Historical Suspense, Gothic
Date Published: July 18, 2016
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions
It is Chicago. 1910. Eleven-year-old Lillian March looks over her mother’s dead body with a sense of relief.
As a poor woman, her mother, Cora, never had any real choices or happiness with her life. Cora and Lillian flee to the bustling city of Chicago, where she is certain she will have the life of opulence she deserves.
Cora and Lillian face deep hardships in turn-of-the-century Chicago as Cora’s mind continues its downward spiral. With no money and no hope for income, Cora sells Lillian to The Garden Room, a brothel, where young girls and desperate women are kept like flowers in a jar.
John March comes looking for his daughter and his wife in an attempt to rescue them, but even if he finds them alive, is rescue really possible?
IN THE GARDEN ROOM is an exploration of madness, desire and two women’s choices in a time when they weren’t really allowed to choose.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I’d love to, but I’ve yet to make money at it. It is a career in the sense of how seriously I take it and how much work I put into it. Luckily, my day job is narrating audiobooks, so I get to live the book life that way.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
I think it’s focusing in and committing to one story. It’s getting started that’s the hardest for me. Because I write across genres, I have to kind of figure out what mood I’m in, and for how long I want to stay in that space. Do I feel like working for a year on a comedy, a mystery, or a scary novel? That’s the hardest part for me.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
I had a partner I worked with on IN THE GARDEN ROOM. We met in an online course that didn’t work out, but we clicked. We’d exchange chapters of our novels bi-weekly and it really kept me producing new work, and the feedback was amazing.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I’m stuck in that “What next”. Part of me wants to do another romantic comedy (a sequel to my book Blunder Woman), but I’m also really itching to write a good old fashioned horror story. Then again, I like the creepy world of IN THE GARDEN room and am thinking of writing another novel. IN THE GARDEN room is, essentially, a prequel to TUNNEL VISION AND OTHER STORIES, so I’m interested in continuing with that. If you have any input, let me know!
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I used to read for pleasure all the time. Now I read for money! And that’s even more pleasurable. I get great books to narrate. Right now it’s IMPACT WINTER by S. M. Freedman, an apocalyptic tale that’s really fun. And then I’m narrating a True Crime novel called POISONED LOVE by Caitlin Rother. And then I’m booked for some romances. Quite a variety!
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She would do anything for her mother's love. Even, possibly, kill her. IN THE GARDEN ROOM. #historical #suspense
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3?
Mp3! Yay, Audible!
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
French fries…preferably with mayonnaise or as poutine.
#4 – Comedy or Drama?
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
I’d narrate for either of them. J
#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
#7 – Call or Text?
Text. I’m terrified of phone calls. I’m absolutely awful on the phone.
#8 – Public School or Home School?
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
#10 – eBook or Paperback?
It used to be paperback…but…it’s now ebook. What a shocker!
Tanya Eby is a writer and an award-winning audiobook narrator. She has published a variety of novels from romantic comedies to mysteries to dark historical pieces. While her writing crosses genres they all share quirky characters and complicated relationships. Visit her at tanyaeby.com or follow her on Twitter @Blunder_Woman.
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