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Christine Presents ~ The Frailty of Things by Tamsen Schultz

Please welcome Tamsen Schultz author of The Frailty of Things.

Tamsen Schultz will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

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The Frailty of Things

by Tamsen Schultz

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INTERVIEW:

When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who

encouraged you to take this big step?
I started writing in 2004 and in 2010, I started sending query letters out, attending conferences, meeting agents, and generally pursuing the traditional route to publishing. It wasn’t really working and though I had several agents interested, none of them picked me up. On a whim, I submitted “The Puppeteer” to the Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual contest—I was selected as a finalist (for the second time) but more importantly, at that conference, I reconnected with a woman I’d met a year earlier named Sarah Martinez. She’d just had her novel accepted at Booktrope but wanted to take some editing classes. She asked if she could use “The Puppeteer” for her editing project and of course I said yes….after all, free editing! When she was done, she asked if she could submit it to Booktrope—they were looking for genre fiction and, at the time, only accepted submissions recommended by current authors. About a month later, I signed with Booktrope and they’ve published all five of my books, including my most recent in the Windsor Series, “The Frailty of Things.”

 

 

 

Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series?

All my novels are standalones, but four of the five (all of them with the exception of “The Puppeteer”) take place in Windsor, New York, a small town in the Hudson Valley of New York. I love centering my stories on a place because the town, and the surrounding area, become a character in itself. I also like being able to weave characters from previous stories (and stories to come) into whatever I am working on now—I think it brings a depth and familiarity some readers like. As for writing them, I love introducing a new character and knowing I like them, but not having to decide right away what I’m going to do with them. For example, Caleb Forrester, the brother of the lead female character in “The Frailty of Things,” made his first appearance in “What Echoes Render,” the book that came out before his sister’s story. I’m in the process of writing his story now and I like that I got to know him a bit better while writing the two previous books. I feel like now I can really delve into who he is, what makes him tick, his guilt, and what it is he needs to do to heal himself because I’ve spent some time with him.

 

 

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I was a pantser, but then I just finished a book that’s in editing right now that had an extensive outline. I actually liked having an outline, but think I may have gone a bit overboard that first time around. So right now, I’m trying something new with each day charted out and the keys things that happen each day—kind of a combination of an outline and the seat of my pants. We’ll see how it goes…it’s always a learning process.

 

 

How did you come up with ideas for your books?
Usually, it’s from some weird question I ask myself. The question may be sparked from a TV show I’ve watched or book I’ve read where they story I’m watching/reading goes one direction and my mind goes in another. But sometimes it comes from my own fears or desires (not any murderous desires I promise!). There was an article in the news a while back about the only surviving daughter of a man who murdered the rest his family. I started to wonder what it would be like to be the child of a criminal and from that train of thought, Kit’s history was formed. “A Tainted Mind,” the first official book in the Windsor Series, kicks off with Vivienne DeMarco driving down a dark country road in Windsor trying to get away from some demons when she comes across a dead body—I’ve never wanted to come across a dead body, but I can’t say it hasn’t crossed my mind about all the creepy things that could happen while driving on dark, deserted roads.

Ideas for stories are all around us all the time. I just have to remind myself to be open to them, to allow my imagination to take a path that might be scary or creepy.

Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?
“The Frailty of Things” has a few dark moments but by far the darkest is when Garret Cantona, the main male character, has to decide whether to break a promise to Kit and risk their entire relationship or keep his promise and hope someone else can take care of finding the man who is trying to kill her. But the problem isn’t so much in the question itself—should he break his promise or not—but what it will mean to him, and to them, if he does because sometimes doing the right thing can leave people so damaged and scarred that healing from that isn’t always a foregone conclusion.

 

 

Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?
“The Frailty of Things” is set in Windsor, London, Rome, and Vermont with several references to Serbia thrown in. The area where Windsor is based on is a real area and somewhere I spend a lot of time so there are several things I bring into my books from that region, including history, architecture, and the changing seasons. I lived in London for a year and Rome is far and away my favorite European city. As for Vermont, I’ll let you in a little secret, the cabin Kit and Garret stay at is based on a friend’s house. When I told her, she was getting ready to move to a new one and she said she was glad she was moving because if she read the book while living there it would freak her out too much.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Yes! I actually have a book with an editor now called “An Inarticulate Sea” which is Drew Carmichael’s story—he was first introduced in my very first book “The Puppeteer” but he was back in Kit’s story too. I’m also working on Caleb’s story (he’s Kit’s brother). It’s called “A Darkness Black” and I’m looking forward to emotionally tormenting the poor man.

 

As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
I plan to write for as long as I possibly can. I love the romantic suspense genre but as all my books tend more toward mysteries than suspense, I may try my hand at a more traditional mystery at some point too.

 

 

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I would be Vivienne DeMarco. She’s crazy smart, but also kind and empathetic. She’s a good friend and surrounds herself with people she loves and who love her.

 

 

What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?
I’m enjoying getting older. I’m not “old” yet (whatever that means) but I like that I’m not just learning what’s important but I’m learning how to live what’s important. Oh, and I also don’t plan to get bottox-ed or dye the grey out of my hair (although I did darken it recently from an ash blonde to a warm, golden brown). I don’t have a problem with any of that, but I think there is something kind of nice about growing old, about seeing years of laughter, heartaches, and experiences on people’s faces.

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BLURB:

Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn’t make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.

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EXCERPT:

“We need to talk,” Caleb said. Kit didn’t respond for a moment. She and her brother didn’t talk. They never talked. Not anymore. There had been a time in their lives when that hadn’t been the case. There had been a time when she’d idolized her older brother, when he’d looked out for her, when they’d gone fishing together, and when she had believed that he had an answer for everything.

But that time had long ago passed, and they hadn’t been in each other’s presence for more than a few days a year for over a decade. Kit started to speak but stopped short when a second figure emerged from the passenger side of Caleb’s car.

She was glad her face was hidden in the shadows of her hat and scarf as Garret Cantona, her brother’s right-hand man, straightened to his full height. Kit was tall, easily five foot eleven, but Garret’s six-foot-three form dwarfed hers. Like Caleb, he wore jeans and work boots, but rather than a jacket, Garret sported a black sweater and a gray beanie. She knew the hat covered light-brown hair that, if it got too long, curled in ways that bothered him. And she felt, more than saw, his light-blue eyes—eyes rimmed with thick, black lashes—studying her.

“And I see you brought your Mini-Me,” she added, forcing her gaze from Garret back to her brother in time to see a look of irritation flicker across Caleb’s face.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamsenSchultz

Author Twitter: @tamsenschultz

Author Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tamsen-Schultz/e/B009NVIEGO

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/tamsens

Author Website: http://www.tamsenschultz.com

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Tamsen Schultz will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

Please use this rafflecopter code :

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1066

 

 

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11 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Frailty of Things by Tamsen Schultz

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    July 16, 2015

    Thank you for hosting

  2. achristay
    July 16, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  3. Tamsen (@tamsenschultz)
    July 16, 2015

    Thank you for hosting today!

  4. Rita Wray
    July 16, 2015

    I liked the interview.

  5. Victoria
    July 16, 2015

    Great post – I really enjoyed reading the interview!

    • Tamsen (@tamsenschultz)
      July 21, 2015

      Thanks for popping by and sorry for the delay in saying so…I was being lazy up in VT (near where Kit and Garret lure the killer) for a few days. Thankfully, no killer up there.

  6. Mai Tran
    July 17, 2015

    If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

    • Tamsen (@tamsenschultz)
      July 21, 2015

      Hmmm, SOOOO many. When I think of books from my childhood, I would have loved to have written ones like Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, or The Red Pony. But I think if I could only pick one, I’d pick One Hundred Years of Solitude. Many of the Latin writers write such intense sensuality (all senses) that is somehow both seductive and lyrical at the same time–it astonishes me every time I read books like this and they really take me to a different place. LOVE THEM. And now I feel the need to re-read that book 🙂

  7. lilallykitten
    July 23, 2015

    I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. This book sounds like an interesting read. I will totally have to add it to my “to-read” list.

  8. Ree Dee
    August 6, 2015

    Great interview! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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