Here is my author interview with the talented author Tabitha Barret for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day three which is featuring Paranormal/Sci Fi/Fantasy Authors. She is the author of several books including The Third Throne: Angel of Death which I definitely recommend that you check out today!
How many books do you currently have available on the market within the paranormal/sci fi or fantasy genres and which would they fit into?
Currently I have two Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance books available to purchase in my Third Throne series: The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness and The Third Throne: Angel of Death. The third book, The Third Throne: Angel of Vengeance is available for preorder and will launch in a few weeks.
If you had to choose one genre to read for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
As a main genre, I would choose romance and cheat by saying that I would read any subgenre including Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, or Erotica. I’m a sucker for a good love story and I find that I’m more easily pulled into the story when there is the potential for a romance between the characters. The “will they / won’t they” scenario will keep me reading regardless of the subgenre.
What do you think the hardest part of being an author is?
The hardest part of being an author is being critical of your own work. It’s hard to step back from your safe world where you create these wonderful characters in your mind and see the story from the reader’s perspective. Sometimes the details or the humor may be lost on them or they just don’t connect to the characters the same way I would. It’s hard knowing that not everyone will like the character, or the storyline, or the setting. Not every book is for every reader, so it’s important to keep that in perspective. I always check out the reviews for different books and no matter how many 4 or 5 stars there are, there is always a 1 star or 2 star review in there.
Do you believe that any type of paranormal/fantasy creatures really exist such as vampires, witches, ghosts etc and why do you believe this either way?
There are times when I believe in ghosts. I love watching ghost hunting shows or hearing about strange experiences from different people and the bizarre things that have happened to them. During the day, I live my life and don’t give much thought to the supernatural, but at night, I become the biggest scaredy-cat imaginable. When my husband goes away on business and I’m home alone, I suddenly believe that ghosts are real, and demons, and magic. I’d like to think it’s just my overactive imagination, but there are times when not every noise in the house can be explained.
What is one random thing that you can tell us about yourself that readers might be surprised by?
In my real life, I sell door hardware. Since I write about Heaven and Hell, and Fallen Angels and Rogue Angels, most readers would think that I have a creative job or a job that is related to books. Nope, I work in Customer Service and give technical advice to door installers and interior designers. My biggest excitement of the day is cropping pictures in OneNote and explaining how to solve a technical problem so that it can help my team if they come across the same problem. (Yes, I really like doing that!)
Have you ever read a book that left you raw with emotion whether it be sad, happy or even scared?
All the time! I cry at Hallmark Commercials or Facebook videos about how someone was kind to another person. If I’m really invested in reading a book and the author has done their job, I will cry over just about anything. I will even be outraged over an injustice. I’ve had to put books down and wipe my tears away, or go calm down because I was upset over a cruel act. I’m very emotional when I read because I become the character in my mind. Everything else falls away except the world I’m reading about.
If one of your books were to be turned into a movie who would you cast to play your leading characters and why?
I would love to see Lily Collins as my main character Anjali. Lily is beautiful and petite, but I believe she could portray the emotional roller coaster that Anjali goes through. Ian Somerhalder would be perfect as the Angel of Death because of his sass and his intense nature. For every character that I write, I have a photo of an actor, or a model, or some random person on the internet that I use as a reference. Even though my characters will morph in my mind and take on different appearances, I always have a baseline description that I pair with a real person. It helps me create different layers, especially when I find unique pictures of the person that portrays some kind of emotion.
If you could co-write a book with any author who would it be with, what genre would you choose and why?
I don’t have a particular author in mind, but the genre would have to involve the paranormal in some aspect. Those are the kinds of books that drew me in when I was younger. Don’t expect me to read or write a classic. It will never happen. I find the day-to-day boring. Throw a ghost, vampire, or werewolf into the book and I would be able to write it. My imagination is more geared for dangerous creatures.
When it comes to your own books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
I am creating a twelve book series so I have tried to plot out a different storyline and paranormal aspect for each of the books. It’s not just a series about angels, or vampires, or zombies. Each book will encounter different types of enemies, including ones that I have created. Each romance will present its own challenges. Yet all the books will be driving the story to the final ending. I want to be able to draw in different types of readers within the Urban Fantasy world and keep them guessing to see what kind of threat will pop up next while challenging my main character Anjali in many ways. She will go through many trails and hardships before she reaches her final chapter.
Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
In 2016, I am celebrating the launch of my third book on March 20, The Third Throne: Angel of Vengeance. Once I spend some time promoting it, I will be busy working on the next book, The Third Throne: Angel of Fear, which hopefully will be out later in the year. I am also “attending” the Brains to Books Cyber Convention on Goodreads in April and Virtual Fantasy Con in early October. Stop by and check out my booths!