Debut Author Spotlight is a Saturday feature at Book Chick City. We will be showcasing a debut author each week from the genres of horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will give you all the relevant book information as well as an insight into the author.
Tara Quan wasted four years of college daydreaming about the fantasy and paranormal romances she wanted to write. After graduating with two degrees she never uses, she spent three more years trying to be happy with a traditional career.
Luckily, her husband’s work took that option away, and Tara now has the license to pursue her dreams of becoming a romance author. While she still has a day-job, she spends all her free time writing and trying to convince publishers to give her stories a chance.
RELEASE DATE: January 2013 | PUBLISHER: Liquid Silver Books
GENRE: Science Fiction Romance, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic
Raised by the Women’s Independent Territory Church (WITCH), Nel Zapur is a skilled sniper tasked to eliminate zombies. Never having once laid eyes on a man, she has been a prisoner in her tower for eleven long years. A fateful snowstorm leads a mysterious stranger to her window, and saving him may prove to be the best and worst decision of her life.
Special Agent Dane Prince was sent to gather intelligence on the WITCH, and his journey leads him to a mysterious tower in the woods. Snowed in with a virginal member of the feminist cult, Dane is determined to use the situation to his advantage.
What is TOWER IN THE WOODS about?
Tower in the Woods is a twist on the Grimm’s fairy tale Rapunzel. As with the original tale, most of the story takes place inside a mysterious tower. It features a virginal (sniper) heroine, her prince charming, and a wicked WITCH (accronym for Women’s Independent Territories Church). It is ultimately about how the hero and heroine fall in love, and how they overcome all the obstacles a post apocalyptic zombie world throws their way.
Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in TOWER IN THE WOODS
The heroine, Nel Zapur (anagram) is a skilled sniper posted in a tower overseeing the border of the WITCH. She has been confined to this location for the past eleven years. She is a certified nerd and has spent most of that solitary time reading (and killing zombies).
The hero, Dane Prince, is a mysterious stranger who appears at the bottom of Nel’s tower. He is an agent for the Federal Military Agency, the pseudo-military government that runs the capital of New America – Washington, D.C. He was sent to the zombie wastelands to investigate a series of kidnappings that have been occurring over the past twenty years.
How did you research TOWER IN THE WOODS?
What? Watching Shaun of the Dead wasn’t enough? Just kidding.
I have a background in biology, so coming up with a scientific explanation for a zombie apocalypse was not too difficult. I really wanted to get the setting right, so I spent a lot of time on Google Earth mapping out the area surrounding the headquarters of the Defense Logistics Agency (where the WITCH sets up shop) as well as the roads leading from DC to Mount Vernon National Park. I lived in the DC-Metro area for three years, but seeing the satellite imagery lends a whole new perspective.
Oh, I read up on sniper rifles. I also went to a shooting range and got to fire a few rounds (pistols and automatic rifles only, unfortunately). Best research day ever!
Is TOWER IN THE WOODS the first in a series or a stand alone novel?
Tower in the Woods is Book 1 in the Undead Fairy Tales Series.
When is your favourite time to write?
Between lunch and dinner on the weekends. It is a nice long stretch of time, and if I am focused on writing, I don’t snack.
Where is your favourite place to write?
On the plane during an international flight. My husband either falls asleep or is occupied watching a movie, and there is also no way for me to get distracted by internet-dependent activities.
What was the last book you enjoyed and why?
Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh.
It’s my favorite book by my favorite author. I am currently posted in South Asia, so all the elements of Neha’s court really spoke to me. I loved that the heroine, Princess Mahiya, was polite and etiquette-conscious while being totally kick ass.
Which authors do you admire?
Nalini Singh and Julia Quinn.
Describe yourself in five words.
Short neurotic aspiring romance author.
My Arabian Nights-inspired fantasy erotic romance (heavy on the “e”), Warlock’s Pawn, will be released on April 15, 2013 by Liquid Silver Books. I am currently working on Book 2 of the Undead Fairy Tales series – tentatively titled Cottage in the Woods.