Monday, November 01, 2010
Tara Taylor Quinn, Guest Blogger
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 http://www.tarataylorquinn.com/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To see previous clues visit blog sites listed at http://www.tarataylorquinn.com/. Guess as many times as you’d like!
Don’t miss The Chapman File tour party on December 4th at http://www.eharlequin.com/! 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!