Name Tanya Sands
Where are you from Atlanta, GA area
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m the youngest of 6 and the mother of 4 boys ranging from 4-25. My 1st grandchild is due to be born in June, I’m so excited. I served in the US Air Force when I was in my 20’s. My family are very proud to call ourselves flag thumpers. All by my sister enlisted in one branch or another of the military. I am married but basically a single parent since my husband is a truck driver and only home 3-5 days every couple of months. So, I have my 2 youngest boys and my 2 dogs that I lord over.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
While I have 3 books self published, I recently signed on with JK Publishing who will be re-releasing those books and any future books. I’m so excited to start this new chapter of my life.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing a little over a year ago. My husband had been telling me for years to do it but I just wasn’t ready. After doing some online role playing as another author’s character ( more than 1 of JR Ward’s actually lol), I took the leap.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The moment I started writing Double Her Pleasure. I never really thought of myself like that before then.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wasn’t really inspired so much as all of a sudden these stories rattled around in my head. Wait, I guess you could say my own need to see curvy or bigger ladies winning the hot guy inspired me. Hearing about slender women with their perfect society bodies all the time got to be monotonous.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think I do. I’ve read some written in 1st person but I definitely prefer 3rd person. To me it just sounds better.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
With book #1 it was kind of a given. Being a menage book it seemed to make sense to have it be a double kind of situation. Since then all of my titles will have the word ‘pleasure’ in it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely. Don’t count out bigger women from romance. We are just as sexy and appealing to those hot guys as thinner ones.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I’d like to think that my books are extremely realistic. Hell anything can happen when love is involved. Right?
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes and yes. My husband said he saw a lot of me in DHP. The 2nd one has a lot of a friend of mine. I try and inject people from my real life in my books. Just change the names to protect the innocent. *smiles*
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I’ve not really had a book influence me. But a series I absolutely LOVE is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. If I could be mentored by Ms. Gabaldon I’d be in Heaven.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just started “After The Storm” by M. Stratton.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
AR Senault and Zana King. Totally different authors, but they both move me with their talent.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on book #4 of The Chasers Series and a standalone partially true story that I have the honor of being allowed to write.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Wow I’m not sure I could name just 1. There have been a handful, outside my family, who have been so supportive.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Maybe more of a part-time one. LOL I would love to be one of those best seller authors but I know it can take years to get there…for now it’s more of a way to keep my sanity.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I couldn’t change anything. It’s how the characters are showing themselves to me.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I do yes. When I was in high school I entered an essay contest about the Statue of Liberty and what it means to me. I ended up winning. My teacher told me how she had showed my essay to a family member of hers and how much they were moved by it. I loved that I could touch someone so deeply with just words.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I sure can. Here’s a bit of POV from the main characters of the 4th book in the series, Constructed Pleasure:
Gerald ‘Pac’ Sutton
His wife Carla had died a few years ago and he’d had no interest in dating until recently. And that recently was goaded on by three of his friends getting married. Chase and Jack to Randa, and Sam to Josie. Lucky bastards. He wasn’t looking for a mother for Ryan, but lately he’d been itching for someone to come home to. Someone other than his fifteen year old son. He loved Ryan and all, but Pac was still a healthy man, young enough to have his dick almost talking to him saying it needed company.
Pac Sutton was the one in his group of friends that was not all chiseled muscles and slender waist. Nope, but he could give the professional wrestlers a run for their money in size. Six feet four inches, a solid wall of muscle, but at first glance some would not consider him in shape. He would be self-conscious of his two hundred thirty pound weigh in if it weren’t for the fact that he could outlast a lot of the younger men working for him that were in better shape.
Syun was trying not to be obvious as she checked out the only man in the room. He was huge, and his graying hair was cut close to his head. He wasn’t what the other girls would call hot, but his classic rugged looks and his build screamed either a construction worker or professional wrestler, and she’d always had a thing for bigger men. He had a goatee and some scruff of facial hair and she blushed thinking about feeling it on sensitive parts. But it was his eyes that sucked her in. Even at a distance and despite his fast paced walk she caught the blue in them. So piercing. To Syun, that was the most attractive. Looks fade, but strength of body had always been an important quality. She’d been interested in him months ago when they both attended the three-some ceremony and again at Josie and Sam’s wedding. But she’d never been one to chase a man, so when he showed no interest, she moved on. Well, if you call not dating, not wanting to date, moving on.
She’d dated men with muscular and average builds, but it didn’t seem to matter how they were built. She’d been thrown over for a tinier, more slender woman. Syun held no bad feelings for such women, but it just wasn’t her. She was average height, but considered full figured since she was a size eighteen. No fat on her, just muscle, but she’d been lucky to inherit a big frame from her father’s side of the family. She had never played sports in school, but had been very active in the family business. Her father had a pretty busy landscaping business but her mom had made him retire because of heart trouble. So, since her brothers were not able to do it, Mateo owning his own tattoo shop, and Phang being a cop, it was the natural order of things for Syun to take over her dad’s business.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Believe it or not sex scenes. To not write the same thing that can be read somewhere else, or even in a previous book I’ve written is very hard. Kind of hard to do. Insert here, push there. The mechanics are going to be the same, and sometimes even the words, but to make it your own is hard to do.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I would say it’s a toss between JR Ward and Diana Gabaldon. Since they write different genres I can have 2, right? lol For JR, it would have to be the way she can bring the vampire culture to life in a way that no one else has is amazing. And for Diana? When I read her books I feel like I’m transported to Scotland, or the colonies. It’s almost like if I close my eyes I can smell and hear what Jamie and Claire do.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I wish I could. I’ve never been to San Diego but my friend AR Senault lives there and says it’s beautiful.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Well DHP is getting a new cover when it is re-released in February. The very talented, Jess Buffett with JK Publishing designed it. For Mobile Pleasure and Christmas were designed by a graphic designer that is no longer doing that kind of work.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The first couple of chapters. Was a challenge to get it exactly as the characters were shouting it to me.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
DHP was written between Christmas of 2013 and April of 2014. It was after it had been out a couple of months that I learned the whole ‘point of view’ issues I needed to work on.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be true to you. Don’t let anyone change how you write. You might offend someone, you might piss someone off. But hold those good reviews, the ones that say you touched them as a reader, close and if there’s anything to be learned from the bad ones, pay attention.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please review the books you read. Even if it’s one you read months ago and forgot to do. And don’t be afraid to contact us. Most authors love hearing how their books have affected readers.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I actually can’t remember the 1st book I read. My mom got me into romances as a teen and Harlequin was my go to for reading material.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love old shtick type of comedy like the Carol Burnett Show.
Crying? Mistreatment of animals and those who can’t stand up for themselves.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
William Wallace. I’ve always had a fascination with the Scot and the whole movement for freedom.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“She tried her hardest to be the best person she could.” – I try to be a good example to my boys and be someone they could be proud of .
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
My quilting has taken a backseat to my writing lately. I make beautiful patchwork quilts from crib size to king size.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
History Channel’s Vikings is one of my favorites and cooking shows
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I’m Sicilian so Italian food is my go to definitely lol
A neon blue is my favorite color
I like pretty much anything except for rap music and heavy metal.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I wish I had stayed in the military. I truly miss the commraderie I had with my sisters & brothers that served with me.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I do not have a blog or website yet.
Here are my book links:
Double Her Pleasure – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M9XP55G
Mobile Pleasure – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PZ1FPN6
Christmas Pleasure – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJ4ER4Q