Monday, May 2, 2016

#LiteraryStardom Chatting with Tabitha Sharpe, Your Next Fav #Author @rainejupiter

Literary Stardom is a spotlight for 'New Authors' that has 5 or less books under their belt. This new feature is targeted to highlight new authors because many new authors are often overlooked and readers don’t want to take a chance on purchasing a book by someone ‘new.’ However, many readers are missing out because these new authors have a lot of fire spitting from their pen! Some of you seem to forget that your favorite author was once new & you took a chance with them. So, my message is to stop overlooking these talented authors and give them a chance! Our next Literary Star is Tabitha Sharpe.
Born and raised in Nashville Tennessee, Tabitha Sharpe always had bigger dreams than what the country music capital of the USA said she should have. Her writing journey began as a young child desperate to find solace after losing her father. That peace finding journey turned into a hobby. That hobby lead her to writing for her high school and college newspapers. She fell in love with journalism and it jump started her into a career. On August 24, 2015, Tabitha released her first fictional novel, ‘Behind Our Husbands' Lies.’ In 2016, she busted out of the literary gate with her second full length novel, ‘Unhinged.’ Though she is a new face to the literary world, she is a force to be reckoned with her two back to back page turning novels.

Chatting with Tabitha

I had the honor of sitting down & chatting with Tabitha about her literary career. Tune in to hear what she had to say.

Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
Yes. I'm a newlywed, mother and writing fool. Outside of writing, I love to read, of course and crotchet. I'm in love with the hit TV series ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals,’ so you can always catch me in front of the screen on Fridays.
Your publisher is Diamond M'Press Publications. Why did you decide to sign with them?
Well, I love Dominique. I love the way she moves and how ambitious she is. Our goals line up together and we get along great. She gives me the extra push and creative structure I need to complete my projects.
Who is your targeted audience and what message are you trying to relay in your writing?
I would say my targeted audience is always women, mothers, wives and grandmothers. Overall, while entertaining, I'm always trying to remind women of something. It might be that we aren't all perfect, sometimes the message is logic over love. But the audience is usually pretty much the same.
With thousands of books being released each day and new authors steady emerging, how are you going to stand out? Why should readers give your book(s) a try versus others in the same genre?
Readers should try me because I brand myself. I actually take the time to interact, to fall in love with my readers and give them a chance to fall in love with me. Also, I'm bringing back the truth to literature. It's our job to entertain, but our biggest job is to network and market. How can you do that if you're being a false character?
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I read that book in high school and I knew I was in love with writing. Since then, I've always thought damn, if I could have written this book I know I would be a legend. I don't want to be rich. I want to be an icon, a legend.
I'm sure you're a reader as well, who are some of your favorite authors and what's on your ‘To Be Read’ List?
Oh yes, I love me some reading. I am a big science fiction freak, so Stephen King, James Patterson, P.C. Cast, Ally Thomas. Right now, I don't have a TBR list. I'm working on finding some hot material to read.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how long has it been since you published your first book?
I am a full time writer. It has almost been a year. In August, my first book will be a year old.
What inspired you to become a writer?
Everything inspired me to become a writer. My main reason for writing was my cousin. She gave me a diary a few years after my father died because I was rebelling, and was just becoming evil. I had nothing left inside of me and she wanted me to find some kind of solace in writing down my pain, my memories, my happiness and all of that. Little did she know that hobby, would turn into my career.
So tell us, what books have you written?
So far, I have Behind Our Husbands Lies and Unhinged.
What genre is Unhinged and why did you choose to write in that genre?
Unhinged is a mystery novel. I've always loved solving mysteries, and riddles. I thought it would be fun to try one out.
Give us an insight into your main character(s). What does he/she do that is so special?
Well, Lilly is the main character. This book is literally centered around her. She is the lifeline of this book. She is special because she's an African American, multiple disorder having, secretary for a high school, murdering woman who still believes she deserves redemption.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from Unhinged?
Kimberly Elise. She is not as good looking as I'd like, but I know she could play the crazy parts well.
How do you connect and interact with readers?
I'm always talking with people. I like to find fun things for me to do with my readers or that my readers can participate in. Also, I just keep it honest. I don't mind showing them my life and I try to make them feel like they are a part of it.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The hardest thing is momentum and confidence. Just trying to outdo yourself sometimes is hard. I always read too much into everything. I'm always worried something will be too slow, or not enough.
Do you think that giving away books for free works? Why or why not?
I guess it depends on what you're trying to achieve by sending out the free books. Readers hardly ever do if you give out free books do it for exposure. Nothing else. (lol)
Why do you feel that you will be reader’s next ‘favorite author’?
Because I'm not trying to impress anyone. I write for me and I still have the passion for it. I don't care about the money. I haven't seen a penny yet, and I'm still writing. So I would hope my honesty and integrity would motivate them to want to pick up one of my books.
Where do you see yourself in your career as a writer in 5 years?
I honestly see myself on a book tour with my science fiction novels.
Based off what you’ve learned in your writing career, what advice would you give to a new and emerging author about the publishing industry?
Everything that glitters isn’t gold. If you're a leader, don't be afraid to lead yourself into greatness. All you need is a little support and sometimes, that support can come from you.
How do you think the publishing industry will be in the future?
I think the Facebook authors will die out.
What can readers expect from you next?
My next novel I'm releasing is titled, ‘Homicide at Studio 1.’ It will be an amazing murder mystery.
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

Lilly is a woman constantly on the run. Battling inner demons while hiding from the deadly consequences of her past mistakes, she has vowed to give up her obsession with wanting to be loved. All that changes when she meets Malachi. He is perfect in every way, and Lilly thinks she can finally have her happily ever after. But some secrets refuse to stay buried, and all that Lilly has been running from is about to catch up with her.

Their love is put to the ultimate test as destruction, lust, and even murder threaten to rip them apart. Can love really conquer the brutal secrets that Lilly has desperately tried to conceal? Or will her time finally run out?

Genre African American Women’s Fiction, African American Urban Fiction, Mystery & Suspense
Publisher G Street Chronicles
Release Date January 21, 2016
Print Length 159 pages
Purchase Price $1, Free with Kindle Unlimited (Kindle eBook); $16 (Paperback)

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