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I have the pleasure tonight of introducing YA Author Tawnya Brock onto the blog. She was gracious enough to sit down with me and give us her writing tip of the day “Put your back into it!” as part of the fast five questions series.
1. What do you write? I write Young Adult paranormal and contemporary. Romance, of course. I can’t write a story without some kind of romance. I blame it on Nora Efron.
2. What prompted you to start writing novels? I’ve always known I would write stories. Like, always. When I was very young I made up whole stories in my head and memorized them because for some strange reason, it didn’t occur to me to actually write them down. I was definitely a daydreamer. But after I had my first child, I decided it was time to start writing all the things that were stuck in my head so one day, my daughter could read them. I guess it just grew from there.
3. What is the one writing tip you’d like to pass on to other writers? Never give up. If writing is really, really what you want to do, then make it happen. It might take you longer than others. You might have to try harder. You might have more to learn than Suzy Q Author, but you can do it. Put your back into it. 😉
4. What was your writing/publishing journey? Well, it’s one I’m still on. But I do have one novel published so, I’ll tell you that story. FATAL is my zombie story. I set out to write zombies that were… I guess ‘re-imagined’ is the right word. I wanted my zombies to be sort of, realistic. Ones that could blend in with humans and unless you knew what to look for, no one would really know it. So, my dead aren’t rotten (though they get that way when they grow old) and they aren’t mindless. They are definitely unique and I’m super proud of them. Anyway, I queried Fatal TO DEATH looking for an agent. But I guess zombies weren’t selling. So I moved on to small presses where I found the amazing people at Omnific. They loved my Fatal zombies and wanted to take a chance on them. I am still looking for that perfect agent though!
5. Give us a little sneak preview/sample of your book and tell us how we can get it!
First love can be brutal. Sometimes it can be Fatal.
Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old… and that was nineteen years ago. When he rose from the dead, he had no memory of his former life. Grayson desperately wants to recapture his lost humanity. And he’s been told that there is one person in this world who can save him from his current fate before he begins to decompose. One person, whose life must be sacrificed for his.
Cori Abbott has a million things to worry about. She’s the new girl in a school that’s a fraction the size of her old one. Her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make new friends. And then there’s the recent, sudden death of her father, the only man who ever understood her. The last thing Cori wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. A guy she can’t stop thinking about.
Will Cori break through Grayson’s cold exterior and find the human within, the boy who can love and understand her like no other? Will Grayson sacrifice Cori to rid himself of his undead curse, even if it means losing her forever?
An infected human dies immediately. True, but what they don’t tell you is how long they stay dead. Perhaps that’s because there’s no real way to answer that. Ask a zombie whether or not they’re dead, they’ll tell you without hesitation, yes. Ask a human whether or not a zombie is alive. They’ll tell you, with the teensiest amount of hesitation and a question mark at the end, yes?
That’s why it’s better the humans don’t know about us. Easier.
We get what we want that way: anonymity.
To them we are simply more of what they are: human. Nothing creepy, nothing scary. Nothing toxic.
Living in secret isn’t as hard as you think, I promise. No castle on a hill to hole up in or anything like that. We live among them. The best hiding place is in plain sight.
There is only one thing you must remember. The water. Always remember what I told you about the water.
Let’s see… I think I covered everything. Any questions?
Welcome to our tribe.
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