Name: Tammy Farrell
Genre/s: Historical Fantasy and Historical Romance
Birthday: March 21st
Number of books out: 2 full length novels and 3 novellas.
-When/why did you become a writer?
I would say I’ve been a writer my whole life. When I was growing up I wanted to be one of three things: an archaeologist, a historian, or an author.
As it turns out, I hate being outdoors, so archaeology wasn’t a good idea. And in high school I had a career counselor tell me there were no jobs for a historian. Unfortunately I believed her. So the only thing left for me to do was write, however, I didn’t start with writing books. Aside from writing short stories in my free time, my first paid writing gig was writing business reviews for a newspaper in my hometown. It wasn’t glamorous, or even a little bit exciting, but it was the first time I saw my name in print.
Later on I decided to publish my short stories online. I set up a website and MySpace page (facepalm) under the pseudonym Dahlia Knight. Dahlia wrote erotic paranormal fiction, and it gained enough of a following to motivate me to write more. From then on it was my mission to write full-length fiction.
The funny thing is, now that I’m a historical fantasy author, in a way, I feel like I ended up becoming the archaeologist, the historian, AND the author. I just merged them all into one.
-Where does your inspiration come from?
I draw most of my inspiration from studying history and mythology. There are so many stories to be plucked from real life and rewritten. All you have to do is choose an era, do some research and stories of real people begin to emerge. I also love studying mythology for ideas. There are some CRAZY stories in mythology, and characters with fascinating personalities, abilities, and stories. Just reading about one mythological person or creature can ignite an entire story with a varied cast of characters.
-How do you name your character? What inspires it?
I love naming characters! I’ve never really struggled to come up with names. I start by trying to match a name to a character’s personality. If it’s a noble, heroic-type character, I try to give him a gentle, but strong name. My hero in The Darkness of Light, Corbin, has a gentler name than his antagonist, Malcolm. Likewise, in my Highborn Chronicles series, I named the anti-hero Marcus. It’s gentle, but not too gentle, like Marcus, and the antagonist is Emeric. It’s a name that sounds kind of sharp to me, like the character.
My female characters are even easier to name. The names just come to me. Mara, for example, isn’t a typical medieval name. It’s not even Irish, it’s actually Hebrew, but it felt right for my character. To me it feels strong, powerful and beautiful.
I suppose I just go with my gut when choosing names. So far I haven’t chosen wrong.
-Is there an idea that has been stuck in your head that you haven’t written yet?
Yes! And I want to write the book so badly, but I haven’t had the time to do the research needed to write it. I’d love to set my novel in Elizabethan England, and the storyline I’ve been working on is about a boy who becomes an involuntary player in a theater. I’d love to throw in a cameo from Shakespeare too, but we’ll see.
-What is your favorite movie?
Gone with the Wind. I can watch it a thousand times and never get bored of it. Also, The Help. I can’t ever get bored of that one either. And yes, I know these are both books first, but I love the movies!
-What is your guilty pleasure?
The BRAVO channel. I love The Real Housewives of Everything, Below Deck, all the house shows. I can leave the TV on Bravo all day.
-Are you married? Kids? or Planning on it?
Yes. Married for 11 years, and we have a 5 month old son named Finn.
-What is your favorite quote?
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally from Orangeville, Ontario Canada, Tammy Farrell has given away all her mittens and now lives with her husband and six fur babies in sunny Greenville, South Carolina where she is a full-time novelist. Some might say her writing career began at the age of six when she singlehandedly wrote and illustrated the epic adventure of The Halloween Witch And The Pyramids. Tammy never considered it a masterpiece, but her parents certainly did.
Inspired by her love of all things dark and mysterious, Tammy Farrell wrote the first book in her historical fantasy series The Dia Chronicles, which was published in January 2014. Tammy now has five published works within two series. Her novels are often dark, character driven, and explore the grittier side of human nature within a fantasy setting. Unlike conventional fantasy novels that focus on male-driven plots and themes, Tammy’s novels focus on female protagonists that must overcome the injustices of a male-driven world. While her heroes are courageous and strong, and her villains can win hearts as easily as they can break them, Tammy’s goal is to empower her heroines, even when it seems all hope is lost.
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