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Tule Author Q&A: C.R. Grissom talks body image and burritos

New Tule author C.R. Grissom stopped by to talk all about her debut new adult romance, Mouthful!

 

 

Welcome to Tule! What is one thing you can tell our readers that no one else knows about you?

I switched to digital format reading because of an injury. I’d been revisiting the Outlander series for the umpteenth read. By the time I reached the end of book six, I’d sprained the pinky finger of my right hand because the weight of those hardback tomes became too much. I didn’t want to stop reading, so I bought the series in digital format. Problem solved! Now I can’t imagine leaving the house without my entire bookshelf in my back pocket. But it all started with a book nerd injury.

 

Tacos With LimeWhat was your favorite scene to write and why?

I had such fun writing Caleb and Faith’s first date at Iguana’s. She felt unsure, but she still walked through the door. She’s nervous, waiting for Caleb to return with their food and then Everest sits down. He’s chock-full of confidence, charm, and loaded with audacity. There’s an instant sense of friendship that springs from their first conversation. Once Everest leaves, Caleb and Faith start to recognize the chemistry arcing between them while sharing a five-pound burritozilla.

 

Mouthful touches on teen and young adult body image issues in such a real and poignant way. What inspired you to write about this topic?

Young women are inundated by fashion magazines promoting a certain body type. As a result, far too many of us aren’t happy in our skin. Myself included. A conversation with my niece about my harsh inner critic had a profound impact on me and sparked the idea for a book about a girl struggling with negative body image. Faith is a compilation of all women who face the daily battle against perceived imperfections and her character arc reflects her journey towards body acceptance.

 

What song would be in the soundtrack to Faith and Caleb’s love story?

That’s a tough choice. Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” best fits their relationship. But John Legend’s “All of Me” has the line about a smart mouth that reminds me of Faith.

 

What are you currently reading?

A Small Town Christmas by Nan Reinhardt. I just read the scene inside the winery where Sam tastes Conor Flaherty’s chambourcin wine for the first time. Now I want a glass! It’s a great read and I’m falling hard for these characters.  

 

 

 

About the Author

C.R. Grissom lives in San Jose, California—smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley. She works for a high-tech company by day, and at night writes contemporary sports romance featuring young adults as they transition to college. Winner of the 2018 RWA Golden Heart Award in young adult romance for her first manuscript: Mouthful.



Tule Author Q&A: Shannon Stults talks writing and horses

Shannon Stults stopped by to talk all about the third book in her Willow Creek series, Risking It All!

 

Your story takes place at an equestrian center. Do you have a love for horses? What inspired you to choose this setting?

Just like Darby, I grew up on a farm with horses, and when I was a kid my family and I would go on trail rides all the time together. A few years ago while staying in a cabin in Tennessee, my sister and I went to an equestrian center and did a trail ride for the first time since we were little. It made me miss riding my own horses and the kind of strength and freedom that comes with it so much that I wanted to capture that in a book. Plus, there really is something sexy about a hero who can ride.

 

 

This is a gorgeous second chance romance. What drew you to this trope?

I actually didn’t used to like second chance romances very much because I always felt like you came into it with half the story already told. I wanted to write one where readers could see how the characters fell in love from the start instead of just being told that they were in love and watching them remember that love years later. That’s why I ended up using the flashbacks in each of the books in this series, so that readers could see and feel firsthand how it all started, not just the second take.

 

 

Where do you like to get most of your writing done?

I write all over the place. My living room sofa, my bed, even at work if I’ve got a spare minute. Doesn’t really matter where I am as long as it’s quiet and I’m in the zone. My dream is to one day have a space with a desk and a view that is dedicated solely to the writing like this one I found on Pinterest, but if I’m honest I’d probably still be writing wherever I felt like it.

 

 

 

If Caleb cooked Darby a romantic meal, what would it be?

Caleb is the kind to go all out to show someone he cares. So I think Caleb would try to impress her with something like a homemade, romantic candlelit dinner of parmesan and herb crusted beef tenderloin with a red wine sauce.

 

 

What are you currently reading?

I just got a bunch of cute romances for Christmas (Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters, The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez, etc.), but I’m also trying to tackle some of the classics I already own and have yet to read. So I’m currently doing this thing where I have to read one classic before I can start another romance. I just finished Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test and am in the middle of Moby Dick right now. The back and forth between genres has been an interesting experience, to say the least.

 

About the Author

A small-town Georgia girl, Shannon finds no greater joy than stepping into the lives and worlds created by the written word. Despite a severe aversion to reading as a child, Shannon has since found a passion for literature that she’s nurtured with incessant reading and a Bachelor’s degree in English. It’s this passion that lets her bring her own imagination to life. Living in Athens, Ga with her sister and their four-legged furry friends, she is almost always in the middle of a book, working on her own stories, or traveling to seek inspiration in the world around her.


Tule Author Q&A: Tavi Wayne discusses psychology and astrology

Debut author Tavi Wayne took some time to discuss her new romantic release, Degrees in Love!

 

Education is very important to Laney. Was Psychology always her major (if yes, then how did she know it was her calling)?

Psychology was always her major.  She’d pretty much known she wanted to be a psychologist since she found out what different psychologists do. Given her difficult upbringing, she always had empathy for others who needed support.  So, she initially trained as a counseling psychologist. Ultimately, she left counseling practice to go into college teaching and research, thinking she could reach a wider population.

 

What gave Tie the idea for his first book? Person Writing on Paper Using Yellow and Black Pen

He never intended to become an author.  He was such a voracious reader and hard worker he never figured he’d have time to write.  But his conversations with people who had little to no experience in finances, economics, or even general business made him realize that people needed a lot of these things laid out, with a sense of humor, in layman’s terms.  How could he not step in and fill the gap?

 

How does Laney make the big decisions in her life?

Laney is very deliberate, so she takes her time.  Her head often battles with her heart or her intuition.  Despite her academic training and scientific mind, however, she ultimately leads with her heart.

 

Does Tie believe in astrology? What is his sign? Image result for pisces astrology

No, Tie doesn’t believe in astrology.  He barely has faith in forecasts by erudite economists!  He is a Pisces with some elements of Aquarius. My mother-in-law happens to be an astrologist and she informs me that, given Tie’s birth year, he’d be likely to be very friendly, emotional, and perhaps stubborn.  Pisces are also thought to be romantic, sensitive to criticism, and fearful of the past returning to haunt them. These characteristics do generally capture some of Tie’s personality.

 

What are you currently reading?

As a college professor, I’m bound to read a lot of non-fiction, academic material.  Right now I’m preparing for a class called Eating Behavior, so I’m reading a lot of books about the science of eating, food culture, and food politics.  Nothing sexy!

 

About the Author

Tavi Wayne is an educator and a lifelong learner. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son. She has been writing stories since she was six (under another name). She adores writing tales of romance. She also enjoys reading, good company, beaches, moon rises and sunsets, and good food.