Today, I’d like to welcome fellow Astraea Press author Tara Mayoros.
To whet everyone’s appetite, let’s start with the gorgeous cover of your book and the blurb …
In the novel BROKEN SMILES, Laidan Swanson rises from ashes of sorrow to the top of the music billboard charts, only to find that her desire for fame is overshadowed by her desire to serve. She escapes her identity and flees to find the humanitarian doctor and the Chinese children depicted in a brochure that she came across in a hospital lobby.
While performing at the Grammys, the pressure from the music industry becomes too much for Laidan. She is quickly carried off the stage, leaving the world audience stunned and amazed by her emotional performance. Accompanying her are a trusted bodyguard and a close childhood friend. Together they make for the jungles of China where she meets Doctor Rafe Watkins, a humanitarian doctor who has reasons of his own for why he has chosen to live deep within the bamboo forests. The handsome doctor is building an orphanage and runs a clinic that fixes children’s broken smiles or cleft palets. Watching him perform his many acts of kind service, Laidan’s “broken smile” is also healing and she begins to fall deeply in love with him. She has finally found a place where she belongs. One problem – because of Rafe’s intentional seclusion from society for the past seven years, he does not know Laidan’s true identity. What will he do when he finds out? Can love conquer all, or is Laidan’s rock star fame too big for his quiet life?
Sounds great! So tell me …
What was the initial kernel of an idea that got you started writing Broken Smiles?
It’s probably best to link to this post on my blog http://taramayoros.com/2014/04/22/my-debut-novel-broken-smiles-coming-mid-2014/ to get the full story. But it was something that would not leave my dreams or every waking thought.
The story sounds very important to you. Do you have any personal links to or memories of the places where your book is set?
Yes, most everything about this book is personal. I lived in China and love the culture. It was my way of revisiting memories and places I’ve been.
What is your heroine Laidan’s most admirable quality?
I think Laidan is strong as she doesn’t bend her identity during times of fame or sorrow.
And your hero Rafe’s?
Rafe’s most admirable quality is his desire to serve. Out of all of my characters, I strive to be the most like him.
Neatly leading on to a little about you…
Where do you do your writing?
Mostly on a comfortable couch or my bed. Sometimes I take to the mountains and write on a hillside with a beautiful view.
I like the sound of that! If you could have your dream space to write, where or what would it be?
On a cloud that molds to whichever position I choose to be in. Then I could watch the world below and find inspiration. That would be cool.
Wow! That’s an imaginative answer! Now, this is an old question, I know, but I always find it so telling … If you were stuck on a desert island, what would be …
Your top 3 movies?
Lord of the Rings, The Notebook, Return to Me
Your top 3 books?
Hard one! All of Juliette Marillier’s books, Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, all of Eva Ibbotson. Too many to choose!
Top 3 albums?
Joshua Tree by U2, other favorite musicians (but it changes all the time) Florence and the Machine, Brandi Carlisle, Amy MacDonald, Imagine Dragons, too many to choose!
So, have you started your next book yet, and if so, can you tell us a little about it?
I have a Christmas novella coming out next month called Eight Birds of Christmas. I have taken a scene from Broken Smiles and expanded it into a short heartwarming Christmas story. I am also working on a YA fantasy trilogy called Vagabond. I am very excited for this trilogy. It is much darker and fantastical than Broken Smiles. But it has been so much fun to write.
Sounds like you’re a versatile lady! Thank you for visiting.
Broken Smiles is available at:
AMAZON – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NU8LAJO
SMASHWORDS – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/479159
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a child, Tara Mayoros moved to Asia with her family where her love of different cultures and travel began. In college she satisfied her wanderlust by moving back to China, filling her head with countless stories, and occasionally writing them down.
Years, marriage, children and many adventures later, she picked up her dusty pen and paper (or laptop) and realized that writing took her to different worlds and gave her the experiences that she yearned for. As an author, artist, baker, music teacher, gardener, and nature lover – she sees the beauty in the process, and the miracle, of creation. The Rocky Mountains are her home and they call to her whenever she finds herself in need of inspiration.
You can find Tara at:
website – taramayoros.com
twitter – https://twitter.com/TaraMayoros
pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/taramayoros/