Tara Mills, new novel is Caution: Filling is Hot, and she stopped by today for an interview!
Galen: Welcome Tara! Tell is about your book.
Tara: Caution: Filling is Hot is a contemporary romance with a hero and heroine at very different places in their lives when they meet up. Chad’s ready, you could even say eager, to start up with Piper, however, she’s just extricated herself from a very draining relationship and all she wants is a little selfish, me time. So how does a guy turn that kind of reluctance around? With patience, persistence, and his undeniable sex appeal doesn’t hurt him either. But Piper’s provisions aren’t all Chad has to worry about.
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Tara: It was This Loving Torment by Valerie Sherwood. I picked it up while I was babysitting and when the mom came home and found me engrossed in her book, she insisted I keep it. I continued to buy Valerie Sherwood after that. My favorite is probably To Love A Rogue. I really identified with Lorraine London. Lorraine is also my middle name. I’ve held onto my 1982 copy of Wild Willful Love too. I pull them off my shelf and reread them from time to time. They’re treasures. I’ve had a thing for sexy buccaneers/privateers ever since.
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Tara: I suppose it was Valerie Sherwood and the writers who followed her to me. The first romance I ever wrote was a weak and unoriginal historical. Over time I decided that genre wasn’t really me and switched to contemporary. That’s where I discovered my own voice.
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Tara: That’s a hard question. I have so many. This is from Caution: Filling is Hot
‘It hurt so much to drink her in and yet, he needed that painful swallow to soothe his raw throat, even if it burned going down.’
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Tara: Well, I’ve always loved the process of writing. I write because I have to, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to finally decide to share your work. I’d say doing that is as hard as standing in front of people stark naked, waiting for their criticisms to rain down on you. What we create is very personal to us so it takes a lot of courage to open up in this way.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Tara: I’m upstairs in our lofted bedroom. On my right is an arched window opened to the woods facing north. I hear birds from every direction because my house is full of windows. It’s a very peaceful setting.
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Tara: I’m a pantzer. Once I have my cute meet, I’m off and running. Lives unfold, characters introduce themselves, complications crop up, and love finds a way. I love discovering a story I didn’t even know was in me as it shows up right before my eyes. Occasionally I’ll need to plot my way out of a bind or a sudden twist I didn’t see coming but otherwise, nope, my stories come organically.
Galen: If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Tara: I’d be an architect. I’ve been drawing floor plans and visualizing houses since I was in first grade. My parents built their house so they brought books and catalogues home and I was hooked. Before I knew it, I was creating my own. I love it and I still play with sketches when I have time.
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Tara: I’d want my tome of Shakespeare. I’d take a collection of P.G. Wodehouse, and hmm, as a writer, I think I’d need a very large empty notebook and pencils because otherwise I’d deface all the paper I brought with me by writing in the margins.
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Tara: Europe. I want to start at the Atlantic and work my way east. I imagine history as a tangible thing, almost like humidity hanging in the air. You can almost catch a glimpse of another time out of the corner of your eye – see shadows of people who’ve walked these very streets over the centuries. Isn’t that a romantic thought? It never fails to impress me that people felt as intensely as I do now. They had vibrant lives, passionate loves, highs, and lows. Everything I experience has been experienced over and over again, only the specific details change. It can put things into perspective and leave writers wide open to their own imaginations.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Tara: Write. Write, write, write. Practice makes perfect.
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