Interview with Tania Richard

Describe your desk
It's in the corner of our living room next to the fish tank. I found it at Goodwill. It's got a brown surface and green legs. I kinda love it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an all white suburb in Western Spring, Illinois. The experience has given me many stories to tell and a perspective that comes from feeling part of my community and outside my community simultaneously. I developed my sense of humor as a means of coping with those emotions.
When did you first start writing?
In grade school. I use to bring a notebook with me to school to write down ideas and stories during school. It took me years to show my writing to anyone. I use to hide my notebooks between my mattress.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is based on what I went through when I met and married my husband. I learned a great deal about myself during that time. I had to battle all my demons. I never expected to marry a man who had children. It rocked my world, challenged me and ultimately made me a better person. I also embraced having my own children which I never thought would happen. I wanted to inspire women who are still looking for their life partner. I wanted to challenge them to look at the role they may be playing in not achieving their goal. I wanted to challenge them to look at life from a different perspective and embrace the unexpected.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have stories to tell NOW! I don't want to wait through the traditional publishing process. It can takes months and months.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Yes!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone tells me I put words to how they feel. I also just love sitting at the computer and tapping those keys. It feeds me like nothing else.
What do your fans mean to you?
It encourages me to keep writing on their behalf.
What are you working on next?
A memoir about the eight month period where I lost my father, put my mother in a nursing home for alzheimer's, uncovered huge family secrets, sold my childhood home, lost my mother and wrote a show about it!
Who are your favorite authors?
Dave Eggers, S.E. Hinton, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughters. My creative projects.
Published 2014-06-21.
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