BOOKS, BLOGS, & BITS
Today, Books, Blogs, & Bits has the pleasure of introducing you to Tanya Bird.
Tanya is a writer, mom, and Lego expert who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her three wonderful children and an accidental six-year stint in media/advertising, she studied professional writing and set about writing bad novels on a laptop she could not afford. (LOL! “Bad novels” those are her words, not mine.) But, there was a nagging problem – she needed to eat. Like many of us do, creative endeavors were put on hold as she went about making money. But she eventually realized that writing is an illness, and one can only numb the symptoms for so long before the words begin to decay inside of you.
Thankfully she returned to writing and the decay is no more!
Without further adieu, here is Ms. Tanya Bird 🙂
BBB: Describe yourself in five words.
Tanya: Motivated, witty, chocoholic, uncoordinated, dreamer.
BBB: How many children do you have?
Tanya: Three (way too energetic) boys, aged seven, four and two.
BBB: How do you juggle your writing with being a mom to three young boys?
Tanya: I don’t have the luxury that some other writers have of scheduled time and being in the right mindset. Over the past few years I have had small windows of opportunity and that is it. Use them or lose them. Writing is often done in small bursts. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than not writing. I have become used to writing when I’m tired. In the evenings I often think my brain is done for the day, but once I start, I come good.
BBB: What would be your ideal Mother’s Day?
Tanya: A sleep-in. A late (sugar-laden) breakfast with my boys that is prepared by someone else. The rest of the day reading books in the sun. Finish the day with no-one complaining at the dinner table and someone else wrestling the kids into bed. Best. Day. Ever.
BBB: What are you reading at the moment?
Tanya: Colleen Hoover’s, It Ends With Us and Hannah Kent’s, The Good People.
BBB: You have just launched your first romance novel. What is THE book that made you fall in love with romance as a genre?
Tanya: I would have to say Paulina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman. Hands-down the most intense love story I have ever read and the only book I have ever re-read immediately after finishing it.
BBB: How did The Royal Companion come about?
Tanya: When I was pregnant with my second son, I was prone to really vivid dreams that would stay with me for days. One particular dream stayed with me for much (much) longer, and is now my first published novel.
BBB: What can readers expect from the book?
Tanya: It’s a Royal Romance, though I struggle to fit it neatly into one sub-genre. Its court setting and characters will appeal to regency romance readers, but the story also contains medieval and fantasy elements. Throw in some horses and action, and you have quite the Romance hybrid.
BBB: That is great, Tanya. I understand you also have a gift for our readers?
Tanya: As a special Mother’s Day gift, Books, Blogs and Bits readers can download The Royal Companion for free up until midnight on Sunday 14 May. So grab a copy (and a fishbowl of wine) and enjoy.
Thank you so much, Tanya! Come back soon and Happy Mother’s Day to you!
If you’d like to learn more about Tanya, be sure to check out her blog by clicking here.