Interview with Tarryn…
Hi Tarryn, thanks for stopping by Biblio Belles today!!
1) Now when people think of Tarryn Fisher, you will always be associated with the love and hate of your characters, we drooled over Caleb yet people were spitting fire at Leah, did you ever think readers would connect to your story and have such a fierce reaction?
Yes, I kind of did. I know the reaction people sort of have to me in real life, and I put pieces of me in all of my characters. I knew people would be interested…intrigued. Never did I imagine this many would be responsive. That was a surprise. The mass that responds to Tarryn Fisher’s writing is shocking and humbling.
2) I was prewarned before I read the series that I would loathe Leah, but to my surprise, all I felt was sympathy for her. Sure she was manipulative and evil but I felt her actions were from her insecurity of being Caleb’s second choice. Do you think Leah was misunderstood or is she really just an uber bitch?
I am a deep lover of psychology and God. I believe that nurture outruns nature. I wanted my readers (who I believe are in a higher bracket of intelligence) to take a close look at their own perspective on people. Sure people have ugly natures, but life sometimes corrodes away all the good in a person. And it’s not always all their fault. Compassion is much needed in life. Understanding that we are all different and express our hurt differently.
3) What I liked about your books was the relationship between Olivia and Caleb, I was rooting for them from day one. I loved that you were able to maintain the intimacy of their relationship without adding detailed smexy scenes (although when it comes to Caleb I’m all for it ) Was this a conscious decision on your part or, as the story was forming it was best suited to the feel of the book?
Yes. In mainstream writing sex does not dominate a storyline. It’s an added feature. I don’t like the way authors are always rushing to a sex scene. It’s what story telling has become. I hope readers start getting bored with it. I want to read a good story and not a buffet line of sex scenes. I wanted to be modern and be a purist. So I kept it mild.
4) Now I must admit the ending of Thief left me happy but yearning for more at the same time, I think because you write great characters we adore we are always going to want more. Will there ever be more from this bunch?
There will be a short something in the back of JJ Rossum’s new book: Thou Shalt Not. But, other than that-I am finished with the Drake/Kapsen world.
5) I really enjoyed the realism of the relationships. Yes I wanted Caleb and Olivia to get their act together but then real life doesn’t happen that way. I think I enjoyed that most about the series. If readers could take one thing away from the Love Me With Lies series, what would you hope it to be?
I write about human nature and the consequences that come with it. I want people to see the villain in themselves. Maybe try a little harder not to hurt people.
6) Can you tell us a little about your writing process? Are you a planner with lots of notes or an open up a word doc and let it flow kinda gal?
I don’t know anyone else who writes like I do. I don’t have drafts and I definitely don’t have outlines. When I put a sentence down, it’s down. I don’t go back and mess with it. There is one draft. I write out of order. Lots of paragraphs that make no sense. Then I plug them into other random paragraphs. If I’m having an angry day; I write an angry scene. If I’m upbeat, I write that scene. I try not to box myself in chronologically. That causes writing block. I completely let my daily emotions guide my writing.
7) What has been the highlight of your writing journey so far? What has been the most challenging or surprising thing?
I’ve never been proud of anything I’ve done. Not until Mud Vein. And when I realized that I actually liked what I was doing, it was incredibly rewarding.
8) Can you tell us anything about what is next on your writing agenda? We know Mud Vein is in the works, any exciting titbits you would like to share and do you have anything planned beyond that?
I will devote all my time to my YA series, next. And it won’t bore you.
9) And finally time for some this or that
Coffee or tea? Both. I drink coffee in the morning and tea (like Caleb drinks it) at night.
Sweet or savoury? Sweet
Too hot or too cold? Too cold
Smooches or snuggles? Smooches
eBook or paperback? Paperback
Thanks very much for answering our questions!
It’s Caleb’s turn to tell us the story and he only has one thing on his agenda. To claim what is rightfully his: Olivia.
“I want your babies, and your anger, and your cold blue eyes…I want to go on anniversary dinners with you. I want to wrap Christmas presents with you. I want to fight with you about stupid things and then hold you down in my bed and make it up to you… I want your future Olivia. Please come back to me.”
Seriously how can anyone say no to that man! I heart Caleb!!
I was still riding high on the WTH?? train also know as Dirty Red so I needed to start Thief immediately! We were left with quite a cliffhanger that I kinda guessed Leah would do, therefore I needed to discover what was next for this messed up triangle!
Thief continues with the same structure as the previous two books, we have the present mixed with the past. I must admit I was a little anxious about revisiting the past for the third time, didn’t we cover everything? Surely I was going to skim? No. No way, we hadn’t experienced the past through Caleb’s eyes and there was still so much to learn. I loved that we got Caleb’s voice and I really couldn’t wait for it after living through Leah and Olivia’s experiences. Caleb’s story gutted me. I wanted him and Olivia to go back to the moment they met under the tree, grab each other and just run far away from there. Sure the book would have been super short but this couple go through so much heartache and hurt each other somewhat irreparably that I just wanted to shield them from it all.
Needless to say that didn’t happen but what did was the beginning of Caleb’s journey to get back his girl. Leah was as always hovering in the background, tormenting Caleb with the one person that was his Achilles heel. I still didn’t hate Leah at this point. I think to hate someone you have to care for them in the first place and that I did not. I felt sorry for her as she was clutching at straws and using any thing and any one to try and wield some power over Caleb. So of course I was angry at the stunt she pulled as it meant Caleb missed out on some important years of his life with the person that was his world.
And then we had Olivia. Olivia who was trying her best to be in denial that Caleb wasn’t who she was meant to be with. Noah and Olivia’s relationship was struggling but Olivia was trying to flog a dead marriage rather than take a chance on Caleb as she knew if she let him in for even a second, he had the power to destroy her again.
Thief was the shortest of the three books, not by much, but I finished it within hours. The pages were just slipping away. Tarryn Fisher’s writing was so enthralling. I was captured from the minute I ‘heard Caleb’s voice’ and I couldn’t put it down until I was finished.
“This is the last time I’m going to say this, so listen carefully. You and I are happening. No one is keeping us apart again. Not Noah or Cammie, and least of all, F*cking Leah. You are mine. Do you Understand me?” She nods. I kiss her. Deep. Then I walk out.”
I mean come on, knee buckling, swoon worthiness right there!
Towards the end of the book a lot of drama happened and all at once. The floodgates did open, I may have she a few tears and I thought why! Why did it have to happen this way and to Caleb as well. But ultimately it was this turn of events that put Olivia and Caleb on their end path. So all was well, even if it did make me sad.
Now the ending had me conflicted. My immediate reaction was no! It wasn’t soppy enough! I need big huge fluffy bows and confetti shooting from the book. But then I paused and thought ok, it probably is a more realistic ending and overall I was happy with where everyone was at. If I could change anything it would be just to experience their ending. I felt we were just told what happened next rather than getting to live it or experience it in great detail. With that being said, I loved this book and set of characters so much that I would never be happy with the end, as it’s just that; The End.
This was a great conclusion to the series and I’m so glad Caleb got his say. I fell in love with him even more. Sure I was annoyed when I dwelled on the missed opportunities or when Caleb was stringing along the girls but he is ruled by his heart and always tried to do what was best. If you haven’t read this series then I will tell you what my book BFF’s told me: you are missing out!
“I’ve tried to break myself of her over and over, but it’s pointless. I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood.”
“But, Olivia loves you with her lies. She lies about how she’s feeling, how she’s hurting, how she wants you when she tells you she doesn’t. She lies to protect you and herself.”
“But you are valuable enough for any and every man in your life to drop everything and protect you. You shouldn’t have to be forced to be strong on your own because no one will stand with you. Your dad failed you. Noah failed you. I will not fail you again.”
“Your marriage won’t last. Tell Noah the truth; be fair. When you do, come find me, and I’ll give you that baby.”
“Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you. Love is mean, but it’s good. It keeps us alive. If you need her, then wait.” ~ Caleb’s Mum
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I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…
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