Tell us a bit about yourself, Tania. Where are you from and what is your non-writing life like?
First, a huge thanks for the impromptu interview… I love things on the spur of the moment. Okay, so where were we, ah about myself. I was born in Romania(Transylvania actually) and moved to Australia with my family at the age of eight. My dad’s always been a writer, so you could say I inherited his writing gene – or at least that’s how I look at it. By day I work in marketing and by night I’m a dark, urban fantasy writer. My hubby is a huge support and always has my back. I also love to bake and my all time favorite cookie is snickerdoodles. When not writing, I usually haunt coffee stories and book stores, so while I’m buying way too many books on discount because books stores are closing down all over the place, it leaves me sad to see them go.
What writing projects are you working on, and what can you tell us about them?
My current project is an urban fantasy novel title Venery, which in its simplest form is a cross between Romeo & Juliet and The Village. Daciana is faced with the impossible decision of choosing between becoming a human or remaining a werewolf at the next full moon. While her true love pulls her toward humanity, an ancient wolf threatens to expose the pack to humans and only she can save them. In the end, she has to make a decision that might very well kill her. This book is in the final stages of polishing and I’ll be submitting it to agents this month.
I am also co-writing a fantasy novel about a troll who discovers his true destiny. A novella about the discovery of a mythical creature, a short horror story about possession, and not to mention the brand new novel I’m plotting – can’t give anything on this away just yet.
I’ve had a few short stories published with e-publishers, but my focus is on getting a novel out there.
How long have you been writing, and as I like to talk about on here, what are some lessons you're learning (sometimes the hard way)?
Since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated with fantasy and the world that exist there. More recently I’d decided to take it seriously, and bring to life my dreams.
My biggest lesson is not to edit or polish my first draft. This is something I still struggle with – yeah I’m a perfectionist and want it perfect, but I learnt the hard way this wastes time, especially when you have to re-write a huge chunk of your novel. My new motto – throw my story onto paper regardless of how bad the structure, grammar etc is and just get it out of my head. Then check plots and make sure there are no huge gaps, and only then contemplate doing any editing.
Everyone who's interviewed here gets a random question, so you're not gonna get left out! Tania, what's one habit you have that you just can't seem to break?
I can’t stop buying books, whether it’s from the store or on my kindle, I’m addicted.
Do you have an excerpt from one of your WIP's and can you tell us about it?
This excerpt is from Venery – Daciana is at a crime scene and struggles to control her wolf side:
The doorway was all clear. The right decision would be to turn and bolt out the room as if death itself chased me, but other ideas danced into my mind. Crouched low, I dabbed my finger into a thick sludgy pool of blood. My mouth salivated. Without another thought, the finger was on my lips. Sweet deliciousness teased my tongue. My wolf ruffled its fur - she ached for more. I perked my ears to listen for anyone approaching, then raked two fingers through the blood and hungrily savored the metallic tang. Licking every bit, I considered another taste.
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Thanks so much Tania for participating in this impromptu interview! I wish you the best of luck!!