Today I decided to try something new. My friend Scandal, over at Scandalicious Book Reviews and I have been cracking up together as we read Seduction and Snacks and Futures and Frosting by Tara Sivec. So we decided we wanted not only to interview Tara but the characters themselves. So in part one, we have an interview with Tara. Hopefully, we can get her to set up a meeting with the characters!
Interview with Tara Sivec:
Tara, thank you so much for sitting down and letting us talk to you vagina to vagina to, well….vagina (we just love using that word, since we feel like you have given us permission to vaginatize the world.) We have a few questions to ask you, and then a favor….but we want to ply you with gifts before we ask for the favor. Ana here brought her best-selling toy from Ana’s Attic’s Erotic Red playroom, the Magic Wand. Scandal brought one of her famous loaves of bead: (just don’t ask anything about where the yeast came from)
Scandal: “shhh, don’t go spilling my secrets!”
Tara, have you ever done stand-up comedy? You totally should!
*blank stare* Sorry, the Magic Wand is looking at me funny. I think it’s judging me. Stand-up comedy you ask? Nope, never have. I’ve thought about it, but my throat does this funny thing when I’m talking in front of big groups of people live. It sounds like I’m choking on my own spit and or coughing up a hairball. I think it’s nerves. Or from licking the cat. Either way, it’s not pretty.
When did you start writing, and what did you write first?
Oh man, this is so embarrassing. I actually wrote poetry first back in high school. I had a poem published once in some big book of poetry. It was all lovey-dovey shit I wrote to my husband. Well, boyfriend at the time. I wasn’t one of those creepy child brides. But yeah, I liked to write poems. I think we still have all of the notes/poems I wrote him in high school somewhere in the house. We keep them in the basement to scare away the boogyman.
Have you always been funny?
I came out of the womb telling one-liners. “Have you heard the one about the baby, priest and the rabbi who walked into a titty bar?”
Where did you come up with the idea for Seduction and Snacks?
I had a dream. A dream that one day, world peace would be achieved through a book about vodka and vibrators…no, seriously. I usually have dreams about stories and I wake up at like 4 in the morning and type a quick note into my phone so I don’t forget. Obviously I should curb my intake of crack and hookers before bed.
Do you have a Jenny/Drew book planned?
Yes indeed. I just wrote chapter 5 today. I’m not sure if it will be a full length book or just a novella yet. Not sure how much stupid I can write to fill up an entire book.
What’s next for you?
I’m so excited about my next book I might have just peed on my chair. It’s completely opposite from S&S and F&F. Romantic/suspense with hot Navy SEALS. I love comedy, but comedy is hard as shit to write. I need a little bit of a break. It’s been suggested that I use a pen name for my split personality just so readers don’t go into it expecting funny and be like “WTF is this shit? It’s not funny at all!” So, as of right now, these books will be published under the pseudonym Elizabeth Moransi. Elizabeth is my middle name and Moransi is a combination of my maiden and married names. The first book, “A Beautiful Lie” is currently with an editor and will hopefully be out not too long after the Chicago book signing.
Do you have a favorite book? (By another author)
OMG, it’s so hard to choose. My favorite author ever is Pamela Ribon. I would read the phonebook if she wrote it. Her debut novel “Why Girls are Weird” is the only book I’ve ever read more than once (aside from the Twilight series, but I don’t count those because I may need a 12 step program for those). My favorite funny author is Jenny Lawson and her book “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”. I never read books that make me LOL, but this one did it. Her blog is just as hilarious as her book.
Is your husband as funny as you? And are your kids as totally awesome as Gavin?
My husband only thinks he’s funny. Actually, my husband is a lot like Drew. Okay, okay and a little bit of Carter. But mostly Drew. And Gavin is 100% modeled after both of my kids. Every single thing he said or did in the books is something my kids have done or said.
If you were not a writer what would you be? (Or what else do you still do?)
Unfortunately, I still work full-time to pay the bills. It’s definitely not a job I love or want to do forever. I work in an office and it’s mind-numbing work. If I wasn’t a writer, I’d still be at the same job but I would have absolutely nothing to live for. Well, except for my family. I guess.
I have suggested your books be a weekly sitcom. (You should pitch to like HBO, but I’m talking BOOK sitcom.) There are so many serial books out now, yours would be my weekly dose of laughter. Can you please do that?
Serial books? How have I never heard of these? I might have to look into that. Although, when I hear the words “Serial Books” I picture little paperbacks with pitchforks and switchblades chasing townsfolk down deserted streets and chopping off body parts.
Are your characters based on real-life people?
Absolutely. Liz is exactly like my BFF in real life, George is 100% my dad Gavin is my kids and Drew/Carter are my husband. And Claire is kind of me. Her viewpoints and the way she talks at least. Not so much the one-night stand and getting knocked up thing.
As much as we are enjoying hanging out with you, we REALLY want to meet the gang, and feature Seduction and Snacks (the store) on our blogs. Scandal and I will be in town this week. Can we set that up?
“Sure, “Call Jenny, she does all that stuff for Seduction and Snacks”
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Check back tomorrow 9/27/12 for Part II of our interview…we will chat with Gavin and the grown-ups…well, the grown-ups and Drew and we’ll get to the Down and Dirty round – you don’t want to miss that!
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