Thursday, November 6, 2014

Author Chats with Tara Winters

Hi everyone, for the first time since I started writing I literally feel as if  I have hit against a solid wall. I guess this is what writers talk about. Writers Block!!!

I feel I should be in a panic as I have a deadline, and I cannot seem to get those moments of clarity, which appear quite randomly, but help me in solving the puzzle of the Children of Annwn series!

I am ten chapters in and have written 40,000 words, which is about a third maybe slightly more of the way through, but I am struggling. My issue is my ability to focus and sit and write the story!!!

I have never had this problem before, and I think what is happening is the constant distractions of my life in general. At the moment, I cannot seem to say no to anything and there are days when the unexpected happens, and you have to leave your writers cave. Hence, with all these lost days where the chance to write is short and snappy I cannot get into the depth of this story and grip it by its teeth and get a real feel for where I'm heading. Therefore, I am closing my doors until I have that guidance from the characters who usually scream very loudly at me as to where the story is heading and what they want to have happen next I am hibernating! Wish me luck!

This is the second week of my author chats and I am very pleased that my friend and local author has jumped into the hot seat for this week. Please, check out her biography below and included is an excerpt of her latest release Dark Hollow!

Tara Winter
I have been writing for over 20 years but it wasn't until a chance discussion with a friend prompted me to really evaluate getting some of the books out there! With the help of a very dear author friend, I decided that the time had finally come to take that next step. It took me a few months of some hard work and a lot of elbow work to get the first book of the series ready to go. I could not have done it without a seriously awesome editor, an amazing cover designer and the very crucial help of a formatter. 
Dark Hollow was born August 28, 2014 and the sequel, Dark Legacy is even now sitting on my desktop , fresh from the editor waiting for me to dig in and get the editing honed and ready for publishing. Anyone who has been on my website ( can se that the covers for book 2 and 3 are already done and are waiting for me to finalize the pages to get these projects wrapped up. 
When not writing, I am actually a marketing manager for a large healthcare company and live in a northern suburb of Boston with my husband and daughter.

Book Blurb
Tabitha Devins spent 18 years waiting for her mother to tell her whom her father was, where her mother had disappeared to all those years ago and perhaps shed some light on how she got magical abilities.
Now it is the summer of her high school graduation and she plans on saving every penny she can earn to get off to college, leave the island of Porta Negra and her mother's secrets behind her. As she sees a sliver of freedom in her future, her mother disappears once again with only a cryptic note. The clues lead Tabitha to the glen known as Dark Hollow where her mother originally disappeared.
Tabitha delves into the nest of secrets her mother left and finds a world she never knew existed with a race of people with magical abilities much like her own.  As she
searches this new world for her mother, she discovers that her father has been looking for her as well.
Before she can head off to meet him, she finds herself caught between a magical race of people discouraging her from meeting her father and the onset of a dark drama back on her island home which could keep her from ever being able to return home.

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    Her heart stopped hammering, and her body began to relax. Tabitha continued to quench her thirst, letting the salty fluid douse the inferno that had been blazing within her. The realization that her mouth was fastened on someone’s throat began to dawn on her. Jerking back, she cried out in horror, tearing her teeth from skin. She let out a plaintive cry as she saw the bloody gash in Luc’s throat. She could do little more than stare in revulsion. She slowly lifted a finger to her own lips, feeling a bead of blood at the edge of her mouth. She fought the urge to lick it away. She touched the twin fangs that were her incisors.
   She wailed and tried to escape Luc’s arms, unwilling to look into his face and see the expression she feared would be there. He tightened his grip, pulling her closer and drawing her against his chest, holding her in his arms while she panicked.
   Her energy gave out quickly and she lay panting in his arms, her head buried against his shoulder. He was sitting on the floor facing the fireplace, and she was cradled in his arms. Once she realized that he was not releasing her, she clung to him, trying to find warmth or comfort for her chilled body. She sobbed into his shoulder. She could not seem to hold back the flow of tears.
      When her tears began to dwindle and she started to calm down, her breath was no more than a shaky whimper. She did not want to let go of him and face whatever expression would be in his eyes.
       Are you all right now? His voice was the same soft timbre, and she could have wept at his simple question.
       How can you ask me that after what I have done?
      What you have done is saved a little girl’s life. 

Thank you as always for following and please if you have any comments or questions feel free to post below!



  1. Wow, what a striking book cover, and the story looks wonderful! Best of luck with it.

  2. Thanks Flossie, I love the cover for Tara's debut novel!