Sabrina: Hello Tanaz, and welcome to my blog. I just want to start off by saying thank you so much for joining me, and being my June Author of the Month.
Tanaz: Thanks so much for inviting me, Sabrina!
Sabrina: While touring for Beauty of the Moment, did you have a favourite event or one that stuck out for you?
Tanaz: I think one of my favourite and most memorable events was the Room of Your Own Book Club in Toronto. Teen girls read the book and asked me questions. One reader said that Susan’s interactions with her mom allowed her to understand her own mother better—which I thought was amazing!
Sabrina: Between fantasy and contemporary, which genre is easier to write? OR does it depend on the type of story you are telling?
Tanaz: It really depends on the story I have to tell. I really enjoy both genres and the challenges they bring. I usually need to feel challenged on some level to get interested in writing a book.
Sabrina: A Girl Like That and Beauty of the Moment are both contemporary stories, did you find one easier to write than the other? Or did the both prove to have their challenges?
Tanaz: I found it harder to write The Beauty of the Moment after finishing A Girl Like That. I’d spent the past twelve years writing gritty short stories and later a whole novel exploring dark issues, so writing a happy contemporary romance was tricky!
Sabrina: If you could have lunch with any 2 fictional characters, who would they be?
Tanaz: Hermione Granger and Peeta Mellark! We’d talk about books and baking cheese buns.
Sabrina: What is the last book you read and loved, and why?
Tanaz:The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee. It’s a historical novel set in Atlanta and the protagonist is a Chinese American girl who poses as an anonymous advice columnist named “Miss Sweetie.” The writing and research is impeccable and I love the novel’s wit and humor.
Sabrina: Hunted by the Sky releasing on June 23rd is going to be your latest release, can you describe it in five words or less?
Tanaz: Magic + romance + fierce women warriors.
Sabrina: Did you have a favourite chapter while writing Hunted by the Sky?
Tanaz: Chapter 1. It begins with…a bang. :)
Sabrina: Thank you so much for joining me today on my blog, and for being my Author of the Month for June. I look forward to reading Hunted by the Sky when it releases!
Tanaz: Thanks, Sabrina! I hope you enjoy the book! :)