Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Author Spotlight (Interview & Giveaway): Tarryn Fisher of Love Me With Lies

It’s no secret by now that we at Waves of Fiction are die-hard fans of Tarryn Fisher!! She could write up a grocery list and we’d be fangirling away!! We’ve read hundreds of books but haven’t come across any writing like Tarryn’s: riveting, mesmerizing, and ADDICTIVE.  

After concluding Thief, the last of the Love Me With Lies series, we asked Tarryn to visit our blog again to answer some questions.  Partly because we can't quite say goodbye to this series, and partly because she simply fascinates us!  Be sure to scroll down after reading our author interview to enter a giveaway for the complete series and cool Tshirt.
The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies, #2) Thief (Love Me With Lies, #3)
Q: We’re all mourning the end of The Love Me With Lies series. What an emotional roller-coaster, and we’re also talking some serious depression now that it’s over. :)  How do you feel now that the series has concluded, and how hard was it to say goodbye to these characters?
Tarryn: It wasn’t hard. It was time. I wrote the Opportunist when I was twenty one. I’m thirty. So they really have been with me for a long time. I have much more space in my head now. I like that.

Q: What was the hardest or the easiest scene for you to write in the final book?
Tarryn: The office scene was the easiest. After all this time I just wanted everyone to finally know what really happened. It was hard not to jump to his defense for all these months. I just had to bite my tongue. We all know I don’t do that well!

Q: As an avid fan of these books, I can honestly say I could not imagine a more appropriate ending for this series. Well done! Did you having an ending in mind when you started writing these books or was your writing process fluid throughout?
Tarryn: I knew they would be together, but I also knew that after such a huge time lapse there would be serious consequences. I wrote the end first. Then worked my way around that.

Q: We met a pretty dynamic cast in your series, as well as some secondary characters that were quite compelling. Do you foresee any spinoffs from the Love Me with Lies cast?
Tarryn: Nooooo. I am quite done. Secondary characters are secondary for a reason.

Q: Between Olivia, Caleb and Leah, which would you say was the most difficult to capture on paper?
Tarryn: Olivia was. I was just starting to write seriously, and I was determined to tell the truth about myself. So it was pretty painful to put all of my flaws into her character. Leah exhausted me.

Q: If you had to describe each of these three characters using one adjective how would you represent Olivia, Caleb and Leah?
Tarryn: Raw, Naive, Shallow

Q: What has been the general reaction to these characters from your readers?
Tarryn: They take a long time to attach to Olivia, but for the most part they do. They despise Leah but can’t help being fascinated by her.  And most love Caleb.

Q: Speaking of… You’ve acquired quite the dedicated fan base with your books, and rightly so. Has this caught the attention of any publishers? Do you anticipate self-publishing your future books, or would you consider partnering with a publisher?
Tarryn: There has been interest. I think publishers see me as a risk to be honest with you. I like being Indie. It’s a rebel movement and I believe in it. My voice is indie. I’m too random to be a formula writer, I think.

Q: Can you share any updates maybe teaser quotes on what you’re currently working on?
 I wake up in a cold sweat. I am hot. No, I am cold. I am freezing. The blankets tangled around my legs feel unfamiliar-too smooth. I pull at them, trying to cover myself. They are thick between my fingertips—or maybe my fingers are swollen. I can’t tell because my brain is sluggish, and now I’m getting hot again. Or maybe I’m cold. I stop fighting the blankets and let myself drift…backwards…backwards…

And just because we could never get enough of Olivia, Leah and Caleb we have some spoilery questions we hope you’ll entertain. :)

Q: What happened to Olivia’s ring?  Does she wear it now or did Caleb get rid of it?
Tarryn: Olivia has her ring. I like to think she wears it sometimes. But she sees their penny as her ring. She never takes that off.

Q: Who did Leah marry?
Tarryn: No one we know.

Q: What is behind the backwards names Caleb used every so often?!? Is that a Tarryn habit that Caleb picked up? :)

Tarryn: No, I don’t do that. But, someone I used to know-did. It’s just one of his quirks. He did it in The Opportunist.

Q: Was there more to Laura’s storyline than what was presented in Thief?
Tarryn: You know, I view life not as a straight line. It branches off and some of those branches don’t lead anywhere. They just happen. I like to get a look at those little branches. This is actually a common way to tell a story in indie world. You zoom in on an occurrence and study everything about it. Laura was a liar. There are honest liars, like Olivia. Vindictive, spiteful liars like Leah, Necessity liars like Caleb and people who lie for no good reason like Laura. I think we all fall into one of those categories.
We want to thank Tarryn so much for answering our questions and giving us such a memorable, and emotional story.  We will never forget Olivia, Caleb, or Leah!!  We can’t wait to read your next mind spin, the excerpt definitely sparks our curiosity!
About the author: I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…
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We are giving away an e-Copy of the complete Love Me With Lies series: The Opportunist, Dirty Red, and Thief. Winner will have a choice of an eBook from either US Amazon or US Barnes & Noble.  But that’s not all, we’re including a T-shirt (see picture below) from the series!!  Just fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win.  Good luck and thanks for visiting Waves of Fiction!

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Giveaway Policy: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age and older to enter. Must reside in the United States. The retail value of the books is $9.97 USD through Amazon. Retail value of T-shirt is $25 USD, taxes TBD. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners will be selected after August 20, 2013 randomly by Rafflecopter. Entries will be reviewed for accuracy. Waves of Fiction is not are not liable for lost items shipped/emailed. If the items are not claimed via email within 24 hours of receiving notification the item will be forfeited with no winner or an alternate winner may be selected at blog’s discretion with email verification by August 24, 2013. Waves of Fiction has the right to obtain and publicize the winner's name and likeness. Void where prohibited by law.

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  1. I have not yet read them but I am dying to!!!

  2. Can't wait to read this series. I have seen so many great reviews for it....on my wish list!

  3. Look forward to reading this series. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. I have heard amazing things about this series, and I can't wait to finally pick them up and find out what all the hype is about! Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  5. I haven't read the series but really, really, want to! I've heard so many rave reviews and am not kicking myself for not having bought any of the titles when they were $0.99.

  6. I haven't read this series yet but I am definitely going to.

  7. Great interview Rachel!! Interesting...Leah married someone we didn't know! And I"m so glad Olivia has her ring. That made me happy. :)

  8. Great interview! I can't wait to read this series!!

  9. Awesome Review these books looks and sounds great thanks for the great givaway!

  10. I can't wait to read this series! I plan to soon! Thanks!

  11. I'm dying to read this series! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. the series sounds interesting and they have beautiful covers..
    i like it..
    looking forward to read them..
    thx ;)

  13. Enjoyed reading the interview with Tarryn. I know I downloaded The Opportunist a month or so ago. Just haven't been able to get to it yet. The review/posts for this series have been nothing but great. I'm really looking forward to diving into them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I seriously love her so much! My favorite series in the world!!

  15. I LOVE this series, one of my favourite series EVER <3

  16. This sounds like such an intriguing series. Thank you for introducing it to me!