Author Interview with Tarrah Anders

Hi! I’m Tarrah. A little background on me, I’ve been writing since I was in middle school and throughout college.

While it was a passion, I kept it under wraps and never vocalized or followed through with my desire to be a writer, until I read a horrible book and thought: ‘I could do better than that!’ I kept my writing romance from my husband for nearly two years, but finally told him because… royalties and taxes. When he immediately tried to skip forward to any steamy scenes, then referred to the moment as in Lethal Weapon 4.

I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but living in beautiful San Diego with my own little family while working during the day as a social worker working with the homeless. I am hardcore San Francisco Giants fan and anything dealing with cupcakes and Zombies.

My writing style is that I try to keep on earth. I try my best to not be too unrealistic with my characters, what they do and how they live. I want my books to be relatable and not to create too many eye rolls, when a character starts calling his love interest baby after knowing her for 5 minutes.

I’ve written and self-published 4 books and one novella (coming March 14th). They’re all dual point of view aside from the novella. Thematically, the novels are friends to lovers, random hook-ups and office romances mixed with a whole lot of fun in the middle.

When and why did you start writing?

If we want to go all the way back to the beginning, I began writing when I was in grade school. I wrote crazy stories and gave them to family members. I wrote throughout the years, mainly short stories and poetry never seeing the light of day. I took a few creative writing classes in college and then eventually just let writing become a daydream. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I read a book and thought that I could write better than that… so I did.

What inspires your writing?

Every day situations fuel my thoughts and creativity. I will have a “ah-ha” moment and pull out my phone, open Evernote and start writing. Even the most mundane things, I try to pull something out of.  I’d almost be embarrassed if anyone ever opened up my “notes” section on my cell phone.

What has been your worst moment as a writer?

I’m not a huge fan of saggy middles of stories. So when I’m in the middle of a novel, I feel like it’s a mixture of writers block and “can I continue”? I’ve had that moment a few times, I feel like I’ve hit enough and want to pound my head against the wall in frustration. So I stop what I’m doing and focus on something else, then come back and hope that everything works out.

Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?

I sit in front of a blank screen with a notepad in front of me and a rough outline. I turn on the music and then let my fingers do the rest. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?

Don’t let sales influence your writing. Just write.

What do you believe make for great writing?

Enjoying it. If you dread it, then you won’t put your ‘all’ into it and that just doesn’t add to a good story, it feels too forced.

How do you measure success as a writer?

Number of words?

I honestly think finalizing a novel is a huge success, when I wrote my first I felt so on top of the world, and so far that feeling hasn’t dwindled.

What’s your biggest fear as a writer?

Not selling one copy of my book. Even though I feel that you shouldn’t let sales get in the way of writing, it’s always there.

Describe your latest book to our readers

My current novel is Frozen Over, it’s storyline is a normal girl, who struggles to make ends meet and catching the attention of the owner of a job she’s working on. While he struggles with his past, she makes his gooey warm center ooze and turns him from playboy to devoted boyfriend.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?

I want my readers to know that I understand that they want to read something that they can possibly relate to.

I also understand that reading is an escape for them too, so I was to mix it up as much as possible for them to get that experience.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Just write., Even if you aren’t going to publish, just do it.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on a few pieces of work, but my main focus is a spin-off of Frozen Over, focusing on Beth & Jacob’s story.


Frozen Over

by Tarrah Anders

TYSON MADDOX is confident, cocky and a playboy. He is also the CEO of Mad Designs, a company which he was born into, a revived fashion company in the city. With the upcoming launch of their summer campaign, Tyson takes notice of one of the models employed by his company. When circumstances arise to provide the perfect opportunity, he makes his move. With her he is the open, caring and attentive one woman man. However, when he learns about a side job which she has, all is lost. If Tyson doesn’t get his way, then they’re done. Too bad, he’s miserable without her.ALLISON STAFFORD was hired to become the face of Mad Designs for the new summer line. She’s beautiful and not afraid to eat doughnuts in public. When she catches the eye of the CEO, she doesn’t know how to interpret his affections. When they become an official item and Hell has Frozen Over, but it’s over before they know it, before the ice is fully thawed.

ALLISON STAFFORD was hired to become the face of Mad Designs for the new summer line. She’s beautiful and not afraid to eat doughnuts in public. When she catches the eye of the CEO, she doesn’t know how to interpret his affections. When they become an official item and Hell has Frozen Over, but it’s over before they know it, before the ice is fully thawed.ALLISON & TYSON deal with their issues, until his past catches up with them and tries to pull them apart. Will they get the chance that they both need or will they be torn apart?

ALLISON & TYSON deal with their issues, until his past catches up with them and tries to pull them apart. Will they get the chance that they both need or will they be torn apart?

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.