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Happy Bookday to Tiffany Trent

Congratulations to Tiffany Trent (aka tltrent) on the release of her latest Hallowmere novel, Between Golden Jaws [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy].

I invited Tiffany to chat a bit about writing, her books, and Kermit the Frog. (Okay, I didn't mention Kermit, but Tiffany brought him into the conversation anyway, because she's fun like that.) So read on, and enjoy!

1. What's the secret to being, not necessarily a successful author, but a happy one?

Hmmm…I'm not sure I feel qualified to answer that question. *looks around, hands mic to Kermit T. Frog*

Me: What do you think, Kermit?

KTF: Well…I think it's not easy being green. You really have to watch for those forks in the road.

Me: OK, but you're the expert on living happily here. We really need some advice! How did you write your book?

KTF: Piggy!

Me: Miss Piggy wrote your book?

Kermit: *flails about*

Me: Well, there you have it, folks. The secret to author happiness is having Miss Piggy write your book.

Piggy: Hiiii-YAH! *karate-chops my knee*

Me: Ow!

2. Between Golden Jaws will be your third Hallowmere book. Can you summarize this series in exactly 51 words?

Actually, I can summarize it in less. Vampiric fairies, Confederate and Victorian ghosts, haunted steamships, hot Scots, creepy monsters, pretty dresses, and saucy kelpies. What more do you need?

3. What does "Young Adult" really mean, anyway???

It's pretty much an oxymoron, isn't it? It should be more descriptive. Like 'budding adult' or 'adult-in-progress' or 'personlet' or something like that.

4. If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?

Oh. Hmmm…that is sooooooo hard. I love just about every living thing, even the things most people don't love like goliath spiders and giant salamanders. But…. I think I'd want a red panda. They are just about the cutest things I've ever seen. I bet one wouldn't mind riding around on my shoulder. I love watching the way they curl their paws around their food. And their sweet little ears and their constant smiles…*dies of the cute*

5. What's the hardest scene you've ever written?

In Hallowmere, I think it's probably the scene in Book 1 where the pine tree thumps Dolores. I felt a bit bad about that, even if she was kind of a meanie. I also am afraid that my cousin of the same name (different spelling) will never forgive me, but I swear I only used it b/c the name means "sorrow" in Latin, OK?

6. If you could go back in time ten years and give Tiffany Trent one piece of writing advice, what would it be?

Relax, girlfriend. It really is gonna be all right.

Comments

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faerie_writer
Mar. 25th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Miss Piggy's my PR person, erm, pig. I didn't know she could write too. ;)

Congrats, Tiffany, on the new release!!!! :D
jimhines
Mar. 25th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
See what you can learn from hanging out on LJ? :-)
arielstarshadow
Mar. 25th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Damn. Someone else has used the faerie-vampire connection.
jimhines
Mar. 25th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
As someone whose brilliant ideas keep getting preemptively stolen by the Shrek franchise, I feel your pain :-)

That said, it's not the idea that matters. It's what you do with it. Fairy/Vampire is just the seed, and I suspect that your stories will be very different from Tiffany's.
tltrent
Mar. 25th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
No worries. I bet we've interpreted them entirely differently. Don't be discouraged! :)
sartorias
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
tltrent
Mar. 25th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jim--it was fun! :)
daydreammuse
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
You had me at hot Scots. I am all about hot Scots and well pretty dresses too I guess. If I had to have anypet in the world I would have picked a shapeshifting raven to dragon!
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