SPOTLIGHT ON… Historical Romance: Tamara Gill

Tamara Gill

Tamara Gill

Tamara Gill

Describe yourself in one word: 
Normal

What is your background with regard to writing? 
I started writing about five years ago when I was home on maternity leave. I had been walking though a department store and spotted a Stephanie Laurens cover and just loved the Regency lady on the front. I bought it and fell in love with the historical period. This started me off reading romances and eventually my own stories started to form in my mind. I put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and the rest as they say is history. No pun intended.

When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author? 
It wasn’t until I had finished my first manuscript and it didn’t do too bad in a writing competition. It was after this that I thought maybe I could do this as more than just a hobby.

What is your writing routine? 
I work three days a week and have three kids. I usually write at night when they’re in bed. It’s hit and miss really. I write when I can.

Favourite snack whilst writing? 
Menz Fruchocs. I. Just. Love. Them.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing? 
Driving myself mad with all the voices in my head.

What piqued your interest in the historical romance genre? 
Regency romance author Stephanie Laurens without a doubt.

Can you share with our readers one piece of historical information that has special meaning to you? 
When I was on honeymoon in England we were told about the mudlarks that used to scavenge along the Thames river. The thought of digging in the mud and possibly finding lost treasure still captivates me today. My novel, Defiant Surrender has a heroine who’s a mudlark part time while also running an antique store. She finds a ring that sends her back in time to 1102 England. The book was a lot of fun to write and I’m glad I’ve been able to use a mudlark as one of the main characters.

One thing you’d like readers to know about the historical romance genre:
That once you read about Regency rogues or medieval Barons and the ladies who challenge them at every turn, you’ll never turn your nose up at an historical romance again. They’re addictive.

The one book that you’ve read over and over is…
There’s more than one, but I ADORE, Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series. Wowzers. Scottish Lairds are…well lets just say they’re very nice. *wink*

Favourite fictional character:
I don’t think I have one.

Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Be a mudlark along the Thames shores, even if for only one day.

Biggest accomplishment to date:
Seeing my first book published. Amazing feeling.

What’s next for you?
Writing of course! *grin* I’m going to do more indie publishing while submitting to publishers. Hopefully you’ll see more of my books on the cyber shelves and perhaps wooden bookshelves too in the near future.

 

Find Tamara online:
Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter

 

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