Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TT Talks to Partners in ParanormYA

Hey Y’all! So it’s finally my turn to spotlight Gwen Gardner and Angela Brown of Partners in ParanormYA! And you know I can’t just ask some easy questions – it’s been done! So I have shaken the Fall Fairy and her dust transformed us into animals that match our personalities! (ie, we took a personality/animal quiz!)

Angela is a Bear, Gwen is a Wolf, and I am a Wild Dog – Arrooooooo!
So this interview will be conducted doggie style (ha ha, sorry)

Me: Ruff, ruff.
I mean, Thanks so much for playing along with my silly surprise, Ladies! I know that fur might start to itch, so I’ll get right to the questions! How did you two animals "meet?"

A: We met as all other online buds meet. Online lol!. Okay, okay :-) Seriously, I came across Gwen's blog shortly after I started blogging in the summer of 2011. Her blog was about running and YA fiction. I enjoyed stopping by her blog and sharing comments and found she was a frequent comment bud at my blog. We became great bloggy buds and are now Partners in ParanormYA :-)

G: We’ve known each other for a while, but I recall Angela saying recently that we met at Rach Harries Platform Building Campaign. Then I stopped by Angela’s blog a lot during the A-Z last April and really enjoyed her blog-opera-now-turned-Neverlove novel. We became critique partners and formed Partners in ParanormYA, and “talk” nearly every day. We’ve even spoken on the phone a few times - it’s not often bloggy friends get to hear each other’s voices.

Me: I know, isn’t that a sign of the times! Aww, you guys were made for each other!

Me: Now I have a question for Angela. Have you ever/would you ever base a character on Chipmunk? What traits of hers stand out? I love this picture of the two of you!

A: Yes. Yes I would. Chipmunk is a bit of a tomboy and so I hope to take some of that stand out trait of hers, along with her beautiful eyes, pouty lips, and witty brain power, to make one or two enjoyable MG stories.

Me: She sounds like a loveable, intelligent character! I bet she could solve many MG dilemmas! Now Gwen, you went from a VP to a mountain woman writer? Could you tell me a couple of pros  cons from that drastic change? This is a great shot of you howling at the moon!

G: Cons: The first victim was Money. I miss Andrew, Benjamin and even George. *sigh* And  Happy Hour was the second victim. Bye-bye Jose Cuervo. *double sigh* Pros: I get to write in a gorgeous setting! And I’m my own boss, so I don’t have to get up and put on a suit or make-up in the morning.

Me: Ha! Great Pros & Cons can be made up for later, right? So, Ladies, Partners in ParanormYA is off to a beautiful start! What do you think each other contributes to this partnership?

G: It’d be impossible to just tell you one thing! Angela’s warm, kind, giving, talented, creative, smart, reliable, and funny. What I like the most is how we laugh together about some of the posts we write for our PIP blog and blog tour.  We both have a quirky sense of humor.

A: Gwen has a sweetness about her that shows through her blog. Having had a chance to partner with her in marketing our self-published novels, Neverlove and Givin' Up the Ghost, I can confirm that all her sweetness is genuinely real. She's the best organizer you could hope for and her heart is like gold. She can take the bull by the horns and live life to the fullest. She's also a great listener. Like really listens! Seriously. Okay. I suppose I better stop before I end up having someone wanting to sweep her off her feet (Sorry fellows. She's taken.)

Me: Awwww! A match made in blog heaven! Looking forward to more ParanormYA books from you two! Any in the works? Sequels?

A: I do see a sequel for Neverlove, but right now I only see one. If the sequel begs for a third...I'll work that out. As for right now, I'm working on a sekrit project that has finally gotten more body in my brain lol!!

G: I’m working on the second book in the Indigo Eady Paranormal Mystery Series, called A Guilty Ghost Surprised.

Me: Awesome! It will probably be nice to get back to writing after all this crazy tour stuff – then you can do it all over again! How about sharing a final quote?

G: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein.

A: A writing quote...hmmm...the one that I can't help thinking of is the one EJ Wesley shows at his blog: "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." ~ W. Red Smith

Me: Perfect!

A: Thanks again for having us and I can't wait to be a part of your "show" :-)

Me: Sounds like a date! Thanks!

And here are the deets on their awesome YA Paranormal Novels and PRIZES!!!

Gwen Gardner’s Givin’ Up The Ghost at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

And there are two giveaways! Visit
Partners in ParanormYA for the Big Swag Giveaway and for the Week Three Giveaway

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Brinda said...

You guys are too funny!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A friendship that was meant to be!
So how does the Chipmunk feel about being in one of your stories, Angela?

SA Larsenッ said...

Hopped over from Angela's blog. Loved this! Too cute. It was great to get to know you ladies, better.

Candilynn Fite said...

What a fun interview Tara! Hi ladies, hope your blog tour was a great success!!

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comment. I don't care too much for monsters either, but you know gotta have them.

M.J. Fifield said...

I've always loved that writing quote.

Fantastic interview, ladies. Lots of fun. Best of luck to you!

Angela Brown said...

@ Brinda - Isn't Tara just amazing? Thanks Fall Fairy. Being a big lovable bear was kind of fun.

@ Alex - I'm working on the story, very slowly, right now. She's excited about it. She's asked about it a couple of times so I've had to explain to her that it will be a character based off of her. She grins and goes on to do speed cup stacking in the living room lol!

@ SA - Glad you stopped by :-) This was certainly a fun interview.

@Candilynn - It's definitely been a fun ride :-)

@ MJ - Thanks so much :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Tara. The Fall Fairy did a great job turning us into wonderful animal forms. I can "bearly" contain my excitement lol!!

Tara Tyler said...

it's my pleasure to host! glad you all like us!

Gwen Gardner said...

Hi Tara! Thanks for hosting us in such a creative way. But I want to know why Angela gets to be a cuddly bear and I'm a wolf?! But hey - you and I are related, right?

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great interview questions and photo shots, Tara!

Gwen - love the pros and cons you mentioned about being your own boss.

Angela - a character based on Chipmunk sounds great!

Tara Tyler said...

Gwen, my dog! yeah, we are more cut throat =)

Julie said...

This is so cute and very creative! You guys are awesome. :D

Morgan said...

Aaaah! <---Me loving your blog layout, Tara!

And fabulous interview. Really fun! :-D

Angela Cothran said...

That was awesome!

Jenny S. Morris said...

You guys are so much fun. Love the interview!

Gwen Gardner said...

Tyrean, thanks. Quitting my job to become an author was a pretty huge trade off. But I'm ever so much happier now, if a little scared about the future.

Julie, thanks. We think you're awesome, too:)

Morgan, it was more of the creative ones I've seen. Because Tara is so creative - just look at all her awesome blog headings.

Angela C., thank you. It was nice to reveal a bit more about ourselves.

Jenny, thank you. We do try to be fun and have fun during this tour.

Susan Oloier said...

That was so creative and absolutely fun! Missing Jose Cuervo (ha, ha). I can relate to that from my corporate days.

Gwen Gardner said...

Susan, thank you. Yeah, happy hour at El Torito's every Friday was such a blast.

Elise Fallson said...

This was so fun and creative! All of your interviews have made me smile, you guys are great. :D

Gwen Gardner said...

Thanks Elise, we do try to keep it interesting:)

Cassie Mae said...

You guys are too cute! I can't wait to go get these books :) Pay day... please come sooner! LOL.

Gwen Gardner said...

HaHa! Thanks Cassie. In case you didn't know, we have a giveaway going on over at our blog, Partners in ParnormYA. Maybe you could win our books!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That was cute. There's something special in finding such a good partnership.

Livia said...

*sitting in the audience*
*laughing hysterically and smiling*
*Smiles at Tara*

You are hilarious, ladies! Very cute and informative. And I love writing quotes too, it's just the matter of writing things down in time.

And yes, online has put many possibilities for us, writers. We meet writers who know EXACTLY what you're going through. You always have a back to lean on in this wonderful online writing community.

Great interview, guys! It was awesome!

Gwen Gardner said...

Diane, we both feel completely blessed!

Livia, so glad you enjoyed being a member of our audience today. We had so much fun being here:)

Nick Wilford said...

Sounds like an awesome partnership. Blogging truly does lead to great things!

Christine Rains said...

Fantastic! Loved this interview. I've met some awesome people online too.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

Cracks me up that you were all animals. Very cool that Gwen ditched her VP job to write. They sound like they have a fun friendship. Great interview!

Tara Tyler said...

having angela & gwen was a blast! now how will i uniquify my next guest?!

Gwen Gardner said...

Nick, I learned just about everything I know about writing/publishing/editing from awesome writing bloggers!

Christine, me too! The blogging community is very caring.

Kimberly, it was so fun being animals today:)

Tara, "uniquify"? That's hilarious! Thanks again for all your support and hosting us <3