Interview Thrown by Tabi Wollstonecraft

Sunday, July 21, 2013
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Title: Thrown
Author: Tabi Wollstonecraft
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Moonlit Window Press
Release Date: July 5 2013

Amy Anderson is trying to outrun the chaos that is her life.

After inheriting an old house in England, she escapes the complications back home, her dysfunctional family and an uncertain future.

But then Amy meets Stoker - the bad boy of Promise Cove. He has issues of his own but they are hidden beneath his attitude, muscles and leather jacket.

Amy’s life is about to be thrown into a whirlwind of emotion, danger and a love that will change everything.

Tell us a little about the book and where did you get the idea to write this story.

Thrown is the story of an American girl named Amy who inherits a house and bookshop from her aunt in Cornwall, England. Amy has issues in her past that have left her emotionally numb and as the story progresses, she faces these issues while attempting to find the real reason for her aunt’s death.
Amy meets a boy named Stoker and together they find that they are good for each other.

The story has a HEA ending J

How and when did you get started writing novels?
I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. I used to write stories about my family and friends. Then I went through a stage of starting books that I never finished. I have a drawer full of first chapters! Thrown is my first full-length novel.

What’s the best and worst part of being a writer?
The best part is getting a book out to the market and hearing from people who felt something when they read it.

The worst part is the hard work and long hours. Writing really is hard work.

What made you decide to go the self-publishing route? How is it different from traditional publishing?
I decided to go the self-publishing route because I wanted to have control over my own work. I didn’t want some big company in New York taking my story and changing it to fit their marketing plan or changing it at the whim of an editor.

That is the main difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing for me. It’s about being responsible for my own success. J

 What is your writing schedule like?
I work full time so it’s all done in the evenings and on weekends. The problem is, those are the times I want to see family and friends so it’s all a balancing act. You have to be dedicated to do this.

Where do you get your ideas?
I find ideas everywhere! I’ve always had a vivid imagination so my mind weaves stories about the most mundane things sometimes.
I got the idea for Thrown when I was standing in a cliff in Cornwall looking at the sea. That image appears in the book a few times. I thought what if a girl from America came to live here and she had to solve a mystery and deal with dark issues in her life? The book was born from that thought.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up and keep writing. My mother told me that persistence always pays off and I believe that.

Have any of your titles ever been changed from your original choice?
Thrown was my original choice of title. It has more than one meaning, as anyone reading the book will find out.

If you could turn any of your books into a movie which book or series would it be?
That’s an easy answer since Thrown is my only book. I think it would look great on TV. All those brooding clifftop scenes and a really hot actor to play Stoker would make a great viewing experience!

Do you have a character in one of your books that continues to haunt you at night or surprised you when you wrote the book?
The character of Amy’s friend Dell (Delilah June) surprised me because she came off so sassy! I wasn’t really expecting that when I started the book but her character really shone through. So much so that I’m considering a book about her and Detective Macbeth, who also appears in Thrown.

 Is there something about you or your life that readers might be surprised about?
Hmm, they might be surprised to know I’m English. I’ve been told I write a great American voice, which I had to do for Amy of course. Stoker’s parts are written in his voice which is obviously English male. I think I pulled off that switch quite well so readers might be surprised that I’m English. I watch a lot of American TV and I’ve visited there frequently and that’s where Amy’s American voice comes from.

Do you write a novel straight through? Or revise as you go? Plan a whole series in advance? Or does the series evolve?
I write the first draft straight through then go back and look at what I have to work with to polish it into something readable. Thrown isn’t in a series, it’s standalone. Unless I write the book about Dell. Then the series will have evolved because I never thought of doing that until Dell emerged as such an interesting character.

Do you use Beta readers?
I do. I have a beta reader who points out anything that needs fixing or changing.

What’s next?
I have a couple of ideas simmering away at the moment and in the next couple of weeks, I’m going to see which one excites me the most and that will be the book I work on next.

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I'm Tabi and I have a love for all things romantic! Some of the new authors are incredible right now...writers like Colleen Hoover, Nyrae Dawn, Kristen Proby and all the rest of the bunch writing hot NA with great heroes!

Inspired by these , I've been working on my own book called 'Thrown'. It comes out on July 1st and I really hope some people will read it. I'm going to be totally breathless on the day it gets released!

Anyway, if you do read it, be sure to leave me a review! I'm willing to learn and I probably need you guys to help me do that with some feedback about Thrown. :)

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Tabi Wollstonecraft said...

Thanks for having me on your blog, Anna! :)

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