*Excited Waves* Thank you for having me on ManLoveAuthors.com today. I’m Tatum Throne, author of erotic contemporary M/M romance. I’m a stay-at-home mom of three school-aged boys. All three have severe food allergies and eosinophilic disorders called EoE. I worked for years as a social worker before leaving the field to be a full-time writer and mom.
Q: What was the main inspiration behind the Hard Hits series in general, and Training TJ in particular?
A: I love strong men in uniform. So, I loved the idea of following a SWAT team and all the players that are involved. With Training TJ, the focus was on TJ being trained for his black belt and his relationship with Parker. I also couldn’t resist the idea of the best of the best getting into trouble for their heroic actions.
Q: Martial arts feature prominently in Training TJ. Is martial arts and self-defense something in which you have a particular personal interest or background?
A: I think the discipline of martial arts fascinates me. I did study jujitsu in college for a little while, but life pulled me in other directions. I also think everyone should know some form of self-defense.
Q: Can you give us any idea what we have to look forward to in future installments of the Hard Hits series?
A: Each book will focus on some type of training that each character will have to go through. All of it will involve SWAT and the police department in some way.
Q: Your bio says you used to work in the medical field, and a few of your characters are doctors. Is there anything you’d like to say about your experiences in the medical field and how they have influenced your writing?
A: I have a medical social work background and spent time working at an inner-city hospital. I can honestly say I’ve seen a lot, but not everything. There’s a wop, wop, wop sound that a medical helicopter makes when it’s landing on top of a hospital. I was lucky enough to be on the rooftop of the parking garage to feel the dust and debris being blown my way from a medical flight landing.
I’ve mostly seen the fragility of life. Most of my time was spent working with homicide cases and the detectives investigating those cases. It’s given my work a hard honesty that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Two things I learned my first day, always wear your seat belt and never refer to the emergency room as “quiet.” All hell will break loose then!
Q: From your most recent release, Training TJ, which is your favorite line?
A: There are so many lines I love. This is one of my favorites. “You don’t want me bad enough.” Parker says this to TJ when they’re training together. He’s trying to provoke TJ into pinning him to the mat. This is before they’ve openly acknowledged how they feel about each other.
Q: Tell us about your writing routine.
A: I’m slow to wake up in the morning. I’m a night owl. So, I’m usually up with a cup of coffee and to my computer by 8:30 a.m. The boys have just left for school. I work all morning, shower and stop for lunch at some point, and then rush off to pick up the boys at 3:00 p.m. I haven’t forgotten to pick them up, yet. *laughs*
By the time we get home from school, we chat about their day and get a snack. Then by 4:00 p.m. we’re all working on homework or for me, writing. I work until dinner, get the boys ready for bed, and then I cuddle up to my computer with my hubby while we watch bad television. I love my routine. I switch it up with zumba class and visiting friends in the evening. My hubby is usually in bed early, so that gives me time to get at least two more hours of work in at night. My boys will say I work all the time. I have to remember to take a break.
Q: What person, record, and book would you take with you to a desert island?
A: Don’t laugh, but I would take Curtis Jackson a.k.a. Mr. 50 Cent, a Johnny Cash record, and the first book in J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angels series. *laughs* I’d put Curtis to work building our shelter and the fire so we can get all cozy.
Q: Who do you look up to? What are some of their qualities that you strive to possess as well?
A: My hubby, AJ. He’s honest, kind, compassionate, and caring. He makes me coffee in the morning. Love him. He’s so organized. I would love to be as organized as he is. He’s my soft place to fall, too.
Q: What do you think is the most important quality needed for a solid relationship?
A: Trust. I think it’s the most important foundation to any relationship. If you don’t completely trust your partner, it won’t work. Communication is a close second.
Q: Besides ManLove, what kind of books do you like to read and who are some of your favorite authors?
A: I love to read romance. I really enjoy reading J.R. Ward’s vampire books and her Fallen Angels series. I love to read Susan Laine’s books as well. I also have fun reading the romances my friend Mel recommends. That’s a really long list!
Q: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
A: I love seeing my characters come to life. It’s one of the most satisfying experiences in the whole world. I also appreciate the flexibility it gives me to set my schedule. My boys have medical issues, so it gives me time to be on the phone with the doctor, nurse, or hospital about their treatment needs. I also love hearing from my readers. You can find me all over the web on Facebook, Twitter, my website (www.tatumthrone.com) or my blog (www.tatumthrone.blogspot.com).