Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday's Guest - Tara Andrews - Talking about Heroes, Heroines and Villains #MFRWauthor

Book Title: Her Everything
Author: Tara Andrews

1. Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms? Does your reading choices reflect your writing choices? Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt?

I’ve always been about the love story.  Romance is the first genre I began devouring as a reader, and it’s the only one I write.  Within romance, so far, I have two published contemporary erotic short stories. However, I also have a couple of paranormal romances I plan to finish in the future.  These are the types of stories I enjoy writing, and the ones I feel I can deliver on… at least as of this moment.  The only type of story I don’t think I’d ever be able to write is a horror story.

As a reader, romance is my go to—all types.  Contemporary, paranormal (of course), and Regency are the ones I usually catch my eye but I’m open to anything.  I also enjoy a good cozy mystery, too.

2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write? Does one of these come easy and why?

 Heroines.  I identify with them easier.  Men are a mystery – at least the ones I know!  So I find it less natural (although still fun!) to write the male perspective.  Villains, though I find the hardest of the three to write.  I hate being mean to my characters, LOL.

3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

Heroes, though not the easiest for me to write, are often the first to pop into my head.  My characters always come before the plot.  My initial story thoughts usually have to do with the hero’s reaction to a situation and I go from there.  Almost all my heroes start off looking like whatever actor has hit my radar, but then they begin to take on a look of their own.

4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

I like to think my heroines are women I can see myself being friends with –if they were real, that is.  There’s going to be something I respect about them and they’re definitely able to take care of themselves. I like to also think they are a surprise to my hero, but exactly who he needs.

I don’t use pictures at all for my heroines, except maybe for clothing.  Like the hero, my characters come before the plot.

5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human?

Every action stems from a good intention.  It doesn’t have to be good for everyone, but there is always a desired outcome.  Every character also has a backstory, the reasons why they are the way they are.  I think having a basic understanding of your antagonist helps make their actions and reactions more believable.  It makes them more human

That being said, this is something I am working on strengthening!

6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?

My latest release is Her Everything, my second contribution to Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series.  The heroine is Rachel Turner, the twin sister to a pop star.  She’s loyal, protective, the responsible one, but she also has a bit of a wild side she hides very well.  The hero is Mark Travis, front man to a rock band, widowed father, and someone who least expects the evening in store for him!

7. What are you working on now?

My current project, which I’ve taken to calling my “Office Romance” as a working title will be longer story than I am used to writing.  It stars an incredibly hot, misunderstood son of a billionaire. It’s an awful lot of fun blindsiding him with my heroine.

8. How can people find you?

Twitter: @tara_andrews1

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