Today I have the great pleasure of chatting with Historical Romance author, Tabetha Waite. So sit back and let’s get to know a little about Tabetha…
Tabetha grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams of being a published author after her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. She began her journey by putting pen to paper writing anything from fantasy to mystery, but it wasn’t until she started high school that her grandmother introduced her to the classic, Gothic novels. As her love of romance grew to encompass Harlequins, it wasn’t until she read “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon did she develop a fascination for historical England. After discovering Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she was hooked!
It wasn’t until 30 years and 63 rejections later that her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love series was picked up for publication in July 2016 to critical acclaim, winning the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance. Her second book, “Where the Viscount Met His Match,” released on ebook in June 2017.
When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, checking out any flea market, antique mall, or doll show she comes across, and working as a lunch lady at the local community college. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA, a founding member of the romance novel film company, Passionflix, and a proud supporter of The Ripped Bodice, an all romance bookstore in CA!
You can find her on most any social media site and she encourages any fans of her work to join her mailing list to learn more about upcoming novels or events.
Frankie Hi Tabetha, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today….Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Tabetha Romantic, Goofy, Dreamer, Mother & Author
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Tabetha Definitely Regency England! Since that is my preferred genre there is soooo much I could learn by traveling back in time! I would take so many notes.
Frankie Can you tell us a little about your latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release.
Tabetha I currently have two books to my credit with my latest release coming out this month! It is the third book in my Ways of Love Series called, “When a Duke Pursues a Lady.” The tagline reads – “An innocent woman. A loyal agent to the Crown. A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.” In all my books I like to push the boundaries a bit with adventure, passion and some unsuspecting twists and turns. That’s the beauty of fiction!
Frankie Ooh, that sounds really good, Who was your childhood hero?
Tabetha Since I wasn’t introduced to some of my favourite writers until I was a young adult, I would have to say that my childhood hero was probably Beatrix Potter. I loved the Peter Rabbit stories. Not only was she a great author, but she was a talented artist!
Frankie How fabulous, she as an incredible lay, if you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Tabetha In all honesty, I don’t really have any certain actor/actress in mind for my books when I start out. They develop along the way in regards to characteristics and personality. Even then, it may not be someone very famous that I find who suits the image in my mind. For now I’m just trying to focus on trying to become a bestseller. However, I did win the BIBA for romance in 2017 for my debut novel, as well as made a respected bloggers Top 20 list of 2017, so that was certainly something to celebrate!
Tabetha I love all my characters. After spending so much time with them on my laptop, they become special, if not stubborn at times! I did like Big B. He was a side character introduced in Book one, “Why the Earl is After the Girl” and has been mentioned in Books two and three. He was also my teenager daughter’s favourite.
Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Tabetha Inspiration could strike me for no reason and at no particular time. But for my debut novel, I was inspired by a computer crash! I had several unfinished M/S that I had started and intended to return to that were effectively wiped clean. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a backup, so I had to start from scratch. It was disheartening to know that so much time and effort had been put into these stories and they were just – gone. In spite of this, I got to thinking, how would a heroine feel to know she’s lost everything? Thus, Athena Hawthorne was born.
Frankie Oh, no! Thanks is the worst, What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Tabetha 1) DON’T GIVE UP! It took me 30 years of holding up a dream and 63 rejections before I was published. I’ll always be grateful to Etopia Press for giving a “newbie” a chance.
2) DON’T TAKE CRITICISM TO HEART! The advice you get along your writing journey is a tool meant to help you grow as an author. Sure, not every book is someone’s ‘cup of tea,’ but just remember why you started writing in the first place. It was for the love of it. Don’t let someone steal that joy. Continue to plug on, even if you don’t always feel like it.
3) PUBLISHING IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP! Just because you FINALLY got your foot in the door, whether it is with one of the Big 5 publishing houses, a smaller press, or self-published, that is only the beginning. It takes time and dedication to pursue a career in writing. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. In fact, people write for years and barely get any recognition. It’s a tough market and competition is fierce! The point is not to get discouraged. There are billions of people on this planet and books enough for everyone. Personally, I have a huge TBR pile and it continues to grow. Does that mean I’ll stop buying books? Of course not! Reading is a form of entertainment just the same as music, movies, or theatre. People are always on the lookout for new authors to add to their list of long-time favorites. Keep that chin up!
Frankie Wow, this are amazing tips, thank you for sharing. If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Tabetha Jane Austen! I would love to hear what advice she could give.
Queen Victoria. I love any monarch, but she really seemed like an interesting lady!
Ludwig van Beethoven. I bet his Moonlight Sonata would be haunting live!
Frankie Thank you, Tabetha for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Tabetha That would have to be cookie dough and ice cream! Put together, it’s my downfall!
Mmmm! That sounds so good, Thank you!
Tabetha’s latest book When a Duke Pursues a Lady is out now and can be found at Amazon.
After three years trapped in an abusive and loveless marriage, Lyra Coventry has been arrested for the murder of her husband, the Earl of Weston. Although she’s innocent of the crime, she has no one to turn to for help, until Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright, comes forward to offer his aid. The handsome duke takes her into his custody, saving her from a jail cell. But Lyra doesn’t suspect Alister’s ulterior motive—to prove her guilty of treason—as she slowly loses her heart to a man who is far more than he seems…
Alister Ayles leads a secret life. To the ton, he is a dullard, the subject of ridicule. But as a highly respected agent for the Crown, he’s discovered a higher purpose by protecting his country. Now he’s faced with his toughest investigation to date, uncovering a plot against the Crown…and discovering whether or not Lyra, the woman he let slip through his fingers years ago, is a traitor. Nothing is as it seems, and as the plot unravels, the dangers to them increase. He struggles to keep his feelings for her contained, but when it comes down to a test of loyalty, will he stand strong, or fall prey to his desires?
When a Duke Pursues a Lady can be purchased at Amazon.