1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
I'd love to travel more--who wouldn't? My favorite places visited so far include San Francisco, Oregon, Chicago, Boston, Destin FL, Hawaii--I just love any destination with a beach. My biggest delight in terms of accidental vacation adventures happened when I was planning an ocean-side camping trip to South Carolina. A hurricane blew in, and the only beach within a day's drive from my Southern Indiana home was on Lake Michigan. Sheboygan, Wisconsin! Kohler-Andrae State Park remains the most beautiful state park I've ever visited, with a scenic beach walk and the cleanest, most spacious campground I've ever seen. The people of Sheboygan were so friendly, too--they even gave us an impromptu VIP tour to one of their factories: Wigwam Socks. It was a hoot. Someday I hope to go back.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Oh, boy. Does anyone ever choose milk? I drink coffee every day. I used to be more into tea, and my husband into coffee, but somehow we flip-flopped!
4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a multidimensional human being. I'm a decent photographer, I teach, I used to act...but mainly I am just your typical force-of-nature mother of four homeschooling work-at-home mom.
5. Who are you reading right now?
Several books on parenting gifted children, and novels by Ash Krafton and Eric Garrison. A graphic novel by Audrey Niffenegger, and I'm using an Illustrated Classics edition of Cooper's Last of the Mohicans as a found poetry art project. So much more. I also have a "to be read" queue a mile long. I missing my reading time!
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
Chocolate, and I do. Which is why I'm so fat.
I used to play roller derby for Derby City Rollergirls, but since I retired from derby I'm more into watching the kids play soccer or football than doing it, myself. Looking into teaching roller derby classes, though (google "Derby Lite" to see what I mean), so it's possible I'll be skating again soon!
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce hand-canned from her mama's recipes await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y'all come, anytime.
Find Red online at these links:
WEBSITE - http://redtash.com/
- @RedTashBooks - https://twitter.com/RedTashBooks
DESCRIPTION FOR Troll or Derby:
In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she's grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?