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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Tara Hudson (Author of Hereafter)!

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

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Tara Hudson graduated with a degree in law, mostly because she believed all the horror stories about English majors and their careers in the food-service industry. Luckily, she soon remembered how much she loved telling ghost stories, particularly to her girlfriends who liked visiting abandoned cemeteries as much as she did. Tara currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

HEREAFTER is her first novel. It will be released June 7, 2011!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I'd probably travel back to the Italian Renaissance to enjoy all the art, philosophy and - of course - literature. (However, I'd probably need to bring an anti-misogyny raygun with me, since that era wasn't exactly known for women's rights!)

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Amelia is dead, but can she save him?
Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
My favorite book of all time is Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE, mostly because it holds up so well to multiple (i.e. several hundred) readings.  I definitely have a fictional crush on its protagonist, Richard Mayhew - I even lent his last name to one of my main characters, Joshua!

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
There are so many amazing stories, I'd probably have to be a Fraken-character: Elizabeth Bennet's wit; Melanie Hamilton's kindness; Scout Finch's sass; and Hermione Granger's cunning.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
I think I would die of happiness if the universe cast Emma Stone in the role of "Tara Hudson."  She's beautiful and funny, and I have the most enormous girl crush on her.  I mean, have you seen EASY A?  Case closed.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
"You're Perfect, Now Change."  I've spent every one of my 30 years as a Type A, constantly striving for an absurd level of perfection.  But as I grow up, I realize that perfection is not only impossible, but also a life-ruiner!

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
An overbooked mess of beautiful little moments.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
 I'll be joining four other authors on the Dark Days of the Supernatural tour (info available on my website,, before sinking my teeth into HEREAFTER's sequel, ARISE!

Thanks for stopping by Tara!

For more information about Tara Hudson and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. LOVED the description of herself in 7 words or less! Classic!

  2. I loved the reason why Tara went into law because I'm an attorney. I'm so sorry Tara's tour got moved to Lansing from Ann Arbor because now I can't meet her.

  3. Haha! I love the title of her biography! Tara is a funny lady. I can't wait to read HEREAFTER!

  4. I love that - You're perfect, now change. Isn't that life in a nutshell? Fun interview!

  5. I love Emma Stone, she was very funny in Easy A, the biography name is something I think everybody goes through and thinks, great interview!

  6. Emma stone is perfect! Great interview.

  7. I second the Elizabeth Bennet and Hermione Granger bits, but leave the Melanie out of me, please!

  8. I love the title of you biography. Perfect!

    Rachel Leigh

  9. Great interview, just remember no one is perfect!

  10. Emma Stone is a great choice. She is really witty.

  11. Anti-misogyny raygun! HA! That's how I think too when I imagine what it would be like to live in past times. I'd see amazing parts of history but I'm sure the change from being an equal to being second-class would be pretty difficult.

    I love the shout out to Emma Stone and Easy A. Awesome movie!

  12. Her title for her biography is priceless. Can't wait to read this book.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  13. I love Emma to! easy A was hilarious! I love the title for her biography

  14. Love how she describes herself!!

  15. Emma Stone is awesome. Such a great choice.

  16. I enjoyed the interview! I would like to travel back to the Italian Renaissance, too!

  17. Loved the interview, I love Neil Gaiman too!

  18. I really enjoyed the interview thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Emma Stone is awesome!! :D and yay for Liz Bennet and Hermoine!! Nice Interview and can't wait to get my hands on Hereafter :)

  20. Great interview. Thanks for sharing!!

  21. LOL, Ema Stone would be a Great Pick!
    Great Interview :)

  22. Awesome interview! Can't WAIT to read this book. And omg, I LOVE Emma Stone!

  23. Great interview! I definitely need to read this book!

    Mickey @ imabookshark


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