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Delve into a fantastic world of political intrigue, magic, and a sword-wielding alpha male, in Book 1 of Tara Quan’s new Captive Fates series. Who will survive as two women and one man fight for the right to rule in a world of blood and sand, where becoming a warlock’s queen is a fatal curse? Inspired by The Arabian Nights, Warlock’s Pawn is romantic suspense at its best.
Foreseeing the warlock’s destiny, Alia saves the man her sister plotted to kill. He returns five years later to conquer her city. A pawn in a battle for desert waters, Alia resigns herself to a political marriage and an empty bed. But when Duncan demands more than just her name, she chances losing her heart along with her freedom.
Determined to reclaim her kingdom, Anora parlays her body to remain at Duncan’s side. From within the Helicon court she spins her web, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Alia is all that stands between her and the throne. Her sister must cease to breathe before the warlock’s affection wanes.
A master tactician, Duncan has no qualms about making Anora his courtesan and Alia his queen. But it is Alia’s eyes that haunt his dreams, and she soon becomes his only weakness. With the perils that haunt the Helicon court, caring for the fey is absolute folly. A warlock’s love is a fatal curse, and Alia’s death will be his undoing.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Thailand and moved to the U.S. for college. I met my husband there, and I now consider the States my home. My husband’s job involves a bit of country-hopping, so I’m overseas at the moment. We’re about to move back to D.C. in July.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Honestly? When my first novella Tower in the Woods was published, it got a 4/5 heat rating. Out of curiosity, I looked up my publisher’s description for a 5/5 heat rating. I had a “Challenge Accepted!” moment, and here we are.
How do you create your characters?
It’s difficult to pin down. I think most of it happens subconsciously in my head, and the characters just make themselves known when they’re ready. If I had to self-analyze, I would say I imagine the world first. Once I have the setting down, I think about how the environment and culture would shape a character. I’m very partial to alpha-male heroes and strong heroines, so my protagonists end up that way.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I got my start in high school writing Harry Potter fanfiction. I was a “Dramione” writer, which meant my stories paired Draco Malfoy with Hermione Granger. I was an avid Romance reader by then, so the two were always doing naughty things.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
Just a laptop. My husband and I share a pretty small apartment, so I’ve gotten good at getting myself in the zone. I can even write while sitting next to someone who is watching Spartacus. That said, my most productive writing stints have been on long airplane rides where internet use isn’t an option.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I’m a book addict. By the time I started writing fiction, I’d probably read over a hundred Romances. I’ve also read a lot of Chinese kung-fu sagas (translated into Thai) and tons of manga. My personal collection of books and manga fully stocked an entire book rental store after I left for college. As a result, my brain is full of plot bunnies. Even if I tried, I wouldn’t be able to write them all.
What do you like to read?
One of the downsides of being a writer while working full-time is there isn’t enough time to read. Nonetheless, I manage to keep up with new releases by my favorite authors – Nalini Singh, Julia Quinn and Kresley Cole.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Make time to write.
I fought my writer side for ten years. I did this because I looked at the publishing industry, sales figures, average earnings, odds of success and concluded that, statistically speaking, I would never make a living as a writer.
Deciding to become an author is seldom sensible, but one day you may decide to take a gamble. If you kept up with your writing until this moment, you’ll have a ton of material you can turn into a finished product.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m currently finishing up my first contemporary romance. This one is a little different (i.e. less erotic). I don’t know if it’ll ever get published, but I wrote it anyway. Thank goodness I have a day-job!
I’m also half way through writing the second book in the Undead Fairy Tales series. This one is based on Little Red Riding Hood. I have my fingers crossed it’ll be done this year. When I’m done with that, I plan on writing the second book in the Captive Fates series.
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