Nov 20, 2011

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Tawny Stokes

This month I am taking part in Tawny Stokes' blog tour.  She is the author of two new books STATIC and DEMON WHISPERER.  Here's what they're all about: 

STATIC by Tawny Stokes 
During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She’s been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It’s a dream come true.
Except the dream turns to a nightmare when she wakes up in a dumpster, tossed away like yesterday’s trash, with no memory of what happened the night before. She feels strange, different, as if something is trying to get out. Soon she realizes she’s changing…turning into something not quite human.
Now a hunger deep inside claws at her to feed, to siphon energy from those around her. Before she can do just that, Trevor, the band’s roadie shows up and stops her from killing. With his help she learns to control the hunger inside, because he’s just like her. And in return he wants her help to do one little thing…
Help him kill the members of Malice.

DEMON WHISPERER by Tawny Stokes 
Awake a year-long coma, where he literally spent in hell, Caden Butcher, 17, developed a special power. He can speak to demons in their own language. This new trick helps him take over the family exorcism business, from his broken alcoholic father. Having to take care of the finances, Caden makes a decent income getting rid of demons. He’s known as the young whiz-kid exorcist to the stars, obtaining most of his work in Hollywood. But what others don't know is the exorcisms are all staged with the help of his best buddy, a demon he met in hell named Dantalion (Dan).
When an exorcism goes wrong, Caden discovers the demon inside a teen girl is not the run of the mill malicious entity but an adversary from down under who is hell bent on Caden’s destruction. The International Order of Exorcists, an organization that tolerates Caden at best because of his respected father, starts their own investigation because of his screw up.
Now with the help of his demon buddy, and Caden’s girlfriend Aspen Spencer, a skilled necromancer, Caden must track down the rogue demon before he can expose Caden as a fraud and destroy everything that matters to him in his life, ending his reign as the one and only Demon Whisperer.

And as part of the blog tour Tawny has answered a few interview questions...

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 
Never give up.  Form the habit of writing every day.  And surround yourself with other writers.

What’s your favorite/least favorite part about writing?
Favorite: world building, writing that perfect paragraph that takes my breath away
Least favorite: editing, hate it, but it is a necessary evil.


Now that you’re published, how has your life changed (or your writing changed)?
I've been published since 2004 under my adult pen name Vivi Anna, so these are some of the things that have changed:  my butt's bigger from sitting behind a computer every day, I no longer get in trouble for staring off into the distance and not listen to anything anyone is saying, people no longer look at me with pity in their eyes when I tell them I'm a writer.

What books inspired you most as a writer?
Stephen King has always inspired me.  Lately though, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and definitely Harry Potter by JK Rowling.  Both brilliant authors, both brilliant series.

Can you describe the basics to your writing process?
I sit down at the computer every day at the same time, program a playlist, open up Word, reread the page before, then start typing.  Some days my brain works with me, and others it doesn't.  But I will still sit there and do something.  You can't get published if you don't finish.
Be sure to visit Tawny Stokes' website:   http://tawnystokes.com/
And if you want more information about the tour you can find it at: http://bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/

2 comments:

Jenny said...

Oooo, both these books sound quite interesting, especially Static. Sigh, more books for the TBR shelf. ;)

tawnystokes said...

Thanks for having me over Sarah!!