MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TABI SLICK

MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TABI SLICK
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What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Tabi Slick and I’m a Paranormal & Historical Fantasy author. My books include the Tompkin’s School trilogy, Unforgivables, and my upcoming novel Timur’s Escape.

 

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Timur’s Escape will be released in February, 2019 and is a heartwarming romance set in a 17th Century Ottoman Empire run by vampires (a.k.a. “Ubir” in Turkish mythology). My novella “Unforgivables” actually brought me to the character of Timur. If anyone’s read “Unforgivables” they’ll know that Timur is rather mysterious. “Timur’s Escape” is the beginning of what makes him who he is in my novella “Unforgivables”. At least this was my intention when beginning to write this project during Camp NaNoWriMo. As many stories do, this one took a life of its own and soon it became so much more to me. It became of a book of discovery, unveiling the mystery that is the Ottoman Empire. I dipped my toes in translating Turkish just so that I could discover the truth and what I found was that vampires (a.k.a. “Ubir” in Turkish mythology) have had a very real history within the Ottoman Empire. From here I was hooked in writing this story. As far as choosing the location of Turkey, you’ll have to thank my friends who are from that area for pushing the idea on me. They’re all brilliant and I love them.

 

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How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love the world of paranormal things and a big aspect of this are the powers. The twins in my Tompkin’s School Trilogy have very powerful abilities and, not to give too much away, one of them is time travel. The element of time has a big part to play in all of my writings and when I dabbled with time travel in my first two books it just got me more curious about history. Particularly the history of the Ottoman Empire. It requires a tone of research, but I’m a linguist so that’s what I love to do.

 

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What kind of research did you do for this book?

Since Timur’s Escape, is a historical piece based on Turkish mythology it required a tone of research and sometimes even translating Turkish to English. Some of my research has concluded reading ancient legal transcripts, or fatwas, relating to vampires. You can find more information about my research on my website at: https://www.tabislick.com/2018/09/TimursEscape-bibliography.html

 

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Can you tell me about your Series?

 

I have 2 full length novels published that are a part of the “Tompkin’s School trilogy”, I’m currently working on the final book now. It is a tale about twins, Izara and Kain Torvik, from New York City who are shipped off to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. There they discover that the school has had a long history of having its students disappear. Not just any students, but the ones suspected of having magical abilities. This causes trouble when the twins transform on the full moon into these beings with wings, claws, and dark powers that seem to want to control them.

My novella “Unforgivables” was published last Spring and is a backstory to the “Tompkin’s School trilogy”. It’s about a girl in a 19th century London, England with very similar abilities to the Torvik twins who also transforms on the full moon. It is sort of a prequel to the “Tompkin’s School trilogy”, which has been my inspiration for really all of my writings including my next novel, Timur’s Escape. If all goes well with my editor it will be released in February, 2019. It is set in a 17th Century Ottoman Empire where the fate of the empire lies in the hands of one vampire.

 

Do you have a favorite book out of this series?

I would have to say “Unforgivables” is my favorite so far. It was such a thrill to write about a girl who gets swept up into the circus life. Each character stole my heart and I look forward to writing its continuation.

 

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Was it always meant to become a series?

 

My first two books were always meant to be a trilogy. What I did not expect was to have all these other stories developing out of it! But I enjoy the Tompkin’s School world, the early years and the current so it’ll be fun writing the adventure.

 

What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

 

Right now I’m working on rewrites for my editor so I’m not exactly in my normal writing schedule right now. When I’m not in the editing phase, a normal work schedule goes something like this: Write for 5 hours, break for lunch, then run errands. Depending on when my deadline is and how my writing is going I will spend Mondays or Fridays on marketing. I tend to try to hit a particular word count, but this is determined by the project.

 

Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

 

Yes I do! It’s titled Timur’s Escape and is a Paranormal & Historical Fantasy with a heartwarming, edge of your seat romance. You can preorder at Barnes and Noble and Kobo now.

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130194556

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/timur-s-escape

 

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What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time. It’s easy to get caught up in the business of this world and not honor your writing time, but this is the most important part of completing a project. An author must always honor their writing time.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In the first week of publication, my novella “Unforgivables” reached the Top 100 Best Selling paid books on Amazon and since then has one two awards. I’m very honored and humbled by this after only being a published author for two years.

 

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Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
A peculiar silence filled the streets of Constantinople, one that would leave the bravest soldier trembling in fear. Not a soul could be seen, save for a shadow that lurked beneath a window of the Imperial Harem. The figure’s dark cloak fluttered in the night’s breeze as she scaled the stone walls. Upon slipping through the opening, the intruder swept past the many rooms belonging to the sultan’s wives, concubines, and eunuchs with a speed unknown to man. After the hundredth pillar, she stopped.

The shadow reached for the door and slipped into the chamber, her footsteps no louder than a moth fluttering in the wind. Moonlight illuminated a spacious room blanketed with rare carpets and sofas. At its center, a large canopy made of India’s finest silks hung above the bed cushion where a woman laid, fast asleep. A sudden movement halted the intruder’s advances. From behind the woman, a little boy sat up, blinking owlishly back at the intruder.

“Be still, Mustafa,” her soothing voice whispered from underneath the cloak.

With one swift movement, she removed the hood. Naz’s cunning eyes sparkled bronze in the moonlight that illuminated the room. Her ivory skin glowed against onyx hair that fell in neat waves. For a moment her pupils dilated and her hazel irises were replaced with fire. The sultan’s only son and heir stood before her, tears streaming down his face. A cry escaped him, threatening to wake the sleeping woman. She swiftly stepped forward, securing her gaze on the child.

“You are not in danger,” her melodic voice whispered.

The power in her words curled through the air and landed on Mustafa. He became mesmerized, his eyes frozen on hers. With a wave of her hand, the child obediently moved from the bed and backed himself into the farthest corner of the chamber. Satisfied that the child would not be in her way, she crept closer to the woman that lay on the bed. She lowered herself inches from the sleeping woman’s enchanting face, taking in her scent. Bringing her hand to the woman’s neck, she caressed her pulsating vein before plunging her teeth into its depths.”

 

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Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have so many favorites! I enjoy Robert Ludlum’s Bourne trilogy and his novel The Altman Code. I enjoy these because the genre is so different from my own, but Ludlum’s writing process is so inspiring to me. I also love authors Ame Terra, Aliya DalRae, E.J. Bennett, Dean Mayes, S.K. Wee and so many others there couldn’t possibly be room to list them all.

 

Where can your fans find you and follow??

 

Fans may connect with me here:

Website: www.TabiSlick.com

Monthly Newsletter: https://newsletter.tabislick.com/subscribe

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TabiSlick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TabiSlick

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TabiSlick

 

My books can be found here:

Tompkin’s School: For The Extraordinarily Talented http://mybook.to/TompkinsSchoolbook1

Tompkin’s School: For The Dearly Departed

http://mybook.to/TompkinsSchoolbook2

Unforgivables

https://mybook.to/unforgivables

 

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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️

 

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