I’ve got another author Q&A for you all today and it’s the turn of Taryn Leigh!
Taryn writes novels that have a mixture of Love, Mystery, Adventure and overcoming adversity.
Her influences include writers such as Karen Swan, Sidney Sheldon & Enid Blyton.
Taryn lives in South Africa with her husband, son and two Cocker Spaniels .
About Perfect Imperfections:
Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa.
Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach.
Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence.
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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am born and raised in South Africa and currently live here with my husband, son and two cocker spaniels named Rocky and Cuddles. My book has been published in the UK and the plot is based in London and Durban, South Africa. Durban is the city I grew up in where my love for books began. I spent my school days with my nose buried in books in the library being transported to the magical places the Author took me to.
How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
Writing is something I have always dreamt of, but wasn’t sure I could do. One evening while falling asleep the plot of Perfect Imperfections came to me in my dreams and I woke up and began working on the book. I fell in love with the Characters and they practically wrote themselves into the pages of the book.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mainly from places I visit and people I meet. I love hearing people’s stories, and going to beautiful places. I also love having meaningful motivational conversations with people. It inspires me to be the best version of myself I can be.
How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your books?
I write very descriptively as I want the reader to connect with the characters. As they read, each character needs to feel like an actual person that they have met. I include everyday things in the book to make the characters relatable and I also weave an element of mystery throughout the pages to make the reader turn for more. I try to transport each person on their own journey through the book, and let them feel as if they are in another world as they escape through the pages
Do you think social media helps in regard to promotion and drumming up publicity for a new book?
It definitely does as we are a digital generation. We also take cues from what our peers are reading and most times do things based on their recommendations
What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?
I love hearing from people who have read my book and loved it. I love when they can relate to the characters, as that was my main intention as I wrote. I also get so excited when they send me pictures of them with the book as I feel as if I’m opening my very own present each time I see it.
What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?
So far there is nothing that is my least favorite thing.
Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?
I would love to be writing and having published two books per year by then. It would be wonderful
What’s next for you?
I am working on my next novel. Trying to get it finished so I can share it with the world.
I often wonder are authors voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kind of books do you enjoy?
I love to read. I love books that are adventurous, filled with strong characters and leave me feeling happy once I’m done. There are books I struggle to read, like Sci-fi and fantasy, but otherwise I will read pretty much anything.
Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?
My all time favorite books throughout my life have been:
Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
If tomorrow comes by Sidney Sheldon
The faraway tree by Enid Blyton
Recently I read The Secret Wife by Gill Paul and absolutely loved it. She had me convinced it was real. I even googled the events. Stunning book.
Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?
Christmas at Tiffany’s would definitely be that book for me. Karen Swan is such a brilliant writer, it astounds me.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading or relaxing in the park with my family. I also have a day job where I work in Procurement in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?
To be honest, no. Books have always been my one and only hobby.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
My dream is to go to London, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Hopefully someday soon I could do that. Second to that would be to sit on the beach in Zanzibar
My mother’s home cooked roast lamb with macaroni and cheese.
I love a good cup of tea or a quality cappuccino
Last but not least, why writing? Why not something else?
I think once I smelt the first pages of the first book I borrowed in the local library I knew I had found home. My two loves in life were books and interior design. Can’t imagine anything else. I’m grateful I get to do one of the things I love.
*Huge thanks to Taryn for taking part in my author Q&A! 🙂