INTERVIEW | Tamara Angela Grant

Tamara, describe yourself for our visitors.

I’m a wife and a mother. I love to entertain people. So I took the two things that I’m good at- entertaining and writing, and married them. Out of that marriage came Especially Yours Events. I have parlayed my writing career into provided publicist services for authors. Especially Yours Events also coordinates literary services and events for authors and readers.
In my free time, I love to read and cook. I’m also a self- confessed reality tv addict!

How do you find time to connect with God?

Every morning before I get out of bed, I meditate. I also read my Daily Word before I get my day started at work. Besides that, you can always find time to send up a prayer request for yourself or others during the day!

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Absolute favorites are Berneice McFadden, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Walter Moseley, James Patterson, and at the top of my list is J.California Cooper.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I’ve been writing since elementary school when I would fold paper over and staple the middle to create short stories to entertain myself. I’ve always kept a journal, so I’ve never shared my work with anyone. One day I was trying to read a book and couldn’t get past the first chapter. My husband said, "As many books as you have, you should just write your own!". I laughed. He was serious. So I committed myself to actually finishing the stories that I wrote and out came my self- published debut Promises Made, Promises Kept. God has been good and things have progressed to getting signed with Peace in the Storm and my second title The Cooling Board as well as a literary career as a publicist.

Tell us about your current book and how did you come up with ideas for this book? 

The Cooling Board. My mom passed in 2006 at age 49- about a week before her 50th birthday. We found out she had leukemia in May and she passed in November. Needless to say, it was a shock to the entire family. Family is a funny thing. People react strangely to death. Some of us think that a person passes away and you get an automatic check. People start pillaging the house and taking what they think is theirs. The Cooling Board takes a look at a family dealing with the death of the matriarch who was the glue that held them all together. Will they stay together by their own efforts or will the letters that she left them force them to make changes in their lives

List your most recent books.

  • Promises Made, Promises Kept
  • The Cooling Board

What’s next for you?

I’m in the Triumph of the Soul anthology out in 2009. The Cooling Board is out Jan 2009. I’m also busy with Especially Yours Events and there will definitely be more stories to come!

Where can visitors find you online?

  • www.myspace.com/maraangel
  • www.eventsbyespeciallyyours.com
  • www.tamaragrant.blogspot.com