Today I have the privilege of welcoming Tonya Fitzharris author of 6 Seconds Of Life to Mom With A Kindle. I hope she feels right at home.
Tonya Please tell us a little about yourself before we get started.Hi well I'm a writer, reader, blogger, mediocre cook, photographer, runner, Florida native, and cat lover. I used to be a Middle School English Teacher, but now I'm trying out the whole novel writing thing. I live in New Jersey with my husband and my Belgian cat named Waffles.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Are you there God, it’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, was my personal bible growing up—I must have read at through at least five times when I was thirteen. I also adored the Babysitter’s Club series through my childhood and early teen years—and I might have had a total fangirl moment when I met Ann M. Martin at a book signing a few years ago. She was very sweet about it thought.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Well seeing as I’m just now moving home from several years of living in Europe, I should say home is the best place to be. BUT I visited so many amazing places lately, and if I could pick one to stay forever, it would have to be Edinburgh, Scotland. It is by far the most beautiful city I’ve seen. Barcelona, Spain would be a very close second though.
How did you know you should become an author?
I’m an only child, so I grew up pretty much talking to myself and creating stories in my head. It’s something that has never gone away. I always knew that one day I should finally stop keeping the stories in my head and actually get them down on paper.
I love Thai food more than anything. I could eat it everyday without a problem—although my husband can’t usually handle my level of spiciness when I cook it so he might not enjoy that too much.
What was your favorite children's book?
I distinctly remember having a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit when I was really young that never left my side. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know how to quite read yet, but I remember sitting and just flipping through it, making up my own words over and over again.
I’ve never really had a good one that’s stuck. My husband is called “fitz” by all of his childhood friends, so maybe I should adopt that now that I have the same last name.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I would get myself out of student loan debt! Of course it’s nowhere near a million dollars—but it feels that way to me right now. Grad school is NOT CHEAP, by the way. After that I would buy a modest house and modest car—nothing too extravagant. It would be nice to simply have no mortgage and no car payment. Then set up a college fund for our future kid.
Wow, reading through that response again makes me sound so OLD.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I always had the desire, but I lacked the drive. I was afraid of failure as well. As cheesy as it sounds, it was my husband telling me that he believed in me and supporting me that really pushed me to go forward with it. He was the first person I ever really shared my writing dream with.
Ok, sappy moment over.
Print or Ebook?
Although I do love the smell of a brand new print book, I love the convenience of e-books even more. Not only can I read about a book and own it in less than five seconds, but it makes me feel like I’m doing my part by not killing tons of trees (I buy A LOT of books). Plus, without the revolution of ebooks, I might not be where I am today!
M&M’s or Skittles?
If I can find the almond M&M’s, then I will always pick them, hands down. But they’re not easy to come by these days. So Skittles wins.
What book are reading now?
I’m actually finishing up a neat little book called Pinfluence which is all about using Pinterest as a marketing tool. I love learning about new ways to reach potential readers.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
I think the hardest part about writing is wondering whether or not you’re creating a story that matters. Sure, it may be important to me as I’m writing it, but is anyone else going to care enough to spend several hours reading my drivel? Will it matter? It’s a tough thing to figure out sometimes.
Can you share a little about the current title you are working on?
My current “drivel” is another New Adult novel about a college sophomore studying abroad in Germany. I wrote it while I was living there (long before I wrote 6 Seconds of Life) and I’m just starting to acclimate myself to it again. It should be out in November!
Tonya Thanks for stopping by today and Good Luck in the future. I'm sure we will be "seeing" you around.
6 Seconds of Life
Author: Tonya Fitzharris
Date Published: 9/1/12