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Announcing the release of DREAMTHEIF #amreading #YA #YASeries

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DREAMTHIEF

Olive Kennedy Fairy Book MD Book One

By Tamara Grantham and from Crimson Tree Publishing

Visiting Faythander, a fairy world, is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She’s the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander’s side effects. She may have an emotionless mother and an apathetic boyfriend, but she takes pride in her job. She’s never failed to cure a client—until now.

Traveling back to Faythander wasn’t on Olive’s to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an evil being called the Dreamthief. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much. Now, she’ll have to decide between her heart and the future of an entire planet. As if battling the forces of evil wasn’t complicated enough…

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Tamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June and Chester help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.

How long have you been writing? I started writing on September 1, 2010, so five years. Ironically, I’ll publish my first, full-length novel on September 1, 2015.

What attracted you to writing? I’d always loved reading, but sometimes I would read something and wish it had ended differently, or wish there was more to the story, so writing was a great way to put my thoughts into reality.

Where did the idea for your story come from? Dreamthief started out as a question asked by my brother-in-law. He worked as a military policeman at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. Apparently, he’d pulled over quite a few people who were a little off. They also happened to display fairies and unicorns on their car’s bumpers. “Are people who read fantasy books and collect fairy stuff a little weird?” he had asked.

Hmm… Were they? And if they were, then why? These questions evolved into my book’s premise. What if they’ve really been to fairy world and can’t remember it? And what if their lost memories are causing their societal abnormalities and mental disorders? And if so, who would treat them? A half-elf who can remember both earth and fairy world?

How did you figure out what to name your characters? With my main character, Olive Kennedy, I wanted her name to mean something peaceful, because throughout the series, there will be a dark versus light, or peace versus violence theme. Olive seemed like a good choice. With Kull, I searched Viking names and found the name Koll, but when I started typing my book, it didn’t seem to fit, so I changed it Kull. It fit perfectly, mainly because it rhymed with skull, which also worked well with his nickname of Thor the Skullsplitter.

What is your least favorite thing about writing? Writing a book, editing, and marketing, all take a lot of time, and with five small kids, I don’t always have enough of it.

How do you respond to a negative review? Find my most favorite books of all time, read those bad reviews, and that helps me realize that reviews really are just opinions, and not I—nor anyone else—will ever write a book that will get zero bad reviews.

If you could live one of the stories of a book you have read, which one would it be? Why? I’ll have to go back to my childhood for this one. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis grabbed my attention. I loved the idea of going underground to find a completely different world. I guess I’m a sucker for a good fantasy-adventure story.

Do you have an odd quirk that not a lot of people (or a lot of people) know about? What is it? I had three sets of teeth, as did my grandfather, and we’ve recently found out—so does my son. When I got my wisdom teeth removed, they pulled 8, not 6, which really confused my poor ortho surgeon.

What is your favorite thing about writing? I started writing during my husband’s second year of residency training. At that time, I really needed an outlet for my creativity, and writing was the perfect cure.

If your story was turned into a film, what Hollywood stars would play the two main characters? This one’s easy—Ashley Michelle Greene as Olive, because her character of Alice in Twilight looked strikingly like Olive, and of course, Chris Hemsworth as Kull. No one else plays Thor like him, just sayin’.

(Yeah, I’ll agree with that. He is pretty fine…..)

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