Hello all!Welcome to ROMANCING THE GOLD COAST, the very first Historical Romance event to take place on Long Island. The four day event will take place at the historic, Mansion at Glen Cove and will include fun and games, as well as a High Tea and a Costume Ball.
A few times a month, leading up to the event, am attending author will be featured on the blog and posted across social media. Please enjoy the author's responses and have a peek at their books!
The lovely Tabetha Waite is one of the Featured Authors! Here is more about Tabetha!
Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you write.
I am a small town Missouri girl that held on to a dream for 30 years! I am happily married to the love of my life and have two wonderful daughters. I was always an avid reader, but when my grandmother introduced me to the older Gothic novels that she used to read, I found an interest in romance. Moving to Harlequin, Zebra, Avon, I found that I was hooked on the HEA! This was also what spurred me to write my own romance. I chose historical because I love the balls, the gowns, and the polite society that goes with the territory of the era. However, I have also written an erotic contemporary short, as well as a fantasy short. I’m always ready to push the boundaries of my writing.
How and why did you become a writer?
It all started at the age of nine. My fourth grade teacher would give us writing assignments. She always said she liked reading my stories, and for a shy, bullied girl, her encouragement started this long journey, one that gets more interesting every single day.
Was it hard for you to get published?
You could say that! I was notified in February of 2016 that a small publishing company accepted my first novel. They liked the premise of “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” so I was offered a contract. I will always be grateful that they gave an unknown a chance. However, that was the third book I’d written and sent out to agents and publishers. The first two were promptly rejected. Of the three, I have all of my 63 rejections letters that I received before I got ‘the one.’
Who are your favorite authors and what do you read in your spare time?
There are soooo many authors that it’s hard to narrow it down! But I will say that my bookshelf is full of Sabrina Jeffries, Victoria Alexander, Sophie Jordan, Andrea Kane, Lisa Kleypas – the list truly goes on! However, I also adore Sarah J. Maas and J. R. Ward. Reading their books has inspired me to possibly branch out into the paranormal and fantasy genres. Who knows what the future holds?
What hobbies do you have?
While a lot of people consider collecting dolls creepy, I find that their smiling faces are a comfort to me. Several of my aunts also enjoy it, so it’s almost inherited! I also can’t seem to pass up the chance to browse a flea market or antique mall. I love hunting for a bargain, or something unique to history.
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The market is terribly competitive, which is why it’s so hard to find someone to represent you and your work. It’s hard (and expensive), to sift through the promotion opportunities that work for you, but that’s why it’s good to have an author community. I’ve had some great advice! At the moment I also enjoy being an indie writer. I like that I can pick my own covers, ones that match the characters I’m bringing to life on my laptop. I just try to write what I’d want to read and hope that my readers will enjoy the adventure.
If you weren’t an author, what would you do?
I’m not really sure. I always thought it would be fun to be a DJ. I love music and can’t read or write without it. More than likely I’d be sitting at a desk somewhere waiting for five o’clock. As it stands, I work as a part-time lunch lady at the local community college. It’s been great meeting all the new students each year. There are some amazing people out there.
Favorite hero and heroine from your books? Why?
All of my characters have a special place in my heart. But then we are with them almost every day for hours upon end. But if I had to choose one, it would probably be Orion and Athena from my first book, “Why the Earl is After the Girl.” That couple helped to get me noticed and so they are special to me. And, of course, it was great how Athena constantly frustrated Rion to no end!
Favorite hero and heroine from another author’s books?
For historical romance, that honor would have to go to Candace Camp and her matchmaker’s series. To this day it’s hard for me to forget Francesca and the Duke of Rochford. I remember them fondly to this day, as well as my all time favorites – “A Rose in Winter” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon.
What’s your favorite food and drink?
That’s a tough one! Hmm. Food would have to be some type of sub sandwich. Even if I can’t figure out what I might be hungry for, that always sounds good! And, of course, ice cream! For drink - alas, I love Pepsi OR Coke, but I try to limit myself on how much I indulge.
Why are you looking forward to Romancing the Gold Coast?
Location, location, location! I’ve always searched for an excuse to go to New York, but honestly, the prospect has always been daunting. When I learned of this event, I was ecstatic! Not only is it going to take place on impressive Long Island, but it’s also a chance to dress up and rub elbows with fellow authors and fantastic readers! It was perfect!
|OCTOBER 1-4, 2020|