Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Debut Author To Watch: Meet Tiffany Clare!!!

Hey, there! Hi, there! Ho, there, TLN'ers!!

Are you in the mood for an adventure? Longing to sail the high seas? Or maybe discover the delights of a Constantinople harem?

No need to pack your bags, because you've got the perfect getaway right at your fingertips!! Please join me in welcoming St. Martin's Press Debut Author, TIFFANY CLARE!!

Tuesday marked the grand debut of THE SURRENDER OF A LADY with The Seduction Of His Wife to follow in Feb 2011. I met Tiffany via the Vauxhall Vixens blog months ago and I'm so thrilled to have her here today! I can't wait to dive into Jinan and Griffin's wind-swept romance. Ha! After getting a tasty teaser of what an awesome gal Tiffany is, I know you'll be standing in line with me!!

Tally Ho! And away we go!!!


1)If you were a book, what would your blurb be?


Smart, sexy, loveable, really does love long walks on the beach . . . oh, wait, you want my bio

My official bio is this: Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children in the evening and housework of any kind, Tiffany Clare opened up her laptop to rediscover her love of the written word. Tiffany writes historical romances set in the Victorian era. She lives in Toronto with her ever-patient photographer husband, two mischievous children and one hyperactive cat.


2) Using three words describe your voice.

Sexy, Evocative, Lyrical

3) It's an often asked Q, but one I dearly love! How did you get "The Call"? Was it everything you hoped it would be?

It was more than I hoped for. It was my dream coming to light. My agent actually emailed me, she’s a night owl, me a morning bird, we often miss each other, so email it was. She wrote today is going to be a fun day. Then I had to try to not gnaw off my hand while I waited a couple hours to hear from her. She told me there was an offer for three books on the table, but we had to wait for all the other houses to get back to us before we could announce anything.

So, she sent out word to all the editors that had yet to make an offer. Another house was interested, and bidding commenced. It was the longest two weeks of my life. But it was a very happy moment when I finally got to announce my wonderful news.


4)Unpubbed Writer to Published Author: What have you learned about the industry and yourself?

That I can never push myself too hard. And that you never stop learning new things in this industry.

5) What tidbit of wisdom would you like to pass on to all the aspiring writers stopping by today? Of the advice given to you, what was your favorite?

My only wisdom is to keep on pushing till you get what you want. But don’t rush and send your manuscript when it’s not ready. You have to have patience galore for this job.

Best advice was to stop pulling my punches. Doing so kept me from going into deep POV and really adding emotional depth to the story. So I gave it my all and wouldn’t you know… I managed to sell my story.


6) As a soon-to-be multi-pubbed author, what do you feel are the key elements a romance novel needs to possess in order to sell?

It’s all about the voice. Hone your voice. Make is strong. Make it the best you can. Don’t rush because you want your book out the door and in the hands of editors and agents, take your time to make sure your work truly is the best it can be.

7) What's up next for you? Any news you'd like to dish up? THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE release Feb 1, 2010.

BLURB:

AN INCONVENIENT SCANDAL

Emma Hallaway has not seen her husband in twelve years—and that’s fine with her. As a young girl, she’d agreed to a simple marriage of convenience, allowing her to pursue her private passion for painting. And though unknown to the rest of polite society, Emma is now one of the most daring and sought-after artists in London. However, when her secret is threatened to be exposed, Emma is forced to open her heart—and her home—to a total stranger: her husband…

AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE

Richard Mansfield, Earl of Asbury, is all too familiar with danger. As a matter of fact, it is hard on his heels when he returns to England. Still, even he is shocked to learn of his wife’s scandalous double life as an artist. But once he sees the vibrant grown woman she has become—so passionate, so strong, and so alluring—his undeniable attraction to Emma stuns him. Suddenly Richard is determined to turn their sham of a marriage into a true and lasting love. But how exactly does a gentleman seduce his own wife?



Thank you for having me! Also, I’d love to give away one copy of THE SURRENDER OF A LADY to a commenter (North American residents only)! So please comment for your chance to win!


Wah-hoo! What a super sweet way to start the weekend! I've enjoyed getting to know Tiffany a little better and I hope you have too. It's been a blast experiencing the count down to SURRENDER OF A LADY's release. Those Vauxhall Ladies sure know how to put the smile on your face. :)

I'd like to thank Tiffany for hanging out with us during her jam-packed debut week! If you'd like to see the other fabulous places celebrating with Tiffany Clare, please click on over to her divine website:
http://www.tiffanyclare.com/

THANK YOU, TLN'ers!! It's been nasty weather here in the Golden State, so how about we dive right in with
BRAD PAISLEY and WATER!! Ooohhh! Mama likes! Enjoy your weekend and we'll catch ya back on Monday!

24 comments:

Hales said...

What a great interview. I can't wait to get to read your works. Heading to your site now!

Scorpio M. said...

I'll love to win a copy of Tiffany's book. I keep reading all the great reviews! Thank you.

Tiffany Clare said...

Hales, I hope you really enjoy the books!

Scorpio M., we meet again! When you do get a copy (either through a giveaway--I am doing quite a few more giveaways over the week--or by getting it at the store) I hope you love it!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Tiffany,

Great interview, Love your call story, it is the kind every aspiring author dreams of.
Loved the excerpts.

Regards

Margaret

Tiffany Clare said...

Thank you, Margaret! It is every authors dream. I've been very lucky!

Diane Craver said...

I enjoyed your interview! Great job, Tiffany and Sarah! I'm heading over to your website now.
Please enter me in the drawing - would love to win!

Tiffany Clare said...

Diane, thanks for checking out my site and for stopping by to read the interview!

Celia Yeary said...

TIFFANY--I never miss Sarah's LSN, but don't often comment. I do comment when an author excites me, and your story of "the call" was truly exciting. Oh, I'm positive your book is, too!!! It's just thatI just love to hear real stories of success and joy. I wish you great success, love your name, and your covers are gorgeous. Celia

kalynnick said...

Tiffany I been following your blog tour and I'm loving all the interviews!

Larry Hammersley said...

A super interview and boy am I green with envy. St. Martin's Press. I got to meet Nicole Argyres several years ago. Is she still there? I wish you the best, Tiffany. Larry

Tiffany Clare said...

Celia, thank you so much for commenting! My name is mostly real :) And I am very fond of my covers, too!

kalynnick, Ah, thanks for following me around! I hope I'm not repeating myself too much!

Larry, I don't know Nicole, so not sure if she's still there. I'm with Monique. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Maureen said...

Congratulations on your debut book Tiffany! It looks like an exciting story.

mrsshukra said...

Hi Tiffany! You're highly recommended by Maggie/Margaret and that's enough for me! Congratulations again!!!

Danielle Gorman said...

Hi there Tiffany. Congrats on the book release! I feel like an author stalker. I just keep following you from blog to blog. Hopefully this one is lucky for me. I can't say it enough, this book looks awesome and I can't wait to read it and the others. I can't wait to find out what happens, I'm so intrigued.

Sarah Simas said...

Hey, Hey, Hey! Talk about a good time, feel good Friday!

Of course, the first half of mine was blech. LOL Grocery shopping and running errands with a 3 y.o. I'm totally ready for some fun! :)

While I was walking around the store, I thought of another Q for Tiffany that I should have asked:

How do you balance being a mom and writing a manuscript at the same time?

Tiffany Clare said...

Maureen, thanks for stopping by.

mrsshukra, ah, thanks! *psst* she totally has to say that though 'cause she's my critique partner ;)

Danielle, I won't tell if you won't tell!

Sarah, I have no idea how I do it. My hubby does all the cooking :) Because it would be way too late for me to do that when I get home from work (he works from home). When I'm in tight deadlines I say to him point blank, sweetie, I'm not going to lift a finger for two weeks. The house is going to get messy and dirty, and just awful. And sweetie... I'll get mad at you if you don't try to pick up after yourself. He's been pretty good.

Johanna R Jochum said...

Wow, this book sounds amazing! What a lovely interveiw too! I'm adding this one to my list of books to get! Thanks for sharing today!

eric250r@coosnet.com

June Rodriguez said...

Tiffany, what a great call story. The deep POV and emotional depth problem is a familiar one for me. Your book sounds intriguing. Looking forward to reading the whole series.

Sarah Simas said...

LOL Tiffany! Sounds like he's a definite keeper! :)

I'm still trying to find the balancing act between my two worlds. Sheesh! Maybe there ought to be How-To classes offered for all the 'mama writers' out there. *nudge and a wink, wink* Bet they'd sell out!

Sarah Simas said...

Hi Hales and Margaret!

So awesome to see you!! If you get a chance, you should scope out the Vauxhall Vixens blog. These days I've had to lurk more than naught, but it's one of the first places I head to when I get some me time.

Tiffany, Elyssa, J.K, and Maggie have wonderful posts and guest bloggers, too. :)

Sarah Simas said...

Howdy-do, Celia and Diane!

I'm glad you gals popped in. I know both of you are advid readers and writers of romance, so I think you'll dig this juciy gossip! One of the interesting things about SURRENDER OF A LADY is that the characters never go back to the lime light of London. Tiffany did a post at Vauxhall about the different aspects of SOAL last week and that juicy little tidbit was there to tantalize everyone. ;)

There have only been a few historicals/Regencies that I have read where the characters don't somehow end up back in London or England for that matter. The ones that I can think of are all Johanna Linsey's.

Sarah Simas said...

Best of luck, Scorpio and Kalynnic! Thanks for joining in the fun today. :)

Sarah Simas said...

HI Larry,

I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. :) It was very nice of you to click on over.

Maureen, Johanna and Mrsshukra,
I've been waiting for SOAL to be released for what seems like forever. I'm a total cover lover and just both of Tiffany's. I was lucky enough to win a cover flat of SOAL and have it proudly displayed on my office wall. It's so gorgeous and inpsiring, too!

Danielle, I'm right there with you! When there is an author I like, I'm a diehard fan all the way. LOL I've got every book Johanna Lindsey has ever written along with Julie Garwood, too. I call it collecting, but my hubby calls it hording. ;) Best of luck to you, too!

Sarah Simas said...

Heya June! (who is also one of my CP's!)

You're doing just fine, lady! I can't wait to see your new stuff. :) You'll be writing The End before you know it.