Guest Author Appearance
Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION is very happy to welcome Tate Hallaway our site today!
A Scorpio with a Leo Rising, Tate is an amateur astrologer and practicing Witch. She’s been a fan of vampire fiction since she first read Poppy Z. Brite in high school. Her first short fiction acceptance was to a vampire’zine called NOCTURNAL ECSTASY VAMPIRE COVEN.
Like LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha, she hales from Minnesota and has an affinity for black cats. :)
Tate is the proud creator of the VAMPIRE PRINCESS OF ST. PAUL and GARNET LACEY series. Her new release, “Precinct 13” was just released on 8/7/12 and was given 4 Skulls by LITERAL ADDICTION.
For those of you not yet familiar with Tate’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopses for the first and last books in each series and of course the new release to peak your interests. You can find out information on the entire series and the reading order by clicking on the series name.
Almost to Die for, Book #1:
On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker learns that her so-called deadbeat dad is actually a vampire king. And he wants Ana to assume her rightful position at his side, in spite of the fact that she has witch’s blood running through her veins-from her mother’s side.
Too bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana’s parents are at each other’s throats over her future. It’s up to Ana to make a choice, but deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.
Almost Everything, Book #3:
Whoever said vacations were relaxing?
To say half-vampire, half-witch Ana Parker has boy trouble is putting it lightly—something her text messaging bill can attest to. Her rocker ex-boyfriend Nikolai is trying to heat things up again, and high school hockey star Mathew wants her to try out with him for the Renaissance Festival. At least her sort-of boyfriend Elias isn’t hounding her cell—considering the vampire knight is currently living in her basement.
Ever since her father banished Elias and Ana from the court of the Northern vampires, Ana has been trying to live a normal life. But when the Prince of the Southern Region vampires informs Ana that they’re on the brink of war and she accidentally offers up Elias as a peace offering, the princess knows that she’s going to need some help to get out of the situation.
With Ana’s boy drama meter hitting an all time high, summer in St. Paul is heating up for all the wrong reasons…
Tall, Dark and Dead, Book #1
The line between magic and sanity is very thin.
That’s part of why I, Garnet Lacey, quit cold turkey.
Never touch the stuff. No exceptions.
But magic is so addictive…and my inner Goddess Lilith is hard to resist. Besides, restraint isn’t easy when you manage Wisconsin’s premiere occult bookstore, and get customers like Sebastian Von Traum—piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body in denim and black leather. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he’s dead…
And that means trouble. I guess I’m a sucker for it. The Vatican witch hunters are on to us. My long-lost vampire ex has crawled out of the woodwork looking for action. And Sebastian’s frustrated ex is stirring in her grave.
So what’s a girl to do if she’s hot for a dead man walking? Run like hell—and take full advantage of the nights…
Honeymoon of the Dead, Book #5
The latest in the bewitching series from the author of Dead if I Do
In wintry Wisconsin, occult bookseller-and witch-Garnet Lacey isn’t immune to the cold. But even though her new vampire husband doesn’t actually have a pulse, love will keep them warm-if the honeymoon doesn’t drive them apart.
Thanks to a vengeful frost demon, instead of a gothic honeymoon in Transylvania, Garnet and Sebastian are stuck in exotic Minneapolis, Minnesota. And with gods and goddesses running amok all over town, Garnet can’t seem to find much quality time for her new hubby…
Just released 8/7/12
See LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review HERE
Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment…
When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing with her. That is, until something freaky happens that no amount of med school could have prepared her for. By the time Alex gets herself together, the body has disappeared and the other residents of the morgue start talking her ear off.
After working up the courage to report the missing body, Alex is transferred to the mysterious Precinct 13 where she discovers that her new co-workers—including a cute technomage named Jack—are paranormals just like her. Now, Alex is being encouraged to use her ability to speak to the dead to solve crimes. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, Hughes County sure does have a lot of paranormal activity…
They sound great, right!? Make sure you get them added to your TBR and stake them out from your favorite bookseller, but for now, let’s see what Tate had to say when we sat down to interview her.
CONTEST: Tate’s publisher is graciously offering up a copy of “Precinct 13” to a winner on LITERAL ADDICTION (U.S entrants only please!)
To enter, make sure you’re a U.S Resident and find the Rafflecopter widget for Tate’s Event on our Author’s Corner page 9/1 - 9/5, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Tate! We’re very happy to have you here today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.
TATE: Oh, it’s no problem. I’m really honored to be here!
LITERAL ADDICTION: We always start by getting to know our guest author a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself (no matter how random) that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
TATE: I write BLEACH and now Harry Potter fanfic under a pseudonym (even my publisher doesn’t know that!), I’m testing for my blue stripe in a mixed Korean martial art almost no one has heard of called Kuk Sool Wan, and I’m a visual artist too.
Q2): What are 3 things that always make you smile?
TATE: I’m embarrassed to say, but I think I may have “liked” every LOL cat on the Internet at some point. Otherwise, rainy days and a good manga.
Q3): If you could have any superpower, what would you want it to be and why?
TATE: I want to be Captain America. I have for a long time, but I suppose to reach that goal I’d need to be able to switch gender at will. That would be a weird, cool superpower. Gender switch… like Desire in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics. Also, I’d like to have charisma. There’s a superpower that few people consider, but it could be amazingly useful. If I could talk you into doing anything for me… hmmm, why do I sound like a supervillain?
Q4): If you could spend the day with anyone – alive, dead, fictional, etc – who would you want to spend it with and what would you want to do?
TATE: I’d take Chris Helmsworth’s Thor to the beach. What we do there is really none of your business.
Q5): What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
TATE: I mentioned a few above, but I’m also a huge Anime fan, so I’m always watching something strange and learning how to swear in Japanese.
Q6): Are there any specific authors and/or titles that you feel may have influenced you to become the writer you are today?
TATE: A ton. From the comic book industry, I’d say Neil Gaiman and Chris Claremont. I fell in love with fantasy thanks to some old timers like Anne McCaffery, Katherine Kurtz, and Wendy Pini. Science fiction became my love when I first watched Star Wars on the big screen, and X-Files on the littler one.
Q7): What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a routine that you follow? Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing, etc? Wh
TATE: No magical items! Banish the thought! No, I will write anywhere at any time. In fact, I do. However, I recently posted on my facebook status the funny little image that read: “Writers: those peculiar creatures who turn caffeine into stories.” So, the one thing I need is coffee.
As for my typical day, I do mom-like things until about 9 am and then I write, almost non-stop, until 2 pm, Monday through Friday. I try to take weekends off, unless I’m under deadline. I have a group of fellow women writers that I get together with to gossip… er, WORK with on Wednesdays at a local coffee shop, but otherwise it’s mostly me alone, sitting on my butt (which is why it’s good I have a sport or my butt would be extra large.)
Q8): What type of scenes (dialogue, action, sex, etc) do you enjoy writing the most and why?
TATE: Dialogue. I like talking and I love listening. I could write a zillion pages of just dialogue between characters. I have a really hard time with sex scenes, even though I adore reading them when other people have written them. Sex scenes are difficult because, for me, they need to be more than just grunting in the dark. There needs to be a story reason for them and plot advancement DURING them. Yeah, I know, right? But, I think a really hot sex scene brings characters together more than just physically – it’s hottest to me when they’re emotionally connected and charged too.Q
Q9): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of Precinct 13?
TATE: Yes, PBS.
I really, really just want to leave that there and have you scratching your heads, but I’ll be good and tell you what I mean. I watched a whole PBS documentary about coroners and medical examiners and, basically, about how easy it is to become one even with NO MEDICAL EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER. That inspired me to ask myself: what would that be like? Working with dead people when you didn’t even have a clue how the body functioned? So, I thought up a character in desperate straits, and then I put her in the middle of nowhere, Pierre, South Dakota, where, as they say, hijinx ensue.
Q10): Is it the first book of a series? If so, how many books do you have planned for it?
TATE: That is a question I have no answer for. I have planned at least two more books. The proposals are written and on my editor’s desk. I would LOVE this to be a series because I’m having a ton of fun with it, and I think it really shines through. I created one of the hottest love interests of my career who also happens to have a wicked awesome secret and I would love to continue to play with him… but, I’ve heard nada from the publisher and in this business silence is anything but golden. But, I keep my fingers crossed, because if fans love it and there’s a demand I might get my chance after all!
Q11): What about THE VAMIRE PRINCESS OF ST. PAUL? Is that just a trilogy, or can we expect additional releases?
TATE: Again, complain to the publisher. That series was officially shelved despite the fact that I had proposals for three more books. I had envisioned that one as a trilogy of trilogies. Three books for the vampire princess, three for the vampire queen, and three for the vampire empress, but… crap happens and poor Ana is stuck being just a princess. Still, not a bad gig for a girl from Minnesota.
Q12): Do you have any plans to do a GARNET LACEY spinoff series at all, or resurrect the world in another way - via novellas, etc?
TATE: Best laid plans, my friends! I sent three proposals in for that series too that got rejected. There’s always a possibility for spin-offs, but I need to first find out if I have the rights to do something like that. All those books are still in print, so, even if I wanted to, I’m not sure I could just dash off a new Garnet book on my own without publisher approval.
Q13): Since Precinct 13 is the new release we’ll talk about that a bit more. What were some of the challenges in bringing the story to life?
TATE: Knowing nothing about Pierre, South Dakota or medical stuff! Those were the challenges… but, you know, this is why I love the Internet and I believe in magic. When I started writing Precinct 13, I had no idea how many times the number 13 is a motif in Pierre. Did you know that the population of Pierre is about 13,000? Did you know it’s approximately 13 square miles? Did you realize Pierre is just a bit over 13 feet above sea level? NEITHER DID I!
Q14): What are the best and worst parts about writing for you?
TATE: I love starting, but I always end up doing it over and over. I frustrate my writers’ group, the Wyrdsmiths, because I’ll hand in my first chapter one week, and then three weeks later I have to tell them it’s all changed except maybe a character’s name. Ten weeks after that, it’s different again because I’ve finally figured out what I’m writing and what kind of “voice” the narrative needs. It’s a challenge. However, I love every minute of it. I just drive everyone around me crazy.
Q15): Is there anything special that you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
TATE: You have the power to control my fate, readers! If you run out in droves to pick up Precinct 13, you can have more!
Also, thanks so much for reading and enjoying what I’ve written. It’s the best job ever to be a writer and I have each and every one of you to thank for it (especially kind reviewers!)
LITERAL ADDICTION: Tate, thank you so much again for being with us today. Precinct 13 was fantastic and we’re very happy to help you promote it. We hope that we can turn some new readers on to your work. We’d absolutely love to have you back to help celebrate your next big release if you’re interested.
TATE: Yay, I would love that too! Fingers crossed there will be more!!
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