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Author of the Month, Tara Taylor Quinn

With over 50 original novels, published in more than twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestselling author with more than six million copies sold. She is a winner of the 2008 National Reader’s Choice Award, four time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, a finalist for the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award, the Holt Medallion and appears regularly on the Waldenbooks bestsellers list. Ms. Quinn writes for Harlequin and MIRA Books.

Ms. Quinn is a Past President of the Romance Writers of America and served for eight years on the Board of Directors of that association. She has a wide range of experience as a public speaker and workshop presenter for writers groups around the country. You can visit her on the web at www.tarataylorquinn.

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**Tara will be giving away copies of her latest release(s) during her workshop on the Romance Divas FORUM. Registration is free.**

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You have a long history of writing for Harlequin and have published over 50 books in their category and single title lines, how has your journey been with them?

A dream come true.  When I was fourteen I used to tell people I was going to write for Harlequin some day.  And here I am.  Some days I can still hardly believe it. I read every single Superromance that had ever been published before I submitted to them.  I knew what they wanted.  What I, as a reader, wanted.  To me, giving it to them was as natural as breathing.

We love stories about “the Call”, so how exciting was yours?

Very!  It was mid-morning.  I was home with my young daughter, in the room I used as an office.  I’d been writing while she played in the room behind me. I remember answering the phone.  I remember hearing the voice.  I remember who called.  I can remember her tone of voice.  And I remember not breathing.  I was very calm.  Didn’t say much.  Because I couldn’t.  I wasn’t breathing.  I simply and professionally agreed to sell her my book.  I agreed to the terms.  I thanked her.  I hung up the phone and screamed and then started to cry.  I couldn’t sit still.  Couldn’t think.  Eventually I started to breathe again.

Please tell us a little about your current release.

I have a series coming out this fall – The Chapman Files.  It starts with four back to back books.  The First Wife is a Superromance out in September, 2010.  That’s followed by three MIRA suspense titles.  The Second Lie, 10/10; The Third Secret, 11/10; and The Fourth Victim, 12/10. The series is centered around an expert witness psychologist, Kelly Chapman.  Each book is one of her files – one of her cases.  The fourth book is her story.  Each book stands alone, as each case is separate from the other, but there are continuing elements that readers will recognize in each book.

What should we expect to see from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a new Superromance.  It’ll be out in 2011.  I wrote a series of books several years ago set in a fictional town we called Shelter Valley.  The 2011 Super is going back to Shelter Valley.  The current heroine was nineteen in one of the previous books. I’m also hoping to continue with more from The Chapman Files.

If you weren’t a writer what would career path would you choose?

Can’t think of one.  I had my first professional writing job when I was sixteen.  I worked as a stringer for the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio.  I’ve known since I was in first grade that I was a writer.

What are you reading right now?

One of my old Shelter Valley books, Nothing Sacred.  I’m doing research for the book I’m writing!

What is the biggest misconception you’ve come across about being a romance author?

I thought once I got published I wouldn’t worry anymore about my validation as a writer.  I still worry.  Every single book.  The clothes the worry wears change.  But the body of worry does not.  Is this book as good as the last?  Will the numbers be good enough?  Will the publicity I’ve done be enough?  Will the book get shelf space?  A good cover?  Will anyone like what I wrote?  Will someone decide I’m not good enough anymore?

Now for something fun–If you were a nail polish color, what would it be called and why?

Deep Burgundy.  A shade of red to symbolize intense emotion.  Deep because I live, write, talk think and breath deep.  Burgundy because I’ve got a bit of darkness in me.  I’m no ordinary red.

What would people be most surprised to learn about you?

I have no idea.  I don’t know how other people see me.  I’m surprised to know that I’m an avid roller blader.  I never saw myself as the athletic sort.  I never thought I had it in me to love the hard work, the sweat.  I certainly never thought I’d crave it.

What advice do you have for unpublished writers?

If you have to write, write.  Just write.  Don’t listen to the rules.  Don’t set yourself up with an awareness of rights and wrongs regarding your writing.  Just write.  Allow what is within you to flow freely without boundaries. When the story is told, you can always go back and work on grammar,etc.  You can pay attention to the rules after the art has been created.  You can’t create art by paying attention to rules.

Any words for your readers?

Please join Kelly and I as we reveal The Chapman Files and let us know what you think of them!!!

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AOTM WORKSHOP:
DATES: AUGUST 16-18

TOPIC: “YOU HAD ME AT HELLO” – How to Stay Driven in a Time Crunched World

Getting what you want IS within your control. We all have the power within us to make our dreams come true. Come and participate in this hands on experience to find out what you have and how to use it to get what you want.

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