Thank you for swinging by on our stop along the tour! Today we have Trista Jaszczak, the author of Little Red, here with us. Before we chit chat with her, here's some information on her book, Little Red!!
Date Published: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Front Porch Romance
Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.
Little Red Riding Hood is back in the woods again...and in the clutches of the Big Bad Wolf no less...
Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and a little old bayou magic, Ethan must put aside everything he has ever known to keep her safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself?
An Interview with Trista Jaszczak
How long have you been writing? I've been writing as long as I can remember, but I've only taken it seriously for about 11 years now.
What inspired you to write Little Red? I've always loved fairy tales and every so often I would watch or read a certain fairy tale and would think "what would it be like if these characters were real?" I'd always toyed with the idea, made up stories in my mind that would be their "happily ever after." Then one day, out of the blue, a friend sent me the video to Sam the Sham's song "Hey There Little Red Riding Hood" for fun. Little Red Riding Hood was always a personal favorite and that was my final push to start my Believe series, starting with Little Red.
Which of your characters do you relate to most and why? I relate to certain characters for certain reasons. I relate to Red because she's had a difficult past. I relate to Charlie from Loverboy because she's a survivor of rape. It's difficult to pick just one since there are reasons I can easily relate to many of them.
What is a secret about you that nobody else knows? If I told you, then it wouldn't be much of a secret, now would it? ;) Haha...well, I am a huge nerd as my friends lovingly call me. I love Batman, Superman, old comic books...they were such a huge part of my childhood that I never grew out of.
What book have you read too many times to count?I have a few, starting with Charlotte's Web, even though I know it'll make me cry. Can You Keep a Secret? is one I read for a good laugh. Anything by Roald Dahl I have read over and over. Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice. I know them like the back of my hand but they're so dear to me, I will probably be reading them when I'm 80.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received? Write many books and remember that even when bad reviews get you down, you love you characters and you created them because you love them. Never stop creating what you love.
If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why? Can I say Cinderella? I think I've wanted to be Cinderella since I was 5, haha, at least the dressing up, going to the ball and getting an amazing happily ever after part.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? When writing Little Red I had to do a lot of research on old bayou voodoo and I did a lot of reading up on Marie Laveau. It was both creepy and intriguing. I'd read about it many times before because I've always been interested, but for the book I wanted to know everything I could. I read about her tomb that people visit to this day. I learned that, while it's disrespectful to write on her tomb people will leave trinkets to her in thanks for helping them. I could ramble on for hours about what I learned about her. She's so interesting and she's been so much fun to learn more about.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? I love the outdoors, hiking, fishing, being in the sun (which I have a lot of in Alaska), playing guitar, reading, spending time with my husband, daughters and two pups.
Are any of the things in your book(s) based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? There are certain things that are in my books that are based on real life experiences. Everything else is pure imagination.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? Chapter 6, hands down. Ethan's brother's play a huge roll in that chapter and their sense of humor and good nature really shine. There were a few parts that I had to laugh at myself because they said things that I could see my own husband or brother saying.
The Book TrailerAbout the Author:
Trista Jaszczak is a native of Hamilton, Ohio. She is an Air Force wife, mother of two beautiful daughters and currently calls Anchorage, Alaska her home. She has a deep passion for writing, art, playing guitar and travelling. She is the author of the Darkness Falls series, Loverboy, and What Lies Inside.
To learn more about Trista Jaszczak and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.