Friday, June 1, 2012

Tamara Hart Heiner: Altercation and Interview!

Hi guys! Please welcome Tamara Hart Heiner! Her new book, ALTERCATION, the sequel to PERILOUS, is ready to meet the world!

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 gift card)
SECOND PRIZE: lot of five YA books
FIRST PRIZE: $20 gift card to

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.

Available in paperback (on June 5th) or as e-book (available now) on Amazon!
Also available at 20% off at Wido!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Tamera! And I know the awesome photographer who did your cover art - Tracy Jo.

Karen Baldwin said...

Altercation sounds thrilling. Love the cover art.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview Lydia and Tamara. I love your advice on sequels Tamara. Good luck with your book.

Sarah said...

Goodness! Altercation sounds scary! I think sequels can be tough because you have to deal with the pressure--it needs to be at least as good, if not better, than book 1! And it has to be consistent in terms of the world, and you have to go even deeper into the characters. Still, it's a privilege to get to continue on with characters you love. Great interview!

Shelly said...

This sounds like a winning combination. I teach middle schoolers, and I can easily see them getting engrossed in a book like this.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thanks for stopping by, guys! You are so right, Sarah. IMHO, the sequel has to be better than the first. I don't want to let people down!

Shelly, I do a lot of school visits, and middle schools are my best audience!

Barbara Watson said...

Thank you for the interview. I would tell myself to write much, much earlier too. I began only two years ago. The book sounds great and the cover is intriguing.

Old Kitty said...

Hello Tamara!! Your serial killer romance sounds amazing! LOL!! Awww but seriously! All the best with Altercation!! Yay for you!

Hi Lydia! take care

DL Hammons said...

It's here. Seems like just yesterday we were discussing the sequel and it's future. Congrats!! :)

Matthew MacNish said...

"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. :)"



nutschell said...

Congratulations Tamara! I love that you added a serial killer just to spice up the romance novel you were writing :D

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Thanks for the support, everyone! Let's hope some day that serial killer romance sees the light of day!

A Lady's Life said...

Oh I wish I could write a book but I lose steam after about 5 chapters. lol

LD Masterson said...

That is a great cover. ALTERCATION looks great. I think I'll pick up PERILOUS first. I always like reading books in order

Carrie Butler said...

Great advice! :) Congratulations, Tamara!

Krispy said...

Congrats Tamara! I love her answer to the "write any other genre" question. Serial killers always spice things up. :)

Unknown said...

The book sounds exciting. Can't wait to read it!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

May your sales skyrocket, Tamara. The Hand sounds ominous. I'm going to check it out!

Lydia, I channeled you in a mock medical report on the science of zombies. So close to New Orleans, I had to do a post on them! LOL.

dolorah said...

"I tried writing a romance once; I found it so boring that I added a serial killer."

Now there's a book I'd read :)

Great interview Lydia and Tamara.


Shelley Munro said...

LOL about the serial killer in the romance to liven things up.
All the best with your new book.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats, Tamara. Good luck with the book!

CA Heaven said...

A romantic serial killer sounds more interesting than romance >:)

Cold As Heaven

Leslie S. Rose said...

The serial killer in the romance cracked me up. Way to add spice.

Angela said...

I'm SO glad the next book in the series is out. I loved the first book and have been aching to get a hold of the second.

Emily M said...

Sounds like an interesting read! A serial killer in a there's an interesting idea.....

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