I have a bonus interview to share with you! It’s Release Day for Tabetha Waite’s Common Elements Romance Project historical romance, Behind A Moonlit Veil. Congratulations, Tabetha! She’ll be posting about her new release during the Wednesday, 9/25 historical romance genre day of the Facebook launch party, so please hop over and introduce yourself and find out more about her and her book! Now, let’s start off the author interview like we normally do, seeing her bio and then getting into the meat of the interview.
Tabetha Waite is the multi-award winning author of the historical romance Ways of Love Series. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA and currently holds a milestone pin for 5 published romances. She began her writing journey in 2016 and was traditionally published by a small press, before bridging over to indie in 2019.
She is a small town, Missouri girl who continues to make her home in the Midwest with her husband and two wonderful daughters. You can find her on most any social media site, and she encourages fans of her work to join her mailing list for updates.
Betty: How many books have you written and published?
Tabetha: To date, I have five novels and four novellas.
Betty: What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Tabetha: I normally write Regency romance, but I don’t like to box myself into one genre. In such, I decided to try something new with this story.
Betty: What themes or motifs did you use in your recent release and why were they important to your story?
Tabetha: I decided that the Common Elements would fit perfect for a Victorian Gothic story centered around Jack the Ripper.
An evil lurks in the darkest corners of Victorian London…
Amaris Maxwell has lived her entire life with ill health. As the daughter of a prominent doctor, it never occurred to her to question his abilities, nor his associate’s rather unorthodox treatments. But the life of a sheltered woman has its disadvantages. She yearns to be free, to live an existence outside the same four walls. It isn’t until fate thrusts her into the path of Mr. Jackson Moreland that she begins to question everything she’s ever known. As a mysterious killer begins to terrorize the streets of London, Amaris realizes that things are not always how they may appear…
But how close is the true villain?
Jackson Moreland has lived the last two years of his life in a personal hell after the brutal murder of his wife. Released from an asylum, he struggles to come to terms with his reality. When he is engaged by Scotland Yard to assist in learning the identity of the murderer of Whitechapel, everything changes the moment he meets Amaris. He knows something isn’t right and he’s determined to find out what it is.
As things progress between them and secrets are revealed amid their growing attraction, they begin to fear that the true threat may not be the Ripper after all.
Betty: Do you have a specific place that you write? Revise?
Tabetha: Usually my couch in the living room! But I do have a desk that I use as well.
Betty: Do you have any writing rituals while you write? Did you have a special drink, or music, or time of day that you gravitated toward?
Tabetha: I prefer to write in the mornings after I get up, when my brain is fresh! And I ALWAYS write to music. Not any certain kind, it just depends on what fits the scene.
Betty: What helped you move from unpublished to published? A mentor or organization or something else?
Tabetha: I wanted to write since I was nine years old. But it wasn’t until three manuscripts and 63 rejections that I finally got a contract offer. I suppose the first push I gave myself was when I was writing my second book. I joined a critique site called www.bookcountry.com. It was a great tool when it came to getting feedback.
Betty: What do you think is your greatest strength in your writing?
Tabetha: I’d like to think that I have the ability to paint a picture for the reader, to keep them turning the pages to find out what happens to the characters.
Betty: What comes first when you’re brainstorming a new story: setting, situation, characters?
Tabetha: It’s usually the characters. I have to find out who I’m dealing with before I can build a world around them.
Betty: Do you have a structured time to write or is it more fluid/flexible? Do you have to write between family obligations or do you set aside a block of time?
Tabetha: I usually just write when I can find the time. During the summer it’s easier, as I work part time during the school year, but once school starts, it cuts that time down a lot. I couldn’t even imagine working full time. My hat truly goes off to those that juggle it all.
Betty: What is one recent struggle you’ve experienced in your writing?
Tabetha: Writer’s block can be a true hurdle for me. I usually know how the beginning and the ending of a story will go, but sometimes the journey can be a bit challenging. Usually I just take a step back and read or watch a movie until inspiration strikes again.
Betty: Do you participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Why or why not?
Tabetha: I have in the past, but not always. Writing sprints do help, but I’ve found I do better if I go at my own pace.
Betty: What are you reading right now?
Tabetha: I just finished The Savior by JR Ward. I love the BDB Series!
Betty: What is your favorite genre to read?
Tabetha: Historical romance. It will always be my first love!
Betty: What are your keeper books? How often might you reread them?
Tabetha: I have several authors that have a permanent place on my shelf, including Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas, Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, Julianne MacLean, Anne Mallory and many more! One of my favorite books to reread is A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.
Betty: When you’re writing, do you read in the same genre as your work in progress or something else?
Tabetha: I do like to read in the same genre, just to immerse myself in that specific time period.
Betty: What do you wish readers knew about the publishing industry?
Tabetha: There’s no easy answer. A lot of people ask me for advice and all I can really say is do your research. Find out who represents your genre. Make sure you have an editor. There’s a lot of competition, so grow your social media, your network and your brand.
Betty: What advice do you have for new writers?
Tabetha: Don’t give up! If this is a dream you have, don’t take no for an answer.
Betty: Any hints of what you’re next writing project might be?
Tabetha: While I have a few more things releasing this year, I’m planning a new fantasy novel to release next year! It’s something a bit different for me, but I’m excited to share the world that’s been brewing!
Thanks for stopping in on your busy release day, Tabetha! Congrats on the new release, too!
Be sure to join the fun at the Facebook launch party where you may pick up a few new (free) books to read, or other giveaways from the many authors participating. And remember I’ll be partying on Thursday, 9/26, for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Time Travel day! See this post to find out more about the charm bracelet I’ll be giving away to one lucky partier.
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