Featured Interview With Tanisha D Jones
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in New Orleans and still live in the Greater Metropolitan area. In fact everyone in my large, close-knit family live within ten minutes of each other. I am the single mother to a newly minted, full fledged teenaged daughter, work full-time and am completing my B.A. in English Literature. The only pet we have is a rather spoiled, television watching Guinea pig named Dwayne.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was an only child until I was eleven years old and the only female cousin in a family full of boys. So between weekends of Kung Fu Theater, the Dukes of Hazard, Atari and Creature Features, I would escape into books. By the time I was in middle school I had devoured L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Jane Austin and had delved into Harlequin Romances, Stephen King, and Anne Rice. By then I’d developed my own teen series that I wrote in spiral notebooks and floated through my middle school. I began to write because as much as I loved Sweet Valley High and Seniors and the Paula Danzinger novels, no one looked like me. I wrote characters that mirrored my own muliticultural and interracial friendships.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I read everything I can get my hands on but I prefer mysteries, horror and romance. I began my love of horror and gothic romance with the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles. Once I’d read those I transitioned into Stephen King and Dean Koontz. In the past ten to twelve years I have enjoyed the sci-fi and paranormal romance. And I really like a good ‘ caper’ story. It began with the Sookie Stackhouse novels and expanded. I love series, especially the ones with recurring characters. I’ve read all of Charlaine Harris’ series’ and am working on the Darynda Jones Charley Davidson novels. My favorite authors right now are Sherilynn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter and League series’, Janet Evanovich’s Fox and O’Hare , J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is The First to Fall, the first in the Fallen series. It introduces the world to Elijah Cain, a tall, dark handsome New Orleans homicide detective who meets the woman of his dreams while trying to uncover the mysterious disappearance of the body of dead rock star Nicky Sky. His search lands him in the middle of a impending battle of good and evil between two worlds he never knew existed. He is accompanied by his partner and bestfriend, Riley Quinn, his dazzling grandmother Grace and the sexy Doc who holds the key to a past he can’t remember. When he and Doc get together it could lead them to their destiny or destroy everything he has ever known.
In a couple of months, the second in the series will be released. The second Fallen Novel, The Mark of the Fallen, is about the Doc, her relationships with the Kents and what happened before she loved Eli.
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