Interview with Marta Tandori

What do you read for pleasure?
As a kid, I was weaned on Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden so I think it's only natural that I've continued to like mysteries, suspense and thrillers as an adult. My go-to authors tend to be Mary Higgins Clark, Tess Gerritsen, Linwood Barclay and Lisa Gardner. Whatever these authors write, I'll read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
At the moment, I've got a Playbook. For me, it's particularly handy because it's compact. Not only can I download books but I can also download and proofread my own manuscripts.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
For me, it's been citizen newspaper sites like broowaha.com and allvoices.com. I've been contributing articles to these sites which have given me tremendous exposure which, in turn, have led readers to my books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
From grades six to twelve, we lived on a 100-acre farm that was pretty isolated. We were bussed to school in a big yellow school bus and if we missed the bus, then we missed school that day. Our weekly treat was going into town to do our grocery shopping and since we lived in the snow belt, snowstorms in the winter were common, which further led to a feeling of isolation. Since I basically only saw my friends in school and practically never during the summer holidays, I did a lot of reading and afterwards, would spend hours making up stories or thinking of alternate endings to the stories I'd read. I think all of these things, in addition to an overly-active imagination influenced my decision to become a writer.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as a kid and by the fifth grade, I literally had a stack of short stories collecting dust bunnies under my bed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, TURN A BLIND EYE, is a murder mystery involving timesharing, drug smuggling and treasure salvage, set in Florida. My family and I have been vacationing in Florida for a long time and we consider it our second home. I thought it only fitting that I do a story set in one of my favorite states.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think it was the fact that I'd always wanted to write - although I quickly learned that being an indie author is a very steep learning curve!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a story that moves other people. A young lady had submitted a review of one of my books, TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE a little while back. She was positively up in arms about how the book nauseated her, repelled her, fascinated her and entertained her to the point she couldn't stop reading until she'd read the entire thing. She also said that if I ever wrote a sequel to it, she'd be right there, buying it. There was such a wealth of uninhibited emotion in that review and it gave me a great deal of satisfaction knowing that the words I had written had the ability to move someone, especially to that extent.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean absolutely everything to me. I think books are a wonderful form of entertainment and escapism because from the first page to the last, a reader becomes part of a special and intimate world you've created. Those readers that come back to read more of your work become your fans. With them, you continue to share that special relationship. More important than anything else, by virtue of the fact that they're your fans, it means that as a writer, they totally "get you and your writing" and that means everything to me.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a series of mystery books that'll be known as the "Kate Stanton Mysteries". Kate Stanton is a feisty septuagenarian and one of the main characters in my book, TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. She's determined, she's got style, she's a successful businesswoman, mother and grandmother and she's famous in her own right - think Jessica Fletcher from MURDER, SHE WROTE but with more attitude and a lot more going on.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is very important to me because I want it to capture one or more of the main elements in my book. It needs to capture a reader's attention as much as the title does.
Published 2013-11-16.
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Books by This Author

The Crossing at Blaisdell Park, a Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery (Book #4)
Series: Kate Stanton Hollywood Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,440. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
As Kate Stanton is about to unveil her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a stolen cargo van jumps the curb, killing a woman dressed as Charlotte Valcour, the heroine in The Crossing at Blaisdell Park, the year's blockbuster epic. It's another tragedy related to the movie, fueling rumors that the sequel now being shot is haunted by Charlotte's ghost - and a killer with a more sinister agenda.
Continuance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,290. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Historical » USA
Two mysteries over a century apart - and the only connection between the two appears to be the remains of a murdered man found lying in a pirate's tunnel under the restaurant in Savannah, Georgia owned by Annie Eastwood. Annie races to find the truth as the fate of a seven-year-old boy's life is depending on it.
No Hard Feelings, a Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery (Book #3)
Series: Kate Stanton Hollywood Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,540. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Liz Farrell is still reeling over the murder of her mother almost a year earlier at the hands of her father when she receives the startling news that she’s inherited her estranged father’s sizable estate but when she and her grandmother, Kate Stanton, visit the estate hoping to find some semblance of closure, they're horrified to discover that the estate holds many gruesome secrets...
Too Little, Too Late, a Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery (Book #1)
Series: Kate Stanton Hollywood Mysteries. Price: Free! Words: 109,300. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
In this sweeping murder mystery based on the novella FORBIDDEN, past mistakes, revenge and family secrets dating back to the Second World War threaten to destroy two prominent Hollywood families connected by a poisonous legacy.
Forbidden, a Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Extra
Series: Kate Stanton Hollywood Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,810. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Past mistakes, revenge and family secrets dating back to the Second World War threaten to destroy two prominent Hollywood families tainted by a poisonous legacy.
The Ties That Bind, a Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery (Book #2)
Series: Kate Stanton Hollywood Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,170. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
This is a sweeping murder mystery set against the glitzy backdrop of Vegas and the ostentatious wealth of L.A. where family secrets are exposed, past mistakes are never forgotten and revenge is what makes it all worthwhile…