Interview with YA thriller author Tanille Edwards

Welcome to 2015,

We’re starting it off
with an interview with YA thriller author Tanille Edwards. She’s talking about
her new novel, Cameo, that she is
touring with Goddess Fish Promotions.
During her tour, Tanille
will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn
winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use
the form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!
Tanille is the co-author
and creator of the children’s green book series “Jordan & Justine’s
Weekend Adventures.” She is also the author of the new media young adult
novels with music “Cameo by Tanille,” and “Broken by
The Undercover Starlet
Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended
Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout her novels.
Tanille has been writing
music and books since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum
Readers of her latest
young adult romance novel “Broken by Tanille” get free music
downloads of her new Pop R&B hits “All of Me,” “Feel
It,” “Baby Comeback to Me,” “It’s Not Okay,” and
“What’s a Girl to Do” all written, performed and co-produced by
The Undercover Starlet
Reading Project is a new project we’ve launched, tasked with inspiring young
teens in urban communities to reads and express themselves. We are committed to
going above and beyond to reach youth with inspiring messages.
Welcome, Tanille. Please tell us about your
current release.
Cameo is an intense romantic thriller about a young high student being
stalked. Nia is the girl who thinks she knows everything but she must learn she
really knows very little about life and people.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to create a
great teen story that captures the drama and intense feelings of that age. I
also love mysteries so I wanted to have an element of mystery in the story.
It was pitch black
outside as the full moon glistened through the vinyl blinds that adorned Gary’s
half window in his bedroom. His room was nestled in the far corner of his parents’
craftsman-style house in Hempstead, Long Island. The scrawny seventeen-year-old
sat at his desk in an oversize, droopy wifebeater and Snoopy boxer shorts. His
hair was jet black and gelled down into a curly fade. His bedroom was dull,
full of computer science books and a series of coveted Stephen King thrillers—a
lonely boy’s surrogate girlfriend.
“Uh! Got to keep these
passwords straight,” Gary exclaimed out of frustration.
Gary slid open his desk
drawer full of colorful Post-it notes with various codes and passwords written
all over them. It seemed like nowadays you needed a password for everything.
There was even a code to get into his front door. He took out a new pad and
wrote down a username and password for his Tracebook account. A lamp slammed to
the ground behind him near his bedroom door. The bedroom went dark. Gary turned
around to see what had happened. He heard footsteps in the hallway. He slapped
his hand over his open mouth as if a fly might make its way inside while he
trotted to the door.
Senior quarterback Craig
stood outside Gary’s bedroom with his back against the wall like an operative
from Mission Impossible. Dressed in a tight, black mock-turtleneck muscle
shirt, his muscles bulged like those of a beefy club bouncer. Michelle crept up
the hallway to stand next to Craig, dangling a large roll of duct tape in her
hand. Craig ducked his head into the room to see what was going on. Michelle
pressed her nude lips together and batted her overdone smoky eyes. She ran
across the bedroom door to the opposite side. With her back to the wall, she
took a look inside the room. Gary had picked up the lamp and was reaching to
turn it on. There will only be light when I say there will be light, she
thought to herself.
Michelle tugged on her
black Kangol hat to signal. Craig charged into the room, grabbed a hold of
Gary, and forced a pair of socks into his mouth. He pulled Gary’s hands behind
his back like a crooked cop from a gangster movie. Gary struggled like an
insect caught in a spider web. He wiggled every which way to no avail. Michelle
stood at the open bedroom door with a wicked half-smile playing across her
photo-perfect, dark-chocolate face. She batted her false eyelashes for a
dramatic finish.
Gary jammed his heel
into Craig’s toes. Craig threw Gary down onto the floor, and Michelle slammed
the roll of tape against Craig’s chest.
“Tape his hands up,”
Michelle commanded.
Craig grabbed the tape.
She walked in to examine the room. “Lucy! Get in here, now!” Michelle called
The petite,
mousy-brown-haired Lucy walked into the room, looking as pale as a ghost. She
had missed her last two tanning sessions to complete photo excursions for
Michelle. It didn’t bother her, though. Lucy was just glad to have been the one
asked to be in Michelle’s exclusive presence. Lucy had a digital camera hanging
from her wrist. The camera hung down lower than the hemline on her denim
miniskirt. Lucy snapped several pictures of Gary as he squirmed on the floor.
Michelle worked her way over to Gary’s computer.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I am working on the
second installment in my romance series Broken by Tanille. This is my first
serial. I love the way the characters grow and you pick back up with them and
see them into some interesting stages in life. Romance is a nice genre to
explore the varying degrees of love and the lengths through which character go
to cover up their true feelings.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably around the age
of 15. I just started writing and I realized it was a great place to express my
inner voice. Then I started thinking about stories. I started with a few short
stories. In your head, early on the stories seem so great and vast. Then when I
actually started writing my stories out I began to see the differences between
a great idea, a great scene idea and a full story.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work
day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
I spend half of my time
writing. I spend the other half of my time on music amongst other things. I
like to bring inspirations from my real life or the parts of life others have
graciously shared with me, and incorporate some of this into my stories. I do
weekend writing and plenty of idea and note taking at odd moments throughout
the day.
What would you say is your interesting writing
I love post it’s. My
first draft notebooks are filled with them. My writing desk is filled with them
and my walls sometimes – as a last resort get filled with them.
As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
I wanted to be an
actress, a singer and then a writer.
Anything additional you want to share with the
I love reader shout
outs. Happy New Year!

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13 thoughts on “Interview with YA thriller author Tanille Edwards

  1. Jordan Books says:

    Thanks so much for a great interview! Xoxo. Happy. New Year. Love being your first interview for the year! Awesome. Tanille:)

  2. Ally Swanson says:

    I liked the excerpt best. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. I will totally have to add this book to my "to-read" list.

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