Author Interview: Tami Veldura

Tami Veldura is the author of Dawn Patrol, a short 10k M/M romance about a surfer and an artist.

Sie says: “It’s going to be the first in a series contemporary stand alone stories set in the fictional Washington state town of Tidewater. It’s scheduled for release on July 28.

I’ve been publishing since 2010, cut my teeth writing fanfiction and fantasy roleplay, and this will be my 16th story published either through a press or self. I’ve released books with NineStar, Less Than Three Press, Bottom Drawer Publications, DreamKeeper Publications, and I have a short on submission with Dreamspinner.”

What’s your writing process like? Are you a planner or do you fly by the seat of your pants? A little bit of both?

I’m 100% a planner. Ideas start on their own file in a folder I call the Idea Box. If they have legs they’ll be moved to one of my penname folders as I develop an outline. By the time I have an outline finished I know if I want to submit the story or self-publish it, which may be dictated by content. The drafting part is hardest for me, so I try and write the story in one big push, handing it over to my editor right away. I really enjoy revision and editing, though, so I take my time once I get the story back, massaging it into something great. Then it’s off to the proofreader, the details are formatted, and it’s published!

What writing program do you use and why?

I write either in google docs (outline, ideas, notes) or (drafting). 4thewords is a gamified website that rewards wordcount as you do battle against monsters with loot. The story progresses as you move through the quests. I ADORE this website. I’m so glad a friend of mine found and told me about it!

What do you read for inspiration?

What I read depends on what I’m writing or outlining. I’m currently about to draft a science fiction military story so I’m reading The Intrepid Saga by M.D. Cooper, which is a hard military scifi quartet. (I’m loving it) My Patrons get a regular serial story featuring vampires that’s dark and twisted.I recently went on a very dark binge and read through Dark Silence by Katze Snow and Susanna Hays, Spoils of War by Hannah Walker, the Beautiful Monsters trilogy by Jex Lane (much adore!), Call the Coroner by Avril Ashtton and Kraken by M. Caspian (heart eyes!). I have KU so I get a lot of my reading chosen through Amazon’s suggestion list.

How do you unwind?

Reading, videogames, and browsing the internet are my go-to hobbies for relaxing. I’m working through Slime Rancher on PC, Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4, Wolf Among Us on Xbox One, and Pokemon X on my nintendo handheld. I can spend an entire day browsing Imgur, Tumblr, and Pinterest if I let myself XD

Which do you prefer: happily ever after, happy for now, or rocks fall everybody dies endings?

I prefer MURDER which makes for awkward romances, let me tell you. I had a conversation with my writing friends about a marriage scene that followed a big dramatic fight. Would a dead body in the background be a total mood killer? The dead body was not a popular idea. Ok, what about half a body? I was informed half a body was NOT better. So… there’s no body. 🙁

Do you write better in sunny weather or rainy weather?

Sunny sunny sunny! I have clinical/seasonal depression and even an overcast day can really get to me. Thankfully there’s a cheerful cafe in a nearby inland town that I love working at, so I can get away from the coastal weather if I need to. I’m very open about my mental health, I chat about it regularly on twitter.

What social network do you use most often and why?

Twitter! I love twitter. I use it constantly and I’m always looking for interesting people to follow and talk to. Come find me: @tamiveldura. I usually end up chatting in long threads when something interesting happens in my life to make reading easy.

Elias lives for the waves. He’s been surfing off the Tidewater coast since he could crawl, and the connection he’s forged with the ocean is fundamental. Every morning he shares a ritual swim with the local pod of dolphins. Elias is desperate to find a way to express what the sand and the sea mean to him, and local artist Theo could be just what he needs.

Theo’s art has helped him move mountains. It granted him freedom from abusive family and supports his quiet lifestyle. He’s ready for more. So when muscle-bound Elias commissions him for a mural on his bedroom wall, Theo has more than one reason to take the job. It’s time to reach with his heart, an easy thing when Elias is so eager to share what’s in his.

Water is essential when painting, and color is what brings the ocean to life. Elias and Theo were made for each other. It’s only a matter of time before Tidewater brings them together.

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Author Interview: Brenda Murphy

Brenda Murphy’s most recent release is Sum of the Whole, a contemporary F/F erotic romance. You can read the blurb after the Q&A.

What times of the day are best for writing for you, personally?

Morning is best, but I take what I can get. I have kids so I have to be flexible. I usually write from 9:00am until about 1pm. My brain is cooked by then so I eat lunch, answer email, do social media, etc. I hit the gym before picking up my kids at school. This is pretty much my routine during the school year. Summer time the kids are home with me and I work when I can, but average about an hour or two each day.

Do you write to a playlist?

Yes. It focuses me and when it starts up it is like the starting bell at a horse race, my brain knows it is time to write. It also helps shut off distractions. I have wicked ADHD and music is one of the best ways to focus for me.

Do specific stories/books have specific playlists? Do characters?

Yes, each book has a playlist and each character gets a theme song, and then the rest of the music is chosen to reflect the action/mood of the work. I spend as much time choosing a theme song for each character as other people do choosing a photo for their character sketch.

How do your friends/family/pets handle your writing schedule?

My wife is very supportive, she is an academic and a writer too, so we get how the magic works and work together to give each other time to write. My kids are young but they understand about writing time, although I schedule most of my writing around their school schedule. What is really gratifying to me is the way they will sit next to me and work on their own creative projects.  

Who supported your writing first?

My wife. She has always been my number one fan.

Do you have a group of writing friends? What’s that like?

I have an eclectic group of friends who write including academic, non-fiction, children’s literature, horror, romantic fantasy, and romance writers, traditionally published, hybrid, and indie published. It is great, because even if we don’t write the type of stories we all get the struggles and are able to support each other.

How emotionally entangled do you get in your writing?

After I finished my last book,  One, scheduled for release in November with NineStar Press, I found myself missing the characters and their world. I wanted to start a sequel just so I could hang out with them again. The only solution was to start another novel so I could play with new characters.  

Do you have to have specific conditions in order to write? What’s your work space like?

HAHAHAHA. No. I have kids. I do have an office, and I use it, but I can write anywhere, and have because I listen to music while I write. One of the best things about ADHD is hyperfocus, which means when I’m into what I’m doing you could blow the room up around me and I wouldn’t notice.

About Sum of the Whole, Brenda says: “I once described it to a friend as Pretty Woman with BDSM and lesbians. It is my first novel. It started out as a short story for an edited collection that was rejected. I had a good friend read it and she made some suggestions and that is how Sum of the Whole came to be a novel. Rejections are hard but this one had a happy ending. If it had been accepted it might have taken me longer to have a novel published.  I have been very fortunate to have had rejections that offered helpful suggestions and/or requests for revise and resubmit.”

Jaya Pomroy falls desperately in love with Sarah while vacationing at an exclusive BDSM pleasure house. Unwilling to become Jaya’s possession, yearning for independence, Sarah refuses to leave with her and they part after a bitter fight.

Six years later they meet again. Fighting to leave her past behind, but unable to resist her attraction for Jaya, Sarah agrees to try again. Jaya has to cope with new rules and new roles. When a former client threatens to expose Sarah, Jaya risks everything to protect her.

Can their love survive in the real world filled with vengeful ex-lovers and deadly secrets?

Available now from NineStar Press and Amazon.