Please welcome another guest from Satalyte Press to the blog this week… the lovely Tarran Jones!
What were you like at school?
I was the odd girl. Friends with everyone but I was always dancing to the sound of my own tune.
Which writers inspire you?
There are so many but the main ones would be Traci Harding – My novel with Satalyte came about because of the Traci Harding forums. We were role playing our characters (I was Taliesin, Magi of the Court) and I wanted to do a back history for my character and the rest went from there.
Michael Ende – Never-Ending Story
This book opened worlds up to me and the theory that in some form characters in a story could be real. We are the heroes of our stories.
David Eddings – Belgariad
I have re-read this series so many times. I loved the whole Joseph Campbell style of quest and mystery.
Lastly, Tamora Pierce – Alanna the First Adventure
These books let me know that a female can be a lead in a fantasy adventure or any type of book really. Alanna was strong, short tempered and fighting as hard as she could to do what SHE wanted and not what had been decided for her.
So, what have you written?
My novel with Satalyte is my fourth novel (the other three were practice ones and won’t see the light of day.) It is due for release this year sometime. I have a short story called ‘All That Glitters’ based on the Brothers Grimm tale of ‘The Girl with No Hands’ in an anthology called ‘Twice Upon a Time.’
I have self published two short stories on Amazon called, ‘Outback Dreams’, my first contempory story with a slight ghostly twist and ‘Dance of the Gods’ an Asiatic story about a dancer encountering a forbidden noblewoman and Dancing for the Gods.
I also have a free PDF story on my website called ‘Icons of Power’ a bleak look at a Dystopian Australia and two people chasing the Icons of Power that will change the world.
Writing book two of my Demon Wars series now.
Where can we buy or see them?
My short stories can be found here Twice Upon a Time Anthology can be found here
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Taliesin is special. She is so damaged by all she has seen and yet she still tries her hardest to do good. It would be so easy for her to say screw it, I’m turning bad – but she doesn’t. She fights and fights to uncover the truth and restore knowledge.
How much research do you do?
Sometimes I think I do more research than actual writing. A well researched novel is a believable one, especially for a fantasy author.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I was six and wrote my first story about a white sports car with black velvet seats. I was instantly hooked.
Why do you write?
I can’t not write. It is in my blood.
How do you relax?
Gardening is my relaxation. Also, watching one of the TV shows that I subscribe to.
What is your favourite motivational phrase.
Where Thought Goes, Energy Flows. I love this as it is so true. Our thoughts direct our energy.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I hardly ever outline, I am a write by the seat kind of girl. I like my characters to take me on their journey.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t give up. You will get there. Learn as much as you can and then learn more. You can write 😀
Thanks so much Tarran for joining us from Down Under this week on the blog! Please be sure to follow Tarran and to check out her work!
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