Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you—Tish Thawer!
2017 – #1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction (Witches of BlackBrook)
2017 – Top 100 Bestselling in Paid Kindle Store (Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Best Cover – Penned Con (The Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Readers Choice Award – Blogger Choice Awards (The Witches of BlackBrook)
Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.
Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received nominations for a RONE Award (Reward of Novel Excellence), and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery), as well as nominations and wins for Best Cover, and Reader’s Choice Award.
Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Arizona with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.
A common FAQ: “How do you pronounce her last name?”
Answer: Think “Bower” or “Thow-er”. It’s Persian!
Have you always wanted to be a writer? I came into reading late in life, and writing not long after that. I was a computer consultant and graphics designer before then.
Why did you choose to write your genre? From my first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon; myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in my heart. I simply love the energy of it all!
What are you currently working on? Dark Seeds, which is a short-story spin-off from my Ovialell series that will be included in a magical/witchy anthology scheduled to come out this fall.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Dark Seeds is a deeper, side-look at some behind the scene things that will have happened at the end of book one in the series, but from the bad-guy’s perspective. Since I’ll be writing books two and three sometime next year, I thought it would be a great teaser to set up.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? For my Rose Trilogy, I did a lot of research on Mayan demonology.
What was the hardest story for you to write? It’s a sci-fi dystopian that is currently with my agent. Handler. It was a jump into a new genre for me, which took some time to develop.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m not really sure I have a plan, lol. I simply get an idea, develop an overall arc and let it develop from there.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? That’s actually a harder question than you might think. I have multiple favorites for different reasons. Trin from the Witches of BlackBrook is one of my favorites because of how powerful she is, but also remains pretty unassuming throughout the book. Raven from Raven’s Breath is probably my all-time fave, though. As she’s a sexy, strong, bad-ass Reaper who has issues. She makes me laugh.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I suppose in the smallest of ways. Maybe their dependability in certain circumstances, or their smart-mouth here and there, but I’ve never based one directly off of me.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Absolutely, and honestly, I just take a break. If I focus on other things, I’m usually able to overcome it sooner rather than later, or if I tried to force it.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Contemporary Romance, because I find it hard not to have anything paranormal in my stories, so it would be a great challenge.
Which authors inspire you? Gena Showalter and my friends, PC and Kristen Cast.
What novel would you read multiple times? I’ve re-read Nora Robert’s Three Sister’s Island trilogy a few times, as well as her Circle trilogy a couple of times and of course, Harry Potter.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) JK Rowling, because she is magic.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? A Phoenix
What is your favorite color? Purple
When you’re not writing…Writing is my full-time career, though I do help with some database work for a local company on a part-time basis.
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Thanks for hanging out with me today.
Join me next week when Jason J. Nugent will be dropping by!