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This week, find out more about the book FARRAWAY MIST.
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About the Book:
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: November 17, 2017
Number of pages: 210
Word Count: 87,210
Tagline: Can she fall in love with a haunted man?
Scout Lawson is fleeing an unhappy past, and thinks she’s run as far as she can from Yale University when she lands a job restoring a library in Cornwall, England for reclusive rock star George Wilder, who dropped out of sight after the death of his beautiful wife the year before.
As soon as she arrives at his estate, Farraway Mist, however, strange things start to happen. As the couple’s feelings for each other grow, the events become more harrowing, until everything they hold dear is in peril.
Interview with the Author:
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always wanted to, since I was really little, like grade school age. I always hated that with maths and sciences, the goal was to distill things down to one, to narrow things down to something smaller and smaller, until you arrived at a single correct answer. I loved that with writing and the arts, the idea was to open things up, to try to gather and incorporate and broaden, you know? It felt good.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I was moping about a big birthday, one of the ones with a zero on the end. I was turning fifty, and my spouse wasn’t being very sympathetic. He’s four years younger, what’s he got to worry about, right lol? So my girlfriend handed me paper and pen and said, “You need to just start. You have all these ideas, so write!” So I did.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Well, they’re not that deep! I mean, it would be marvelous if I’d written another Lolita or The Goldfinch (pinnacles in my world), but I write very sexy romances, or very sexy paranormal mysteries, so what am I going to do? So I hope readers will get a little entertainment, maybe a few kick-ass vocabulary words, and possibly a few insights into human nature? What motivates us to do things, especially things we might not be particularly proud of…
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Feedback from readers!! I love love love interacting with readers. Maybe someday I’ll be tired of it, but that day isn’t even a blip on my radar yet. I get all thrilled and fluttery whenever I read that I made someone cry, or that someone’s reading something for the fourth or fifth time, I really do.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Having the courage to face criticism from strangers over your writing. It’s like sending your toddlers to play in traffic. Especially at the beginning, you want to talk to everyone who’s critical, to try to change his or her mind, to just explain; you’re so sure you can convince them of the merits of your work. It’s a real turning point when you realize that not everyone will like what you’ve done, and that doesn’t change the work one little bit. You have to believe in yourself and what you’ve done. Period.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
This sounds so trite, but just do it. Having sixty thousand words of crap is better than having two paragraphs of the best thing ever written. Anything finished is better than anything unfinished, because it can be improved. Just to complete something is so satisfying. And don’t stop for the day when you’re blocked. Stop when you’re absolutely on fire to write what comes next. That way you know you’ll go back. If you write until you completely grind to a halt, and then walk away, there’s a very good chance you’ll never go back. If necessary, you can even have your next bit mapped out in notes, ready to go; then, the next day or whatever, you’re dying to get back to it!
Eventually she fell into a kind of fitful sleep, but suddenly came wide awake in complete darkness, unsure for a moment where she was.
Something was in the bed with her.
She lay completely still, not even breathing, and she felt it again, the thing that had awakened her.
Something was moving, down near her foot. Under the comforter. As long as she didn’t move, it didn’t move, but every time she moved, she felt a corresponding movement down there.
Scout didn’t know how long she lay there without moving, but it felt like hours. She could hear her heart hammering in her ears, feel it pounding in her chest. Her foot twitched, completely out of her control, and the comforter jumped, at least eight inches away from where her foot was.
About the Author:
Tani Hanes was born in Yokosuka, Japan. She spent the first few years of her life traveling back and forth between Japan and the US, making the permanent move to the Central Valley of California when she was five. She visited family in Japan on a regular basis, and attended college in Tokyo for one year at ICU before getting her degree in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She has two children, and was a substitute teacher for fifteen years. Hanes currently resides in New York City with her husband and cats, Moss and Lily.