Tara Benham is with us today. Let’s read about her writing process.
1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)
Hi!! I’m Tara Benham. I’m an Occupational Therapist, photographer and author. I have a fur baby and live in Kentucky. I have creative ADD, (as well as regular ADD) which can be spotted in my works. My first book was YA sci-fi/suspense but my WIP is YA paranormal.
2. How do you choose names for your characters?
Most of the time my characters choose their names. With “At Night’s End” I had McCaid and Ever’s names before I even had a story.
3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?
You mean they’re not? Kidding. Yes. I do talk about them as if they were real.
4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?
I listen to music even when I’m not writing. It is my muse. I listen to all kinds of music. However when I’m writing it’s usually Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, or Hollywood Undead. They really help with setting the mood for me.
5. How long have you been writing?
I’ve wrote on and off for as long as I can remember but I got serious about it in 2011 when I started At Night’s End.
6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.
There are still some days I’m unsure if I’m meant to be a writer. I love to write though so I will continue even if it’s just for myself.
7. Do you have a muse?
8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)
I attend UtopYa Con (now Utopia) this past June. It felt like finding home. I was surrounding by people who got me. It was very motivational and educational.
9. Writing quirks or superstitions?
My characters talk to me, and I talk to my computer or them as I write. I suppose that is a quirk? No superstitions though.
10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
My current WIP is titled “Falling” it’s the first in The Soul Collector’s Series. It’s about Bayla who is a soul collecting angel. In the first book, she is beginning her newest rescue mission.
11. What book are you reading now?
It’s really hard for me to read when I’m writing. I’m always afraid the other authors idea’s or voice will bleed into my story.
12. What genre do you write in? What about POV?
I write YA and usually in first person. It flows better for me.
13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?
I’m a total Pantser (fly by the seat of my pants) writer. I have no preparations, profiles or outlines. Just a general idea of the plot line.
14. Do you know how your stories will end?
Usually I do, however sometimes my characters act up and change things on me. It happened with the Falling book recently. I find it fun and exciting for the most part.
15. Do your books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?
If there’s a message or theme it’s purely accidental. I usually write for entertainment.
16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?
I’m obsessed with coffee and Sunkist.
17. Tell us about your other passions.
I love reading when I’m not writing. I also own a photography business that I love doing. It gives me a different creative outlet.
18. What’s something interesting about you?
My A&P teacher was the kid from The Shining.
19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.
Dinner was a fun event, Hannah joined us during her break. It was a nice distraction from my thoughts as we sat around the table at the café having fun, and laughing. Declan turned the charm on full blast, regaling us with his adventures of his travels. Whether they were stories made up for his part he was playing or if they were true, they were funny. He was in the middle of telling us about getting lost in a country that he wasn’t familiar with the language, and after some confusion, was able to procure a bed for the evening. He proceeded to explain that because of the lack of communication, he ended up sharing a bed with a little old lady, who thought he was sent as an answer to his prayers, and he spend the majority of the night fighting off her advances, or hiding in the bathroom of the hostel. We were in tears by the time he finished his story. Hannah had spit water everywhere, and Mr. Whitstock almost fell off his chair. Declan chuckled some at his story, but mostly he looked amused at his ability to make the four of us laugh so hard. We were just calming down when Gray headed our way for his break. Hannah gathered herself, and waved bye as she went back to work. Gray took her seat.
20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?
I love books that create worlds that allow you to escape. Even if just for a moment. I truly hope that I can provide that to you all with my books. Thank you for your support!!!