Hello out there! A big thank you to everyone who entered the contest for a signed copy of Dark inspiration by Russell James. I used an online name selector (http://www.miniwebtool.com/random-name-picker) to choose our winner. This magical technology has chosen Lauralynn Elliott as our big winner. Woohoo! Congrats, Lauralynn! Now onto the main event…
How long have you been writing?
I started writing seriously in 2000. That’s when I really started to devote a significant amount of my time.
Do events from your past play a role in your fiction?
Absolutely. The new novel, “The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray,” is a fictional biography where a lot of past events in my real life appear as events in the main characters’ lives. The main story line is fiction but many of the characteristics seen in Shady Gray and Jessica Mane are what actually happened to me as a child.
Do you try to put messages and morals into your stories, or do you write simply to entertain the reader?
I write for entertainment. If something positive comes out it’s because the reader interpreted it that way or took away from the story more so than what I intended.
I’m interested in hearing about your YA novel, The Extraordinary Life Of Shady Gray. Can you tell us a little about it?
It is the classic sister gets pregnant, father kicks out sister, mother resents father, mother kills father, brother runs away from home to get away from his dysfunctional family, story. The main story, though, is about a know-it-all kid who doesn’t fit in because he is destined to stand out. This novel will touch on all emotions. It will make you cry, angry, happy and everything in between.
Did you encounter any challenges while writing The Extraordinary Life Of Shady Gray? If so, how did you get past them?
This novel I really had to be in the right mood. Some of the events were very personal so that was a challenge when I only had an hour or so a day to allocate to the story. When I was trying to engage myself as young Jason Tanamor it was often difficult to get back in that frame of mind or recall specific emotions that surrounded that experience. To finish the story I finally committed time each day to write. Overall, I am pleased with the outcome and hope others will be as well.
How many books have you written? Please fill my readers in on all the titles you have available.
“The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray”
What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
I love writing any genre that I can fill an entire story. Each novel I’ve written is completely different. “Hello Lesbian” is a humorous novel; “Anonymous” is a horror fictional novel; and “The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray” is a Young Adult/Coming of Age novel.
I love reading Chuck Palahniuk books and humorous novels, like Dave Barry and Elmore Leonard.
Where can we find your work?
People can read excerpts and find order information for each book at www.tanamor.com.
Are character names important to you? How about settings?
I don’t pay too much attention to character names or settings unless they are specific to the story. My main concern is a good story. I will admit that I am not the greatest writer in the world but rather the story lines are what entertain the reader.
Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote?
In fifth grade we had to write a fiction story for class. The teacher then sent them out to be bounded by a printing company. My story revolved around a kid who won tickets to see the rap group, RUN DMC, in Los Angeles, California. The main story, though, was about the same kid being picked on by the school bully. The main character thought by winning these tickets to the biggest rap group at the time he could somehow be “cool” to the bully. It didn’t work. When he won the tickets, the bully tried taking them away from him. The story ended up with a fistacuff showdown in the school’s courtyard. In the end, the phrase, “the bigger they are, the harder they fall,” rang true. The main character beat up the bully AND went to see RUN DMC. Not only was he the “king of rock” but also was the king of the school. The story was called, “Crusher,” named after the school bully.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently my writing time is spent on my online stand-up comedy/music magazine, Zoiks! Online (www.zoiksonline.com). I interview bands and comedians and also review albums and stand-up specials of some of the biggest names in comedy and music.
I have a novel in mind but need to get back in the mood to write. Most of the story is written but a lot of research needs to be done to fill in story gaps.
Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
I hope to still have the creative drive to continue to write novels and come up with unique story lines that people will want to invest their time reading.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Many people I meet say they want to be a writer but don’t ever sit down and write. Just don’t be afraid of what people are going to think. Write for yourself. If you try to please everyone you end up pleasing no one.
Where can we find you on the web?
Don’t forget to check out The Extraordinary Life Of Shady Gray!!
Ways To Purchase:
Buy from publisher for $12.95: https://www.createspace.com/4386426
Buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Life-Shady-Gray/dp/1491255137/ref=sr_1_1/191-8558429-8391507?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376473221&sr=1-1
Buy it for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EIDVN92
Buy it for Nook, Sony, Apple, etc.: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/347289