Hello Cyber Peeps – Today we welcome Tara Kingston author of Secrets, Spies, & Sweet Little Lies. Tara and I are both lalala sisters, a goal setting, accountability, and kick butt group of writers who first gathered to reach for The Golden Heart. Now, we’re more about supporting each other in our dreams of publication. Tara, thank you so much for agreeing to talk to us about your writer journey. So let’s begin.
My upcoming release is a historical romance set during the Civil War, Secrets, Spies & Sweet Little Lies. The story revolves around a Union spy who’s tasked with intercepting a senator’s daughter before she can rendezvous with the scoundrel she intends to marry. Here’s a little about Secrets, Spies & Sweet Little Lies:
Emma Davenport was a model senator’s daughter: prim, proper, but hell-bent on escaping the dreaded fate of spinsterhood that awaited her under wartime Washington’s all-too watchful eye. She was going to be a bride, and no one was going to stop her. Not even the daring renegade who steals her from a train transporting her to a forbidden marriage. Her heart tells her this mysterious captor is a dangerous man, but the undeniable attraction he wields is a more potent threat than any weapon.
Major Cole Travis is a highly trained secret agent, as skilled with deception as he is with a gun. Keeping a beautiful traitor from her rendezvous with a treacherous scoundrel shouldn’t be a challenge for the battle-seasoned spy—but he’s not the only one after his tempting prisoner. Emma Davenport must be kept out of enemy hands at all costs. Drawn to this woman whose innocent allure may be just another weapon in her arsenal, Major Travis risks his neck to shield her. Soon, however, protecting her from his own heart’s desire becomes another story entirely.
Desert Island time – 3 must have books.
Oh, this is a hard one. I have tons of keeper books, but if I had to choose three to have on a desert island, I’d bring:
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – I love memoirs, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s account of her experiences in Italy, India and Indonesia brought those settings to life. I found her personal journey fascinating and enlightening, as well as inspiration for my own bucket list.
Thief of Hearts by Teresa Medeiros – I’ve got to rank this as one of my all-time favorite historical romances. I fall in love with the pirate/bodyguard hero every time I read it.
Sons of the Wolf by Barbara Michaels – I adore spooky gothics, and this is one of my favorites.
What’s your writing must have snack?
Chocolate – especially dark chocolate.
Agree with you there. Chocolate is a must have. What’s your writing must have drink?
Diet Coke…I am constantly grabbing another can from the refrigerator.
Favorite writing advice guru?
Margie Lawson – I’ve taken several of her classes and always learn something that enriches my writing.
I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t want to write. I’ve been penning stories since elementary school days – my mom even got me a little manual typewriter when I was in the second grade for my writing. Writing and reading have always been a part of me.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read. Fiction, non-fiction, you name it, I’ll read it. I also love outdoor activities – hiking, biking, canoeing, and long walks with my hubby. I’m also a movie buff, and I’d love to find time to start knitting again. You might have noticed an omission from this list: cooking. I have two shelves full of cookbooks that are pristine and lovely and for the most part, unused. My sons say I use the smoke alarm for a kitchen timer.
What does your family think of your writing?
My husband and sons are very supportive. My hubby is wonderful on those days when I have my fingers on the keyboard and forget all about making dinner.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love creating my characters. I feel like I get to know them, their strengths and weaknesses as well as their idiosyncrasies.
Is your muse demanding?
She’s a demanding harpy who’s constantly nagging me to get back to the computer J