Welcome New Rebel, Tara Dobbs!
Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? - Oh, my answer will surprise you – real life experience comes first. Then the melding of all the based experiences of my life and subjects I love. Next, my subconscious builds it all together so I can find ways in understanding what I went through. Then the story, characters and setting meld together.
Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? - That depends on the character. The main male character David Geraci is his own person. He knows what he wants out of the story, but does not go so far as to control me. It’s a partnership of communication between my awakened conscious self and the subconscious of my dreams. Then there is Jacob Umari – he’s shy and it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly who he is even though I already know. He’s just so shy I can’t control him very well. Then, there are some real life people in the story that are so easy to write, there is no control on either side.
How do you come up with the titles to your books? - The traditional way, in creative writing class, was to find a short phrase or small collection of words that pop out in some area of your book and use that. Oh, not me. I look around at things that I love that inspire me. I pull apart the words and mix them around until I come up with what really pops. I have a 200+ list of titles that some I’ll never use, but others I’ve marked in bold to use in the future. It’s also great to use as a warm up to get your creative juices flowing.
What did you want to be when you grew up? - A novelist and illustration artist for my own novels. I’ve written stories since I was very little and did illustrations just as long. I have many current illustrations for Soul’s Little Lie on my art site. Sadly, I threw away a tiny book from third grade of just five or eight pages long titled – ‘The Unicorn and Rabbit Go Trick or Treating’. I remember the illustrations very well, but the story is lost to me. I regret throwing that little piece of my history away. From that lesson, keep all stories you write, no matter how ‘silly’ they seem.
Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us? - Oh, I work on loads of writing bits and pieces: poems, lyrics, short stories, more novels. I’m working on book two right now of the Soul’s Little Lie series. If my fingers aren’t typing, I’m agitated.
Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with a heart (or anything like that)? - Nope. I’ve always been a ‘teacher’s pet’ in English and writing classes. I stick to the full form of the letters and try my darn best to keep my sentences in proper form. If I do anything cute with word writing I’ll stick that in illustrations of my personal projects such as art nouveau paintings or graphic design in traditional form. I never mess with ‘playing’ with written words when they have a story purpose for reading. I even still have my very first manuscript in three ruled notebooks in pencil. My hand writing it’s that great, but it’s much more legible than most.
You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? - There are many I would like to erase, but if I had erased them my novels would have never been created by my mind and onto the computer through my fingers. I would have been a former shell of myself and lost my mind. Writing out my traumas has kept me alive and fuels my need to write more. A ‘free’ therapy for my soul is why I write. I would never change a thing.
When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? - I need coffee. Then I thought, ‘Where is Jacob Umari right now in Soul’s Little Lie? Where did I leave him off at?’
What were you doing at midnight last night? - Talking with my best guy friend about the biggest happiest day of my life on Skype – becoming part of Rebel Ink Press and watching my dream come true as an author.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? - I’ll eat anything, but I will not eat radishes, sauerkraut, beets, and anchovies. None of those are strange to me since I’ll eat anything new at least once. I would like to try eating a live grub though. Very high in protein I hear.
What do you want to know about the future? – This answer will be short – read Soul’s Little Lie and you’ll know how I see the past, present and future. There is no real way in explaining here. It would take a few hours verbally to explain or it would take a twenty page essay to explain dealing with many subjects that are already in the Soul’s Little Lie series.
What’s your heritage? - German, English, and ¼ Cherokee on both sides of my family.
What’s your favorite pizza? – At Jet City Pizza in Everett, Washington (where I once lived, where the first of Soul’s Little Lie takes place), they have this wonderful pizza – thin crust, cheese, coconut, almonds, chicken, pepper flakes, and Mandarin oranges with peanut Thai sauce. All their ingredients are fresh and 100% organic.
What’s one thing scientists should invent? - Teleportation like in Star Trek. Currently, since 2008, scientists have successfully teleported 1 particle to another teleportation pad just a few inches away. They are working on it. I just wish it would happen sooner ‘cause working in retail for 13 years, you just need to teleport products to the shelf and back.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? - When on a difficult section of my books, I take my IPod and walk around town for thirty minutes. A least that’s what I used to do while living in Everett, WA, but now, it’s kinda hard to take long nice walks since there are no sidewalks to walk safely on here in the country in the south. So, now, I play Bejeweled 3 Diamond Mine or surf the net or read a book.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? - Yes, ever since I was little I enjoyed the love of English and writing class all throughout my school years.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing? - Feel agitated, mopey, depressed but then I would draw or paint and then later read a book I needed to finish. If I’m not writing and mixing it with painting for my novels I’m a very sad Tara.
Fill in the blank favorites (two word max!) - Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine. - Chocolate. Boston. Autumn. Unexpected and Unexpected.
What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask? - ‘Where do you write your books?’ – Seated in my black Liberator Esse Chair, curled up in my favorite comfy lazy outfit with coffee at arm’s reach at my desktop surrounded by sketch books, pencils, notebooks, pens and subject matter for said novels. I did write Soul’s Little Lie book one on my beloved HP Laptop until it died. Thankfully I saved all the files three months before hand. My intuition never fails me.
Tell us about your current title - Soul’s Little Lie, book one, takes place in Everett, Washington in the early summer of 2010. Vivian Warren has been practicing magic all her life and has found herself face to face with her spirit guide at her front door. The sorrow in the man’s eyes compels her to go with him on a journey to his home in Lowell, Massachusetts. On the way, in this road trip chase cross country, an unlikely, unwanted guest follows them. Hot on their trail, Detective Jacob Umari must uncover the link between this mysterious man Vivian is with and a long ago case file connects in the most unexpected way. A haunting, psychological soft horror mystery with love, fear, and self doubt into the inner workings of a broken heart. David Geraci can’t help by say to Vivian, “Don’t return to the dreaming.” There is a reason, but did she listen?