Tammie Clarke Gibbs – Island of Secrets

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Island of Secrets, a time travel romance.

In ISLAND OF SECRETS, SHANE ALEXANDER has realized he should never have allowed his ex-girlfriend to spend her honeymoon on his island, but he never dreamed she’d run to the tabloids and blab about seeing ghosts. With the future of Leigh Island in danger, he devises a plan to dispel her claims and unknowingly sets in motion events that bring him face to face with a past that not only threatens his future but his life.

After breaking off her engagement, LILA FITZPATRICK wants a new beginning, but when she agrees to help her roommate by pretending to be a reporter, the last thing she expects to find is the man of her dreams. The question is what will he do when he finds out who she really is?

On this Island of Secrets, one woman, two men and a love that transcends time get a second chance to prevent history from repeating itself. But will love be enough to win the battle against time and stop the force that’s kept them apart for centuries?

Tell us something about yourself.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share a little about myself and my new novel ISLAND OF SECRETS. I grew up and still live in a small rural town in Southeast Georgia with my husband, Mike, son Anthony, a Maltese Sissy, and a Chocolate Lab, Rocky. While I loved to read, I never imagined I’d become a writer until I was required to take a short story class and the teacher singled me out and shared my stories each week with the entire faculty via the teachers lounge. That’s been many years ago and the discovery that I could actually put together words someone might want to read certainly changed my life’s direction. Since then I’ve made a living with my writing in one form or another through several non-fiction books, publishing four magazines etc. Fiction, has always been where my passion has been so while every author’s first novel always seems like something that happens quickly, the reality is that this story has been churning around for a very long time. I am so excited to finally have the opportunity to share Shane and Lila’s story…

What inspired you to write this book?

An interesting family crest/coat of arms and a story passed down from family about a couple of brothers.

How did you choose the title?

Well, it takes place on an island that is filled with secrets so the this title was a pretty natural choice.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Time Travel is a small niche.The biggest obstacle was probably myself because I am not a very patient person and I had some traditional views of publishing that I had to part ways with in favor of the new electronic publishing that enables people hungry for what the traditional print publishers aren’t giving them, to find good books.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I actually shared in my intro about the short story class I was required to take in high school. There is nothing more motivating to a writer or aspiring author than being read and praised by people you don’t even know. I was hooked! It was so cool walking down the halls of high school and having teachers I didn’t have tell me they enjoyed my story that week.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Well, I can pretty much write like I can sleep, anywhere, anytime. I do enjoy listening to music, instrumentals mostly, because it allows me to visualize my story like a movie and write to the tempo. Helps me to write with more flow.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I love old books, family histories, and just listening around for interesting names. In fact, even hearing a different name can immediately conjure a character in my mind.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Yes, that I love the new electronic publishing opportunities and that there are lots of readers out there who enjoy my writing style. I’m just happy to have it where they can find it.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would have explored electronic publishing for my fiction a long time ago.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love time travel and historical romance. I love good plots that make me think and characters that make me forget I’m reading fiction. A couple of my favorite authors are Jude Deveraux and Lynn Kurland. I like both of these authors because they write love stories and not sex stories, they write very naturally.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes, It should be available sometime in January. COUNTERFEIT KISSES is a midwestern historical, with intensity and humor. In fact, in the opening scene the heroine runs down the hero with a wagon… now if that doesn’t get you thinking…

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Be realistic. I went to a writers conference two weeks out of high school where I could have my writing evaluated to see if it was marketable. Determine where you want to go with your writing, invest in yourself enough to find out if you have what it takes, then stick with it. Publishing is a long, long, long, journey and many give up before they reach their destination. If you are open to the new opportunities, work hard to hone your craft, you can be successful.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

If you enjoy time travel, romance, gothics, historicals and love a suspense weaved into your favorite books, we’ll probably be a good fit.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My book is available at Amazon, Smashwords & will soon be available at Barnes and Noble.com and Borders.com etc. Readers can also visit me at my website for a generous excerpt http://www.tammieclarkegibbs.com . I have a fan page on Facebook.