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A member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the FTHRW Chapter, Tamara Ferguson is the best-selling and multi-award-winning author of the Tales of The Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series. Tales of the Dragonfly Book II: In Flight was a 2014 WINNER at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Her latest release, That Unforgettable Kiss was recently a top ten Amazon bestseller in Kindle Saga Fiction. The Magical Wedding Anthology, including her contribution of Two Hearts Surrendered, will be released June 16, 2015, along with stories by fourteen other USA, best-selling, and award-winning authors.
I pretty much take my inspiration from anyone or anything around me. I might create a character who shares the traits of a friend or even someone I might’ve just met. Since I love nature so much, I’ve always set the scene. This is why I’ve invented Dragonfly Pointe as the backdrop for my stories – this location resembles the place I spent my summers at as a kid.
What Genre do you write? What made you decide that you wanted to write in this genre?
Primarily, I write Romantic Suspense for Women’s Contemporary– although I’ve recently moved into New Adult Romance. After I’d entered some RWA contents, a few of the judges suggested my writing style was well-suited for New Adult. The funny thing is I’ve always enjoyed reading historical romance, but it would take a certain amount of research for me to write in this genre. I like to write about strong women as well, so I always get irked by the way a woman was limited in the past. In historical romances, many of the stories can become repetitive too – with the heroine having to overcome even the simplest obstacles.
Tell me about your current project?
TWO HEARTS SURRENDERED is my contribution to the Magical Weddings Anthology. I’m so excited to have had the honor of working with fourteen other USA Today, Bestselling & Award Winning Authors! I’m especially grateful to Aileen Harkwood, who’s been coordinating the entire project.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
US Air Force pilot Luke Bryant is the hero of my story. Abused as a child, he just doesn’t think he’s good enough for Kelly Callahan, a beautiful girl he’s grown up with. The first time she confesses her feelings for him, he shoots her down. But eventually he caves in – they’ve had an undeniable connection all their lives. After they spend a magical night together at Kelly’s sister’s wedding, Luke resumes his duty overseas. The tagline of my story is this: Will two warring hearts have the strength to withstand the ultimate battle? – because Luke returns home as a wounded warrior.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m the mom of a severely autistic and mentally impaired son who has diabetes. Now that he’s no longer in school, and requires care 24/7, my greatest challenge is finding time to write and edit – especially after discovering my (totally unintentional and time-consuming) knack for promoting other writers on twitter!
Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?
Sometimes writing the romance scenes can be rather difficult, if I don’t want them sounding repetitive.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I’m a floral designer, and used to work for several florists doing specialty wedding flowers. I’m also a landscaper who occasionally does lawn and garden maintenance for older homeowners. And for the last twenty years I’ve been into construction; tiling, flooring, electrical, plumbing & even built a room addition onto my house. The problem with this is that friends and relatives are always asking me to do these things for them – I hate to admit it, but I’m a hard-to-say-no kind of person – so the projects I need to do around my own home don’t get accomplished as quickly as they should be(or never) – especially since I’ve been writing! But I do save a lot of time on research if I include characters in my stories who have the same hobbies as I do!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I guess that would have to be my sons. My oldest has his master’s in Athletic Training – he played football, earned a scholarship, and then worked as a graduate assistant – paying his own way through graduate school. Now he’s in charge of branch of his company and has recently become engaged.
And then there’s my youngest. Despite all of his problems, I love him just as he is.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I’d have to say that a very strange combination of books have influenced me. I probably picked up my first Harlequin Romance before I was ten years old – but I’d get annoyed that they were only written from the woman’s perspective! And then there was Alfred Hitchcock presents – I guess that’s where I got my first dose of suspense – I read those stories over and over (I actually still have this book!) And one of my all time favorites? Jane Eyre! Of course I used to read all the popular YA books – Nancy Drew – Encyclopedia Brown – but none of these were as memorable for me.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have any one particular favorite author, but I’m influenced by – as well as enjoy – stories by several different romance authors including Mary Balogh, Linda Howard & Nora Roberts. But I read all genres – not just romance (well – I did before I began spending so much time on twitter.)
What advice would you give to your younger self or aspiring writers?
Don’t be too quick to publish if you’re self-publishing. I edited my first book several times before I was even slightly satisfied – and I’d still like to rewrite the entire story! It’s important to listen to your peers. The best thing I ever did was join the RWA. The advice and unbiased critiques I’ve received – after entering my books in several of their regional contests – have been invaluable, and (I hope) have helped me develop into a better writer. Reviews are great, sure, but not always accurate if you’re asking family, friends or other authors who’d like you to review their books for them. I also had my last book edited – and that was one of the useful things I’ve ever had done! Not only will the editor correct any of your grammatical errors, but will let you know if there are any holes in your plot.
How can my readers contact you or find out more about your books?
There are several places:
My Two Websites: http://www.KissedByFate.com and http://www.TalesOfTheDragonflyTheBook.com
My Blog: https://tammysdragonfly.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author Page:
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Magical Weddings: 15 Enchanting Romances