This week's interview is with Felicia Tatum, author of The White Aura.
1. Please tell us about yourself.
Hi! I'm 26 years young, the mommy of a little girl and a kitty, and I love books! Writing them, reading them, and even just looking at them :)
2. What's the name of your newest or latest book and what's it about?
The White Aura is a fantasy/paranormal romance about sorcerers. Scott is a sorcerer with a curse on his family. Olivia is his "heart mate" and a mere human...she thinks. He can't meet her until she's almost 18 because of the curse, so he visits her in her dreams.
3. Is this book part of a series or standalone?
It's a series. I'm working on the second book, The Vessel, currently.
4. How long have you been writing?
Since I was twelve. But I did stop for a bit after high school. I got started back last May.
5. From where or whom do you draw inspiration?
I have dreams that guide me in directions of new books. And everyday happenings can bring on so much inspiration!
6. What advice would you give new or aspiring writers?
It's hard and you will think you're awful, but keep writing. Someone, somewhere is going to enjoy it and that is an amazing feeling!
7. Who do you see as your ideal reader?
The paranormal lover. The person that longs for romance. The person that longs for the spark in life to make everything an adventure.
8. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a planner or outliner?
Well...I basically just sit down and type it out. I'm trying outlining on The Vessel, so I'll see if I like it.
9. Are you a "write every day of the week" sort of writer or do you take days off?
I'm in graduate school too, so it's really hard for me to write every day. I'm working on finding that balance. That's my ultimate goal.
10. What are your thoughts on writers paying for reviews as John Locke is reported to have done?
I don't agree with it. It makes the indie authors have to work so much harder.
11. Some book reviewers won't accept independently authored books for review. What are your thoughts on that? Are they missing out?
I think so. I've read some really great indie books...and I'm an indie author, so it's a bit hurtful when someone declines.
12. Some people feel indie authored books are of lesser quality than those that go through the traditional publishers. Do you agree with them? If so, how do we collectively raise the bar and remove this stigmatism?
I think some are...but only if the author doesn't put the time and effort into the book. All books are someone's labor of love, so I think we should all support and help each other as much as possible. If I find errors, I gently point them out and offer to help. It's what I'd want someone to do for me.
13. Any pets? If so, tell us what role they play in your writing, if any.
I have a cat, Ace, and he LOVES to slide on my laptop in the middle of an important scene...mess everything up...then start purring of course.
14. Where can readers find your work?
On Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my web site.
15. Where can readers find out more about you?
Via my web site or Facebook page.
Felicia Tatum was born and raised in Tennessee. She always loved reading, and at the age of twelve began writing. Her passion for creating stories grew and in May 2012, she finally wrote her first novel, The White Aura.
She still lives in Tennessee with her daughter and her kitty. She loves cooking and books. Animals are some of her best friends. She watches a lot of Disney channel and often dreams up new book ideas. She's currently writing the second book in the series.