Interview with Tabitha Vohn

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The simple act of creation is the most beautiful element of writing for me. That, and getting to live inside of my imagination. I get to explore pieces of myself and facets of human nature that I otherwise wouldn't get to experience. Writing, for me, is almost like getting to act in the most amazing films, only I create the story, the dialogue...all of it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything. If I had no one to share my stories with, there would such an emptiness attached to writing. All artists want their creations to mean something to someone or to impact others. We're all trying to forge connection and give something valuable of ourselves. What good would it be if there was no one to give it to? So yes, fans mean the everything.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently sitting on a novel called "A Different Path", which is a coming-of-age story that deals with families, deception, betrayal, redemption, and new beginnings. I'm either waiting to put back enough funds to have it professionally edited (a must) or see if Booktrope will pick me up.

The novel I'm currently writing is set to the backdrop of a fascist society and tells a story of obsessive love. My goal is to have an anti-hero who actually achieves redemption without sacrificing his life or losing everyone he loves. Cause have you noticed how all the great anti-heroes in literature can never sustain a relationship? It's like death stalks them and they lose everyone they love. I say screw that. I'm changing it up! I want a happy ending for the Heathcliff's, Rambo's, and Jack Bauer's of the fictional world!
Who are your favorite authors?
Top Five Favorite Authors:
1. Emily Bronte
2. Janet Fitch
3. Carol Goodman
4. Francesca Lia Block
5. John Steinbeck
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a high school English teacher. I teach AP Literature and Composition and ELA College Prep. When I'm not teaching or writing, I'm singing, taking hikes, learning German, writing poetry (okay, that's technically writing, but non-fiction), or spending time with my hubby, family, and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover most books through Goodreads, AI (Awesome Indies) or TNBBC (The Next Best Book Club), all of which I love for finding the best in new indie and traditionally published fiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I ever read on my own was "Missing Carrie Phillips: Age 15" by Janet Dagon. I remember identifying with the protagonist and her family's dysfunction. It was the first time that I felt a true connection with a character; like, someone out there understood what my life was like.
How do you approach cover design?
All of my covers have a personal, sentimental aspect to them. The cover art for "Requiem for the Fallen" and "A Different Path" were both given to me by students. The cover model on my novel "Finding What Is" is a former student as well. The cover for "Tomorrow is a Long Time" was a photograph taken by my sister-in-law. I like having a little piece of myself or people I care about in the covers. It makes them special.

I always try to match the mood of the novel to the covers. I love playing around with the fonts and titling and all that. I think I'm getting better at it, too!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a "village" (no lie) in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. I had cow pasture for a next door neighbor and pretty much nothing has changed about that little patch of earth since my pap first built the house in the sixties. Now that I live in a city, I miss being in the countryside. It helped my creative juices because when your best friend lives an hour away and there's not much civilization within walking distance, you learn to use your imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I first became serious about writing maybe seven years ago. I saw this music video for an old metal band. The video was from 1992 or something. Anyway, the lead singer was the most gorgeous, dangerous punk ever to skulk across a stage. And BAM! The story of "Requiem" came into my head and I had to write it. After that, I started taking all these "daydream" ideas that I had had for years and putting them into stories. Four novels later, here I am, and I'm loving this new passion in my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book takes the idea of the anti-hero and--hopefully--turns the formula on its head. I wanted to take a character who had all of this darkness that he is constantly forced to harness for the "greater good", but it's killing him internally. Anyway, I wanted to see what would happen if someone who actually understood that met him and gave a damn and actually aided him on a path to redemption. Of course it won't be that simple, because he's going to be forced to tap into that darkness again. But I want a story with hope, where the used anti-hero doesn't have to pay eternally for his sacrifice.
Published 2016-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Thin Places
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,450. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Thin Places chronicles the journey through one of the poet's most painful experiences of loss, grief, the search for introspection, and the slow road to healing. Through self-examination and spirituality, as well as portraits of loved ones, fictional heroines, and lost souls, Thin Places declares that love is not a choice, but how we love, is.
Only For A Moment
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(4.00)
I saw him Couldn't leave him where I found him He changed my life irrevocably Reminded me of the loves and losses All pieces of me. Intensely personal, shamelessly honest, and oftentimes an admission of inner ugliness, Only for a Moment explores ideas of transience, transition, and redemption through the battlegrounds of metamorphosis from young girl to woman.
Finding What Is
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,130. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Finding What Is chronicles the journey that we all must take-to find ourselves, to reconcile our past, and to get back to that place we once called home. Professor/student romance, open relationships, drugs, sex, and art compose this coming-of-age story that has been called, "gritty, evocative, artsy, alluring and so many other things wrapped up into one" (booksiview).
Requiem for the Fallen
You set the price! Words: 27,280. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(5.00)
Tabitha never believed that the hardcore rock artist who dominated her fantasies would actually feel the same, powerful connection to her. When their frustrations towards sex, commitment, and monogamy mount to a tempestuous climax, both must make a decision about what they are willing to sacrifice in devotion to the other.
Tomorrow is a Long Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,120. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Winner of the AI Badge of Approval and the B.R.A.G. Medallion, Tomorrow Is A Long Time is an intertwining of two stories, both exploring the boundaries of romantic love and the consequences of pushing those boundaries. It tests preconceived notions of age, fidelity, and sacrifices made for love.