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(Sourcebooks Tour) Chase Me by Tamara Hogan

Today I am privileged to have Tamara Hogan, author of Chase Me stop by at Redheads today. I wanted to pick her brain and find out what her definition of romance is. Enjoy!


The Redheads asked: “What is your definition of romance?”

Oh dear. I have a confession to make.

When I first read the Redheads’ very intriguing question, I have to admit I was initially transported back to a not-very-positive place: to some of my first university writing classes, where I sometimes felt like I had to justify reading—and certainly wanting to write—genre fiction instead of literary fiction. Though nobody came right out and said it, the subtext I perceived from most of the critiques I received had more to do with my choice of genre than my story-telling craft. "Why are you wasting your talent writing science fiction? Mystery? Horror and gore?” (Clutch the pearls) “Romance?”

Heh. As you might be able to tell, I still have a few teensy-tiny issues about this.

So I dove into poetry—which I loved—and fiction-wise, I’m sorry to say that I compromised, writing to meet others’ expectations, to get a good critique and a decent grade. But the price was high. When I walked across that stage on graduation day and picked up my shiny, new creative writing degree, I flashed a big smile, but inside? I felt like a poseur, a fraud. My confidence was rattled, my enthusiasm dampened, my emerging voice seriously compromised, and the weight of expectations felt absolutely crushing.

I didn't write again for 20 years.

So this is where I'm coming from when I say that I find genre definitions… problematic at best, and seriously limiting at worst.

In hindsight, there was a definite silver lining to those twenty years of not writing: I learned how to read for pleasure again. I cleansed my palate. I built a career, married and divorced, got sick and got better…and there came a point where I felt ready to pick up a pen again. I shook off the writerly rust taking workshops from genre writers for whom I didn’t have to justify my “lowbrow” tastes. I found great liberation not taking classes for grades, not having to tailor my output to someone else’s tastes and sensibilities.

Over those twenty years, I also gained some essential life experience—including the confidence to say (insert Eric Cartman’s voice here):  “You know what? I'll write what I want."  My personal reading tastes are eclectic; I've always been a feral multi-genre reader, hopping from Little House and Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden to Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Anne Rice, Harlequin Presents and adult romances at about age ten. (There was no such thing as YA back in the day.) Readers of my work will find influences from mystery, psychological thrillers, non-fiction and science fiction, but the total package is wrapped up in a big, fat romance bow, where a hero and a heroine, fighting inside and outside forces, and sometimes each other, change and grow, struggle and learn, finally earning a well-deserved happily ever after—or at least a happily-for-now.

So, when you ask what my definition of romance is, I guess my answer would be: as long as people are falling in love, it's all good.

Readers, what’s your definition of romance?

Today we’ll be giving away a copy of CHASE ME to a lucky commenter! (US and Canada only, please.) 

CHASE ME Buy Links: (Amz | BN | Sourcebooks | Powell’s | BAM | Sony | Kobo)

Link to Excerpt: here.



CHASE ME BY TAMARA HOGAN – IN STORES JUNE 2012 


THE SECRETS SHE'S UNCOVERING WILL BE HIS TO KEEP...

Centuries ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self–ruling and careful to stay below the radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky inadvertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources.

As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they've unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction...


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Tamara Hogan loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives near Minneapolis with her partner Mark and two naughty cats. When she's not telecommuting as a quality and process engineer for a global networking company, she enjoys writing edgy urban fantasy romance with a sci-fi twist. A feral reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Tammy is forever on the lookout for the perfect black boots. Her debut, Taste Me, was a 2009 Daphne Paranormal Winner and 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. For more information, please visit http://www.tamarahogan.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @TamaraHogan1.




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4 comments

  1. Romance is heroic acts of "making" someone fall in love with you!

    So glad you decided to pick back up the writing bug, Tamara!

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    1. Thanks so much, Books4Me! I'm glad, too. I love telling stories.

      Your chances for the book drawing are looking pretty good! ;-)

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  2. Hi! Romance is a mix of everything that makes me feel happy and well when I read a book: the building relationship between the main characters, the discovery of each other on many levels and one of the most beautiful thing in the world and I love discover what romance mean to all romance authors! Thanks for this chance, the book sounds great!!!!

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  3. Turns out my comment didn't post. So here it is:

    Romance to me is specific. To be considered a romance, a book has to have two (or more) characters who fall in love/have a romantic liaison(s) and this has to be a big part of the book. No hiding it in a corner. Doesn't necessarily have to have a sex scene, but need to show SOME affection and such.

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