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Adriana (adrinori) | 4201 comments Mod
Okay members this is our 4th interview of the month and its with the author Tammara Webber. Her books are

Easy by Tammara Webber Between the Lines (Between the Lines, #1) by Tammara Webber Where You Are (Between the Lines, #2) by Tammara Webber Good For You (Between the Lines, #3) by Tammara Webber.

All of which i have read a few times and love all of them.

This is a 35th Author Interview and it is conducted by one of our moderators. Please read this interview and we hope you will be able to pick up lessons about her experience.If there are any questions you would like to ask Toni please post them here. Thankyou.

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When I was very young (8/9), I knew I wanted to be an author.

2. How long does it take you to write a book? That depends on many factors - how much research is involved and what point you begin counting, for instance. I'm brainstorming, jotting out short scene descriptions and doing research for my next book now... but I haven't started writing it. Many times I overlap the editing of one with the beginning of the next. From the moment I really get down to writing, I average about eight months.

3. What do you think makes a great story? For me a great story speaks to me on a very personal level - it connects with something I've experienced or felt. It puts words to my emotions about that thing.

4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing? Erratic. I write best in the mornings, but I also have tons of messages to answer and the "business" end of being an author to keep up with. Once I'm in the final three months or so of a book, I spend 50-70 hours a week in front of the computer, writing or staring at the screen.

5. How do you balance family and writing? Frankly, not well. People get ignored unintentionally, I spend too much time writing or thinking about writing, I have to make myself leave the house and interact socially, and my normally structured way of handling life's requirements - paying bills, making and remembering doctor appointments, seeing to the car and home maintenance - goes out the window. I'm still adjusting to that at the moment.

6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? Ideas are from everything - dreams, life experiences, life experiences of people I know or come into contact with or see on the news. Information - research. I do a LOT of research. No one understands that until they begin writing a novel. Details have to be known, even if they aren't directly used.

7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? How much research goes into each one, and how much time that research takes. I had a scene with a character looking out of an airplane window, landing at an airport I'd never been to. It took me over an hour to know what he'd see... and then I ended up cutting that scene.

8. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite? I've written seven - six if we don't count the first one, which wasn't finished. I didn't publish #2 or #3, and will not. My favorite is Good For You, though I'm most proud of Easy. I connect to GFY as though someone else wrote it.

9. Are your characters based on anyone you know? There's no such thing as creating a character who doesn't resemble someone. That said, none of my characters are based on one person. They are all meshes of several, sometimes many people. The closest character to a person I actually knew was Buck in Easy.

10. Do you have a favourite place you love to write? In my study at home. I need privacy and quiet. I usually can't write in a coffee shop or outside, although one time I wrote for several hours in a hotel bar. I was visiting Austin for research with a friend, and I woke up with a big, detailed scene in my head. We were supposed to go kayaking and have lunch, and then leave, so we had to check out. We turned in our room keys and I sent her off without me, and then I found a plug for my laptop in a booth at the bar and wrote for four hours while she was gone. It was morning, though, so it was pretty quiet, and the bartender left me alone but kept me supplied with Diet Coke.

11. How hard is is to get published? It's extremely difficult to get an agent, and that doesn't guarantee you a publishing deal, because after agent revision, then your book goes out on submission to publishers. I know more than one writer who had a book out on sub that was never accepted for publication. I opted to self-publish, where your "gatekeepers" aren't agents, they're readers. Traditionally published writers face the same thing - but their final gatekeepers are readers, while my only gatekeepers are readers.

12. What do your family and friends think about your books? They're no different than anyone else, except they know me, which is often weird - more for them than for me. I don't ask anyone to read my books, except my husband - and he doesn't just read them when they're done, he helps me brainstorm and work out plot details as I'm writing. He's been incredibly supportive from the moment I first decided to make writing a career. I don't care what anyone else thinks, compared to his opinion. One of my friends asked me a couple of weeks ago, "Wait. You wrote a book?" I said, "Um, yeah."

13. What do you like to do when you are not writing? I love to read. Unfortunately, I don't get the time to do enough of that. I've become very busy with the business end of an author career. I used to read 8-10 books a month, and now I'm lucky to get through 1-2. VERY annoying.

14. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they? Write. A LOT. Do not expect to ever write something brilliant right out of the gate. I've known one writer, personally, who can do that. ONE. And no, I'm not telling you who she is. Just trust me - the rest of us rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, and we get critiques from our critique partners and then we rewrite some more. And also - write we're on the subject - get a critique partner or two.

15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? Write. Or be a vet. Until I got to 9th grade biology and had to dissect a worm, and then I decided the vet idea could take a flying leap.

16. What are your favourite books and which authors inspire you? If I had a favorite book, it would probably be Pride and Prejudice. It's perfect and timeless.

17. For an aspiring writer what do you feel are certain do's and don’ts for getting their material published? I wouldn't know. No one would publish my first book (Between the Lines). I self-published it digitally. I didn't query the rest; I wrote them to the best of my ability, and I self-published them as well.

18. What are you working on now? I'm still in launch mode for Easy. I've promised a fourth Between the Lines installment... and I have an idea for another college-set book, as well. I'll probably try to do both, and see which emerges first.

Jody I can't wait for the next book. Great interview :)

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Sylvia  | 17304 comments Mod
Thank you so much Tammara for doing this interview for us at NTOFYAB and we are such big fans of your work...Easy being one of my favourite reads and I can't wait to read more from you.

Jan Bethel (jan_bitz) | 8 comments Great! I love Tammara and all her books, especially EASY! :D I can't wait to read more of her books! :D

Amanda (mandy) | 1969 comments Great interview, Tammara. I love your books. So excited there is going to be another BTL book : )

Shelly | 1064 comments Absolutely loved Easy! Must read your Between the Lines series. I know they have to be just as awesome a read as Easy was! Keep up the good work Mrs. Webber! You're a great storyteller!

Dora (dorah26) | 3 comments Thanks for this interview! Its great to know more about an author that I like. I absolutely love Easy, and is reading Between The Line. Please more from you!!!

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Elsa Carrion (ECARRION) | 346 comments Yes!!!! More collage setting stories from Mrs. Webber you got to love that. Easy is a great story and hard to get out of your mind I loved it. I've started Between the lines and am loving it as well which is not surprising. Thanks for taking the time out and sharing your time with us, enjoyed the interview tremendoulsy. I have all four books and wanted to thank you again for indulgine me with all the personalization you did for me for each book. Also we are all so glad the you decided to self pub., if not we would never have enjoyed your great stories. Plus you get to keep more mula ($) buy eliminating the middle man! Keep feeding your great immagination so you can keep cranking out those books for us.

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Lynn Worton | 10 comments Thanks for the interview. I must admit that I haven't read any of these books, but will add them to my to be read list. :) They look like great books.

Melanie Cusick-Jones (MelC-J) | 11 comments Great interview! Really nice to get some insight from such a great YA writer - Easy was the first book in several years that I read in one single (eye watering) sitting, it just grabbed me...such good characters and perfect setting - can't wait to read more from Tammara Webber

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Scarlet (ScarletIvashkov) | 1 comments Great interview, Tammara. I love your books! Easy is one of my favorites!

Julie Reece Thanks for the interview! I enjoyed reading Easy this year, congrats on your success. :)

Gabriela | 710 comments Congratulations to you! Candid interview and the books sound interesting, will definitely put them on my TBR list.

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Fred (Flybrariman) | 1 comments I am a huge Tammara fan, and I thought I knew lots about her, but you guys did a great job getting out some interesting anecdotes and information, thanks! I find it very sad that Buck is based on a character you knew in real life. I guess we all know or have known awful people like him (hopefully not quite to that extreme!), but I hate to think of you dealing with that. Thanks, Tammara, for sharing that though, the experiences of Easy are painful and heartfelt, as well as beautiful, and it's part of what makes it so impactful and important for people to read, not just as a fiction, but as a bit of a cautionary tale. If you haven't read Tammara's books, I urge you to try them at your soonest convenience. They are beautiful and will pull you into her magical world.

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Erin (ReaderMom4) | 5059 comments Mod
Thank you for taking the time to do an interview for the group, Tammara! Love your work, and very much look forward to more from the Between the Lines series!!

Candycane Claus (CandycaneClaus) | 2 comments I'm in the middle of reading "Easy" now and loving it. Great interview.

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Heather McCorkle (HeatherMcCorkle) Wow Tamara, eight, now that's knowing what you want to do! I love it. Excellent interview. I'm adding your books to my lists!

Lara  (LaraNOTLaura) Thank you so much for the interview! It was amazing

Noemi (noemihackmann) | 318 comments Tamara, great interview, I LOVE Easy, it's one of my favorites books ever and I've heard that will be released in Portuguese here in Brazil next year, is it true? I'm so excited for that!!

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Easy is my one of my favorite books. This is a really good author.

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K | 48 comments I love all of her books. I think I have read every thing she's written that has been widely released and I can't wait for her next novel whatever it may be.

Jennifer (IvashkovLover) | 341 comments I loved Between the Lines and Easy!!!!!!

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Gabby | 1105 comments Unfortunately I haven't had the pleasure to read one of her books :/
But it's definitely a must read from what I've heard.

Melissa (BookBFF) I loved Easy. It was like a gateway book for me because I went and bought the Between the Lines series in ebook right away. Great interview! I didn't know you self published to start. That's very inspiring.

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