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Welcome Tamaria, great to have you here today. Can you tell us a little about yourself??
I'm a forty year old stay-at-home mom of two very active young girls three and seven. I live in western New York and yes it snows a lot here. I love curling up with a good book (on my kindle) on cold nights. I've been married for twelve years.
What or who initially inspired you to become a writer?
My love for reading. I really just dabbled in writing until three years ago. I was a closet writer up until just last year.
What kind of research do you do for a novel and how extensive do you get?
Depends on the story. For Obsession I had to research social stalkers. I read a few articles and case studies so I could understand how their mind works.
Do you have a special place you like to do your writing? Such as an office, a spare room, the dining room table, your couch?
No not really. I have a small corner in the rec room in our basement, it's cold and not well lit. So I usually I'm at the kitchen or dinning room table typing away.
As a reader, what types of works do you like to read and do you think they influence the genre/genres you write in?
I read romance/erotica. I don't think reading influences me so to speak. I think it's important for any author to read. Last week I took a week of from writing and read 6 books.
What is your favorite method of writing...as in laptop, desktop, Ipad or the old fashioned pencil and paper?? And do you plot out your story or go with the flow of your muse?
Laptop. I do often write in a spiral book with a pen.
When you need a break or some time off from the trials of being a writer, what can you be found doing?
Reading or shopping!
Is there anything about yourself nobody knows that you would like to share with our readers??
I love crazy, funny, out there movies that make you laugh. Like Soap, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Weekend at Bernie's
Where can our readers find you??
My website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Beachwalk Press
Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
Is there anywhere safe when you're the object of someone's obsession?
Alex went into her study to answer some emails and go over the script for her movie again when the doorbell rang. Knowing Hudson was on a conference call, she went to answer it. She looked out the window to find a deliveryman with a long, white box. Her heart melted, Hudson had flowers delivered for her. He was always so romantic and thoughtful. God, she loved him.
Alex opened the door and signed for the flowers. As she took them to the kitchen to place them in a vase, her mind wandered to all the ways she could thank Hudson properly after his conference call was over. Her favorite one involved her being down on her knees. Alex couldn't wait to see and smell the beautiful flowers. Giggling, she untied the ribbon and anxiously lifted the lid.
She screamed and dropped the box. It was filled with a dozen black roses, a purple plastic butterfly attached to one stem. Fear rocked through her body as she remembered the note left on her car. Like a butterfly, a wild butterfly. I will collect you and capture you. Alex fell to the floor and wrapped her arms around herself.
"Alex, oh my God. Are you okay? What happened?" Hudson asked as he placed his arms around her trembling body.
She pointed to the black roses. "I thought you sent me flowers," she stuttered in between her sobs.
Hudson looked at the roses with confusion, then Alex pointed to the butterfly and told him about the note she'd found on her car and how Colleen said it was nothing, probably a sick prank.
"You should've told me, baby. I'm calling your father, this isn't just a prank." Hudson dialed Anthony, Alex's father and a police detective. Hudson held her tight and assured her that he wouldn't let anything happen to her and they would find out what was going on.
Anthony was at his daughter's side within fifteen minutes with two policemen in tow. He asked a few questions and took the flowers for evidence. Alex just clung to Hudson as her father lectured her for not telling anyone about the note that had been left on her car. He was upset that the note had been destroyed, because there could've been forensic evidence on it that would help them figure out who was doing this.
Alex looked into her father's eyes, he looked both angry and conflicted. She knew this had to be hard on him. He had to be both her father and the detective on the case. He assured them he would try and keep a lid on it for as long as possible. Alex let out a moan knowing what would happen if the media found out about it.
Hudson asked Anthony about the possibility of the police providing some sort of security for Alex. She objected, saying she didn't want to be babysat. Her father quickly dismissed her objection, stating it was a good idea and he would arrange regular patrols of the street. He swore to her that he would catch the psycho who was stalking her. He hugged her before he left, which took Alex by surprise because he never showed emotion.
When everyone was finally gone, Hudson got Alex some water and two sleeping pills. Soon she was in bed wrapped in Hudson's arms. Although she was both emotionally and physically exhausted, she felt safe next to him. She sighed and snuggled as close to his warm body as she could as she wiped away a tear and drifted off to sleep.
Alex woke to her cellphone ringing over and over again. Who the hell keeps calling? She moaned as she grabbed her phone from the bedside table. When she looked at the screen and saw who the caller was, she rolled her eyes.
"Oh my God, Alexandria, are you okay? Why do I have to find out from the media that someone is stalking my daughter?"
Alex just let her mother rant—no good would come out of trying to stop her and explain things until she had it all out of her system.
"And a movie deal? Why am I the last to know everything? Well, I'm waiting."
"I'm sorry, Mom. I was going to call you today. Things have been a bit crazy. What do you mean you heard it from the media?"
"It's all over the entertainment news."
"Christ!" Alex took a deep breath. She needed to focus and find out what was being said. "Mom, I have to go. I promise I'll call you later and fill you in on everything. I need to find out exactly what has been leaked."
Available now at:
Beachwalk Press and Amazon
Before we let you go today, do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share? I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to share with readers and try out myself :)
Here is my all-time favorite quick dinner to make. I sold the Pampered Chef for years!
Easy Chicken Fajitas
Cut bell peppers into 1/2-inch strips. Cut onion and tomato into 1/4-inch wedges. Set vegetables aside. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch strips. Combine chicken and seasoning mix in small bowl; toss to coat and set aside.
Heat Grill Pan over medium-high heat. Lightly spray pan with vegetable oil using Kitchen Spritzer. Add bell peppers and onion; cook 3 minutes without stirring. Stir and cook an additional 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from pan; set aside.
Spray pan again with vegetable oil. Add chicken; cook 2-3 minutes without stirring. Add garlic. Stir and cook 3-4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Add reserved vegetable mixture and tomato to pan. Squeeze lime over chicken mixture. Cook 1 minute or until heated through; stir.
To serve, spoon a portion of the chicken and vegetable mixture in center of each tortilla. Top with desired toppings, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
Tamaria thank you so much for being with us today! It was great to learn more about you and thanks so much for that yummy recipe. My family will love it. Can't wait to get your new release, it sounds really good.
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