Stop by her blog for links to her blog tour participants and more deets. And now, on to the interview!
What advice do you have to other writers tackling sequels?
Sequels are like any other book: you need to know how the whole thing is going to go and end before you start the first one. Each book needs to have a story that can stand on its own (although, depending on your publishing house, it's okay to end on a "to be continued" cliffhanger). You want readers to be able to pick up your sequel and understand it even if they haven't read the first book. But don't give them so much information that they don't need to read the first book!
You're a great suspense writer. What other genres do you write, or do you concentrate on one?
So far I've only been able to do suspense. I tried writing a romance once; I found it so boring that I added a serial killer. :)
If you could speak to yourself form five years ago, what advice would you give yourself?
Five years ago, I was on the right path. I'd go back even further to ten years, where I would tell myself to start writing again. If I'd realized ten years ago that this was what I wanted to do, I think I'd be ten years ahead of myself!
Thanks Tamara! And here's some fun stuff about her blog tour. EVERY DAY she will randomly select one person who made a comment on that day's blog. The winner will then get to decide if they would like an ebook copy of PERILOUS or ALTERCATION.
But if that's not enough, leaving a comment also gets you entered into the PRIZE DRAWINGS. This won't be random; it's cumulative. Every comment youleave counts as 1 point. If you are a follower on her blog, you get 1point. Every time you tweet or share on Facebook about the tour, it's one point. She'll even add it up for you; just include Tamara on the tweet@tamaraheiner or on Facebook @tamarahartheiner.
THIRD PRIZE: 50-page critique of something of your choice (if you're not a
writer, a $5 amazon.com gift card)
SECOND PRIZE: lot of five YA books
FIRST PRIZE: $20 gift card to Amazon.com
About the book:
The FBI promises Jacinta Rivera and her friends that they are safe. Jaci wants desperately to believe them but weeks of hiding from their kidnapper, alias "The Hand", have left her wary. Hidden from the public eye in an FBI safe house, Jaci must reconcile both the mysterious disappearance of her father and the murder of her best friend.
A betrayal lands Jaci back in the grasp of The Hand, shattering her ability to trust and leaving her to wonder if she will ever piece together her broken life.