but I disagree. Although Kris is independent and a little headstrong, which I admit to being, I see myself more in Cassie, an author who is plagued by disturbing dreams of her past. Cassie is integral to all three books, but it’s not until the third book, Destiny, that she takes center stage. Not that I remember past lives, but there’s something about Cassie’s character that just resonates with me.
ME: It’s funny when that happens. I swear, writing is the best therapy ever! Do you ever wish you lived a character’s life (not just in your imagination)?
TALLULAH: Absolutely. I’d like to be a combo of all three characters; I’d like to move Cassie’s antique Victorian to Kris’s private beach and have enough of Roni’s magick to make life interesting. Roni learns that she’s a witch in the second book, Spellbound, which I think would be kind of awesome. Like Roni, I would only use my powers for good. As far as the male lead in my own life, I’d love a man with character traits resembling any of the three love interests in the books, Nathanial, Nick or Dylan.
ME: I’m married… I only like 2-dimensional men. Ha! Just kidding. I’m in the middle of writing a “witchy” series right now and, boy, do I wish I had some of her magic! Now on to an important question… Sunglasses: designer or drugstore cheapies? How many pairs are enough?
TALLULAH: I’m almost afraid to write this, as my one pair of 20-year-old Ray Bans may disappear or finally fall apart if I talk about them. Silly, I know, but I’ve had and worn these glasses since I purchased them new, 20+ years ago. It took them awhile to come back in style, but I hung on. You know they’re cool again when your daughter wants to wear them.
ME: I love that story! My mom is a shoe-aholic and has several pairs from high school! Retro can definitely be cool. Quality lastsJ, at least that’s what I tell my husband: “Honey, I need the Chanel’s, they last so much longer.” LOL. Anyway, back to business - Would you ever want to work on a combined project with your favorite author? If so, who?
TALLULAH: I know myself and my writing style well enough to know that I’m a solo act. If I could play well with others in the writing sandbox, I’d love to work with Iris Johansen. The level of suspense and the twisting intrigue of her Eve Duncan series create a fast-paced read that’s difficult to put down; I know I could learn a lot from her.
ME: I’m a fan of Iris, too! I just came out of my writing hole and discovered she’s written three new ones in the Eve Duncan series – Bonnie, Quinn, and Eve. How did I miss that? I can’t wait to delve into them.
I’ve found that readers really enjoy connecting with authors… what is one thing you want your fans to know about you that they may not already be aware of?
TALLULAH: I hear voices in my head. No, wait, that’s true of anyone who writes, isn’t it? One of the things that always surprises me when I’m weaving a story is that the characters know more about their storylines than I do. For example, Dylan shows up in Fate as a minor blip on the radar, or so I intended. As soon as he began speaking, he pretty much let me know that he was there to stay. Turns out, he was a huge part of two books in the Trilogy. Some authors may be organized with a storyboard, plot lines and character outlines, but I wing it. The story unfolds for me as I’m writing; much like it does for the reader.
ME: I know exactly what you mean! Tallulah, thanks so very much for being with us today! Best of luck with your writing and I hope you’ll come back and update us soon.
Tallulah is offering a giveaway on her website... http://www.tallulahgrace.com, during the Christmas season and would love for you all to drop by to check it out. And be sure to take a look at her Timeless Trilogy, available on Amazon now! Want more good stuff? Check out her Amazon Author's Page.
Happy Holiday Reading!