Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tara Fox Hall, Multi-Genre Romance Author, lounges in the Boudoir with us!

 Tara Fox Hall
Multi-Genre Romance

    Welcome to our Boudoir! This week we welcome back the ever sexy, talented Tara Fox Hall to tease and tantalize your mind. We'll have her interview up soon so you can learn even more about this woman who writes in different genres and how she keeps it all straight.
     Currently she's working on a few books to be released very soon. Check her website for more news on those. Tara is also doing a contest for a signed copy of Make Me Behave - (with her story being the lead-in to Promise Me!) Enter via the Rafflecopter below that will open at midnight on Nov 9th! Please return to get your entries into the contest but until then, leave a comment with your email addy to be included!

 Promise Me
Blurb:  Blurb: When young widow Sarelle McGarran finds the vampire Danial Racklan unconscious and hurt in her woods, intuitive concern quickly becomes passionate love. Together Danial and Sar work to overcome their own past heartbreaks, their vastly different lifestyles, and Danial's relentless enemies. Yet Danial needs more; an Oath of forever. But can Sar give Danial his greatest desire?

      Thank you so much for having me here today, Tonya!

    Our interview takes place at Porn World, the setting from the first scene in my short story “First Time,” the first in a short story trilogy in the BDSM spanking anthology Make Me Behave.

Naughty Reader’s: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Tara:  I’m very into making the world a better place, primarily by helping various animal shelters. I sew a lot of cat beds—think round, fluffy polar-fleece donuts—and cage pads for shelters to use.
Naughty Reader’s: What made you want to become a writer?
Tara:  I realized I was good at imagining both sides of a conversation between two characters or more. It’s something that comes naturally and I don’t feel affinity with either character especially, so I can imagine to be both with equal believability. That makes for really good dialogue, which is an essential part of any story. The other key part of story is a good plot. When I’m reading what I previously wrote, I ask myself if I’m interested at every paragraph. If I can’t keep my own interest, how can I expect to keep a reader’s interest? What a writer wants to produce and what a reader wants to read are not always the same things. To gain—and keep—series readers, you have to give them what they want while keeping enough back to entice them to keep reading subsequent books. I try to do that.
     I only sat still long enough to write my first book years ago because my mom got very sick, and I always told her I’d write her a book “someday.” It was time to keep my promise…and Promise Me and its sequels were born.
Naughty Reader’s: Please share a bit about your new release Make Me Behave without giving away any spoilers.
Tara:  Make Me Behave is a joint anthology I wrote with Nancy Pirri of BDSM stories, specifically spanking tales. I had never written any erotica before attempting these, and wasn’t sure they would be hot enough for readers who regularly enjoy the genre. Truthfully…I wasn’t sure what would make a good spanking story, and so I went to an adult bookstore looking for inspiration. I ended up writing three tales, “First Time,” “The Second Session,” and “Three Strikes.” These are all connected and consecutive, following the adventures of heroine Vicky as Cain—a tall handsome stranger she meets in the adult bookstore—introduces her to the world of kinky sex.
Naughty Reader’s: Do you write under a pen name?
Tara:  My pen name is the same as my real name: Tara Fox Hall. I thought about using a pen name, but decided I had enough to keep straight already. I’d likely sign books with the wrong name!
Naughty Reader’s: What types of hero or heroine do you like best?
Tara:  I like a flawed heroine best. Nothing is more irritating that a “perfect” woman who does everything right while maintaining a size six figure and perfect hair and nails. How could I ever identify with that?
Naughty Reader’s: Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.
Tara:  My typical day is get up, go to my day job—or if it’s a day I’m not working at the metal shop, out to work on firewood, or some other chore. Every day there is exercise and cooking and cleaning and taking care of the pets—much the same as anyone else’s day. The difference is that my spare time right after work is usually devoted to working on whatever WIP I have going…or more often, promo for my writing, like typing up the questions to this interview.
Naughty Reader’s: Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?
Tara:  They are all different in terms of characters, backgrounds, even male vs. female POV and time periods. But all my characters have choices to make. The good ones always help when they can, even when it costs them dearly. The bad ones don’t “step up”…and usually something worse happens to them as a result.
Naughty Reader’s: How long does it take you to write and then edit a story?
Tara:  This depends on the length of the story. A short story might only take a weekend, from start to finish. A novella takes about a month to two months, or longer, if it’s a sequel to a previous work. A novel takes about 6 months to a year, depending on if it’s a series novel. And a novel with a lot of historical elements, like my recent Lash Series Book War, takes several years because of all the research needed. 
Naughty Reader’s: Do you have to be alone to write?
Tara:  Depends on what I’m writing. The more complicated the piece is, the more I need to concentrate. But I often have a cat on my lap for company…just like I have right now.
Naughty Reader’s: How do you go about naming characters?
Tara:  Most are chosen at random, or because they sound good to me. But some take a long time to come up with, like Devlin Dalcon. I wrote about five books with him in it, then realized that I didn’t have a last name for him…and it was hard to come up with something perfect. It took me several tries to get it right.
Naughty Reader’s: Is it easier to write about the characters if you find pictures of them before you write or do you write then find character pictures?
Tara:  I almost never have a picture of a character, though I liken major characters to movie stars I admire. But there is no picture that I believe represents Devlin perfectly. The closest to date is the cover for his book, Promise Me Series #5, Immortal Confessions. But I can see so many other blond men as him, too. There is no one picture that defines a character for me.
Naughty Reader’s: How do you pick locations for your stories?
Tara:  I tend to write what I know. The locations in my stories are usually places I’ve been, or done research on, if they are based on real places, like Letchworth State Park from the short story Night Music. But other settings in stories, like  the Case Hotel in Lash Book #1, is completely fictitious.
     Porn World, from the short stories “Kink” and “First Time,” is based on an adult bookstore that is near the highway close to Bath, NY. They have a very nice selection! *wink*

Make Me Behave – Domestic Discipline anthology

Blurbs:  Feeling Naughty? Check out five tales of domestic discipline sure to bring heat to your cheeks! *wink*  
Managing Miranda
     Miranda Russell is worried her husband is losing interest in her so she devises a plan to gain his attention—even if it also incurs his anger. The fact is, her workaholic husband, Justin, has no idea he's not spending enough time with his lovely wife, until she surprises him at his company's holiday party, completely disobeying his order not to purchase a new gown.  
First Time
     When a handsome stranger gifts Vicky with a riding crop on her first visit to the local adult bookstore, she hesitantly accepts it along with his dinner invitation. Little does she know the wild passion that Cain will ignite with the first strike of leather against her bare flesh.

The Second Session
     Her desire whetted, Vicky accepts one of Cain's friends into their bed, eager to switch roles from submissive to aggressor. But in her quest to dominate the brawny, muscular Brick, Vicky gives into desire, requiring Cain to administer some well-deserved correction.

Three Strikes
     Candy rolled her eyes when Vicky invited her to dinner to meet her new boyfriend, Cain, especially when the offer included not only voyeurism as dessert, but also a partner for her to join in the fun. No man had ever been able to give Candy real pleasure, no matter what sex toys they had tried. But Cain's friend Devlin is not a man; he's a centuries old vampire who's more than up to the challenge, and willing to do whatever it takes to give Candy what she's been missing.  
The Newlyweds
     Jane laughed off her new husband's threats to turn her over his knee if she disobeyed him in their marriage, but realizes he's serious when, on their honeymoon, he does exactly that! Humiliated and furious, she threatens him with divorce but Aaron convinces her to give them a chance. Jane soon realizes Aaron is exactly the kind of man she needs in her life.

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Twitter: @TerrorFoxHall


 Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romantic drama She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series, and the transgender erotic Grow a Pair series. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works In Vein and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and authored the essay “Paradox in Film and Fiction,” published in Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence’s special issue Paradox and Mind (Taylor and Francis, 2013). Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

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