2/25/11

Interview & Giveaway with Author Tami Jackson!


Hey guys! Welcome to my much-anticipated interview with the author of Ravena & The Resurrected - Author Tami Jackson!

Let's welcome Tami to the blogosphere! *Waves to Tami*









Tami: Thank you, Stephanie, for inviting me to interview here in Windsor Ontario today. I feel so grateful that you would make your blog, "Beyond The Bookshelf" available. I'm just thrilled to be getting to know you, not merely through this blog, but also through all the postings you make at GoodReads.com.

Steph: No problem, Tami! It was my pleasure. Getting to know you has been a lot of fun! :)


Now for some info about Tami:
Tami Jackson
Tami earned her bachelor's degree in communications/English from Washington State University, which is about the same time she received an Emmy Award. Tami has sold many magazine and trade journal articles, written as a news correspondent for Seattle area newspapers, and worked as public relations writer and editor in business and marketing. Born in Seattle, the fifth among seven children, with two school teachers for parents, Tami is the mother of three adult children and two grown step-sons. She is happily married to Doug, and the couple live with a Pug, a Dachshund and two rescued house cats, as well as with back yard chickens and a rabbit named Oscar.
As always, she loves writing and remains an avid fan of all things vampire, werewolf and sleuth! In addition to writing, Tami loves nature and reading action/adventure and dark fiction.  

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Tami agreed to answer some questions for us today! (the questions will be bolded, and Tami's answers will be italicized).

STEPHANIE: What made you want to write a vampire novel?
Tami: Like most intelligent humans, I have always been mesmerized by the idea that we CAN defeat death and rise from our coffins stronger than ever before. People suggest the vampire craze just started here a few years ago but I grew up watching the Munsters and The Addams Family on T. V. I was ten when my little brother was born, and he learned math from Sesame Street's "Count von Count." I also have always loved Halloween, when "Dracula" would be on television. Then the soap opera "Dark Shadows" came out with Vampire Barnabas Collins. I have been fascinated by vampires ever since (the 1960s)!

STEPHANIE: Do you share any of Ravena's personality traits?
Tami: In some ways I wish I had more of Ravena's personality traits. She's much quicker with her wit than I am. As her writer, I had to think long and hard about what her response to any particularly snide comment might be. Ravena speaks her funny opinions instantaneously. She also evolves to where she no longer allows mean criticisms to bother her. Through writing her story, I began to examine why someone might behave in a very cruel manner. Most often they are not motivated by any intelligent means. It became very clear to me that enlightened people have neither the desire nor time to be cruel. Nice people do not provide non-constructive feedback. Ravena realizes that when she's only in her twenties. Point is, if she's like me at all, it's because when she makes mistakes, she attempts to learn from them so she doesn't make the same lapse in judgment again. In that way, I wish we were all like her.

STEPHANIE: What made you choose Seattle as the backdrop of the novel?
Tami: I love Seattle. I was born here and grew up just south of the city. At age 17, I took a job downtown at Pacific Bank as a clerk typist, which meant I rode the bus into the city and walked a number of blocks to work on 4th and Olive streets. I learned the downtown area rather intimately by traveling on foot and met quite a number of homeless people back when I was just a teenager. Seattle's homeless are quite different from the homeless I've met in San Francisco, where the city hands out drugs and addicts are allowed to urinate in the street. It's much cleaner in Seattle and the homeless here don't just come up to touch you like they do in San Francisco.

I also realized how special Seattle was when I took a back-pack trip alone to New York around the 4th of July in 2009. I couldn't believe that New Yorker's don't recycle paper or cans. I walked around carrying my empty water bottles for an entire day before finding a New York Police Officer who admitted the Big Apple just spits its seeds everywhere. Everything gets thrown into the garbage (unless you're in a wealthy neighborhood, then people might have the opportunity to recycle something). In Seattle - people everywhere can behave like recycling Nazis. If a visitor throws something in the trash that doesn't belong there, someone's bound to come up from behind, pull it out and put that item in the appropriate recycling bin.

Even while I'm a woman of a certain age, I can travel :30 minutes and be downtown Seattle so I walk the city's hills quite often. It's a beautiful place to live and visit. Seattle always feels like home to me.

STEPHANIE: What would you rather be: a vampire, or a werewolf?
Tami: Vampire. Definitely.  Vampires can feast without necessarily killing their prey. I'm not sure werewolves really have that option - or that much self control. On the flip side (as a human being) I'd also rather be attacked by a vampire than by a werewolf! Wouldn't you?

STEPHANIE: Why do YOU think the paranormal fiction genre is such a big hit?
Tami: There are so many reasons. Here's seven reasons why vampires rank so high in popularity.

VAMPIRES REPRESENT: 

1. Guilt-free sensual power/forgiven sex. (While church or social circles might attempt to impose sexual "ethics," vampires are regarded as powerful predators and someone whose sexually ravished by such a fantastical being is not considered guilty they're considered "the victim!")
2. Vampires seem mysterious. We all LOVE experiencing a good mystery ... They offer a fantastic escape from the daily grind.
3. Some of us have that "rescuer" mentality and yearn to fix what's broken. If we find a brooding (possibly guilt-ridden) vampire, we can satisfy our personal need to be the rescuer and comfort that dark creature.
4. Most vampires in popular fiction show old world chivalry and adorably good manners (something that's often missing from modern society).  
5. Because vampires do not die, they have no sense of urgency. They can take their time while pursuing someone, amorously. They also offer humans the opportunity to never grow sick or ever feel frail again.
6. Most people, at some time or other, have felt like a social misfit or wall flower, which is what makes the lonely vampire seem like someone we can utterly relate to.
7. Vampires appeal to our rebellious nature. It's considered "evil" to commit murder and yet vampires do and seem to get away with breaking all the rules.
Since that was the last question, I'd like to thank you again, Stephanie, for allowing me to visit. If any of your subscribers would like to follow me during this blog tour, your website and all other blog-stops I make are posted (with hyperlinks) on this calendar: 

Thanks Tami! 


Now for the goodies. Below, you'll find the book trailer for Ravena & The Resurrected (check it out!). Underneath that you'll find a link to my review of R&R. 






And if you'd like to read the first chapter of R&R, click here!

Wanna win a copy of R&R?

*CONTEST DETAILS: Comment on this post and leave your email if you've been commenting on my past posts regularly - the person with the most comments wins (hopefully you've been keeping track)! The winner will get a free e-copy of Ravena & The Resurrected, which can be read on ANY platform (even your computer!). 

If you don't win and you'd still like to read R&R, visit the smashwords page and buy it on your preferred platform:


7 comments:

  1. Waving back at ya Stephanie. May the best contestant win!

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  2. Great interview Steph and awesome answers Tami :D

    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    Ambur
    ambiepie_6(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. Anonymous2/26/2011

    As far as returning from the grave, stronger than before, don't forget Aslan, Son of The Great Emperor Over the Sea. Maybe that was Seas?
    Think the fiction world is ready for a WereNaga?

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a fan of vampire books and agree with the list of all the reasons we seem to like vampire stories so much. R&R looks like it will be a blast.

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  5. Hi Dana ~ Vampire books certainly can keep us awake at night better than any other genre - can't they! LOL. ~ Tami

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  6. It would be interesting to have some of the super skills they seem to possess.

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  7. TallnTrue ~ I would especially like to have the security of always being disease-free, ageless, and never have to say "goodbye" to friends via death. The rest of it is just icing on the cake ... but wouldn't it be fun to move at ridiculous speed by one's own power?
    ~ Tami

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