"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Tambra Kendall is published with Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, Red Rose Publishing and very soon with Aspen Mountain Press. She is a CTM (Competent Toastmaster) from Toastmasters International and teaches online classes.
An Interview with Tambra Kendall
PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?
Tambra K.: From the time I was twelve years old, I knew I wanted to be a writer. When I was little I’d watch the school bus come and pick up the older and I’d cry because they were learning how to read and write and I wasn’t.
PNR: Are you able to write as much as you would like? Could you tell us about your writing schedule? What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Tambra K.: I don’t write as fast as I’d like, but that’s something I’m working on. I write almost every day. When I’m not writing I paint in watercolors, sew, art crafts and sing karaoke.
PNR: You also write under the name Keelia Greer; what influenced your decision to use a pseudonym?
Tambra K.: When I started writing erotic romance I felt another pseudonym was needed because not all readers like to read erotic romance.
PNR: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your writing? Who has been your biggest support?
Tambra K.: My biggest author influences have been Kimberly Raye, Nina Bangs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight, Michelle Hasker and Kerrelyn Sparks. But, my critique partners are my biggest supporters. I couldn’t have made it this far without them.
PNR: Most authors are avid readers; what is your favorite genre to read? What titles would we see in your TBR pile?
Tambra K.: Paranormal romance is still my favorite genre to read. Anything by Deidre Knight, Angela Knight, Kimberly Raye, Nina Bangs, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter. I’d better stop. <grin>
PNR: What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?
Tambra K.: Believable characters with a great plot. The love scenes can’t be forced or just thrown in there. The heroes must be heroic, the heroines smart and confident in themselves.
PNR: Congratulations, readers and reviewers are excited about the February 2008 release of CELTIC LOVE KNOTS Vol. 9 from Whiskey Creek Torrid. Could you tell us about your contribution to this magical fantasy series?
Tambra K.: I have two stories in Celtic Love Knots 9, one is a contemporary fantasy and the other is time travel. Witches, Druids, the Fae, Goddesses—you can find it all in these two stories. All of my Celtic Love Knots stories feature characters that are connected.
PNR: Readers are captivated by the magical world you have created. Tell us about the challenges you face in world building with paranormal elements and making it work with the ideas you have in mind for the progression of your characters and stories? How much research is involved?
Tambra K.: I love world building! The challenge a writer faces is achieving a balance, making the world believable enough for the reader to accept what the author has created. The world I’ve created is almost a character itself. By that I mean, the Celts were very active in their worship of their gods/goddesses and the land, it isn’t dif
A lot of research is involved when world building. Much of the information isn’t used right away I’ve discovered it comes into play later on with other stories. Research is an ongoing process for me.
PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?
Tambra K.: My answer is both, here’s why. Character and plot are so tightly woven together, you can’t have one without the other.
PNR: You write wonderfully appealing characters that readers really connect to; could you tell us about how you create them?
Tambra K.: First I have in mind the type of character. I love alphas with a heart and writing paranormal romance just fits with this kind of character.
I like to have each character strong in an area the other isn't. It creates conflict but also forces each to accept the other has something valuable to offer. The more I work with the characters, the more layers go into the personality and background, finally emerging as a full rounded character that I hope readers can identify with and love.
PNR: Who has been your favorite character to write? Will we be seeing the characters from your Celtic Love Knots in future stories?
Tambra K.: I think Keegan was my favorite character to write. He grabbed me from the moment he presented himself. As for other characters, I do have plans for more stories with these stories linked together as well.
PNR: The folklore of the Fae has long captured the imagination of readers. Why do you feel it is such a popular theme in the paranormal romance genre? What is it about this genre that captures your imagination?
Tambra K.: The Fae are exotic and magical, it appeals to the part inside that believes in fairy tales and magic. The mythology lends itself to the imagination and is perfect for conflict and love.
PNR: How would you describe the sensuality level in your books? Do you find it difficult to write love scenes?
Tambra K.: The sensuality level is erotic. I write the level I feel most comfortable with. Most of the time, I don’t have problems writing love scenes. It’s an extension of how my characters feel about each other.
PNR: You have written in several genres; is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
Tambra K.: Science Fiction romance.
PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?
Tambra K.: I’m working on a submission for Silhouette and I have something coming out from Red Rose Publishing I’m very excited about. It’s a story in the Sanctuary Moon: First Howl paranormal anthology.
PNR: Thank you, Tambra, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?
Tambra K.: Readers can reach me at www.tambrakendall.com
Whiskey Creek Torrid
February 1, 2008
Laria MacCleod is a keeper of sacred Fae land and Hamish Wallace will do anything to his hands on it. Laria finds the perfect man to help her out with all of her problems, Cameron Logan. Will Laria and Cameron have the chance to explore their new relationship or will evil win?
The Dark Mist
Keegan O’Neill must fight Murdoch an evil druid but cannot until his gifts from the Goddess are revealed and his soul mate Briana MacLeod arrives. Keegan and Briana run to the Arch Druid to obtain the power to stop Murdoch. Keegan and Briana discover more than they dreamed at the end of their journey.
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