Apr 05 2011
Hello, Cool Peeps:
As many of you know, I blog every Monday about my picky, crazy life. Being a reporter for my town’s newspaper, the Swansea Herald, it occurred to me that I should put my reporter hat on and interview some of the rad peeps out there. So, in addition to my Monday blog, I’ll be interviewing someone new every Wednesday. I can barely keep up with myself.
My first guest is the lovely Tiffany King, a wife, mother, and student who is a first-time author. Tiffany has just released the ebook edition of her YA fantasy novel, Meant To Be, which can be purchased on Amazon.com for ninety-nine cents? Freakin’ awesome, yes?
Hello, Tiffany. I’m stoked to have you as the first guest on One-on-One with Molly. Tell the cool peeps a little about yourself.
Well, Molly, I am just your average kind of girl. I love, love to read and find it very relaxing. My ideal day involves a great book, a nice ice cold Diet Coke and lots of chocolate. LOL.
Congratulations on being a brand new author. Your YA book, Meant To Be, is getting great reviews. Got a sneak preview for us?
Thanks, Molly. Yes, the reviewers have been absolutely fabulous. I have been very lucky that so many readers are able to connect with my characters. Meant to Be is a classic love story which is something everyone can relate to, but with a mysterious twist. Krista, the main character, is not exactly your everyday teenager. She has never been able to connect with anyone in her life, and she is unnaturally consumed by the emotions of others, to the point that she becomes ill. The only boy that she has ever been in love with doesn’t even exist. He visits her each night in her dreams. After a tragic event, Krista moves west hoping for a fresh start, but her world is turned upside down when she meets a girl who shares her same traits and a boy who claims to know about her dreams. Krista must overcome her fears and find the strength within her that she never realized she had to solve the mystery behind the connection that binds them together.
There’s always a story behind every book. What’s the story behind yours?
I am a sucker for a great romance story, but I didn’t want the typical boy meets girl, everything is great at first, but something happens to test their love, they break up then get back together at the end. I didn’t think I could bring anything new to the table there. When I developed the idea for Meant to Be, I knew the main characters would experience an impenetrable love. Their issue is trying to discover the secret behind the connection they share with each other. That is the key that helps the relationship grow stronger.
I’m lovin’ your book’s cover. Who’s the artist?
Oh yes, I have to agree with you. I love it too! We are blessed to have a very talented artist in our family. Brittany King, is an art major at Florida State University, and I feel she did an absolutely fabulous job on the cover of Meant to Be. The cover has so many crucial aspects to it from the story that only after you read the story will you fully appreciate all the details! Hehe, yep, I just “pimped” my own cover, but what can I say I love it.
What do you like most about being an author? What about being an author makes you the most crazy?
First, being called an author is surreal to me. Authors are fantastic people that I have always admired. To be considered an author is an awe-inspiring feeling. The thing I love the very most is that people genuinely seem to like the story I created. What is making me the most crazy about being an author is that I don’t have as much time to write as I would like. I have storylines running through my head constantly, just begging to be written down.
What do you know now that you wish you knew five years ago?
Ha ha. I wish that I would have known that I wanted to be a writer. I so would have changed my major to something in the literature field.
Why do you hope to know in five years that you don’t know now?
I hope that in five years I have more knowledge of the inner workings of getting a book out there for the public to see. I have been learning everything as I go. Not that it hasn’t been fun, but definitely full of headaches.
Any thoughts on the ebook explosion or publishing in general?
Ah, the eBook explosion is a wonderful thing. I have probably read close to 3000 books in my life and the fact that I can store them all on one device is phenomenal. Do I miss reading print books? My honest answer is no. A book that is 600 pages still weighs the same as a book that’s 100 pages on my Kindle. After lugging around heavy books for more than half my life, I love that my Kindle weighs a fraction of one of my Harry Potter books.
Now, as for the second part of your question, the publishing aspect; the eBook explosion has given authors like me a chance to get their writing into the hands of readers. It is the American Idol experience for writers. We get a chance to market ourselves and see if the public thinks we’re worth “voting” for. The decisions are now left to the readers and not those that are just too busy to give our books a chance.
You’re a visible and well-liked tweep in the Twitterverse. How has Twitter made a difference in your life. Any advice for those still on the fence about tweeting?
Yes, Molly, I would have to say Twitter is my new BFF. The “tweeps” on Twitter are the best, and I have formed many great friendships through Twitter. For me, the best thing about Twitter is how encouraging everyone is. My Twitter pals seem honestly happy for me when something good happens. We are a tight-knit group that likes to give our fellow “tweeps” the help they need.
What are the top five items on your to-do list?
Top five items? Hum, let’s see:
Get the printed copies of Meant to Be up and running.
Start my next book.
Continue to market Meant to Be.
Hehe, continue to market Meant to Be.
Can you share your next project with us?
My next project will be the sequel to Meant to Be. The characters have been playing havoc in my head and are ready to continue what they started.
I’ve been forever called picky, but I maintain that we’re all picky creatures. What are you picky about?
Hahaha. I am very picky about my food. I hate buffets and can’t stand it when food is left out too long. My family is very sad that buffets are out.
Where can peeps get to know Tiffany King better?
I can be found on my blog site: Tiffany King blog site
I can also always be found tweeting on Twitter, at Tiffany King Twitter
I hear you have a special giveaway for our readers. Spill! I love free stuff.
Haha. You’re right about that Molly. Free stuff is my favorite kind of thing. So, I thought since you’re so picky, it would be fun to see if anyone can top you. Peeps can tell us what they are the most picky about for a chance to win a fabulous tote bag featuring the beautiful cover of Meant to Be.
Any parting words for the masses?
I just want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for all their support and for taking the time to give an unknown peep a chance to show her stuff. You guys rock and I hope you enjoy Meant to Be.