Book Tour Interview & Contest: Tawny Stokes

Jen: Please help us welcome Tawny Stokes to Romancing the Book as her book tour makes a stop with us. Tawney, will you please share a short bio with us?

Tawny: I’m a multi-published adult author under the name Vivi Anna, and have just recently broken into YA under the name Tawny Stokes. I’m also a screenwriter and TV writer, with a TV pilot currently being read at MTV and a feature film in the works with a local director. I live in Canada with my awesome daughter and we have two cats.

Jen: Tell us about Static and where is can be purchased.

Tawny: During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She’s been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It’s a dream come true.

Except the dream turns to a nightmare when she wakes up in a dumpster, tossed away like yesterday’s trash, with no memory of what happened the night before. She feels strange, different, as if something is trying to get out. Soon she realizes she’s changing…turning into something not quite human.

Now a hunger deep inside claws at her to feed, to siphon energy from those around her. Before she can do just that, Trevor, the band’s roadie shows up and stops her from killing. With his help she learns to control the hunger inside, because he’s just like her. And in return he wants her help to do one little thing…

Help him kill the members of Malice.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Tawny: I have always written, for as long as I can remember. I used to write a lot of poetry and short stories in middle school and high school. But I never thought it could be a career, something that I could get paid to do.

I rediscovered writing in 2001, I wrote some adult short stories, those all got published, then in 2003 I epublished my first book under my alter ego Vivi Anna. In 2005 I got my first agent, and he got me my first NY book deal in 7 days. It was awesome. It wasn’t until 2008 that I discovered I had a voice for YA, so I set off to write a couple of different books, and sent them to my second agent. She shopped them both extensively but didn’t get the deal we wanted, so I have self-published my first YA, Static.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Tawny: My daughter is very talented. She can write really well, but publishing isn’t something she wants to pursue right at this moment. She’s also a talented artist and dancer. She got all the talent genes.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Tawny: I used to plot 3 chapters, write them, then plot three more…etc. But now I like to go with the flow. Organic writing seems to really work for me now.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Tawny: I try and write at the same time every day. It forms habit and discipline. I usually write late afternoon to around eight or nine at night.

Jen: What is it about the YA genre that appeals to you?

Tawny: Freedom. That may sound strange, but I feel like I have no restraints on me when I write YA. There are no rules that I HAVE to follow. Except the sex thing…have to cautious there obviously.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Tawny: Most challenging for me is staying focused on one project until its finished. I usually end up working on 5-6 things at once. Easiest is coming up with ideas. Most rewarding, when readers tell me how much they loved the book.

Jen: How much influence does the editor have over the story or characters?

Tawny: Since I self-published this book, there was zero influence. Although my agent at the time did help me with this book. She pushed me to be better.

Jen: What five authors or people, past or present, have been important to your writing? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?

Tawny: Stephen King, Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, Simon Green, and Kim Harrison. I just would want to say….thank you for your creations.

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

Tawny: Self-publishing this YA book Static. It felt incredible to do it all myself and be in full control.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Tawny: I have another YA coming out soon called Full Metal Demon, and a bunch of works coming out as Vivi Anna.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Tawny: My web address is www.tawnystokes.com but you can fine me mucking about on twitter as @TawnyStokes or my adult persona @authorViviAnna

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Tawny: What is it about YA that you love? Any favourite authors?

Contest details:

  • The prize is a download of Static.
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 13.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, September 4.

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