Friday, 29 July 2016

Fixation Friday - Featuring Tamara Gill

Hi everyone and welcome to another Fixation Friday! This week we have Tamara Gill joining us.  Her new release, Only an Earl Will Do is LIVE and on tour right now. 
Tamara has kindly answered some of my questions. I hope you'll enjoy reading her answers. 
Check out the excerpt below and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

In your bio you explain that growing up in an old mining town fostered your love of all things historical. Can you share one experience that planted the seed for you?

I was born and raised in an old mining town of Burra, in the Mid North of South Australia. The town has been around since the mid 1800’s, and has some wonderful, restored historic sites that the visiting public can go through and explore. I’ve always been fascinated with the lives of those before us, how they lived, where they lived and their social sphere in which they circulated. I think just growing up in the town, seeing the history of the place each and every day planted a love of history for me many years ago and one that I can’t ever seeing going away.

Your Daughters of the Gods trilogy delves into Greek Mythology, bringing the power of ancient gods through the ages into a contemporary setting. Why Greek mythology—What was your influence? And, was it difficult to converge the ideals and expectations of ancient times with the modern to find your characters some common ground?

You know I really have no idea why I wanted to write a book about Druids and Greek Mythology and I’m not sure what sparked the idea in the first place. But thinking about it I suppose I thought if I put a Greek goddess up against a Druid (BANISHED) sparks would fly, and of course not only between the hero and heroine, but Zeus, who in this series is always out to make trouble. I think when I’m looking for inspiration, I sometimes dabble in other genres, and in this case the dabbling turned into a series.

I also found the books easy to write, since we all live in a contemporary world if anything the words were easier to get down. And even though gods are ancient, I made them present in modern day life, just hidden in a sense. They lived among us, were used to our lifestyle and ways, and therefore their thoughts and ideals were not hard to integrate with those of my ‘human’ characters. If that makes sense. :)

How long do you spend researching for each book, on average?

I tend to research as I write. So if I come across something that I have to check later, I just mark it in the book and move on. But of course, if it’s something that needs to be addressed straight away, I do it before moving on with the book. But generally I’ll start a new book with the vaguest idea and go from there.

What has been the biggest triumph of your writing career, so far?

I haven’t hit any NYT or USA Today lists, nor have I ever finaled in a writing contest, but I have hit number one on Amazon in time travel and mythological romance, which is always a huge thrill. I think just getting published is my biggest triumph so far, but of course I have plans, and those plans do involve those big lists and my determination to hit them one day.

If you could go back in time to one era or age, when would it be and why?

Oh, this is tricky because I love the Regency era and medieval England. Hmm. Probably the Regency era in all truth, but only because it’s safer. But it would be hard to choose if I had to. I love both periods.

Can you share one memorable experience you’ve had with a reader, either in person or online?

I recently partook in my first author signing in Queensland in March, and I was so surprised to have a reader say she’d read and loved my Regency time travel, A Stolen Season. I think just having people email, talk to you online, or face-to-face with their thoughts on your books is always so shocking, but thrilling and lovely as well. They’re all memorable experiences really.

What is your favourite quote from one of your books?

I don’t really have favourite quotes, but I love the dark moments in my books. And my favourite one would be in A Stolen Season. It’s a real tear your heart out moment. Love it. *grin*

Can you tell us about your biggest ‘what if’?

I tend to do what I know I’ll regret not doing if I don’t do it, if that makes sense. So I don’t have any ‘what if’ moments.

What can we expect from you in the next year?

I have three releases coming up with Entangled Select Historical. ONLY AN EARL WILL DO, followed by ONLY A DUKE WILL DO, and last but not least, ONLY A VISCOUNT WILL DO. These books make up the TO MARRY A ROGUE series. I also have a Scottish time travel series out on submission with my agent, which I’m hoping will sell. So lots happening, and plenty to keep me busy.

Who’s your favourite character from your latest release and why?

I love both Henry and Elizabeth, but my favourite character from the TO MARRY A ROGUE series would have to be Alice, who’ll you’ll meet throughout all the books, but she has her story in ONLY A VISCOUNT WILL DO. I just love her. She was fun and terribly naughty in a hilarious way. I think readers will love her too.

Thank you for having me. I hope your readers enjoy my book! :)

Thanks for joining us on The Flare Up, Tamara! 

The reigning queen of London society, Lady Elizabeth Worthingham, has her future set out for her. Marry well, and marry without love. An easy promise to make and one she owed her family after her near ruinous past that threatened them all. And the rakish scoundrel Henry Andrews, Earl of Muir who’s inability to act a gentleman when she needed one most would one day pay for his treachery.

Returning to England after three years abroad, Henry is determined to make the only woman who captured his heart his wife. But the icy reception he receives from Elizabeth is colder than his home in the Scottish highlands. As past hurts surface and deception runs as thick as blood, so too does a love that will overcome all obstacles, unless a nameless foe, determined with his own path, gets his way and their love never sees the light of day…

Elizabeth hid a repulsed shudder over Lord Riddledale, who stood pompous and proud across the floor, the ever-present scowl on his face no surprise. No doubt her stepping out with another gentleman other than himself had put him out of countenance. She turned back to her sister. “I cannot summon any remorse for annoying Riddledale. As for Lord Dean, I’ll be sorry to hurt him, but no, I will not marry him no matter how much his heart breaks over my decision.”

“Could your feelings change in time, do you believe?” Victoria asked.



Elizabeth shook her head. “No.”


She swallowed the familiar lump which formed in her throat every time she thought of him, the man she refused to name, even in her own thoughts. “I’m not the loving kind. I don’t believe it’s healthy to rely on such feeble unstable emotions when someone is entering the marriage state. Men and their need to be adored, looked up to in awe, can go hang. Lord Newland’s name protects me now. I have no need to marry again.”

Victoria threw her a dubious look. “I believe there is nothing purer and good than love, especially if you are fortunate enough to have it in a marriage.” Her sister sighed, the sound tinged with sadness. “You promised Papa you would try.”

“I am well aware of what I promised Papa, but he did not stipulate marriage is what I should try. I’m friendly and affable. That is enough.”
Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another. A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal. Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

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  1. Thanks so much for the interview and hosting me today! It was great fun. I hope your readers enjoy Only an Earl Will Do. :)

  2. What a fun interview! Thank you so much for hosting Tamara!


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