As a new feature here on Momof2BookReviews, I will be having an author spotlight each week. This will be a fun way to get to know your favorite authors, as well as find new authors! I hope you all enjoy!
This week I am featuring the fabulous Tiffany Carmouche, author of The Alaska Trilogy and all around awesome lady! The first time I heard about Tiffany Carmouche was when I signed up to be a part of a blog tour for Obsession and Sacrifice, book 2 in the Alaska Trilogy. As a bonus, I was also able to read book 1, The Imposter. Holy smokes these books were amazing! Talk about a roller coaster ride that will keep you up all night! If you haven’t read these books, you need to. Check out the links at the end of the post! Make sure you also check out some important info at the end of the interview. Tiffany is working on a really neat project that you or someone you know may be able to contribute to!
Thanks for being a special guest on my blog today, Tiffany! There are a few questions that I have been wanting to ask you.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be an author?
I remember my mom turning the playground into a living storybook. We had to conquer the wicked witch in the tower (the top of the slide) and the ground became an ocean full of sharks… I began making up stories when I was in elementary school. Did I ever think that is what I would do when I grew up… no, but I knew I loved to write. I would escape with a notebook by my bedside…
I love the story about your mom. What an amazing memory to hold on to.
What did your parents think of the idea?
My dad would have loved to find out I was writing! He was a children’s book author and published 14 books. I remember touring with him as a kid. I guess in heaven he is smiling.
I’m sorry to hear that your father isn’t around to experience this journey with you. I think you are correct though, I am sure he is very proud of you!
What’s your perfect writing environment?
Quiet, when no one is home! …lots of coffee and a snuggley blanket ( and in my PJ’s…shh don’t tell! ) ( I write at night a lot) I love laying on my bed with my laptop. ( I sometimes sleep with it under my pillow… yes, for real… I know that sounds crazy, but you would be surprised what you can come up with at 3am. ) (The only problem is when you fall asleep and press delete! Yes, I have done that. Not one of my happier moments! ) My dining room table works and really anywhere I can find a napkin and anything I can write with… When the muse strikes, I am not picky!
A quiet home? What is that? LOL I don’t think sleeping with your laptop under your pillow is crazy. Most nights my kindle can be found under my pillow!
Is there any one thing you just have to have?
I write better with quiet, but that is not always possible.
I totally hear ya on that one!
How do you celebrate after finishing a novel?
Booty pooping 🙂 lol!
Ha!! I love this. I would imagine that I would be dancing all over the house!
I party online at my release day party with my wonderful fans 🙂 When the paperback comes out I plan on having the release party at a duel piano bar and going out to salsa and bachata afterwards.
Those release days are a blast! Make sure I am on the guest list when book 3 comes out 😉
In The Alaska Trilogy, are any of your characters based on true life people?
Nicole is stubborn, sassy and naive like me. In the first book her life is based on my experiences in Alaska. Emily is based on my best friend Julie, who was crazy enough to go to Alaska with me. (We had no idea what to expect) Jessica is based on my wonderful daughter. Bradley is a combination of a few wonderful guys I kick myself now for not going out with. And Dylan is a combination of a couple guys I knew.
So there are real life Bradley’s and Dylan’s? I’m sure a lot of ladies are going to be excited with this news! 😉
What are your plans for after The Alaska Trilogy?
The trilogy actually became a series. It isn’t my fault! I blame it on my muse! I am writing the 3rd an 4th book simultaneously. I like cliff hanger endings and that way readers will get the next book sooner. There may be more in the series but there will be at least 4 books in my trilogy lol. I don’t want to say Saga because I have a feisty muse! Who knows what she has in store for us 🙂 So, it is now officially The Alaskan Series, but that sounds boring… any ideas on a catchy title for the series… ? I am accepting ideas 🙂
How exciting! I’m not gonna lie, I was a little sad thinking of the trilogy ending after only one more book. I don’t have any ideas off the top of my head, but maybe you could put together some kind of contest and have one of your readers come up with a name? Just a thought 🙂
I am also working on Out of the Shadows. You may be able to help! It is a book of hope from survivors of abuse. I want people who are suffering to know that there is a light after the darkness.
You can find out more about Out of the Shadows at the end of the interview!
I know you are very into traveling, what’s your favorite place that you have been and why?
Alaska was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. The men are sweet like southern gentleman and yet rugged and adventurous.
I loved Assisi Italy. The cobblestone archways and roads brought me back in time.
I loved jet skiing with Dolphins in Hawaii… And the bio bays of Puerto Rico made me feel like Tinkerbell! It is so hard to choose! Every place I have gone has become a treasure! I began my couch surfing tour in New York last weekend… I am hoping I can make it around the world! If you have a couch or a blog that you would like to have me visit…let me know!
I’m not sure that I would be able to choose a favorite from that list either! If you ever travel through Albuquerque, NM I do have a pretty fabulous couch.
How beautiful is Alaska? ❤
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Deadly Mandrake by Larry Callen 🙂 A New Orleans mystery.
I’ll definitely have to check this one out, I am intrigued by the title!
What has been the hardest thing about becoming an author?
Copy editing is hell! You pay editors but when you have over 350 pages, there is bound to be a mistake overlooked…Auto correct is my biggest nightmare. But, I think the hardest thing is marketing. Cyber marketing is so new to me and I do not have a marketing budget so my books are sold by word of mouth. I so depend on my fans! They are amazing! Fans and bloggers like you. You have no idea how much it helps when you share my links, say you like the books on facebook, tweet about them or share pictures etc about them on any social media.
I had a fan tell her kid’s bus driver and another tell her co workers and relatives she loved my books.They are all new fans! It has been wonderful getting emails and PM’s from them! I know I can’t do this without my fans or the amazing bloggers out there. You are the BEST!
Aww shucks! I really enjoy helping out and there are a lot of great bloggers that feel the same, I’m sure. Technology has definitely changed the way that books are sold!
What is your advice to someone that wants to write?
Just do it! There is different advise for what you choose to write, but JUST DO IT works for all of them. If you are writing a novel, finish it, then perfect it. Your rough draft will stink and that is normal. It is just the skeleton. Then you go back and add the flesh with more details etc. Sometimes your muse will write the perfect scene the first try and that is wonderful. But sometimes you will change it over and over again. Enjoy the process.
I love the skeleton and flesh comparison. Someday I may be brave enough to write, time will tell.
What is something an aspiring author should NOT do?
Compare yourself to other authors! There are authors that write a book in a few months, others take ten years. Some make six figure incomes, others not a dime. Enjoy your success, whatever it is!
Great advice! I think it is important to point out that many authors do not make a lot of money, they simply do it for the love of writing. This is why it is so important to purchase your books from legitimate sites! Avoid piracy like the plague!
I would have a zoo if I could! I have had raccoons because a dog killed the mother raccoon. The german sheppard nursed the baby raccoons and soon we took over and bottle fed them. They were the cutest things ever! And they grew really fast! We had someone reintroduce them to the wild because they were illegal to own in MD. I have had iguannas, cats, dogs,hamsters, rabbits a ferret…frogs…a turtle… I am sure there are other animals I have forgotten. Right now, I have a sweet long haired named Princess Lady Valentine. My daughter named her when she was 4.
Random fact about me… I am TERRIFIED of raccoons! Ooooh Princess Lady Valentine, very proper!
Favorite kind of food?
I love shell fish… shrimp, crabs, lobster…
I am not a big fan of shell fish. Or any fish for that matter! LOL I prefer Mexican food.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee with extra cream and sugar.
I am an absolute coffee-holic! Little cream and sugar and I am set!
Salty or sweet?
Chocolate sweet 🙂
I’m a salty kind of girl!
***I have seen you post about a new project for survivors of domestic violence. Tell me about it. Are you still accepting submissions? How can readers submit their stories?***
I DO NEED HELP!
Survivors are needed for my new project, Out of the Shadows! I need submissions from people who have been through a physically, or mentally abusive relationship and survived.
Do you know someone who has?
If so please contact me at : tiffanycarmouche at ymail dot com
Submissions can be: (Extended through April)
*A chapter ~Your story (A paragraph -5 pages)
*Quotes from you on hope or overcoming obstacles
*Pictures, photography or drawings (black and white)
*Submissions can be from an adult or child’s point of view
*If you would prefer interview questions, I can send them instead/as well.
As many of you know, I, like Nicole in The Alaska Trilogy, escaped an abusive relationship to begin again.
The book will be compiled of our stories. I feel if we can give even one person the courage to leave and break free of the cycle of abuse, we will have succeeded.
I will be accepting submissions through April.
Out of the Shadows will be used to give hope to people who are afraid to leave or have begun their journey out of the shadows and into the light. All the money will go to help provide service to victims of abuse.
What a great cause! This book has the potential to help so many women! This will show them that they are not alone, there is a way out. What I would also like to mention is that you can also remain totally anonymous if you have a story to submit!
Now that we have gotten to know Tiffany Carmouche a little better, here are the links where you can find her and her books!
Follow Tiffany on FB to keep up to date on all things Alaska! She is trying to reach 900 likes right now, let’s help her out!
Thank you so much for stopping by and getting to know Tiffany!! I look forward to meeting a new author next week!