Tuesday Talk with Taryn

SO EXCITED today! Two interviews in one week! And today is a fellow RWAC member, Kelly!And she’s giving away a copy of her book! Just make sure to leave a comment! Here’s a bit about Kelly:
Kelly’s writing career began at age 7 when her Grade 2 teacher showed up one day with a box filled with plot ideas printed on cards. It was then she realized all those stories swirling around in her head could be put down on paper.
Not willing to adopt the life of a starving artist (a girl’s gotta eat!), she went to work in the field of property management and commercial real estate, but the lure to write remained strong.
After years of toying with the idea of returning to her first love, she finally bit the bullet and embarked on her new career, waking up in the wee hours of the morning to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard as it were) before heading off to her day job.
She joined RWA and her local chapter, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, in 2002, was featured in the documentary, Who’s Afraid of Happy Endings in 2005, and has never looked back.
Her first release, THE OUTLAW BRIDE, is an April 2011 release from Carina Press
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?

a.       When I was a kid there was a book at the library called Lad: A Dog, by Albert Payson Terhune. I loved this book so much that for countless years, I always had a copy. I would take it out, return it, pick up the 2nd copy they had and then repeat the process. If the second copy wasn’t there, I would wait until the librarian put the one I returned back on the shelf. I’m sure they thought I was unhinged.

2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?

a.       It hit me in Grade 2 when my teach brought this box to school one day and each card inside of it had a one lined plot in it. We each had to pick one and write a story. Mine was – ‘You find a genie in a bottle wash up on shore.’ It was the first time I realized I could take the stories I always had going on up in my head and put them down on paper. After that, I amended my previous plans for the future from Farmer, to Farmer/Writer. I’m still working on the farmer thing…

3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?

a.       I didn’t realize I had quirks until I started answering this question, but I cannot have my back facing the door, so my desk has to be angled so that doesn’t happen. I also need quiet, hence the 5am writing time. But I also have to have a big mug of tea, a hot water bottle against my back (it’s comfy, try it!) and a magic bag for my neck. I probably look like an old hag but it keeps my posture proper and my neck from getting sore.

4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…

a.       …The writer (me) threw the stupid clown off the elevator and asked the priest for forgiveness. I hate clowns.
*okay, second writer in a row to hate clowns…maybe this is a sign?*

Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:   

Chocolate               or         flowers
Talk                          or         Text
Mountains                   or         Beach
Cowboy                  or         Marine
Wine                         or         Beer
Cats                             or         Dogs
Ebooks                    or         Paperbacks (ack! I can’t decide!!!)
Pantser                                    or         Plotter
Batman                    or         Superman
Ability to fly                    or         Power to be invisible
Prius                         or         Hemmie
Follow the rules or      Break the rules(I do both – if you follow the rules, they don’t bug you too much when you break one. J)
TV                               or         Movies
NY                             or         LA
Vampires                     or         Angels
Fall                            or         Spring
Neat                          or         Messy
Werewolf                    or         Genie   (less likely to come out of the encounter with missing limbs)
Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks
Home cooked meals     or         Go out to a restaurant
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