Please welcome indie author Tara Fairfield

Author Bio: Dr. Fairfield is a licensed psychologist with her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. She has been a featured guest on Teen Talk and Parent Talk radio with Nicole O’dell (ChooseNOW Ministries) speaking on issues that arise in youth as a result of separation, divorce, or family conflict and the warning signs your teen is in trouble. She also writes a monthly column on identity targeted toward teens for ChooseNow Ministries.


With over twenty years of experience working with youth and families, and as the mother of three children, Dr. Fairfield has dedicated her life to helping struggling teens find their confidence and faith in the Lord. She uses fictional characters to present positive messages to youth through the art of story. In Makai Queen, Dr. Fairfield puts this concept in action in this fantastical tale of adventure, forgiveness, and the acceptance of God’s love.


Book title: Makai Queen

Brief Synopsis: Off the coast of Lanai, far beyond the sailboats, there is a hidden world beneath the beryl-blue sea, the marvelous kingdom of Moku-ola, a place where man and beast live in harmony.  Unknown and forbidden to those living above the surface, it has never been discovered....until now.


Tessa, a curious teenager with a taste for adventure roams the sandy beaches of Lanai. Feeling lost and hurt she longs for meaning and a place in this world. By chance, Tessa encounters a mysterious man who appears to be drowning. The attempted rescue puts her own life in danger as she is abducted and dragged out to sea.


Far beneath the oceans surface, Tessa is brought to the frightening and wondrous land of Moku-ola. As the dangers of this world threaten her very survival, Tessa must overcome the barriers of self-doubt to discover the keys to her royal destiny.


Personal

What do you do to relax when you are not writing?

During the warm summer months I love to kayak and be out on the ocean, enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I also like to travel, catch up on my reading or hang out with family and friends.


What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always loved to write, but when my children were growing up I just didn’t have any time. There’s really no one person who inspired me to become a writer, I love to read and appreciate a good story. As a young girl I especially enjoyed James Herriot’s animal stories and the C.S. Lewis Narnia series, both of which sparked my interest in creative writing. Now, I write for sheer pleasure, enjoying each moment spent with my story.


Current work

What or who inspired you to write your current novel?

I grew up near the sea and have many fond memories swimming and snorkelling in the Pacific ocean so creating a story about an undersea world was a natural extension of my own childhood memories.


Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.

1) One of the characters controls all sharks in the ocean.

2) Octopus make great spies!

3) A mysterious threat lurks in the volcano, the Lua Pele.


What research did you need to do for this book? I

researched and studied the pidgin language for one of the characters, wanting it to be as authentic as possible while also understandable for the average reader. I kept several reference books by my side through most of the writing process. Growing up near the ocean gave me a foundation of knowledge about sea life but I did some research on a few of the fish and mammals in the book to ensure I captured their natures correctly.


Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.

I’m currently finishing up the sequel to Makai Queen and am hoping to have it published within the next year. I’m really excited about how the characters and story have evolved, it’s a fun ride!


Writing/publication process

What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?

I always start by free writing, letting the story flow in a creative process without stopping to edit. Then I structure the story to an outline and go back editing and filling in gaps. This works for me because it gets my ideas onto paper (or computer screen) for flushing out later.

What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?

I need to be totally alone, isolated, without distractions. I like to lose myself to the story and not be interrupted.


Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?

I step away from writing and engage in something fun to get my mind totally off my project. Kayaking, playing with my dogs, visiting friends….anything to take pressure off writing. I never want writing to stop being fun and become a chore so I don’t ever force myself to write.  


What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?

Never give up! If you have a passion for writing, persevere and don’t let anyone discourage you from following your dream!


Genre

What genre does your book fall into?

Young adult fantasy. While my book is published through a Christian publisher and has themes consistent with the Christian faith, I believe it appeals to readers regardless of religious preference.


How did you get interested in this specific genre?

I believe in writing stories with a positive message for youth. The genre is saturated with novels filled with violence, dark themes and sex…I wanted to offer an alternative.


You as a reader

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?

1) C.S. Lewis- His fiction and non-fiction work contributed so much to the literary world and I consider him one of the best Christian authors ever!

2) James Herriot- Growing up, his stories about animals made me laugh and introduced me to the power of words!

3) Erma Bombeck- She had the courage to laugh at herself!


What was your favourite book as a child?

Sooooo hard to choose just one. But I’ll go with All Creatures Great and Small because I read it over and over… I also read a lot of Nancy Drew!


What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?

The Help


What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?

Captivating by John and Staci Elderidge. This book celebrates the spirit and nature of women and encourages us to live as God created us- a must read for women of faith!


Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?

I do read a lot of books on kindle but when I find something special, a book I really treasure, I always buy it in hard copy. There’s just something about a paper bound book, especially if signed by the author, that ebooks cannot replicate.


Hollywood is calling

You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?

Bradley Cooper or James Franco for the part of Kupua- My daughter has a fan crush on James Franco so I have to mention him.

Taylor Lautner for Moho- Teen girls don’t need an explanation for this one.

Emma Stone for Tessa -


The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?

I recently heard - Drawn to the Rhythm by Sarah McLachlan and loved it, a great potential theme song.


Favourites

Drink – I make my own concoction of juice and sparkling water.

Meal – Mexican food

Holiday destination – Hawaii of course!

TV programme – Anything on History channel

Film – The Help

Method of travel – Boat!


How can people connect with you?

Website/Blog: http://makaiqueen.com  

And:  http://www.tarafairfield.com


Twitter: @MakaiQueen

Facebook: Makai Queen


Where can readers find your book?

Barnes and Nobles

Christian Book online


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