Name: Tara Fox Hall (biological name and pen name)
Age: alas, 38
Where are you from: New York State, Binghamton originally
A little about your self `ie your education Family life:
Tara Fox Hall received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romantic drama She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series, and the transgender erotic Grow a Pair series. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works In Vein and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and authored the essay “Paradox in Film and Fiction,” published in Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence’s special issue Paradox and Mind (Taylor and Francis, 2013). Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Tara: My latest news is that I have an upcoming new Promise Me novel out, Point of No Return. This is book #7 in the paranormal dramatic romance series. I also recently released a shifter erotica short story called Stalking You in late December.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Tara: I began writing one page short non-fiction stories based on animal life on my farm. A friend who published a little magazine began publishing them. I often rescued or helped various animals that I came across in daily life. Sharing them with others made me feel I was helping twice, in that readers would be inclined to help animals in trouble they came across if they were previously moved by my stories.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Tara: I began writing my first book in late summer/early fall of 2006, when my mom was misdiagnosed with cancer. I’d always said I would write her a book, but never could make myself sit still longer than a page-long short story. I truly thought I was going to lose her, and that was enough motivation for me to make myself sit down and begin Promise Me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Tara: I considered myself a writer when my mother finished my draft of Promise Me, and said, “What happens next?” I had never thought beyond one book, intending only to make good on my promise to her. But once she asked the question, I wanted to keep writing. The story just kept pouring out of me, book after book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Tara: I think that if someone knows my style of writing and has read my work, they can probably tell my writing from another author’s work. But in terms of POV when writing, I switch between first person and third person easily.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Tara: I initially picked Promise as the title of my first book, to convey all the hope of an initial beginning of a relationship that was very emotional and binding. That morphed to Promise Me and Broken Promise, when the book was so long it had to be divided up into two separate books for publication.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Tara: That we all go through a hell of a lot in life, and it’s never too late to change your fate, or have the courage to try something new, or say you were sorry, or be someone that you always wished you were. It’s too late when you die. Until then, there is always the chance to become something greater than you are.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Tara: I have never had a vampire lying ill in my basement, but many of the aspects of the series are real. All my pets are based on pets I have or have had. All the aspects of Sar, in terms of how she looks, her opinions, her personality, her strengths and weaknesses are based on my own. Similarly, the males of the books—Danial, Terian, Devlin, Lash, and Theo—all were originally based on people I knew, sometimes a mix of several persons. Many of the funny sayings are things from real conversations I’ve had with people. Sar’s home, Devlin’s home, Danial’s home, the various scenes, etc. are all based on real places I have visited myself, or researched. For example, the cottage where Sar finds Theo in Taken for His Own is based on a cabin my cousin in Denver, CO had years ago. The central part of Devlin’s home, Hayden, is based on my aunt and uncle’s home they used to have near Binghamton, NY. I have been to the Everglades, and descriptions of that in the books are based on my memories. I try to make things as real as possible for readers. I actually plotted several of my various book scenes at a website called www.placingliterature.com, so readers could see they were based on real places.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Tara: Per above, in writing Promise Me, the initial scenes were generated by imagining what I would do if I found a vampire. The rest followed from imagining how a real vampire would be; jaded, tired of vampire groupies yet dependent on them for blood, working at something meaningful to fill the endless nights, and probably having trouble in the love department.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Tara: I’m working on the third book in the Grow a Pair Series, and the fifth book in the Lash series. I also am putting out new Promise Me series books regularly. Book #7 comes out in a few weeks, Point of No Return. Books 8 and 9 will be out later this year.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Tara: I see writing as a necessary part of my life, something I’ll always do, and hope to get better at in time.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Tara: Sure! Here it is:
Devlin moved off me, and pulled me into his arms. “It seems forever since I was with you last,” he panted. “Much too long.”
“It was just a week, Dev,” I said, my breaths also coming fast.
“Never again,” he murmured, biting me gently. “You’ll come to me every few days, Sar.” He licked my neck, sighing gently. “I had wanted to do this again,” he said contentedly. “And now you are well enough to do it with me.”
A small part of me had been worried that Dev wouldn’t be as interested in me now that I was his and no longer forbidden. Instead, he acted more excited now than he had been before. Relieved, I reached up to caress his face, running my fingers into his hair.
“I love the way you touch me,” he whispered softly. “So casually, but with such emotion.”
I didn’t reply, just continued to stroke him gently.
“You like my touch as well, Sar,” he whispered. He sucked gently at my neck.
“Ouch!” I said, jerking back from him. “Why must you do that?”
“I like to do it,” he said, giving me a satisfied smile, and then did it again.
“Stop,” I said grumpily. “Bite and drink, or just lick me, but stop doing that. It hurts.”
Devlin blinked his eyes at me curiously. “Does it really hurt, or is it that it feels unsettling?”
“It makes my nerves jangle, like a pinch does,” I said with a rueful smile. “Is it some kind of vampire foreplay, that you enjoy it so much?”
“It’s my kind of foreplay,” he whispered, baring his fangs in a wide smile.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Tara: Not usually so far, but I really should go to more conventions and do more public appearances. I’m going to work harder at that in the next 2 years.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Tara: Caroline Andrus at Melange Books designed all the Promise Me Covers, and the covers for Make Me Behave and other anthologies. Deron Douglas designed the covers of the 3rd and 4th Lash books; the first two were designed by Jennifer Bradley of Bradley Publishing. BK Knight of Beau to Beau put together the covers for the Grow A Pair books and the cover for The Chalet and Forbidden Conversations. Last but not least, Robert Helmbrecht arranged for all the covers of the Hazardous Press anthologies, and coordinated with Luke Spooner of Carrion House to make custom covers for both of my recent releases Stalking You and The Tightening Spiral.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Tara: Don’t Give Up!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Tara: Thank you for reading, first off! I know I would be nowhere without my readers. And if you enjoy my books…please tell someone you know who appreciates the same kind of books you do. Loan them one of your books, if possible, so they can see what they think. I would be very grateful. The greatest joy an author can have is getting our work read and having people tell us how much the story we created meant to them.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Tara: No. But I was partial to the Black Stallion series in grade school. I read the entire series!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Tara: I like to latchhook rugs, sew cat and dog beds for charities, knit scarves, garden, rescue animals, read, swim, walk, and quilt.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Tara: I am currently following Hannibal, Hell on Wheels, Turn, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, The Mentalist, and what I can get of the 4 major tennis tournaments. I enjoyed Breaking Bad immensely!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Tara: Eel, chocolate, french fries, salad, pizza, soup, maple fudge/grey, black, red, blue, green/anything that is not hiphop or rap, unless its Irish Rap
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Tara: I’m not sure; I’m still deciding on new things to attempt. Like I said above, there is still time! J
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Tara: tarafoxhall.com is my website. My blog and other links are below:
Tara’s Email: tarafoxhallATgmail.com
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