Friday, September 9, 2011

Interview with Tia Dani

I’d like to welcome our guest today, Tia Dani. It’s a pleasure having you come visit us at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, where chocolate is plentiful and advice is free. So grab some chocolate and a lounge chair. Your therapy session has begun.

I understand you have a release out called Death Unseen. Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous book?

We’d love to Kim. It starts when Navajo Tribal Policeman, Lance Logan, discovers his cousin’s body brutally mauled and senses there’s more to the death than it appears. His intuition leads him from Four Corners, New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona where he finds himself embroiled in another murder.

Our heroine, Carly Carlton, could be considered an ordinary woman—except for two traits she tries to keep hidden—clairvoyant powers and the ability to experience death in dreams. Her talent to see beyond the veil of reality, as she and Lance try to find a killer, helps to soothe his embittered heart and softens his revenge.

DEATH UNSEEN is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?

It seemed fitting for our mystery. Murder, intuition, and death in dreams, are all a part of this book.

What made you decide to write in this genre?

Although we write in various genres, paranormal has always been our favorite. When this story line bloomed in our minds, we became so excited that we put all our other stories on hold until this project was completed.

Where did you get your idea for this particular book?

We must have channeled it from somewhere out in the universe. The idea came to us as we talked about storylines over coffee. We bounced it around for several days and did a lot of research, but before long we had a basic plot down. Of course we had to work out the details, but the main idea popped out during brainstorming.

What are your favorite paranormal research books or sites, and why?

In truth there isn’t any one particular book that’s our favorite. We use a mixture of books that explore all types of elements. In, Death Unseen, we researched a lot on Native American teachings and modern clairvoyant experiences.

Which character did you like writing about the most, and why?

All our characters are special to us, but maybe Lance. He gave us an exciting, strong and determined man to work with which is always a good thing. Although, our villain was certainly interesting. He’s a very sick and evil man who gave us an opportunity to step outside our comfort zone.

Tell us about how you develop your characters. Do you create character sheets, do interviews, that sort of thing? How does your research and/or world affect your character development?

Character sheets are very important to us and we get very detailed with them. We write background history for each character, including, family, hobbies, pets, and relationships with brothers and sisters. We go through magazines and cut out clothing items our characters would wear. We feel, to be able to write about a character, we need to know everything about them and how they would react in any given situation.

How do you go about building your world if you use one? Do you use maps, charts or drawings?

Photographs of scenic places helped visualize the landscape and buildings. We also created a scrapbook page of each chapter with important points. It helped us by looking at it whenever we became stuck.

Do you have any authors that inspired you?

We’ve discovered that every author we read, from best-selling to first-selling, gives us an insight into writing one way or another. To mention them all would take forever.

What do you feel is the most effective promotion you have done for your book?

Promo is hard. As fairly new authors we are still experimenting with author promotion. We want to find out what works the best for us and what doesn’t. Authors need to get their name out there. A nicely designed website is important, along with personal blogs, and other internet sites such as facebook and twitter. Contests with prizes seem to generate interest. Be creative. Your goal is to draw readers to your site and get them excited about your writing and your books. Another step is to be involved with local and national activities. We have several workshops planned and will be offering them at different conferences in the near future.

What do we have to look forward next?

We have another short erotic story that just released with Sapphire Blue Publishing, titled, COME FLY WITH ME.


Expanding her business means constant travel, leaving Bree Alexander with no time for a social life and no sex life. For months, she has fantasized about a fellow frequent flyer she’s labeled Mr. Sex God.

Steven Cain notices her every time he travels. Despite his secret desire he hasn’t been able to “connect” with her—at least not in the way he’d like. But when an unexpected flight delay strands them together, will Bree and Steven take the opportunity to turn their erotic fantasies to reality…before their layover ends?

Thanks, Tia Dani!


Tia Dani is the published writing team made up of good friends, KrisTia Eaton and Dani Petrone. Together they create endearing and realistic characters, humorous dialogue, and unusual settings.

Storytelling has been a passion for Tia since childhood when she regularly enthralled the neighborhood children with make-believe fairy tales and wild adventures.

Always the lover of a good romance, Dani’s goal is for you to step into the shoes of her heroine, fall head-over-heels in love with her hero, and most of all believe in the magic of love.

Tia and Dani happily call Arizona home where they play in the sunshine and dance in the twilight of the beautiful Sonoran desert.

Check out author’s website at


Anonymous said...

Good morning Ladies. Thanks for getting up early and joining us today. It's always a pleasure to showcase one of our own and I've brought out the dark chocolate for the occasion. Death Unseen sounds like another fabulous book. Since you work as a team, what is the easiest thing for you gals to accomplish, and the hardest? What does your typical writing day look like? Thanks again and enjoy your day.

catslady said...

I too would be interested in how you work as a team. I've always enjoyed stories about Native Americans and their ways. "Murder, intuition, and death in dreams" sounds intriguing and your story sounds fascinating.

I've found many a new author through blogs and contests. What better way to find out if you like the author's voice than by getting to read one of their stories.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell said...

Tia & Dani, I love your idea of creating a scrapbook page for every chapter -- that's so cool!

Not surprising, though, considering what a creative team you are. And I'm glad that even though you put all the other projects on hold to finish Death Unseen, there are more on the way...can't wait to see more of Bree and Steven. :)

Alexis Walker said...

Hi Tia, Dani, I have a easy question for you. What does Carly do for work? Whenever I hear a character has a hidden paranormal trait (which I love BTW), I always wonder what her day job is. Could you let us know? Thanks :-)

Tia Dani said...

Hi Kim, Sorry to be so late answering you here. Today is grandbaby day for us both.
The first four or five years was in one office working side by side. We bounced ideas off each other and read aloud to see if we sounded like one person instead of two authors. We worked hard combining our voices to blend into one. The easiest part is coming up with a story line. The hardest is actually finishing the book.

Tia Dani said...

Thanks Catslady, We appreciate you stopping by our blog.
As for how we work together, due to one of us moving across town, we don't spend as much time sitting side by side as we'd like, but we are looking forward to spending a few days holed up at a local resort writing very soon. We always manage to get a lot done when we can actually write together instead of sending chapters back and forth. However, we're getting comfortable with working over the phone and skype. We have two computers set up in our offices. One to work on and the other for skype.
We hope you enjoy our stories. Again, thanks for the comment.

Tia Dani said...

Hi Laurie, We make a notebook for each of our books. We start out with our character charts including clothes cut from magazines, pictures of houses they would live, cars they drive, and anything that might help us understand them better. We add any research done, maps, pictures of places. Whatever we think might be helpful later on in the writing of the book.

Tia Dani said...

Hi Alexis, Carly owns a metaphysical store in El Mirage, AZ called, Two Moons. She has oils, incense, herbs, crystals, candles, that sort of things. She has some Native American items such as deer-hide drums and a couple carved cedar flutes. She's hoping to bring in a line of silver jewlery someday.
BTW, most of this story takes place at Lake Pleaant. A lot of our ideas came while out on your boat.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

How wonderful that you set a story in AZ, and from your personal experience. Looking forward to reading this! Congrats on the release, ladies!!

Tina LaVon said...

I am in the middle of Death Unseen. I love this book!