Name Tabitha Baumander
Where are you from Toronto Ontario Canada
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc ; I never managed to get into university. I have a massive spelling issue and I was university age pre lap top computer and spell check. I’ve always written but never managed to produce much polished material till I got hold of a computer with spell check and grammar check. With that help I hit the ground running and I haven’t stopped. I’m divorced with adult twin children. I still live with my son my daughter is living in a small city about four hours from here. I don’t have a lot of practical talents so I’ve ended up doing call centre work for the past fifteen years or so.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My list of books on Amazon.com is growing. Very soon my adventure fantasy WARRIORS from JEA Press will be added to that list.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing very young when I ran out of stories that I wanted to read. Took a long time to produce anything readable.(see above) but I did write.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I started considering myself a writer when the quality of work I was producing was as good or better than the work I was reading from published writers.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Personal day dreams that got me out of my real life and into a world of my own. Also I wanted to see if I could do it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend to take absolute reality then give it a twist. It’s not particularly surprising to find a dragon in Middle Earth. Find one in the middle of a modern city now THAT is a surprise.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Warriors is simply one of the names I give my heroes. I happen to think one or two word titles stick with a person.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I try not to do messages. They tend to be there but I don’t worry about them. For Warriors I suppose its; find out who you are and then be that person.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
A reasonable amount of the setting is but some bits have been transported out of context. Mind you I have a papal conclave in Warriors that is total nonsense and not according to rules at all.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Nope Its got monsters and heroes.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
For several years I communicated with a retired Ltd colonel who had been in the green berets. (us army) He helped with some technical stuff with my book Castle Doom also published by JEA. He taught me how to push through and find a way of finishing things that are hard to write and not give up. He’s gone now.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
To be honest I don’t do a lot of reading at this point in my life. When I do its history or I reread an Agatha Christie or something like that. If I read something connected to my genre I absorb style and that’s distracting and damaging to my own work.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently I’m adapting a screen play of mine into a book.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The internet, it’s where I find people I can connect to who understand writing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s what I do, more of a vocation than job.
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?
Not yet. It’ll be a while before its ready to see the light of day. However the work that will be published after Warriors is called TIME WALKER. That one is the first book of an already written four book series. I can’t say too much about it yet but the screen play based on Time Walker has gotten some interest.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Don’t really have an answer for this one.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I’ve never traveled because of my books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I am published with three presses and have two books self published. The presses did the covers for their books though I had input on some of them a friend did the covers for my two self published books.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Not sure at one time I would have said knowing they are finished but I think I can tell that now at least most of the time.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get a good day job.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you like what you read please tell someone?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I started reading very early. No clue at this point.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Dr Who, and most things BBC for television. Action adventure and horror for films though I don’t like slasher SAW type films.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music ; Chinese
I don’t have a favorite / not sure
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
At one time I wanted to act but I’m really not that good I eventually gave up and went back to writing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? The best place to take a look at my work is my amazon.com page The link is below.