Author Spotlight – Taren Reese Ocoda

Taren_Reese_Ocoda_Bio_Pic (1)Taren Reese Ocoda lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of Out of Oblivion, her first and newest novel. She enjoys writing sci-fi and erotic romance stories, and loves to read everything from fantasy to sci-fi romance.

 

 

 

Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing?

 

I started writing in the late 90’s seriously, but it was a stop and start thing for many years as I built up my confidence. I also had a mishap where I lost an entire novel when my hard drive crashed, which made me give up on writing for a few years. I started writing again more seriously about a year and a half ago and finally started publishing my work.

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

 

I really don’t need a lot of motivation to write. I just love to do it. When I’m not writing, I start getting depressed and my anxiety kicks in. Writing helps me feel normal. I guess in a way that’s a motivation, but it’s something I love to do anyway.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

 

Under my real name I write fantasy, but under this pen name I will mainly be writing sci-fi romance. I chose this genre when I started reading it and actually enjoyed it. I’m not big on reading romances, but I really enjoy sci-fi romances. So I wanted to give writing them a try. Out of Oblivion is more of an erotic romance, but it’s a story that’s been stuck in my head for a while.  I likely won’t be writing a lot of those, though.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

 

Really, I don’t have any lofty goals. I just want to be successful enough to support my family financially and have enough where we can just go visit different places once in a while. I’d also love to be able to visit my family in the US regularly.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

 

Not really. If I start writing too much, my brain gets a little fried, and I know I need a break. But once I take a day or two off from writing, I can get back into it quite easily. There are also times my head gets a little foggy because I have Hashimoto’s Disease and that’s one of the symptoms. That makes it hard to write, but I wouldn’t call it writer’s block.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

 

First of all, write what you love and read what you love to write. The more you read really good books in your genre, the better you will get at writing. If you plan to self-publish, don’t try to do it all yourself. You’ll need help especially with your book cover (unless you’re an artist or graphic designer), and editor (even if you’re awesome at editing, you’ll need help… it’s not as easy to spot errors is your own work as it is with others), and promotion. Even if it just means joining writing groups to start because you don’t have money to pay someone, or meeting people through hosting blog tours or blogging in general. There are people out there willing to help you, as long as you’re willing to help them too.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

 

Out of Oblivion, as I said, was something that has been in my head for a while. I used to be involved in the BDSM community online and in real life as well. The story originated as a way to point out the dangers for a submissive to trust any dominant that comes along. Then I had my own bad experience and the story evolved from that. The story itself and the characters are completely fictional though. I only included minor elements of my own experiences. So it’s not a story about what happened to me.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

 

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Long Bio:

 

Taren Reese Ocoda is actually a pen name I’ve decided to use for writing my sci-fi and erotic romance stories. I write fantasy under my real name and decided that I wanted to keep the two genres separate. I live in Australia with my husband and daughter. I’m originally from America, but I moved out here a bit over ten years ago to be with my (now) husband. We met online and I came out here just for a visit so we could meet in person, and I’ve been here ever since. Ten years later we are still happily married, so we’re living proof that it can work! 😀 We have two cats, named Padme and Anakin—you couldn’t tell from that, that I’m a Star Wars fan—and two guinea pigs, named Sith and Prince. I love to read fantasy mostly, but I’ve been reading more romance lately as a result of meeting some really good indie romance authors who turned me onto it. I’m very picky about what I read though. Anything I read has to have a great story with characters that feel real to me. Those are the stories that really draw me in. They’re also the kinds of stories I try (and hopefully succeed at) writing. I had some ideas for romance stories in mind, but for a long time I didn’t think I had the skills to write one. I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing either. Now with the sci-fi romance genre out there, it’s intrigued me enough to give it a try. So I really hope you enjoy!


Author Pages:

 

Website/Blog: http://www.tarenreeseocoda.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/tarenocoda

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bbWzrn

 

Social Media:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TarenOcoda

Google +: https://plus.google.com/+TarenOcoda/posts


OOBAmazon link for “Out of Oblivion”

Author Spotlight – Kay Kauffman

Welcome! 

Please introduce yourself. 

As a girl, I dreamed of being swept off my feet by my one true love. At the age of 24, it finally happened…and he’s never let me forget it. A mild-mannered secretary by day and a determined word-wrangler by night, I battle the twin evils of distraction and procrastination in order to write fantastical tales of wuv…twue wuv…with a few haiku thrown in for good measure.

I am currently hard at work on the first book in a fantasy trilogy. I reside in the midst of an Iowa corn field with my devoted husband and his mighty red pen; four crazy, cute kids; and an assortment of adorably small, furry animals.

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I started writing as a kid. I think my love of writing developed from my love of reading.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

A desire to express myself, for one. Also, I love telling stories, but I’m not very good at telling them aloud. I love painting pictures with words.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I write fantasy novels and poetry, and I’ve dabbled in chick lit, horror, and sci-fi. I’m a bit of a mixed bag.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

My goal right now is to finish rewriting my first fantasy novel and start submitting it to agents. I’d love to find representation and then get a book deal. Ultimately, I want to have a successful publishing career, one that, ideally, allows me to quit my day job so I can spend my days toiling in the land of make-believe. 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

Sometimes, but it’s not really a block as much as it is an inability to find a solution to a problem and then move forward. Taking a break from what I’m working on and letting my subconscious figure things out usually helps – I’ll read a book, or hang out with my family, or spend some quality time with my camera.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Don’t give up! Keep learning, keep practicing, and make new friends. The writing community is an incredibly supportive place, and my writing wouldn’t be half as good as it is without the friends I’ve made in the community over the years.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.  

TD-EcoverTuesday Daydreams captures the life and imagination of the author in vivid detail, touching on joy and loss, life’s everyday hassles, and the many faces of Mother Nature. A Song for All Seasons paints vivid pictures of the Iowa landscape in all its glory, in addition to intimate portraits of family life. From frost-covered windowpanes and snowy vistas to rolling green fields and bright blue skies, each poem is a peek into a fading world of untamed beauty. If you’d like to pick up your own copy of Tuesday Daydreams or A Song for All Seasons, you can find them at Amazon, Amazon UK, Createspace, Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, and  Barnes&Noble.

My short fiction has appeared in two anthologies, 416 and Strange Portals, as well as the upcoming A World of Their Own. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy called The Lokana Chronicles, about a prince who must choose between civil war and letting his parents’ murderer go free.

 

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Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

It was a pleasure to be here! Thanks for having me!

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wpaviYou can find me in the all the usual places:

At my blog, where I share random pictures and silly poems; on Facebook, where I share things about cats and books; on Twitter, where I share whatever pops into my head; on Pinterest, where I share delicious recipes and images from my fantasy world; on Instagram, where I share pictures of pretty sunsets; and on Tumblr, where I share all of the above.