Monday, November 01, 2010

Tara Taylor Quinn, Guest Blogger

It's my pleasure to welcome romantic suspense author Tara Taylor Quinn as guest blogger today.  Although, actually, Tara has turned that job over to someone else.  But, no matter who is doing the blog, they're discussing Tara's The Chapman Files series, particularly, the third book, The Third Secret.  Thank you, Tara.

Today, November 1, marks the beginning of the third month of The Chapman Files International Blog Tour! Expert witness psychologist Kelly Chapman and I are on tour this fall to promote the release of the first four Chapman Files.

Today is the official on sale date for The Third Secret!

I, however, was pushed out of the way today. Kelly decided it was time for her to interview Tim. And I learned a couple of years ago not to argue with Kelly when she got that particular tone in her voice. So I’m turning you over to Kelly and Tim.

Kelly: Tim, thanks for doing this. Just to let everyone know, you’re on the tour with us, and on physical tour with Tara. You’re official title is Tour Guide and Business Director, is that right?

Tim: That’s right.

Kelly: And you’re Tara’s husband.

Tim: That’s correct. I am her husband and her lover.

Kelly: Tim, what’s it like living with a romantic suspense writer?

Tim: There’s never a dull moment. There’s plenty of conversation for all seven of us.

Kelly: (with a grin) I thought the two of you lived alone.

Tim: We do. But every night there are at least half a dozen characters that show up for dinner.

Kelly: Have you ever read any of her books?

Tim: I haven’t read the physical books because I know them from discussing them daily with her. I have read parts of them. And we’re listening to The Chapman Files on audiobook. These were Tara’s first books to be released in audio format.

Kelly: What can you tell us about The Third Secret that we wouldn’t find out anywhere else?

Tim: There was a lot of angst over a shot glass.

Kelly: Do you ever help her with her work?

Tim: Yes. Tara gets stuck on plot details and that’s where I come in. Like, what kind of farming chemicals would be associated with making Methamphetamine? How do you connect three people together with one piece of evidence? And how do you get a body off a path without any evidence left behind? I’m also her technical resource, especially regarding firearms. If I she has a question and I don’t know the answer, I’ll look it up on the internet.

Kelly: When you do work out these plot details? Or how do you do it?

Tim: Most of our plotting is done either on the skate path, on our nightly walks, or over a glass of wine. It’s always in the evenings when the rest of the world can be put aside.

Kelly: So she never works at night?

Tim: She’s on the job twenty-four seven. We try to end the work day by five. But when she’s on deadline, she works at night, and I’m in there with her, either doing my own work, or helping her.

Kelly: What do you do for a living?

Tim: I’m an engineer.

Kelly: Is that something you plan to do in the future?

Tim: No. I plan to leave that line of work and do some things I’ve always wanted to do.

Kelly: What can you tell us about Rick, the hero in The Third Secret?

Tim: The character was a combination of Jack Bauer from the television series, “Twenty-Four,” and Tim Barney.

Kelly: (laughing) So you think you’re the inspiration for her heroes?

Tim: Yes, I know I’m her inspiration.

Kelly: Aside from the writing, what’s Tara like to live with?

Tim: It’s great. We have the same interests, the same passions.

Kelly: I hear Tara’s not the only author in the family anymore, can you tell us about that?

Tim: Tara and I are doing a joint project together - our love story. I’m writing thirty percent of the book, Tara’s doing the rest. We’re collaborating on all of it. We actually just finished this weekend.

Kelly: How did the project come about?

Tim: Tara was approached by HCI books this summer during a writer’s conference. HCI was launching a new line of books about true love and they wanted a story from an author’s perspective – a romance author who doesn’t just write the words, but actually lives the life.

Kelly: HCI, they’re a non-fiction publisher, right?

Tim: Yes they are. They published the original Chicken Soup For the Soul books as well as hundreds of other bestselling self help books.

Kelly: Do you have a title yet?

Tim: Yes, It Happened On Maple Street. It’s to be released in April of 2011.

Kelly: Can you tell us a little bit about the charity Tara’s involved with?

Tim: Tara is committed to raising awareness for the fight against domestic abuse and she is working tirelessly to that end. We’re hosting a charity skate in Phoenix in December and we’ll both be skating in it. We’ve also made a business decision to donate 5 cents from every retail sale of The Fourth Victim in the month of December to Strengthen our Sisters, the first domestic abuse shelter in the United States.

Kelly: Do you have anything else you’d like to say?

Tim: All of the readers out there who like The Chapman Files should let MIRA know they want more of them!

Kelly: I agree with you there! And I’m not beneath begging. I have a lot more files I’d like to share with Tara and the rest of the world. I’m meeting so many wonderful people on this tour and out in the world. Please, anyone out there, if you like the series, let people know! I don’t want to sink back into the oblivion of being just one more character that inhabited Tara’s mind!

Tim, one more question. Is Tara a good cook?

Tim: Yes. She’s a great cook. Her favorite thing to make is reservations.

Kelly: Thanks, Tim, for doing this. Tara’s one very lucky lady to have you.

Tim: And I’m a lucky man.

This post is brought to you as part of The Chapman Files International Blog Tour. Over the next three months, as we celebrate The Chapman Files, expert witness psychologist Kelly Chapman and I are going to be asking for help. If you can, join us in our fight against Domestic Abuse. If you’d like to help, go to and click donate. Or just comment here to show your support.

There’s an item from our new book, The Third Secret, hidden on the tour with us. Guess the item to enter the drawing to win it! Today’s clue: People Have Them But Hardly Ever Use Them. Send all guesses to To see previous clues visit blog sites listed at Guess as many times as you’d like!

Don’t miss The Chapman File tour party on December 4th at! We’re giving away a KOBO e-reader and many other cool prizes! All you have to do to be entered to win is leave comments on the tour!

E-books of all of The Chapman File Stories are available for pre-order at

Next tour stop: Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Novelist’s Inc We hope to see you there! The more blogs you visit with us, the more chances you have to win! Every time you comment your name is dropped in the bag for the prize drawings.

For weekly blog tour dates, visit Or to have the weekly schedule sent directly to your email, send request to

And, thanks to Tara Taylor Quinn, Kelly and Tim for today's guest blog.

The Third Secret by Tara Taylor Quinn.  MIRA, ©2010. ISBN 9780778328346 (paperback), 400p.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Sounds like an exciting book! Congratulations on the release of the "3rd Secret" and best wishes for the sales.

Tara Taylor Quinn said...

Thank you Elizabeth! Books end and writers let the characters go, but Kelly Chapman is fighting the process. She won't leave me alone. And I don't really want her to. This series is by far the best thing I've ever written.

Lesa said...


Thank you for doing the guest blog today, and sharing the time with Kelly and Tim.

Darla said...

Kelly I do hope we get many more of the Chapman files!

Tim & Tara, congrats on It Happened on Maple Street!

Bev Stephans said...

I'm not familiar with this series, but I think I'm going to try it.

Lesa said...


Thanks for stopping by. It Happened on Maple Street does sound interesting, doesn't it?


Let me know what you think after you try it.

Darla said...

It does sound interesting Lesa. I've been a Broadie over at Storybroads for a couple of years or so now and you could tell they have something very special! From what Tara has revealed over the last few years I know the book will be great, they got a second chance and aren't wasting a moment!

cheryl c said...

Congrats on the new release AND on the great reviews that this series is getting.

Tara and Tim, I am so happy that you are living your own real life romance. :-)

Lynda K said...

Thanks for hosting Tara today! I've enjoyed looking around your site. She's been my favorite author for years (dear heavens, more than a decade now since the Shelter Valley stories...), and she's right that the Chapman Files books are her best ever! I started The Third Secret yesterday and had to pry myself away in the wee hours this morning. Her stories always make me think, not only about life and love, but about being aware of things happening in the world around me.

Thanks for letting Kelly loose with Tim! Hopefully, these four will be just the beginning for Kelly's files. And I can't wait for It Happened on Maple Street!

Lesa said...

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. Looks like Tara brought her fan club with her, which is great. I hope a few of you come back after checking out my blog, although I tend to write about crime fiction more than any genre. Thanks for coming!

Anonymous said...

My copy of The Third Secret is scheduled to arrive this week and I am eagerly awaiting it!

Mary M

Lesa said...

That's great, Mary! I'm glad Tara has so many fans waiting for The Third Secret.

Tara Taylor Quinn said...


Thanks for traveling with us today! This is a great stop! And thank you for your good wishes for Maple Street. There will be more on that in the weeks to come.


You teach about life, too. Every day.


I'd love to know what you think if you pick up the series. Incidentally, if you only want to try one of the books, they stand alone, just fine. You don't have to start with the first.


Thank you so much for your hospitality. Hopefully we'll meet up again!

LeeAnne Williams said...

cool site!I enjoyed wandering around here!
Welcome aboard :)
I am looking forward to more Chapman Files !

Anonymous said...

Lesa, Thanks for being a great hostess! I looked around your wonderful blog a little and I will come back. My eclectic reading tastes include mysteries and crime fiction. I'm currently being wowed by Scott Turow's Innocent while I wait for The Third Secret.

Mary M

Lesa said...

Thank you, Tara and Tim. And, thank you to all the readers who showed up today to support Tara on her tour for The Third Secret and The Chapman Files. It's been fun to have you all here.