Interview with Tana Stone, Author of Possessed
13 Oct 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Possessed?
Possessed is the first book in a brand new sci-fi romance series. It features Viking-style aliens (with tails) who fly through space in hordes of ships. It’s an alien abduction to seduction romance but with lots of action and space adventure.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My grandmother was a playwright, so she was the first person who inspired me and showed me that you could write commercially.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Harper Lee (I’d have to bring her back). Why only one book? (considering the second book was not published for decades)
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love getting to escape into different worlds and to create those worlds. I especially love to create characters that feel so real they’re like friends.
What is a typical day like for you?
I wake up and start writing around 6am. I try to write 5,000 words on writing days (but I don’t write every day). I usually write consistently for 3 weeks to get a first draft then take at least a week off. I write in two different genres and under two different pen names and toggle back and forth between the two. It keeps things interesting!
What scene from Possessed was your favorite to write?
The scene in which the alien warlord boards the heroine’s ship and decides to take her captive instead of executing her for flying into his territory. There’s a lot of tension because she feels compelled to confess her navigational error to save the crew, and he’s impressed by her bravery. Since he doesn’t usually take captives, he insists she must come with him of her own free will. There’s lots of delicious tension!
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” by Lao Tzu. Since every novel starts with a flicker of an idea and then a single line, this seems appropriate.
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