Indy Author Talk ~ BBW Romance with Tanya Sands

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Hi ya’ll! My name is Tanya Sands. I have been a published author for almost a year. I had a slight setback in getting my stuff out there, and I’m hoping now that I’m back to being an indie author again I can get the series going again. I’ve got some awesome things planned for it and even have some new ideas that have been churning.

I write erotic romances about a group of BBW friends who have found the man or men for them. I have named the series The Chasers to honor the men who have decided to flout society. I hope you will consider taking the journey with me and the women who have invaded my head for the last couple of years.

Indy Author Talk Author Bio

Tanya Sands is a mother of 4 boys, and grandma to the cutest baby boy. The youngest of 6 kids in a not-so-traditional family, she craved attention and growing up certainly didn’t change that one bit. After working most of her life outside the home, she was thrilled when her husband allowed her to stop working. Well that was until she realized there was no escaping her 5 & 7 yr olds. *winks*

Always with a love of books and creating stories, she took the leap in 2013 and began to put the words down to her first full length novel. Almost 9 months later her 1st book went live. With a very short stint on the traditional publisher route, she came to realize that the self pub world is where she belonged. She’s got a small voice in the big world of romance stories and she’s determined to be heard.

INdy Author Talk QA

Where are you from?  Does the area you live in influence you writing?

I’m originally from Upstate NY, but currently living in the Atlanta, GA area. I don’t get any influence from where I live. Mine comes from my experiences or thru talking with friends.

Tell us your latest news??

After having to wait for my books to be re-released, finally I’ve got a new addition to my Chasers series out.

When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always loved reading and writing. I knew when I was in my 20’s that I wanted to write, but it took another 20yrs to get up the nerve to start. What pushed me to write my 1st book was getting involved with Facebook role playing as another author’s character. I actually was with 2 different groups that wrote as JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brothers, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters.

What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

I adore JR Ward and Diana Gabaldon. I know, 2 polar opposites in genres but I absolutely love their styles of writing.

Tell us about your characters and how they came to be?  Have they been in your head for a long time?

I’m a plus sized woman and though the BBW genre is growing, I’ve always known I wanted to write BBW ladies. My 1st female, Randa Michaels, is SO me. I’ve tried to put a little of me in all the ladies. I’ll leave ya’ll to try and figure out what aspects from each are mine *winks*. The idea for the Chasers series was only in my head a couple of months before I started writing it.

What motivates you to write?

My readers, definitely. I get such a thrill when someone who has begun the series messages me and tells me how they loved reading about a plus woman, and an older one at that. The kicker is when they say they can relate to how the woman feels. It’s a huge compliment!

What is the hardest part of writing?

I would say it’s a toss- up between staying focused (I’m like a dog seeing a squirrel lol) and writing the sex scenes. The focusing I work on. The sex? OMG, that I fear will be a never changing battle. The need to make the sex hot, yet descriptive and realistic at the same time will always be there.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned from myself that no matter your size, there is someone out there for everyone. That body shaming in society needs to stop. That who you love shouldn’t be something you should have to have Society’s approval of.

Where do you get your ideas?

Most of my ideas come from a combination of my own experiences, fantasies and brainstorming with friends.

What does your family think of your writing?

HA! My oldest son refuses to even read anything I write and I’m ok with that. My sister, niece and, believe it or not, my father-in-law really like the books.

What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?

Write your characters the way they speak to you. Just like music is different, so are writing styles. There isn’t a right or wrong way to write. And reviews. Yes, you’re going to get bad reviews. As Taylor sings; shake them off. If they are constructive criticisms then try and learn from them, if they are glowing treasure them. Or better yet, don’t read them. LOL I know, a lot of authors say they don’t check, and I said the same, but that need to know for me was intense and I caved. As long as you’ve done your job, and your editing/cover team has properly done theirs you should have nothing to worry about.

 

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