I suspect there are still some prejudices against IndiePub authors but in my opinion that is unfounded. You get “bad” books with traditionally published authors and you get “great” books with IndiePub authors. In the end, it is a question of taste anyway. In my opinion, Tamara Ferguson’s books are some of the great ones. So here a little bit about her and her stories and maybe a suggestion for a present this December:
Today I am very happy to introduce you Tamara Ferguson, author of the Dragonfly Pointe series and her newest book “That Unforgettable Kiss”. Tamara is a brilliant supporter of authors through her blog and her Twitter account and I cannot wait to get my hands on one of her books. She lives in central Illinois and has two sons. She also is a member of the American Romance Writer Association and has won several awards for her books.
But enough of introduction. Let’s hear what the lady has to say:
How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
I’m someone who takes each day one at a time. I don’t like stress or conflict. But, unfortunately, I can’t seem to avoid it! I’m a full time caregiver to a severely autistic and mentally impaired son with diabetes, so every day is a challenge.
What made you write in the first place?
Originally, my son was supposed to continue on into a vocational program once he graduated from school. But extreme budget restraints in Illinois prevented this from happening (IL ranks 51st in our nation in the quality of service and funding for the disabled.) I began to write when I realized I’d no longer be able to consider my career. I’ve always been a big time DIY person, but keeping busy just wasn’t enough—I needed something to occupy my MIND!
Which Author has influenced you and why?
Although I like to read authors from many different genres, I’d say that the two contemporary romance authors who’ve influenced me the most are (1) Nora Roberts-because of her well-developed mystery and suspense plots-and (2) Linda Howard-because her dry sense of humor that balances the slightly erotic romance themes written into her later novels.
Your writing ritual (if you have one)?
I think it’s important to write—even if it’s just an outline or observations—every single day. I find my concentration is much better when I wake up in the morning. I write for as long as I manage to stay focused (and drink lots of coffee!) I used to write at night, too, but then, most of the time, I’d look at what I’d written the next day and ask myself—what the heck was I thinking? It was better for me to start fresh the next day as opposed to wasting my time revising whatever I’d written the night before.
Do you suffer from writers block and if, what do you do against it?
I never suffer from writer’s block!! My stories are revolving around in my head even when I don’t have the time to write (right now I can count out 2 short stories, 2 Dragonfly Tales & 3 Kissed By Fate stories ready to be told!) All I need is more TIME??!!
Your advice for apprentice writers?
First-time authors should listen to their peers. Reviews are great, but not always accurate—especially when you’re asking family and friends. Although there are many award contests for indie writers, very few of them offer critiques. It’s difficult to figure out what you’re doing right—or wrong. The best thing I could’ve done was join the Romance Writers of America. The advice and unbiased critiques I’ve received, after entering my books in several of their regional contests, have been invaluable, and (I hope) have helped me develop into a better writer.
Thank you so much Tamara to share a little about your writing life with us. It was a pleasure to have you here.
You got curious and want to know more about Tamara and her books? Look here:
Book page Kissed by Fate
The Romance Reviews