Hi! I am super happy to have Tamara Hoffa with me talking about her debut novella, Heart of a Soldier.
Welcome Tamara! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Hi Lia, thanks for having me. I am *cough* 49 years old. I’ve been (mostly) happily married for almost 30 years. I have 3 grown children and 2 adorable grandsons. I am a hairdresser by day, but my real love is books. I love to read. I review, I beta read (for you and others) and now I am writing! I love to cook and crochet, when I’m not reading or writing, and I am addicted to Facebook!
Is Heart of a Soldier a single title, or part of a series?
It is not part of a series, it is however part of a new line from Borough’s Publishing Group called Lunch Box Romances, that I am very excited about. They are short stories, 6000 to 10,000 words that you can read on “your lunch hour” The stories will be in all different genres. I don’t know about you, but I love short stories, so I’m really looking forward to being part of this line.
What were your inspirations for the story?
I love military heroes and older couples, so I combined the two for Heart of a Soldier
Please share your setting for Heart of a Soldier. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
Actually, I live in McEwen Tennessee, which is where Jamie’s parents live in Heart of a Soldier. We are about forty miles west of Clarksville. I have a lot of clients from the Clarksville Army base. I love middle Tennessee. You can’t begin to understand the term “southern hospitality” until you live in the south. Everyone is friendly here. They’ll ask after your “momma an’ them” you’re addresses as “maam” or “Miss Tamara” or just “darlin’” The scenery is beautiful, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing and the spring when the Bartlett Pears and the Dogwoods are blooming. (Yeah, I’m a fan)
When did the writing bug first bite?
Way back in High school I belonged to the creative writing club and wrote tons on angsty adolescent poetry. But, I haven’t written since than until now, My husband and friends kind of pushed me into it. I read so much, they all kept saying “you should write a book” So I did!
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
This is the hardest question I get asked, because frankly I just love books! I’ve read over a hundred and fifty just so far this year. And there are so many wonderful authors. But, a few of my favorites include your friend Carrie Ann Ryan, Laura Kaye, Joya Fields, Sharon Buchbinder, Stephanie Rowe, Catherine Mann, Maya Banks, I could go on and on and on! And you of course Lia! I love the Divinities.
What is your most favorite childhood memory?
Man, that’s a tough one too. Sleep overs with my girlfriends I guess. My bedroom window backed up to our pool deck and we would climb out the window and go skinny dipping in the pool. (sorry mom) We had a ball going down the slide, until we realized that we could see over the roof of the house, so that meant everybody could see us! DOH! Than we would stay up all night talking about boys and yes painting our fingers and toes.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
I love to cook, I bake thousands of cookies for the holidays and love making big meals for my family. I crochet. I make Christmas stocking for all my friends and family, want one? Got my list going for this year. I also make hats and scarves that I donate to Operation Gratitude, they send care packages to soldiers overseas, and I’m all about supporting our military.
Boxers, brief or commando?
I like boxer briefs
Favorite eye color?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
There’s a saying here in Tennessee “He’s sexier than a rooster in socks” the first time I heard it I laughed my fanny off.
Heart of a Soldier
by Tamara Hoffa
Soldier Jameson Hunter faces the battle of his life, winning the heart of Charlotte Mackenzie, widowed mother of a young recruit.
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