I am very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Playing with Fire by Tamara Morgan today. I really enjoyed her novella (review here) and am thankful that she took the time to answer some questions for me. Onto the interview!
A Bookworm’s Haven (ABWH): Can you tell us a little bit about Playing with Fire for those who might not have read it?
Tamera Morgan (TM):Playing with Fire is a little bit romantic comedy, a little bit paranormal, and (hopefully) a lot of fun. Fiona, our heroine, is a reluctant participant in this superhero world. Ian, our hero, is the exact opposite—he wants to put his finger in ALL the cool pies.
Hmm…maybe that didn’t come out quite right.
ABWH: The Converted have a fascinating mythology behind them, where did you get the idea for them?
TM: I really liked the idea of people taking personal control over whether or not they want superpowers. Instead of their abilities being brought on by radiation or mutations, my heroes (and heroines) purposefully inject themselves with the conversion serum. Sometimes the serum takes in a big way. Sometimes it doesn’t. It’s superhero Russian roulette.
It raises an interesting question for our modern world. If you had a choice, would you put a potentially unstable element in your body to try for a kick-ass, heretofore unknown power?
ABWH: Do you have a favorite scene from Playing with Fire? I personally enjoyed the scene where Fiona shoots fire at a rock in front of Ian and all the revelations that came out of that sequence of events.
TM: Oh, that’s a good one! I also like the interrogation scene with Fiona in General Eagle’s underground lair, when she finally realizes that she’s strong enough to fight her own battles. That was an important one for her development.
ABWH: If this book could be made into a movie, who would your dream cast be for Fiona and Ian?
TM: Oh, geez. I think I’m the only romance author in the world who doesn’t have Hollywood prototypes for her characters. Let’s cast…Elisha Cuthbert and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I have a serious crush on Mr. Gordon-Levitt.
TM: I shall remain mysterious and look coyly aside for this question.
There’s so much left of their world to be discovered, and I definitely left some ends loose and flapping around in there, so it’s a possibility. That’s all I’ll say.
ABWH: On your website you talk about your love of historical reenactments and the costumes that go with it. What is your favorite costume that you have gotten to wear?
TM: I don’t actually wear the costumes, much to everyone’s dismay! I’m the introverted writer lurking in the back corner of all these events, taking notes and admiring everyone else’s getup.
I think my favorite is this old man who comes to the Renaissance Fair every year dressed as Gandalf. He’s really, really authentic.
ABWH: What is your favorite book by another author?
TM: This is always such a hard question because I have so many favorites. Right now I’m rereading The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell. It’s a fantastic sci-fi—one I think everyone should pick up. (Hint, hint.)
ABWH: What is something you have to have with you when writing?
TM: It’s such a cliché answer, but COFFEE. There will be no words on the page until this woman gets her caffeine fix.
ABWH: Can you share what you are working on now?
TM: This week I’m working on edits for my next release, a con woman vs. an art thief heist romance novel. (It’s so much fun. I love characters with a relaxed moral code.)
I’m also in the middle of writing a series of category-length novels about a group of Search and Rescue heroes. (Also fun, but in a high-intensity, DANGER DANGER, sort of way.)
ABWH: Thank you very much for answering these questions for me! Is there anything that you would like to add?
TM: Just a big thank you for having me! If there’s one thing I like more than writing books, it’s talking about them.
Playing with Fire
by Tamara Morgan
Fiona Nelson has always been one hot ticket—even before she took the conversion serum that gave her superhuman abilities. Fiona’s powers come at a price: lack of human contact, or she won’t be the only thing burning. When she loses control of her emotions, her fire powers run rampant…and she’s hurt enough people already.
But when the man behind her conversion returns to blackmail her into helping him gain power, the only person she can turn to is Ian Jones, the man who broke her teenage heart. The man determined to expose the criminal known as Fireball, whose explosive escapades are just a little too close to Fiona’s M.O.
Ian is convinced Fiona’s dangerous, convinced she’s Fireball, and convinced he’ll damn himself if he doesn’t resist a heat that’s always drawn him to Fiona like a moth to a flame—but Ian has his own secrets.
And he’ll learn far too soon what happens when you play with fire.
Title: Playing with Fire
Anthology: Holding Out for a Hero
Author: Tamara Morgan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 140 pages
Release Date: September 2012
Imprint: Ever Afters