Jun 26, 2016

A Paranormal Reckoning Author Interview – Tabitha Barret

tabithaHere is my author interview with Tabitha Barret for A Paranormal Reckoning Event. Make sure to check out her The Third Throne Series starting with The Angel of Darkness, Angel of Death and Angel of Vengeance. Make sure to grab your copy of these awesome books today.

What is the one thing that you like best about writing and reading paranormal books?
I like writing and reading paranormal books because you never know what to expect.  The rules change once you introduce mythical creatures with powers and abilities.  It adds an extra layer to the story.  The challenges are harder and there are unique obstacles to overcome.  Paranormal Romance takes two people who want to be together and ups the stakes.  Warring families become warring families with teeth and fangs.  Imagine what would have happened to Romeo and Juliet if Romeo had been a vampire and Juliet had been werewolf or a siren.  The battle in the streets of Verona would have been very different.

What paranormal creature is your favorite to read about and why?
I like reading about vampires because they tend to be sexy and sophisticated in many stories.  Werewolves are usually portrayed as more animalistic and brutal.  There is something to be said for a sexy vampire who is trying to seduce a woman who is immune to his powers and charm.

What is one thing about the paranormal genre that you think stands out from other genres in the book world?
I think paranormal characters are more vulnerable, which makes them standout as tragic figures.  They are powerful creatures, but are powerless to overcome their situations.  People can relate to them.  Take any sad story and add a paranormal element to make it even sadder.  The creatures could be persecuted or hunted by their own kind.  There are no limitations inside the paranormal genre.  Dragons can be made slaves to vampires.  Witches can be hunted by werewolves.  Seemingly unstoppable creatures can become tragic characters once magic is introduced.

What free tool or option do you think more authors should utilize?
A free tool that love to use is pixlr.com.  You can use to create quick banners or teaser photos.  There are plenty of free photo sites to find relevant pictures for your advertising.  Pixlr is easier than photoshop to use and faster when adding font or effects.  I’ve made some really nice banners for Facebook events in a quarter of the time compared to photoshop.

What is one piece advice would you give to new authors just starting out?
One piece of advice?  Geez, there are tons of things I want to tell authors.  The most important is that they need to understand their genre.  So many authors make the mistake of marketing to the wrong readers or using the wrong keywords in Twitter or in their Amazon book pages.  There should be a general genre and a niche keyword.  #book will not get you anywhere.  #author will not sell your book.  #fiction is a dead end.  Who is going to read your book?  Who will search for the elements within your book?  Find the correct genre and figure out what makes your books different.  #Fantasy may not be enough.  Is it Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Fairytales, Young Adult, Middle School, or Magical Realism?  Don’t get too specific so that people would never search for #woodlandcreatures, but #fallenangels #ghosthunters and #apocalypse might work as secondary tags when describing your book.  I ignore silly things like #fiction #book because it doesn’t tell me anything other than it’s not non-fiction or gardening.

Do you have a favorite place that you like to read in your home?
I usually read in my bedroom because I can block out everyone else in the house.  Since I started writing more when I’m at home, I mostly read in my car or in the lunchroom at work.

If you could have any type of mythical creature for a pet what would you choose and why?
I think the vast majority would probably want a unicorn.  I’m more team dragon or something equally dangerous.  I would want a creature that would make intruders think twice about breaking into my house.

If readers could only identify you using one word about you and your books what word do you think they would choose and why?
Throne.  My books discuss fallen angels, various evil creatures, and the Bringer of the Apocalypse, but I chose the title, The Third Throne because the story is about power and destiny.  Whoever sits in the three thrones of Hell, rules the domain.  Three Heavenly Angels have sat upon the Third Throne over the years but none of them could handle it.  What will happen when the Bringer of the Apocalypse sits on the third throne?  Many consider her to be evil, while other see her as a symbol of hope.  At the end of the series, we shall see what power and authority does to this woman.  Will it drive her mad like her predecessors, or will she be what Hell needs?

Have you ever had something happen that could be a paranormal occurrence that you could not explain?
Growing up I was the kid who always believed that the house was haunted, or that ghosts were real, but I don’t think I ever had something happen to me directly.  I’m more susceptible to weird coincidences, like talking about something completely random and then hearing or seeing it again later that day.  For example, you have a rarely heard song stuck in your head and then you walk into a room and hear it playing.  I mentioned a bus that my kids played on when they were in daycare to my husband.  I haven’t talked about that bus or seen it anywhere in 10 years.  Five minutes later while driving out of state to a mall I have never been to before, my husband spotted that bus on the opposite side of the highway coming towards us.  He freaked out.  Maybe it’s some silly hidden ability I have.

Depending on how many current paranormal books that you have on the market which one would you suggest new readers start with?
I would suggest starting with book 1, though it’s more like a setup book for the series.  There is less action than the other books, but the reader learns about the main character as she figures out who she really is.  Book 2 is where our main character’s journey begins.  There is more action and a more detailed plot.  Book 3 and on continue the journey until the last book of the series, yet to come.

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