Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:
Tammy L. Grace!
A Short Bio
Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing. When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.
Kev: What is your latest book about?
From the back cover:
Killer Music: A Cooper Harrington Detective Novel
When private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington meets record label mogul Grayson Taylor at a swank gathering of country music artists and politicians he never imagines he’ll be investigating his brutal murder less than twenty-four hours later.
The suspects are plentiful. More than a handful of people could have wanted him dead. Retained by Taylor’s widow, Coop works alongside his best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason. The investigation leads Coop and Ben to visit the luxurious mansions of recording industry magnates, navigate the murky undercurrents of the political world, and probe complicated family matters. Scandalous indiscretions, secrets, and hints of corruption swirl in the midst of their pursuit of the killer.
Coop’s faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle and his loyal golden retriever, Gus, both lend a hand during the investigation. Even his Aunt Camille mines the local gossip mill to unearth potential killers with motive. Yet the case seems hopeless until a crucial piece of evidence emerges that sends Coop and Ben on a race to catch the killer before someone else dies.
Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?
The idea for KILLER MUSIC came to me while I was visiting Nashville a few years ago. While touring the exclusive Belle Meade neighborhood, I thought it would make a fun setting for a book. I’ve wanted to do a mystery/detective novel for some time and a murder at a high-class event intrigued me.
Kev: Did you do any specialised research for your story?
I used my visit to make notes about the area and always use the Internet to check locations and distances, so the book is realistic. I relied on my dad’s thirty-plus years in law enforcement to make sure the crime details were accurate. I’m retired from the legislative branch of government and used my experience and knowledge for the scenes related to the lawmakers in the novel. I also contacted former colleagues to get some facts about the government buildings in Nashville.
Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?
The biggest challenge with this book was making sure the crime wasn’t too easy to solve. I wanted to make sure there were plenty of suspects and needed to get the details correct, so the crime made sense.
Kev: Who is the protagonist?
Cooper “Coop” Harrington is the main character who is the private detective.
Kev: What would you say is the protagonist’s greatest weakness or obstacle and why?
Coop has some personal challenges in his life. He’s a bachelor and can’t seem to find the right woman. He’s carrying some baggage and that plays into his emotional struggles. He’s also a chronic insomniac and operates on very little sleep.
Kev: What would you say is the main antagonist’s greatest strength?
I don’t want to give away too much of the story, so I’ll say power and manipulation are the greatest strengths of the antagonist(s).
Kev: Could you provide a short passage from your book to give us a taster?
I’ll point you to the Amazon “Look Inside” feature, to give you a sample.
Kev: When you write, do write off-the-cuff or do you use some kind of formula?
For this book, I did a very detailed outline, with very little off-the-cuff writing. My other three books were much more loosely outlined, but because of the crime, clues, and action, I needed a fairly tight outline.
Kev: How do you deal with writers-block?
It doesn’t happen often, since I tend to have a good sense of where I’m going with the book before I start. When it does happen, I generally do something else and step away from the book for a period of time. I find a way through when I’m involved in another unrelated activity, especially walking.
Kev: Preference for writing: Day or Night?
I’m a morning person, so definitely day.
Kev: What is your process for editing your work?
I usually re-read what I have written each day and do some editing as I go, but review the whole manuscript multiple times before it’s done. I have some early readers who go through the first drafts and I also work with a wonderful editor I met through a critique group. She gives it the final edit.
Kev: How do you come up with your book covers?
I work with a great book designer and share my ideas with her. She asks several questions about the setting and main characters and then works up some cover ideas. It’s one of my favorite parts of the process.
Kev: Do you think the book cover is important?
I think the cover is critical. I find I choose books by the cover quite often and will pass on books that look unprofessional or undesirable. It’s my first chance to hook a new reader, so I spend a lot of time making sure it’s what I want.
Kev: Which publishing platform do you prefer and why?
I use the solutions through Amazon-CreateSpace and Kindle. I like how easy they are to use and how quickly things are published once submitted. I find them to be reasonably priced and have been pleased with the results.
Kev: Do you face any daunting obstacles during the publishing process?
I haven’t found any overwhelming issues during publishing. I give myself plenty of time, because it seems things always take a bit longer than I think. I use a formatting service, so I have to coordinate the timing of the formatting and the book cover.
Kev: What methods do you use to promote your work?
This is the most daunting area for me. I use social media to promote my books. I also participate in book signings and author expos near my hometown. I have participated in a blog tour and have found wonderful bloggers, like you, who generously dedicate their time to promoting authors and their books.
Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would say to keep writing and take steps to make your dream become a reality. Perseverance is a must, especially for self-published authors. You have all the control and all the responsibility, which makes it exciting, but challenging. I would also recommend doing your research and making sure you are working with reputable people.
Kev: Which social media platforms do you use the most?
I use several, but my own website and Facebook are probably my top picks.
Kev: Is there anything else you would like to add?
KILLER MUSIC is available on Amazon. In addition I’ve published three previous books in the Hometown Harbor Series. These books are set in the picturesque San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest.
I am an avid reader and have always read to escape and for enjoyment. In this women’s fiction series, I’ve tried to create memorable characters with whom I’d like to spend my spare time.
Amazon Link for Killer Music: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V0V4HP2
Amazon Link for Finding Home: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZJ6W7E
Amazon Link for Home Blooms: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVVKG44
Amazon Link for A Promise of Home: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OWHG42U
TAMMY L. GRACE, EVERYONE!