Friday, October 28, 2016

Who am I?

If you're here, reading this post, then you probably know the answer to this question...or at least one aspect of it.

Who am I? Tish Thawer? Award-Winning Paranormal Romance Author?, you're going to get a little more insight into my life and how I ended up here.

When I was a little girl, growing up in Missouri, I hated to read. As in, I reeeaaalllly hated to read. So much so, that in the third grade, I got my butt spanked with a book. I had a book report due in a week and lied to my dad about having already read it. The book I'd selected was about a little Indian boy (I'm 1/32 Seneca Indian) and my dad had already read the book in order to quiz me, to which I knew none of the answers. I quickly learned that not only was lying to your dad a really bad idea but that after I sat down and just did the report, I truly enjoyed the book and renewed it over-and-over again.

After that, though, hitting middle school then high school and being captain of the dance team, my reading habits fell back off and I remember growing up calling my mom's name and being ignored while her nose was buried in a book. "Mom. Mom! Mom!!!!" "My goodness, what is it, child? Can't you see I'm reading?"

Excuse me? How could anyone prefer to read instead of dealing with a needy kid? I couldn't imagine back then. LOL.

As an adult, I went straight from high school to working as a secretary (I type 93 wpm) and then on to build a career as a computer consultant. I've done graphic design, and had a photography business while I lived in Texas, but after one marriage, two kids, and a divorce, I found the love of my life and settled down in Colorado with him and my two children, where we welcomed our newborn baby boy in 2006. 

It was then that I became involved with the online book community at Shelfari (an online bookshelf owned by Amazon - much like Goodreads, but Shelfari came first.) I was invited to be one of fifteen Librarians for the site which had over a million members. I watched over the community pages, edits, and catalog details all day, every day. In other words, I was engulfed by books!!! I stayed home with my kids, performed my Librarian duties, and fell in love!

One day, I woke from a dream and the title of my first book had just popped into my head. Scent of a White Rose. I immediately knew it would be about a girl named Rose and the vampire who loved her. (Sounds familiar right?) Hold on, though! Within minutes, I had the titles for books two and three (Blood of a Red Rose, and Death of a Black Rose) all laid out and knew this wasn't going to be your typical vampire love story, and so it began...

What if vampires were the good guys and a human girl was the one to fear?

Rose may appear innocent (White), but in book two things change (Red), and by book three, you better watch out (Black).

The Rose Trilogy was my first completed series and by far my roughest work, but to this day, I still love that story and wouldn't change a thing. I want my readers to see the journey I've taken as an author from book one to (soon-to-be) book eighteen in my career.

So who am I? I'm a wife, mother, computer geek, librarian, photographer, author, and so many other things, but most of all...I'm happy and content within this journey we call life!

If you're interested to see where it all began,
The Rose Trilogy Box Set is currently on sale!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Updates and Good Deeds

Hi, guys!! So today I'll be sharing a quick update as to where I'll be and what I'll be doing next year!

From now until April, I'm in the writing cave. I've got to finish The Daughters of Maine (Witches of BlackBrook #2) and Holli's Hellfire (The Women of Purgatory #3.)

For my 2017 author appearances, I'll be starting out in Kentucky, on April 22nd, at Authors in the BlueGrass hosted by my good friend, Kiki Chatfield.

Immediately after that, Kiki and I are headed to Atlanta together to attend RT17 on May 2-7th.

From there, I'll be taking a small break to finish my two secret projects (OMG...I can't wait to tell you about these!)

Then on August 12th I'll be in Michigan for Once Upon a Book Con hosted by my good friend, Stacey Rourke.

After that, it's back to St. Louis for my 4th year of Penned Con on September 29-30th. Which leads me to the second part of my post... Good Deeds.

I'm not sure if everyone knows this, but Penned Con donates 100% of its profits to charity. Specifically, to a local St. Louis-based charity, Action for Autism. This year, Penned Con donated $13,704 which goes towards the scholarships for local kids in need of assistance.

THIS is why I return to Penned Con every year! Well...that, plus the fact that is a great event where I've made some fantastic friends that I hate waiting a year to see!! 

If you're going to be at any of these events throughout the year, please...