SPOTLIGHT ON… Fantasy: Tamsin Baker
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I wanted to have a go, so I did. I’ve always read romance and excelled at English in High School, but I went into a science degree at Uni- so I don’t have any formal writing credentials.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
About eighteen months ago. I was writing 6 years ago but only for myself. When I got a contract- (amazingly!) eighteen months ago with a small press I thought- maybe I can do this. I haven’t really stopped since.
Tell us about the first book you wrote:
First erotic? Impossible Desires (which is being published by Escape on November 1st.) It was during NaNoWriMo last year and it was my first attempt at erotic romance. I went with what came naturally and for me that was a Regency Historical female Domme story. J It was strange, difficult, shorter than my previous sweet works and very confronting- but guess what- I’d found where I belonged! I was very fortunate in my contacts and ended up working with a real life Domme and editor that helped me to get some of the details correct.
What is your writing routine?
I write whenever I can, as often as I can and when my muse strikes. Which is lunchtimes, after the kids are in bed at night or first thing in the morning. When I’m inspired I can write five hours straight, other weeks I don’t type a word. I’m happy to just do what comes naturally.
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Peanut chocolate m and m’s.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
You mean in my spare time? Coz that’s what writing is- its what I do that isn’t my job, my kids or my house. If I have spare time and I don’t want to write….blog, facebook… or maybe watch a dvd.
What piqued your interest in the sci-fi/paranormal genre?
A submission call. TEB put out a call for vampire stories and as usual I thought ‘I can do that.’ And why not make it Historical and ménage as well? J I loved Twilight and have enjoyed a lot of shifter stories so thought I’d have a go.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the sci-fi/paranormal genre:
If you don’t like one sort of paranormal- don’t rule out the whole sub genre. Look around, ask friends for recommendations, I’m sure you’ll find something you love!
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Probably having Blond Truth be the no. 1 best seller of all gay and lesbian fiction on Amazon for 4 days. That was pretty cool.
What’s next for you?
I just keep writing. I’ve had 1-4 stories come out every month since April and have them booked in until next May. I’m currently specialising in m/m- but I am yet to delve into writing m/m paranormal. My FAVOURITE sub genre to read is M/M were wolves- so that may be an avenue to explore!
Confessions of an Author:
Is there something we’d be shocked to know about you?
Hmmmm probably the fact that I’m a little Miss Goody Two Shoes in real life.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
Easiest- the sex scenes. The hardest- the tension. You know- the fighting, the break ups.
Favourite travel experience?
A cruise around Vanuatu. Food galore, sun baking and too much alcohol.
Favourite fictional character:
Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series. BEST HERO EVER!
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Milk or dark chocolate?
Milk. No question.
Red, white, bubbly?
Red, please 🙂
Salty or sweet?
Beach or mountains?
Give or receive?
Lol- ah….presents you mean? Give.
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