Author Interview and Review

With Impending Reveries going strong on Smashwords and being shipped out to the bigger retailers (I’ll share links when available), it’s gotten some attention from a wonderful book blog.

A review for Impending Reveries: http://alaskanbookie.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-impending-reveries.html

And an author interview of yours truly: http://alaskanbookie.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-new-author-tammy-gallant.html?spref=tw

Go, read, take a look around the site, then come back here and ASK ME ANYTHING! I’ve read author interviews and thought of questions that weren’t included. Well here’s your chance with me. What do you want to know?

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Published in: on October 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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A Pen Name Or Real Name?

During the meeting Saturday, another newbie and I were discussing pen names. Do I need one? How do I choose one? Why should I have one? Well, this got me to thinking (yes, a dangerous thing, me thinking), I’ve been working so hard to get my name out there, what if I’m using the wrong name?

The established authors suggest that if you value your privacy, use a pen name. I personally don’t mind that, I might eat those words, but for now I don’t. I love interacting with people. That’s the reason I have Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and a blog.

I started this blog with the hopes that one day all of my loyal readers could come and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, and just chat with me and other readers. So, it is my decision to continue using my real name for my young adult work.

On the other hand, if I ever decide to branch into a different genre, I will be using some other name. Let’s say I decided to write something that my mom wouldn’t want to brag to her friends about (spicy romance, crime drama, etc.), of course, I would use a pen name.

  • Now that you know my answer, tell me your answers:

When should an author use a pen name? What would your pen name be?

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 2:21 AM  Comments (8)  
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Where does inspiration come from?

Whether you are an aspiring writer like me or struggling with the day to day grind of the 9 to 5, everyone needs inspiration to keep going. Sometimes it comes from a place that you have been inspired from time and again, like the smile on your child’s face, but sometimes it comes from the most unexpected places.

I was having a particularly bad day a couple of weeks ago. I have these now and then and have found that the best thing for me to do is completely separate myself from my work. I decided to veg-out in front of the TV and watch a movie with my son. He is at that cute age (he would be so mad if he knew that I was saying this) where he says that he thinks girls are gross but the main TV shows that he watches are those that have the cute girls in them. He wanted to watch Hannah Montana.

I rolled my eyes but agreed to watch it with him. I needed a distraction and he is wonderful at distracting me. When we spend time together like that, I end up either laughing so much that my sides hurt or running to the computer to put my headphones on and escape into my own little world. So I put the movie in thinking, if nothing else making fun of the clichés that are normally in movies for tweens would distract me. To my surprise, it wasn’t that bad, but what really surprised me was that I was inspired.

At the end of the movie, Miley sings “The Climb”. If you have never listened to this song, I highly recommend it. I had been worrying about if I was going to make it as a writer. This song made me take a step back and remember why I began writing in the first place. I wanted to get the story from my head onto paper. I had not planned on letting ANYONE read it, much less getting it published so that the world could see into my head. I enjoy writing. It is my creative outlet. As soon as the movie was over, I rushed to my computer, downloaded the song, and started writing with it blaring from my headphones.

Moral of the story: if you enjoy doing something, don’t sweat the technical stuff, just enjoy it. If you find that you are no longer satisfied with your job, try to remember why you took that job in the first place.

What inspires you? Where is your motivation coming from?

Published in: on February 19, 2010 at 2:21 AM  Comments (2)  
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Young adult or not so young?

When I was told that my first novel should be considered young adult, I didn’t know what to think. I pictured children like my son, who is more interested in Pokémon than in anything that I would want to write about. My story is about romance!!!

I did some research on the young adult genre and realized that this can mean young women, not just children. I then started truly considering the differences between young women and those of us that are not so young (I refuse to say older). Are we really all that different than we were during our teenage and early twenty years? Before you answer this question, I made a list of what I mean. These are questions that all teens and twenty-something’s worry about.

1. Are you happy with your job or do you want to do something else when you grow up?

2. Is the man in your life in love with you?

3. Do you think you look good, even in a bathing suit?

4. Is your complexion flawless?

5. Do you know who you are?

If you answered yes to all of these, congratulations, please send me a friend invite because I’ve never met anyone like you. If your answer was no or maybe, you are a young adult, no matter your age.

All women, and men for that matter, want to answer yes to all of these but the sad truth is; most of us can’t. We may be able to answer yes to a few but I don’t know anyone who can say yes to all.

1. This is one that some may be able say yes to. I am currently thrilled with my job but will I still be this excite

d about it in ten years? I know myself well enough to answer maybe.

2. A question that truly hurts to consider if you’ve ever been blindsided by a breakup. Teenagers and young adults think about this with every relationship they are faced with. Seldom do “not so young” people truly answer this question. They normally answer without allowing themselves to really think about it. I am married to a wonderful man who cooks for me every day and does something to make me smile when I’m in a bad mood. He does little things every day to let me know that he cares but; do I KNOW that he’s in love with me? I think so, but I’ve been hurt in the past, so every once in a while, that old doubt wiggles its way through.

Me and the Fam cutting up

3. The lucky few who can answer yes to this should enjoy it while it lasts. Middle age does strange things to a body. I blame it on gravity but everything seems to migrate.

4. My complexion has never been flawless. I am in the “not so young” category and still have pimples.

5. I don’t think ANYONE can answer yes to this. Who I am depends on what mood I’m in at the time.

So I didn’t even have one yes. Does that mean that I’m a young adult? Finally, I get to answer YE

S! We are all young adults whether our birth date says we are or not. My heart still flutters like a teenager’s when that wonderful husband of mine looks at my imperfect complexion, trying on a bathing suit that I would never where in public, and he says, “You’re beautiful.”

If you are young at heart or if you are just young, enjoy the feeling. Take the time to let that inner kid out and have some fun. You may be surprised as to how many “not so young” people join you.

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 12:57 AM  Leave a Comment  
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