Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Q&A with Tamara Mousner

I'm so delighted to welcome author Tamara Mousner to P.S. I Love Books today!

Tamara Mousner studied acting with an Oscar-winning teacher in Los Angeles, played a few anime characters, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a Creative Writing degree, did a little theatre, studied with award-winning novelists, published a few articles (under her maiden name), wrote a manuscript for a novel, rewrote said manuscript many times and self-published said manuscript, a paranormal romance for young adults with a sci-fi edge entitled, Being.

Welcome Tamara! I appreciate you taking the time out to visit P.S. I Love Books.

Thank you so much for having me as your guest!

Can you tell us a little bit about Being?

Being is about an extraterrestrial whose ship crashes in California after colliding with space trash orbiting Earth.

But Being is also about family and the connections we share with those we love most. The story showcases two families, one human and one extraterrestrial. My extraterrestrials are similar to humans in many respects, except they have different philosophies and a different, more peaceful way of being than humans do.

What was one of your favorite and least favorite things about writing it?

Most favorite: exploring the narrative, getting to know the characters & my creative process. Least favorite: All the trees I killed getting the story where I wanted it (guilt!)

Which of the characters did you enjoy working with the most?

I love them all, but I’d have to say EBN. She held the biggest surprises.

If you had the chance to do it all over again would you change anything in Being?

I’d try to tighten it up more.

What do you think of the cover?

I couldn’t be more pleased with it. The background image is a photograph I took a few years ago, so it’s especially personal and meaningful, just like Being.

If Being were made into a movie who would be your ideal cast for the main characters?

Well, l’m no casting director. However, I could see either Saoirse Ronan or Dakota Fanning playing EBN, Zac Efron would make a stellar Aix and I’m not sure for Shale. Shale’s role has undiscovered talent written all over it.
If you could write a book about absolutely anything with any other author (dead or alive) what would it be about and who would you choose?

Wow! That’s some question. Let me see … the easy answer is I think Dr. Seuss and I could’ve had a blast working together; Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King too. But the more I think about it, the more writers come to mind and truth be told, I have no idea what it would be about because of the nature of the collaborative process. We’d both have to agree on the subject matter.

If you didn’t have a passion for writing books what do you think you’d be doing as a career?


I’m always looking for books to add to my ginormous TBR (to be read) pile. What books are you currently reading or have read recently? Any good recommendations?

My current faves are City of Thieves by David Benioff and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

What are some of your favorite things to do when given a break from the writing life and other work-related things? 

Running, working out, seeing my friends & family. I don’t get much time to do either unfortunately.

Are you currently working on any projects that we may see from you in the future?

I’m doing the prep work for Being’s sequel, getting inspired and writing scene sketches.

Thank you so much for stopping by Tamara! Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

My blog:

Follow me on Twitter: @TRMousner

Being on Amazon:

Being Fan Page on Facebook:

Being on goodreads:

Coming soon: Being on Barnes & Noble!

Come back to see my review of Being and enter for a chance to win an ebook copy!


Cozy in Texas said...

I stopped by your blog today.

Denise Z said...

Thanks for the interview and sharing today.

Vivien said...

Thanks for the interview. The Hunger Games is also one of my faves.

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