This weeks interview is with Tianna Holley, author of “Unexpected Metamorphosis”. Tianna Holley lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and children and has always been an avid reader of fantasy novels. She began writing poetry and short stories in her youth but did not pursue her passion for writing until later in life.

When she’s not typing on her laptop or running after her children, she can usually be found in her kitchen baking and teaching others how to cook with healthy and natural ingredients.

Brad Covey: Thank you for joining me today Tianna. Can you start off by telling us a little more about “Unexpected Metamorphosis”?
Tianna Holley: It’s the first book in the Alissia Roswell series. Alissia is a young woman that’s struggled with trust for most of her life, and when she finds herself in another reality, she’s forced to depend on others. Her body begins to change unexpectedly, and her life spirals out of her control. The story is filled with adventure, magic, and romance.

BC: What inspired you to write a fantasy romance novel?
TH: I’ve always loved the fantasy genre, and it’s pretty much all I read or watch on television. I was going through a lot of personal trials and was in a dark place when I began to write Unexpected Metamorphosis. The story came to me and would not get out of my head. It had to come out, and in a way, it was extremely therapeutic for me. As for romance, forcing Alissia to deal with her lack of trust had to be done, and I gave her two very different love interests to make things more complicated.

BC: How did it feel when you received the first copy of your book in paperback?
TH: Although I had expected to be filled with excitement once I received the book, I was surprised by my lack of it. Instead, I felt relief. I had finally done it, and now I could focus on the next book in the series.

BC: You’re at the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas, can you tell us what that experience is like for you?
TH: My friend and I got here two days before the convention began so that we could be tourists for a bit. We’ve had a lot of fun, and today was the first day of the convention. A lot of authors are pouring into the hotel, and tonight I got to meet other writers of paranormal romance while at a party. Although I am greatly enjoying meeting other authors and look forward to the classes tomorrow, my young son was unexpectedly hospitalized today. It’s nothing life threatening. My husband is at the hospital, but I wish I was the one holding my son right now.

BC: Lately some authors have had to deal with a lot of negativity and attacks with reviews, even being left on work before it is even published. Have you had to deal with this yet and if not, how do you think you would handle it?
TH: At the present time, I have been blessed only with positive feedback and that has helped build my confidence in my writing. As with any author, we bare a part of our soul when we write, and I can see where I may be challenged not to take negative reviews personally. I know it will come at some point, and I hope to take it as constructive criticism.

BC: How difficult has it been to balance your time between writing and your family?
TH: Time management and family has always been a struggle for me. Before writing, I home schooled my children and cooked a lot of large meals for my family. Unexpected Metamorphosis was written mostly during the night hours when everyone in my house was asleep. Needless to say, I was a bit distracted during the day. This year my children will be entering public school for the first time, and my husband is doing a lot more around the house. Everyone in my family has had to adjust to my new career, and I’m very thankful for their support.

BC: Have you arranged many public appearances/signings yet and if so, how has the experience been for you?
TH: This weekend will be my first formal signing at the convention, and the following weekend there will be a book release party. I have a few other things lined up, but my first experience with book signing was a bit awkward for me. I was at my local post office mailing out signed copies of my novel, and I had accidently brought an extra copy with me. The woman behind the counter immediately noticed the cover of my book, and then asked me if I was the author. She winded up buying the book and put a pen down in front of me while spelling out her name. Her enthusiasm drew the attention of all who were present in the post office, and I soon found myself fumbling with the pen while trying to think of what to write. It did not help that I was in my workout clothing and without any makeup. I was completely taken off guard, and it is a memory I will never forget.

BC: What can we expect to see next from you?
TH: Right now I’m focusing on the Alissia Roswell series, but I have many ideas that include fiction and nonfiction.

BC: What do you hope for in your writing career across the next 10 years?
TH: I hope to have at least one book published each year and that people will anticipate the release of my novels.

BC: Any closing remarks to your readers?
TH: I love to hear feedback from my readers, and I invite them to leave comments on my blog or to follow me on Facebook.

BC: Thank you for joining me today Tianna, hope to speak with you again soon.
TH: Thank you for inviting me to your blog, and I look forward to reading your future writings.

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