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Tiffany spends her days shuttling her kids back and forth to school and extracurricular activities, cooking meals, and cleaning house (it’s fun, really).  For fun (really-real fun) she loves to read and watch movies with her dog and her cat snuggled at her feet (yes together, as they should be).  When she’s not doing any of those things, you can find her daydreaming, and then jotting down those dreams, so that she can later type them up.  She does this in hopes that others will join her in her alternate reality where all types of people are equally represented (at least that’s the goal).  Because what fun is it to have magical powers, kill demons, and fall in love, if you have to do it all by yourself?

 

 

Get to know Tiffany Garnett!

Interviewed by: Christina Johnson

 

What does your writing process look like?

A hot mess!  I don’t have a set process per se.  I get an idea and sometimes snippets of dialogue that pop into my head and I jot them down in a notebook.  When I sit in front of my lap top I get an idea of where I want to start and how I want to incorporate the notes I’ve written and then I start typing until I’ve incorporated my ideas.  Sometimes it only takes a few sentences, sometimes a few pages or even chapters but that’s how I operate.

Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.

Before my husband made an office for me I was writing at the kitchen table.  I love my office but I don’t think the space matters that much you just need inspiration and some peace and quiet.  Emphasis on the quiet.

What motivated you to start writing?

It started when I was a kid and was constantly grounded (don’t worry about why that was 😉 ) so the only thing I could do was read.  I began to love it! On those rare occasions that I wasn’t confined to my room I still chose to read rather than watch television.

Is there a particular book you have read that has had a personal impact on you?

I’m sure there’s many, but for whatever reason, the book I can never forget reading as a pre-teen is a book called A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry.  Even though the title gives you an inkling of what’s to come I balled my eyes out when I read it.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

The name has to fit the character and sometimes I give them a name that hints at their ethnicity.  I really like uncommon names but ones that aren’t too difficult to pronounce (at least I hope they aren’t).

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad?

Yes, I read my reviews!  It’s so important for an author to get reviews, whether good or bad, to get their name out there.  I never respond to a review because it’s considered bad form as a writer but I’m always grateful for the positive reviews and even the not-so-positive. 

ALWAYS leave a review for a book you’ve read.  Trust me, the author will be thankful you did.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’ve just finished Whispering Winds – Unveiled, and I’ve already started on Whispering Winds – Ascendance.  This second book in the series picks up right where the last one left off.  I’m so excited about it and I hope the people who read the first story will be as pumped as I am.

What is your biggest fear?

Fear like what?  Fear of Failure?  Or creepy-crawly-things type of fear?  If you’re talking creepy crawlies, then it’s maggots.  Those suckers give me the heebie jeebies.  Ugh, I got the shivers just thinking about them.  Next question, please.

What secret talents do you have?

Most people don’t know it, but I’m a pretty decent at drawing.  People seemed to be surprised when they find this out about me.  I used to draw a lot when I was a kid.  I always had a sketch pad or a novel in my hand.  Oh, and I tried to write poems too. 

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

A few places in Europe.  I was stationed in Germany for a few years while in the Air Force but I didn’t get to see every country I wanted to.  Italy, England, and Scotland are at the top of my list.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

Um, an animal not in a zoo!  A wild horse, maybe? You don’t see those in zoo’s.

What kind of books did you like to read as a teen?

I read all the Anne of Green Gables, V.C. Andrews, R.L. Stein, and a lot of Harlequin romance.

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