A Rowdy Interview with Tammy Moore-Novak, author 'The Abduction of Lilly Waters'
GMB: Well here we are in Prescott, Arizona, some say the home of the oldest rodeo in the world... What author, and my good friend Tammy Moore-Novak doesn't know is, I got a lot of rodeo to talk about too... *winking* But hay! This is not about me ... Today we are welcoming Tammy to the 'Anything But a Tired Barn' for a visit and to learn more about her August 23, 2013 book release on Facebook and, for her novel entitled The Abduction of Lilly Waters ... A great book I have read, reviewed and am waiting until the book is released so I can post a few good words about this effort... (Don't you just love the suspense?) *winking some more*
Interviewer's Observation: Tammy does not look impressed and she is making a move for her rope can!
GMB: *Gulp* Well what do you say we get started Tammy?
TMN: Sounds good Mitch ... You know I really did not want to have to throw a loop or two on you to get you back in line... *a stern grinning going on*
GMB: Oh no ... We don't need any intense roping going on around the Barn here... Now Tammy tell us about yourself (before we start figuring it all out for ourselves) *grins*.
TMN: That’s an open ended question. I’m a teacher and a mother of four boys which makes me the only girl in the house. I wish I could say it makes me spoiled but it doesn't. I’m also a family oriented person.
GMB: That's the way I feel around the Barn here sometimes ... Should be spoiled ... Not even close ... *grins* It's all good about Family though isn't it? Now Tammy we'd like to know what you were doing the last time you looked at a clock and realized you had lost all track of time?
TMN: Well heh heh ... Assuming you have a clock somewhere here in the Barn ... No really ... I’m always racing against the clock. I’m terrible with getting anywhere on time. I find lately I lose track of time when I’m writing. I usually end up looking at the clock around 3 or 4 am realizing the sun is about to come up. My husband works graves, so writing is a great way to pass the witching hours.
GMB: And your husband is working graves because he is a police officer and, well, we here in the Barn want to thank him, you and your Family for the service and support you all provide to your/our community...
TMN: Thank You Mitch...
GMB: And you know ... I was also privileged to read the advanced release copy of The Abduction of Lilly Waters, but please share with our Blog fans here, why everyone else here in the ‘Anything But a Tired Barn’ will read your new book and enjoy the heck out of it.
TMN: Our Blog friends are going to enjoy the Lilly Waters novel because this story hasn't been done before. Not like I've written it anyway... And here is a little description that may help our Blog fans to know a bit more about this new release ... Beth had never anticipated her life would end up like it did. The last beating she received at the hands of her boyfriend threw her over the edge. She had to escape him, so she fled taking her daughter Lilly with her. She didn't know where she’d go, but she didn't care. All she could manage to think about was her unborn child and her daughter Lilly. The frequent stops the mother and daughter had to make were uneventful until Beth pulled into a Diner in Moore, Oklahoma where her daughter Lilly was taken by unseen hands. Detective’s Daniel Prescott and Frank Martinez head the investigation trying relentlessly to solve the case before it’s too late. These days, when children are taken it’s a unified frenzy to find them. In this case, every lead turns up empty and every turn they take reveals a clue they could not have anticipated. The detectives are not quite sure where to turn or who to trust; even the mother herself is a prime suspect. The Abduction of Lilly Waters is a fast paced child abduction thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat in anticipation until the end where you’ll discover the deepest and darkest secret waiting.
GMB: That is for sure good... *smiling*
TMN: Now is that your book review? *grinning*
GMB: Heck no... But as you know ... a lot of my writing involves protecting 'The Innocents...'
TMN: Well good *grinning some more* I was hoping for more of a review than 'That is for sure good'.
GMB: Well there is no mercy to he had 'round here ... You got me going now ...
TMN: But seriously you and I think everyone can relate to the fear of losing a child ... a Little On... of The Innocents... In fact, everyone gets involved when a child is missing. Parents don’t go through the ordeal alone. It’s a unified frenzy when it comes to finding children. But I have to admit, Lilly has a secret. Even I can’t tell you what that secret is. You have to read it to find out.
GMB: Indeed ... And just so you don't think I'm totally selfish after bringing up the whole book review thing time and time again ... I did send in an advance review to your publisher, Master Koda Select Publishing, and, well you know I can't release the entire review just yet ... But I can't resist ... I'm going to tell you it involves plenty of stars ... and begins with me ... just sayin' - "It is all in the talk and storytelling of this edgy ‘Chick Mystery’. ‘The Abduction of Lilly Waters’ by T. M. Novak is her first foray into what I think of as ‘Chick Mystery’ story telling in the spirit of Sue Grafton, Sandra Brown and perhaps the latest collaboration of Janet Evanovich. And, while there is a maternal importance, author Novak provides more as she alternates from maternal to paternal points of view that connect with this reviewer. This mystery is about relationships, frustrated cops, and survival of ‘The Innocents’. * * * Now ... There is more, but I have to rein it in here... I hope it gives you an idea that it is a pretty darn good say-so about your read-a-long... *smiles* So Tammy ... Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration for your writing?
TMN: My dreams. Sometimes when I dream I feel like I am a fly on the wall in someone else’s life. I get a flash of a moment like a movie and the moment holds a story. If I can recall the dream when I wake up then I jot it down. Sometimes the flash moment is worth developing an entire story from.
GMB: As an author about to be first time published, what is the toughest decision you have had to make leading up to your release and launch of The Abduction of Lilly Waters?
TMN: I think I challenged myself by starting with such a difficult story. I get worried all the time that I see the story one way and others will see it differently. The twists and turns were complicated, so I hope I managed to capture it the way I envisioned it....
GMB: Challenges indeed...
TMN: Also, once the story was written ... I believe the hardest part is going through the editing process. I did not want to lose the essence of what I created by slicing it up. It was very hard to put my trust in others to make sure that did not happen.
GMB: Well I don't think you need to be worried about a whole lot... Not only have I read your book ... I've followed a little bit about your sister, Latisha Wood who created the artwork for your book cover... I have to say when Family is all coming together to support such a wonderful project...
... You know and then the Master Koda Select Publishing Family falls in behind ... Not only are you talking good company ... But ... Well you know ... shoot, I had a close family member recently edit a long novel of mine in contemporary fiction ... I can't say enough about the wonderful support as writers we often received from Family *winking* Now please share with us a little about the genre of The Abduction of Lilly Waters. Why write in this genre in particular? What is it you like about this genre?
TMN: Lilly is a psychological thriller. I didn't choose the genre. It chose me. I love the genre because I like unraveling a story one detail at a time. I like feeling intensity and deeply involved in a story and the characters. I enjoy feeling afraid with them. I also like the mental aspect to the genre, and the twisted side of being human.
GMB: Has your own life influenced your novels? If so, please tell us how … Perhaps give us an example?
TMN: I wrote two short stories that were based on real life events. They will be published in an anthology in August. In my Young Adult novel Butterfly Lake my lead character suffers the loss of a parent. I pulled a lot of my own experience into it, namely, how she felt, the issues she had as a result of her loss and things like that. I don’t use a lot of my own life experiences though. I just let my imagination take over.
GMB: Name the favorite character you have created? Why this character?
TMN: That is really hard. In The Abduction of Lilly Waters I have polar characters. They complement one another. I really like the detectives I created. I may consider doing a spin-off of them someday. They work really well together and were a lot of fun to write.
GMB: I agree ... Those detectives were strong characters alright. Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
TMN: I hope I have a lot of books out that are doing well. I’m hoping to write full time and be settled comfortably into the mystery/thriller genres.
GMB: Tammy I want to Thank You for joining is here in the Anything But a Tired Barn and I do hope you had a nice visit ... Make sure and take a look around before you leave ... There is a lot of artwork hanging around, book reviews and plenty of books you may find of interest as well. And, I do want to Thank You for not roping me in the beginning ... Had to do an interview with a calf dragging me around a corral once and it was not at all fun... ;-)
TMN: Well I'm also glad I didn't have to rope you neither... *winks and a nod* I guess it'd be hard to spit words with a rope around your ... well I'm not sure where you'd been snagged ... *posing and grinning*
GMB: Gee Thanks Tammy ... heh heh ... For now ... we've got some information so your readers and followers will be able to find you and get to know you even better... Below, is the information you provided, and for all to consider...
TMN: Yes, Thank You Mitch and we all look forward to your review and...
GMB: And I will update this Interview with your most current information upon the August 23, 2013 Facebook release and launch of The Abduction of Lilly Waters... But for now and we all hope you will come again to visit ... and let everyone here in the Barn know about your forthcoming projects.
TMN: My how you do go on... Yes ... I'll come back and visit and it sure has been nice being here in the Barn ...
8/7/2013 10:49:11 pm
Great interview Mitch and Tammy! Can't wait for the book release...having also read a prerelease copy...I know the secrets, too! It's a great book...and I know it will be well received!
G Mitchell Baker
8/8/2013 02:01:03 am
Thank You Jane... :-)
8/7/2013 11:52:04 pm
Mitch, thank you for the awesome interview. You asked me some really great questions. :)
8/8/2013 02:02:41 am
You are very welcome Tammy ... Great working with you on this project :-)
8/8/2013 01:16:42 am
Great interview helps us newer writers learn about the whole process.
8/8/2013 02:07:15 am
Well Thank You very much Edgar ... I know you are down in 'Zona and teaching as well ... And it is always a pleasure to work with new writers and share some of the experience... When I approached my publisher with the term 'Chick Mystery' (I said as in 'Chick Flick') she immediately got it ... Who knows ... maybe I'll be famous my it someday ;-) I enjoy taking pictures of 'Tired Barns' and came across a few of them while living in New Mexico ... I also grew up watching a few go through the stages ... Glad you can appreciate all that we did on this project... Really appreciate you comments and wish you all the best with your reading and writing :-) Cheers, G Mitchell Baker :-D
8/8/2013 02:26:29 am
Great interview you two!!!! So excited for the release. Tammy knows how to tell a great story with a lot of heart!
G Mitchell Baker
8/8/2013 02:57:58 am
Thanks Brenda :-) Tammy done good :-)
8/8/2013 02:34:33 am
Great interview you two! I cannot wait for the book release party on Aug 23!! I am so excited to read this book.
G Mitchell Baker
8/8/2013 02:59:03 am
Thanks Tamy ... and Yes! You are going to like Tammy's book a lot :-)
8/9/2013 05:27:25 am
Good job Tammy
8/10/2013 12:05:25 am
I enjoyed reading this rowdy interview, Tammy and Mitch. I can't wait to read the published version of her novel! TMN, you rock!!
10/23/2013 06:50:06 am
Fantastic! Good luck Lilly! :)
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