Interview with Tara Stogner Wood

Morning people! I’m very excited about today’s interview, because it is my very awesome friend, Tara Stogner Wood! A few days ago, I did a review for her new novel, Redemption in Blood, and we get a chance to talk to her!

Tara Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at the local Starbucks slamming back Frappuccinos and plotting out her next idea. Or she’s watching the BBC. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She is currently at work on several projects, one of them being the next book in her In Blood series. Redemption in Blood is her first novel.

Hello Tara, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog!

As everyone knows in my interviews-random question first! I know from Facebook ‘music-offs’ with you, you enjoy music as much as me! If you could listen to just one band for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?

Only one? How to choose? Well, if you’re going to make me, I would have to say…..Franz Ferdinand. I absolutely love all of their songs. They range from pop to rock to ballad. There’s a song for every mood, every feeling. They appear frequently in my playlist of writing music. Probably more than any other artist.

I’ve some of your different moods, I know some of the songs on that playlist! 😀 Your first novel, Redemption in Blood, sounds (and is!) really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

This is a story about two people trying to mend broken parts of their lives. Vesper and Decker are completely different people coming from different worlds, but their circumstances are forcing them together in order to make things right. Not just for themselves, but for the worlds they come from. They’ve had failures, big ones, and what they don’t realize is how much each needs the other in order find their redemption. There’s an awful lot of understanding and acceptance that needs to happen if their relationship is going to work. It’s an interesting ride, and I was pleased to write their story.

So what inspired this novel?

This book actually started out as a completely different idea. The plot was utterly atrocious and I only had a chapter or two written when what was happening on the pages morphed into a completely new idea. It had been more of a contemporary romance with a supernatural element, and then all of a sudden, BOOM! Vesper and her knives appeared, I started over and never looked back. I’m glad I didn’t.

So am I! The literary world is a better place for Vesper and….her, um…knives. Where can we find your novels?

Redemption in Blood is currently available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords.

What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

Actually, I am an avid reader across many genres. I do like paranormal romances, but I love a good historical or Regency romance. Lately, I am more into thrillers and suspense novels. Some of my favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, J. T. Ellison, and Karin Slaughter. Oh, yeah, and I’m also quite fond of an up and coming indie author by the name of Miranda Stork. *grin* I’m reading Conner now and I’m absolutely LOVING it.

*blushes* Well, I, um…I sure she’s very pleased! 😉 *points to side of blog very determinedly* If you could be a character from one of your books for a day, who would you be and why?

You’re probably thinking I would choose Vesper, right? I mean, what writer doesn’t want to be her heroine? Honestly, I would choose Cain. He’s not a major player in this book, but he definitely makes an impression. He’s brash, funny, has no brain-to-mouth filter, and can charm his way out of just about anything with a wink and smile. Who wouldn’t love to be like that for a day? Carefree and cocky with the world at your fingertips. Yep, Cain. I love that mouthy kid. And don’t worry….I have big plans for him. *evil cackle*

LOVE Cain, I can completely understand that. I’d enjoy being able to get away with half the stuff he says. What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Well, I am hard at work writing the follow up to Redemption in Blood, and I am in the process of editing a manuscript that I co-authored with a friend. That book is the start of an urban fantasy series about a group of fallen angels.

Ooh, I’m up for the first copy! You heard me people, get to the back of the queue! Last question of randomness! If you could be any kind of supernatural creature for the day, what would you be and why?

That’s a good question. Let’s see, I think I would have to choose a ghost. As a writer, the idea of being able to people watch and observe all sorts of things unobtrusively appeals to me greatly. Plus, I’m incredibly nosy.

I daren’t say what I think you might do as a ghost. O_o You can find out more about Tara Wood on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog. Thank you for being here, Tara, any parting words?

Yes, thank you so much for having me. This was great fun. Also, to all the readers out there who pick up my book: I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you for your support of indie authors. Your support means so much to us all. Happy reading! Cheers!

Fantastic having you here, hun. 🙂

Murder is serious business among vampires. If you kill, so do they. They are the Penitent – a military order among vampire society charged with one task only. Execute the condemned.

Vesper Hyde is a model Penitent. Solitary. Skilled. Deadly. Only once has she ever lost a target, even though it almost cost her life. Now the one that got away is back with a vengeance, and this time he’s determined to finish the job. She needs to overcome the whispers of doubt and let her instinct and training take over to redeem her failure. But on this second time around, she doesn’t expect a sidekick. A very sexy, stubborn, human sidekick.

Homicide Detective Decker Price has seen it all, including the murder of his wife at the hands of a twisted serial killer. When another murder pitches him headfirst into a world of vampires, witches, and sorcery, he is given a chance to mend shattered parts of his soul. But Vesper’s world is as dark and alluring as the Penitent herself and he will come face to face with echoes of his past in order to help her keep a vicious enemy at bay. 

If they are to succeed, they will need to push aside both their failings and work together to ensure the balance of their worlds remains unchanged. Redemption comes at a cost – is their love worth the price?

You can pick up this amazing book here at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, and read my review of it here-I loved it! 😀


13 thoughts on “Interview with Tara Stogner Wood

  1. Awesome interview Miranda and pleased to meet you Tara. What touched a cord with me was this:

    “The plot was utterly atrocious and I only had a chapter or two written when what was happening on the pages morphed into a completely new idea”.

    In my own experience I have found my stories would become unnecessarily convoluted and bloated or too simplistic, verging on the illogical and then, out of nowhere, something would happen and I’m jumping around in my seat barely able to keep up with the noise in my head as the story finds traction and when it does I’m like one of those dogs in a moving car sticking his head out the window. 😉

    Congratulations on your debut and I look forward to hearing and reading more about you.

  2. Pingback: Interview at Miranda Stork’s Blog & Interview and Excerpt at Sassy Vixen Publishing « The Tarasphere

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