Interview with Tashara J. Childs

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is Reshonda Tate Billingsly. She inspired me to write and self publish. I also Enjoy Flanney O'Connor and William Blake
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food! I love to eat. When I wake up I know that there will be a day full of things to eat :) On a serious note, I am inspired by words. Each day I am granted the opportunity to write something or say something that will encourage someone or at least cause them to think. That in and of itself is enough reason to wake up in the morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to work out, eat, shop in stores and online. I love going to concerts. If one of my favorite artists is coming to a city near me, I try to be there. I am absolutely attached to my phone. I text my friends way too much.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing on Amazon. I actually had no idea ebooks existed until I went to order a Reshonda Tate Billingsly book that I could not find in stores. Then I was introduced to the phenomenon of instant downloads for ebooks.
What is your writing process?
I find music that suits my mood at that time. I make sure I have snacks and water on my desk. I put in my earphones and write until my eyes start to cross.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet that I really love. It is small, light, and easy to dump into my purse without taking up too much space.
Describe your desk
Clutter, clutter, clutter. I have a lime green LED gooseneck lamp. Books are stack in on the edge of the desk. I use my degree as a bookend. Right now there's random pieces of papers, one 3 lb weight, ribbon, a few candles, post it notes, earphones, scissors and a bag of popcorn.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Alabama. Most of my female characters are strong Southern Belles, just like me.
When did you first start writing?
I had a friend tell me that she remembers me writing stories in 5th grade. I don' t remember that, but we're going to go with her recollection. Her memory is more credible than mine.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about a married couple and their trials as they approach their seventh year anniversary. I drew inspiration from observing other couples and from the strife within my failed marriage.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to make people laugh and to make them think. When someone reads my work and they tell me that it made them life or encouraged them to think, it makes it all worth it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without my fans, I wouldn't have book sales! :) I write for people, so without them my work would be null and void.
Published 2013-09-18.
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