It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Tiffany McDaniel author of The Summer That Melted Everything (see my review here). It currently has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon and a 4.2 star rating on Goodreads. In addition to the interview we are giving away a Kindle copy of The Summer That Melted Everything. So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Tuesday, November 2, 2016.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
1) Why should people read your book?
It’s the story of a devil answering an invitation to come to town. For me, I’d want to read this book to see who invited the devil, why they invited the devil, and what happens after the devil arrives.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
Where I write now is at a desk in the corner of my bedroom. Like most authors I dream of that perfect writing space. I’m pretty Gothic-minded so I’d like a derelict mansion by the sea with crows flying the turrets and a raging gray sea outside.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I have eight completed novels and am working on my ninth. The novel I’m hoping to follow The Summer that Melted Everything up with is titled, When Lions Stood as Men. It’s the story of a Jewish brother and sister who escape Nazi Germany, cross the Atlantic Ocean, and end up in my land of Ohio. Struggling with the guilt of surviving the Holocaust, they create their own camp of judgment. Being both the guards and the prisoners, they punish themselves not only for surviving, but for the sins they know they cannot help but commit.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
I find Agatha Christie books really comforting. Opening one of her books is like meeting an old friend. Though I also like to read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street series because reading those are like stepping back into my past when I read then as a child and as a teenager. These books are always comforting. I’ve never stopped wanting to live on Fear Street.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
The Sundial by Shirley Jackson.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
I actually don’t have a music player or an iPod. I’m pretty old school. I haven’t ever downloaded a song. I like CDs but I love vinyl records. I can tell you that my most recent record I just got is Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around. My taste in music is pretty varied from John Denver to Imagine Dragons.
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
Aside from writing, I don’t really have a lot of talents in my back pocket. Maybe a talent is I can stand for a really long time on one foot. I don’t know…maybe I’m part flamingo.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
If the world was ending and only one book could save the world, what would it be and why would it save the world? Laura – One book…I don’t think I can…wow… Okay, I’ve got this. I would pick Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. Random I know, but hear me out. It delves into what happens when pure knowledge is the ultimate power. Those who control the knowledge rule everything. However that power becomes corrupt and turns ugly. I think it would help the world realize that knowledge is very important but that corruption can taint it in very ugly ways.
An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist. The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel.