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Interview with the Fabulous Tiffany Trent!

Tiffany Trent's historical fantasy series Hallowmere involves saucy medieval monks, importunate fey princes and the Great Eastern. What's not to love?

To celebrate the March 25th release of her third Hallowmere book, Between Golden Jaws, we have an interview with Tiffany about Hallowmere, celebrities and of course that enduring topic of interest, ladies' underwear.

SARAH: Tiffany, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed! In return for your kindness, may I ask you a whole lot of totally inappropriate questions?

Presuming that the answer is yes...

SARAH: So your third book, BETWEEN GOLDEN JAWS, comes out this week. I understand writing this book was particularly challenging - does that makes it special to you or do you kind of glare at it resentfully sometimes?

TIFFANY: I think there was much glaring and hair-pulling at the time. I truly didn't want to send it to my editor at one point, but that wouldn't quite have worked, so I gritted my teeth and did the deed. And then was tremendously surprised when she said she felt it was the best yet.

SARAH: It's the third book in the historical fantasy Hallowmere series - how many books do you have planned in it? Is the number fixed, and would you expand it if offered untold gold or a celebrity of your choice?

TIFFANY: There are ten books in the Hallowmere series. I'm writing books 1-3, 7, and 10. The other books are co-authored, written to my rough outline. Our schedule was so intense that my publisher feared I might explode if I tried to write all ten myself. They're probably right. J If offered the celeb of my choice, I'm sure I could come up with more tasty Hallowmere treats, no danger.

SARAH: So your second book, BY VENOM'S SWEET STING, is at least partly set on a boat- did you have fun looking up historical details about that? Can you tell us a really interesting one? (How many boats sank? I hear bad things about this one vessel called the Titanic, but it may just be a rumour.)

TIFFANY: I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST looking up details about the Great Eastern, the ship the girls sail on from Baltimore to Scotland. Although historically in 1866 the Great Eastern was laying cable across the Atlantic, I couldn't resist using her. She was the biggest ship in the world at the time and she was haunted! Supposedly, a riveter had been accidentally sealed between the double iron hulls of the ship and passengers could sometimes hear him riveting in the depths of the night. It was believed that he cursed the ship, and it would certainly seem that she was. Disaster after disaster plagued the Great Eastern, including the death of her creator, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who had a stroke just moments after his picture was taken on the completed deck. The Great Eastern eventually became a floating carnival and dance hall and then ended up being salvaged for scrap metal, much to her builder's chagrin. So, obviously, I had to give her a much sweeter, more poignant death, all of which you can read about in By Venom's Sweet Sting! ;)

SARAH: Do you have a favorite line from GOLDEN JAWS? Do you have a least favourite line? (Or one that you had to work on really hard to get right, say.)

TIFFANY: I think for me it's not so much lines as scenes or character issues. I loved being able to write about Corrine's encounters with the Prince. Those scenes felt like rewards, and I remember barreling through the last third of the book with sheer delight just because I'd waited sooo long to get there. Perhaps my least favourite parts are when I had to do the necessary magic teaching scenes; I always worried about how to keep reader interest during those.

SARAH: I happen to know you have a fondness for a certain band. Why don't you tell us all about it? (Human interest, very important! It's not about exposing any shameful secrets to the populace.)

TIFFANY: Noooooooo! ;) Oh well. Yes. I admit it. I am a hopeless geek for Duran Duran, especially for the early 80s New Romantic stuff. I still love going to their concerts and magically transforming into a 13-year old again. There are other, better bands certainly and I really do promise I like them, as well—I'm a big fan of trip-hop and other such indie stuff right now—but nothing gives me that teen idol thrill like Simon Le Bon singing "The Chauffeur" live. So, if anyone has the secret key to Simon's home in Chelsea, I will be your best friend forever! I mean…*koff*…yes, I really am an adult, I promise.

SARAH: Returning to the subject at hand, what's your favourite kind of urban fantasy? Is it like the stuff you write, or do you like to take a break and say 'now for something completely different!'

TIFFANY: My favourite urban fantasies are different from what I write in that they're in modern settings. I've not yet written in a modern setting and I'm really itching to; I think there's still plenty to explore in that arena.

SARAH: Tell us a secret about a book or a character. We want to know who we should picture as secretly wearing ladies' underwear.

TIFFANY: Hmmm…well, one never knows what Catholic priests get up to in Fey raths. There could be some transgendered underwear donning there. Who knows? ;)

SARAH: What future project are you working on–what do readers have to look forward to? You've got to tell us. Otherwise people might come camp on your doorstep. You could trip over them, break an ankle. It's best to tell us everything that's coming up right now before tragedy strikes.

TIFFANY: I have several things in various stages of undress…er…drafting. Hopefully my next project will be another Victorian dark fantasy dealing with Charles Darwin, sentient dinosaurs, secretive vampires, and time-altering machines. We shall see how that goes.

SARAH: And if people want to talk to you and find out more about you without my relentlessly inappropriate questions, what's the best way to get in touch?

TIFFANY: Email me at trent.tiffany at gmail dot com. Or visit me here on LJ at tltrent. Or on Facebook. Or Myspace. Or my Web site at www.tiffany-trent.com. And you can read more about Hallowmere at www.hallowmere.com. I am everywhere.

You heard it here, people. She is everywhere! Go to her.

Tiffany's latest book, out now!


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 27th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Great interview Sarah and Tiffany!
Mar. 27th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I have a favorite line from Between Golden Jaws! :) Just found it on page 201.

Great interview!
Mar. 28th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
I am still waiting for that Darwin book!
Jun. 26th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
interesting thing
Mar. 28th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Really? Father Joe? I'll never look at him the same way....
Mar. 28th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
You both have a way with words! (And I love your cover model!)
Jun. 8th, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
Creates concern over uk Tiffany (http://www.tiffanyjewellery4u.com/)
role with NGOs, their goals and agendas. Should Tiffany rings (http://www.tiffanyjewellery4u.com/tiffany-rings.html)
advocate NGO goals? What power should Tiffany earrings (http://www.tiffanyjewellery4u.com/tiffany-earrings.html)
have to tell NGOs what agendas to seek in exchange for the company's cooperation? Focuses attention on Tiffany necklaces (http://www.tiffanyjewellery4u.com/tiffany-necklaces.html)
, running the risk that the company will "stand alone" among its competitors.
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Jun. 26th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
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