Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sensational 7 Q & A with Tate Hallaway!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson


A Scorpio with a Leo Rising, Tate Hallaway is an amateur astrologer and practicing Witch. Tate has been a fan of vampire fiction since she first read Poppy Z. Brite in high school. Her first short fiction acceptance was to a vampire ‘zine called Nocturnal Ecstasy Vampire Coven. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with three black cats.

ALMOST TO DIE FOR is in a stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I would only go if I could take a guest, and then I would take my six year old son to the continent of “Gondwana” during the Carboniferous Period, 355 million years ago so that he could see the giant millipede arthropleura for himself. Perhaps we’d pack a picnic lunch and see how many ugly, gigantic bugs would try to steal our pie.

If I had to go by myself, I’d like to spend exactly three seconds in the early-Cretaceous/late-Jurassic so I could see whether or not dinosaurs did, in fact, have feathers. I’d be particularly curious to see if paleontologists have T-Rex’s arms on backwards, and if she flapped her useless forearms like a super-sized, murderous chicken. Because then I’d thumb my nose at her, and promptly disappear back to the modern era for a lovely pot pie of her descendents. Yum! (You have heard, right, that scientists found T-Rex DNA and say that its genetic markers are most closely related to modern chickens? How the mighty have fallen, eh?)

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Short. Funny.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
Trent the Uncatchable from THE LONG RUN by Daniel Keys Moran (Bantam, 1989), a science fiction novel I’m currently re-reading. I have a huge thing for fictional thieves and I love a good caper story/movie, like “The Italian Job” or “The Good Thief.” If I had to pick someone from this decade that your readers might actually know, I’d have to say Spock from the new Star Trek movie… he’s hot in a green-blooded alien kind of way, you know?

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
Wonder Woman because she’s an Amazon princess who could kick Superman’s butt back to Krypton.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you/ Why?
Matthew Broderick. He’s about the right height, has my haircut, and we’re close to the same age. He’d have to wear a fat suit, but, you know, I think the guy could use the work.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
WEIRD, BUT COMPELLING, which is how my first agent described my writing. It fits.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Short. Funny.

Bonus:

**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
Um, okay, well, let's see. I'm contracted for two more books in the vampire princess of Saint Paul series (of which ALMOST TO DIE FOR) is the first, so I'll be starting work on book 2 soon. I've given my agent a couple of proposals for adult series, including one I like to call my non-vampire vampire book in which we follow the "support staff" of a traditional vampire... the heroine is the vamp's accountant and she uncovers a financial mystery and hilarious hijinx ensue. We'll see what becomes of those. Otherwise, people can check in on me at my various blogs: http://tatehallaway.blogspot.com or a group blog I run with my writers' group http://wyrdsmiths.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping by Tate!

For more information about Tate Hallaway and her books, please visit her website here.

36 comments:

  1. I LOVE this Q&A! Man does Tate have spunk! I am adding the book to my wish list, but wanted to comment on the Matthew Broderick thing. He really wouldn't need a fat suit, I mean, have you seen him lately. Ferris Bueller took a lot more than a day off.... LOL

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  2. LOL at the Matthew Broderick answer.
    Great Q&A.

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  3. Great interview. I love her answers to which fictional character she'd be and who'd play her in a movie. Very funny.

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  4. She's so funny! I love her books.

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  5. I really enjoy reading Tate Hallaway's books, and now I can see that the humor she has in them, translates to her own personality.
    Great interview!

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  6. Great interview she is funny made me smile can't wait to read this one!

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  7. Tate sounds like so much fun. It would be great to have lunch with her sometime. Great interview.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  8. LOL! I can tell from your hilarious interview your book really will be funny. I can't wait.

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  9. Great interview. I don't know about dinosaurs personally, but let me know about the feathers ;)

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  10. I want to go see the dinosaurs too. I love that she picked Matthew Broderick! haha Bueller, Bueller!!

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  11. great interview!! i would go back and see dinosaurs too!! lol, i loved that she picked matthew broderick to play her in a movie!!

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  12. Haha!! I LOVE this Interview! The Author seems awesome :) I just want this book even MORE!!

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  13. Wow, this author seems really cool. I can't wait to read the book

    ~Sara S

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  14. Dang! This sounds AWESOME!! I'm glad this book is on my Wishlist
    -Elizabeth

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  15. Now why kick Superman's butt when he's such a nice, handsome, and wholesome guy? We don't have many of those left on earth! hahaha

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  16. I enjoyed the interview with Tate Hallaway very much, I think she'd be a fun person to hang out with. I'm looking forward to checking out Almost to Die For.

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  17. Amazing interview. Tate is absolutely hilarious and cute. Dinosaurs would be awesome to see, for about 30 seconds. heheI cannot wait to read another Adult series by Tate, she amazing! :) Thanks for these fun questions & Answers!

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  18. This was fun! So funny! Go Wonder Woman!

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  19. Great answers, funny choice picking Matthew Broderick. I was suprised by it.

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  20. Couldn't stop laughing! Her books sound great :)

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  21. I love this!! She sounds hilarious :D Can't wait to read her book.

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  22. Sounds Awesome!!!
    Very Funny....

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  23. Great interview! I hadn't heard that about the trex and the chicken. That made me chuckle.

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  24. Great interview. I really like her other books, looking forward to this one.

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  25. Nice interview!(: His book sounds really interesting, (:

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  26. Great interview! I love the "Weird, but Compelling" answer xD

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  27. Funny! I will never think of Matthew Broderick in the same way.

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  28. Now that I've read the interview, I want to read the book even more. She sounds like a lot of fun.

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  29. I like short and funny books and people!

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  30. I would want to be Wonder Woman. She is just indpendent, and so am I. Tate seems like a cool person.

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  31. "...scientists found T-Rex DNA and say that its genetic markers are most closely related to modern chickens"

    Is that true?

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  32. hahahah @ Matthew Broderick response. That was funny!!! I loved this interview, very entertaining lol

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  33. Thanks for the interview. I am excited to read her books.

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  34. Haha, love the interview. <3 Especially the answer dealing with Matthew Broderick.

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