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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Tamara Hoffa

Please welcome Tamara to our blog today who is sharing her latest release and explaining how she creates the perfect hero!
What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hi, I’m Tamara Hoffa. I currently live in McEwen, Tennessee, a small town about forty miles west of Nashville. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to South Florida when I was sixteen. I spent twenty-plus years in Florida before becoming a half-back. That’s what locals call we Northerners, who move all the way south and then… you got it, half way back.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Roping Love is a short contemporary romance. Chance was Carrie’s first boyfriend, first love, first lover, first broken heart. After ten years they meet again and the sparks still fly. But, Carrie doesn’t want anything to do with the cowboy who stomped on her heart. Chance is bound and determined to win her back. This time he is going to win. He is going after her and she doesn’t stand a chance, just like a calf in a shoot, he is going to rope her with his love and ride back into her life.”

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from life. Yes, be warned, if you are my friend you may find yourself in one of my books! My first story, Heart of a Soldier was inspired by my two best friends. Both of whom have sons who joined the military. Roping Love was inspired by my own past. Not the romance in the story, but I showed Quarter horses for many years and competed in the All American Quarter Horse Congress, where part of Roping Love takes place.
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
I love the line in “As Good as it Gets” when Jack Nicholson is asked “How do you right women so well?” and he replies “I think of a man, and then I remove all reason and accountability”. I think of a man, and then I add… no not really. I just write men I would love to have in my life. Strong, handsome, generous, sweet, hot and loving.
What’s your biggest turn on?
Touch. I love it when my husband steals up behind me and kisses my neck. When he brushes a hand across my shoulder as he passes my chair, and holds my hand as we sit side by-side.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I always wanted to teach. I did teach Cosmetology for a year and I loved it.  
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Relax? What’s that? I have a full time day job, a husband, three children, two grandchildren (who all live with me) I edit, review, beta read, and write. But, if I’m not doing any of that, I am reading. Reading is my escape. That’s why I love to write. I want to give my readers that few moments of living someone else’s life.
What’s your greatest weakness?
The inability to say “no”
What trait do you find the sexiest?
If you mean physically, then I guess size (behave, that’s not what I mean) I love big men. Tall and muscular. But, beyond the physical, I like a man with a sense of humour and a kind heart.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
I like pretty steamy romance. But, I DO want it to be romance. So I write it that way (I hope)
Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
No, I haven’t ventured into anything too kinky as yet, but there is time…
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?

It’s kind of funny I guess, but I don’t do anything to “set the mood” I usually write at night, when everyone else in the house is asleep. The television is often on in the background and I am just lost in my own world. The characters actually make up their scenes, I just write them down as they happen. (Yes, writers are crazy!)
Ten Years ago love slipped through Chance’s lasso. This time “He was going after her and she didn’t stand a chance, just like a calf in a chute, he was going to rope her with his love and ride back into her life.”
Carrie Stewart is a dedicated horsewoman. She runs a successful breeding and training program. She is a good friend, a good sister and a favorite aunt, but she has been burned by love. Carrie has never gotten over her first love, Chance Ryan. After ten years of absence Chance shows back up in her life. Should she risk her heart again, with the man who left it broken at her feet in the past? Chance has some serious work ahead of him to win back the one woman he could never forget.
Purchase Roping Love on Amazon, ARe, Secret Cravings Publishing and Bookstrand.

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