Houston Author Event Interview & Giveaways: Day 1 Spotlight on Tara Sivec

I was given the incredible opportunity to sit down and have some one-on-one face time with the attending authors at the recent Houston event. It was a blast! I got to pick their brains for five minutes each. Thanks to all of you who submitted questions, I was armed and prepared. ~Nadine 

We’ll be featuring a different author and their interview here for the next several days. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and enter the AMAZING Rafflecopter for your chance to win a SIGNED paperback from each attending author and keep scrolling for another chance to win various swag from the event.
Today’s spotlight is TARA SIVEC! You asked the questions, she answered them. Enjoy!

Were you funny as a child?

I think I was. Like in my mind I was hilarious, but I was probably just annoying. Yeah, I think I was pretty hilarious.
Is Gavin a REAL kid?
Yes, he’s my son. He’s seven now. He was four when I started writing Seduction and Snacks. So he was the basis at 100% for Gavin. And my daughter a little bit because she has her own little sneak attack humor of things that come into play. That one whole scene where Gavin has the KY Jelly and he’s like ooooh it tingles, it’s warm, that was actually my daughter that did that.


How do you come up with such hilarious characters in your Chocolate Lovers series?
A lot of it is based on real life. Things that have happened in real life. Mostly my brain is a real scary place to live. Like the stuff that is not true, you don’t ever want to be in my brain, weird things are happening in there.
How do you get any work done when you write these hilarious books?
*laughs* See, I don’t think I’m funny. My editor gets so mad at me because I’ll send her a chapter note saying this is the stupidest thing, it’s not funny at all, I hate it, she’s like you are a moron. I don’t think anything I write is funny. I always second guess what I’m doing.
What inspired you to start writing?
Boredom with my job that I was doing at the time. I just wasn’t happy with it. Things were changing and I was miserable day in and day out. In my mind I’m figuring if I’m going to work this many hours away from my family, I want to be doing something that I love. And so at my full-time job I just started writing at my cubicle in a corner where no one could see me. I wrote Seduction and Snacks and Futures and Frosting 100% when I had a full-time job. All day during work, that’s what I did, all day. Come back later, I’m busy. No, I can’t go to that meeting I have a lot of work to do. I have a lot of editing, err I mean work.
From start to finish, how long did it take you to complete your first book?
It didn’t take me long to complete it, probably a couple of months. But, the tweaking and the editing and adding things and changing things probably at least a few years.
That’s all I had time for folks before the chimes dinged signaling my time with Tara was up. Yes, I said chimes! 🙂 Make sure you pick up Tara Sivec’s new release, Passion and Ponies, it’s out now and will have you in fits of laughter.

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