Here we are on the last day of my blog party. Two weeks is a long time to keep going, but thanks to my fabulous guests and their creative minds, we’ve had a wonderful time. It’s not over yet though. We still have three more guests joining us today. Currently, Stella and the two Jos are enjoying a great chat with Mary Shelley, whilst the rest of us are indulging in yet more karaoke. Robert sure is getting his money’s worth out of that machine.

taralyonsIn the middle of a group rendition (including the dogs!) of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ I somehow managed to hear the doorbell chime and was delighted to see the lovely Tara Lyons had come to join us. She said she had no trouble finding the place, apparently you can hear us all the way down the street. Tara has brought a bottle of White Zinfandel and a huge packet of chocolate peanuts – because “it’s not a party without them!” Whilst I run off to check no-one has a peanut allergy, (that’s all we need in amongst all this chaos) Tara will share her Q&As with you.

What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you? It’s definitely a Roald Dahl book, but I can’t remember which was first: Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The Witches – which probably explains why they are all time favourites (The Twits and The BFG came later at school). I loved those three books dearly, re-reading them several times and watching the movies.

Which book have you always meant to get round to reading, but still not read? A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. While studying at university many moons ago, I discovered the movie adaptation was filmed there and I put it on my reading list. For some reason, I never got round to it. Hopefully, one day I will.

Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)? JK Rowling, Stephen King, Truman Capote, Dumbledore, Katniss Everdeen, Alex Cross – and for sheer guilty pleasure, Edward Cullen.

What’s the best advice you have ever received? Don’t get it right, get it written! It’s been said it many different ways, but this version by fellow author Nicky Black has stayed with me for over a year now and a mantra I regularly say to myself. You can’t edit a blank page! So just get all your thoughts and ideas and characters down on page and you have your foundation to go on from there.

Who is your hero or heroine (real or fictional)? My mum – she’s one of lifes givers and never asks for anything in return. My family would be nothing without her and I watch her in awe as she juggles everything on a daily basis and yet always keeps her cool. I aspire to be more like her.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? (easy, tiger!) This is hard! I mean, who wouldn’t want the cloak of invisibility? But for just one day… Well, I guess I am a people watcher and love to make up stories about where people are going, or who they’re with, or what they’re doing. So, for one day’s invisibility, I would use it for research purposes and get up close and personal to some of those stories. I want to know what makes people tick and choose to do the things they do, so I’d watch and find out. Hmmm… has that made me sound very strange?

What do you think is the best thing about social media? The opportunity it’s given me to launch my self-publishing writing career. I don’t think I’d be where I am today, in just a year, if it wasn’t for social media. It’s opened doors and relationships and friendships that I will be grateful for forever.

What’s your signature dish? Spaghetti Bolognaise – after my many years of making it in secondary school for Food Technology, I think it’s one dish I’ve perfected.

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why? Definitely prefer Facebook! Although I try, if I’m not personally tagged in something, I just can’t seem to keep up with the never-ending updates on Twitter.

Thanks, Tara. I like that mantra – indeed you can’t edit a blank page, something to think about.

I hope you’ll show this blog to your mum, I’ll bet she’d be very touched to know she’s your hero. That’s so lovely.
tara-book2Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

Have a look at Tara’s Amazon Author Page.

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