My Latest Victim is the lovely Tiffany Carmouche!
What would your bio say?
When Tiffany Carmouché is not writing romance novels, you can find her sculpting, traveling, teaching, singing, dancing, escaping in music or enjoying her family.
From skydiving in Alaska to scuba diving in Hawaii, Carmouché has traveled the world seeking adventure. These include riding camels in Africa, swimming under the stars in Puerto Rico, dancing salsa in Ecuador, and walking the cobblestone roads of Assisi, Italy. She has also found fulfillment working with the disabled and orphans in Argentina and Mexico. Her most cherished moments, however, have been watching her two beautiful daughters grow and strive to accomplish their own dreams.
Despite all of these amazing experiences, she has survived many struggles. There was a time she felt defeated, but now she is recommitted to savoring experiences both in the novels she writes and in the life she lives each day. Her secret hope is that anyone who is struggling will realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel and no matter how hard the fight, no matter how many times they have been knocked down, it is always worth staggering up to their feet and learning to breathe again
When did you start writing and why?
I remember as a toddler, I would make up and sing these ridiculous songs about the stars and the moon and the rainbows. My mom made me feel like I was writing a platinum record. She would tape me, or write down every word as if it was golden. And playgrounds, playgrounds became story books. I remember the ground become lava and we had to rescue the fair maiden. My mom always had us use our imagination. And my dad, my dad was an author and would tour the country asking the simple question, “What if?” just two words but oh so powerful. I guess, you can say I started writing because my parents let me know a blank page and a pen could change the world.
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I have some material. Lol J I think the hardest thing is balancing the two. As an author, you get sucked into the book when you are creating it. But as a parent, you can’t spend too much time with your charters, no matter how much you love them, because your children need you to live adventures with them, not just write about them. I try to write at night or when my daughter is doing something else but sometimes it is hard balancing the two.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I really can’t answer that because there are so many amazing authors out there.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I want to change the world 🙂 No, but on a serious note, I do want to women to realize there is life after abuse, after heartache and after failure. We are stronger than we realize and we should never allow anyone to trap us, or extinguish our light.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
That is easy. Self Publishing. Control. I spent the time writing the novel so I wanted to have control over it. I was told by someone it wasn’t a romance because I didn’t follow a formula. I didn’t want to follow a formula. I wanted to tell the story. I wanted to choose the cover. I wanted to decide when it was going to be released. I wanted to be ‘me’, not a puppet for PR. A publisher once said authors should limit their contact with fans. My fans are why I am here. It makes no sense. Control. I chose self publishing, definitely, because I have a lot more control.
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.
My niece talked me into taking the Nano Challenge. After not writing for years, I wrote a book in a month. I loved it! I had so much fun watching the characters come to life! I decided I wanted to publish it and put on a bunch of hats: editor, researcher, marketer, …secretary. There are so many hats we have to wear. I can’t even begin to name them all. I contacted a professional editor and she told me about beta readers. I had a bunch of readers read the book to test it out. The Beta Readers were wonderful. I hired an amazing book cover artist, Su, at Earthly Charms and hired Sandra Urdall for line editing. And because I realized I didn’t have an idea how to do the formatting, I hired an amazing formatter, Benjamin Carrancho, at Damonza’s Awesome Book Layout. Somehow I did it! Less then a year later, my first book is being read around the world. And I have written the second book of the trilogy. Obsession and Sacrifice comes out in February 2013.
Tell us about your book (s)
The Impostor, A Love Story is the first novel in a suspenseful romantic trilogy about unexpected love and a woman’s fight for survival. It is a captivating story of growth, acceptance, and the perseverance to begin again.
“Alaska? Who goes to Alaska?” Nicole, a young single mother, escapes an abusive ex-boyfriend and leaves behind the broken dreams of becoming an artist. She travels to Alaska, a place she knows little about, on a journey of self-discovery.
Nicole is scared of getting hurt again, but Dylan’s chiseled body, chocolate-brown eyes and charm captivate her. She begins to fall in love. In Alaska, she discovers the power of friendship and true love and starts to let down her guard. But is her security a facade?
Soon Nicole’s innocent beauty taunts a sinister man, and she is caught in a web of deception and danger. Someone evil is stalking her. Someone she had trusted. Will she be saved? Or will she be hunted?
“The Impostor is not just a romance, not just a mystery but an insight into the ideals and dreams of women, as well as their struggles and fears.”Aleta O’brien, Fluer De Aleta
Obsession and Sacrifice-If you haven’t read the first book this has a few spoilers…
When Nicole wakes up in the hospital, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. Only the scars on her body reveal some horrific event took place and she is lucky to be alive…alive…but could she still be in danger?
Her only hope to rediscover her past and avoid a killer’s obsession lies in the hands of two men: sexy Dylan, her boyfriend, who used to captivate her, and Bradley, her charming best friend, who has secretly loved her all along. She feels safe around both men but to her, they are strangers. Nicole must decide who to trust, not only with her heart, but with her life.
The two men vow to give her a second chance at life and both will sacrifice everything to make sure she survives.
That inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
The Impostor began as a true story. For Nano I decided to write about an experience I had while I was in Alaska. I had been stalked by someone who was wanted for murder in Florida and I decided I would write about that experience. I was a young single mom who did escape to Alaska with my best friend. (It was freaky to leave everything we knew and travel practically half way across the world.) We thought we were going to see polar bears and live in igloos… but I needed to go, I had to get away from an abusive relationship.
Alaska was absolutely wonderful and I stayed there for years but my ex finally convinced me he had changed and I left paradise to go back home to marry him. He didn’t change but that is a different story. Instead of leaving, Nicole falls in love. Dylan was in one scene and somehow something started developing and I couldn’t stop it! And my suspense became a love story– damn muse!
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
Nicole is a young single mom who is trying to provide a better life for her daughter. She is naive and sometimes makes some stupid mistakes. But she is trying to be strong and I think you will grow to love her.
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
Yes! She does have a complete play list for The Imposter and you can check it out here!
The only one that hasnt made it up onto the page at the time of posting this post can be found here!
Thank you so much Tiffany for talkig with us today! You can follow Tiffany on her website & Facebook. Pick up her ebooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in paperback! The book trailer is here, Imposters Facebook Fan Page and Obsessions Facebook Fan Page. Also last but not least Goodreads for The Imposter and Obsessions and Sacrifice!