Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time. Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec. (from author’s official website)
Love and Lists
Fool Me Once:
One day, on a whim, we purchased Seduction and Snacks. It was featured in our recommendations and the cover looked delicious! We love anything chocolate especially Kitty, she drinks her weight in chocolate beverages daily. It was one of the best impulse purchases we ever made.
We can not tell you the number of times we have read each book from Chocolate Lovers, Love and Lists, and Fool Me Once series. They are our go to books, for a feel good, after a really crappy day. They contain a lot of craycray: a botched deflowering, a smart mouth kid, insane and embarrassing parents, an even more insane set of friends, bronies, lists, a drug lord posing as a hairdresser, and finding the one person who will love your crazy. Oh, and don’t forget tons of sex toys, deliciously sexy sweet treats, and the Cheesecake Factory.
In honor of all that is funny we decided to highlight these series creator, and one of the contenders for Queen of Intellectual Porn Comedy, Tara Sivec, one of our favorite authors. She was kind a enough to answer some of questions. Happy reading!
Q: What spurred you to start writing and self-publishing?
A: I’ve always written stories and poems throughout my life. I had many people tell me that I should write a book about the crazy things my kids said and did so that’s how Seduction and Snacks was born! I actually started out the traditional route – sending letters to every literary agent I could find on Google. They all rejected me so I started researching self-publishing. Within 24 hours my book was live and people were actually buying it. I’m still a little shocked by that!
Q: Who had the greatest influence on your writing?
A: My kids. If they hadn’t been so insane and said the craziest things, I never would have written Seduction and Snacks.
Q: How much of your stories are autobiographical? Please tell us Jenny does
A: Jenny does in fact exist! She’s someone I used to work with and she still sends me “Jenny-isms”! There are so many true stories and conversations in the Chocolate Lovers series that I could never count them all! I have insane friends and family!
Q: Which one of your characters do you wish was real, and why?
A: Oh gosh, that’s a tough one! I’d have to say Garrett from A Beautiful Lie. He was my first experience writing romantic suspense and he will always have a special place in my heart. Plus, he’s hot as balls!
Q: Do you enjoy comedy in other story-telling mediums (television, movies,
theater, etc.) if so which?
A: All of the above! I’m a sucker for a good, stupid comedy be it movies or TV. Anchorman, Super Troopers, Modern Family – I could watch those every day, all day.
Q: Do you enjoy the Cheesecake Factory, and if so what is your favorite item
on the menu (Kitty is partial to the corn dogs)?
A: OMG yes! It’s my favorite place! I get the crap cake bites and several strawberry martinis every time!
Q: How much research into sex toys did you do before writing Seduction and
Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1), do you have a favorite?
A: That was all personal knowledge LOL! Not only do my husband and I go to stores regularly, my niece used to sell Pure Romance. I’ve got so much knowledge it’s almost sad. I’d say my favorite is the bullet. I would marry that thing if I could.
Q: Have you and your family ever played roll baseball?
A: Yep, that’s a true story! After every big family dinner you can always find bits and pieces of dinner rolls spread throughout the house. We used to throw the rolls up into the ceiling fan but that almost caused someone to lose an eye several times. We switched it up to pitching the rolls to someone holding either a cutting board or a pan. Good times.
Q: Your last novel Passion and Ponies (Chocolate Lovers #2) helped us better
understand the bronie subculture. How did your nephew feel about the
A: LOL I’m afraid to ask him! My sister-in-law did just tell me that he’s decided to no longer be a brony so I hope my book didn’t force him into this horrible decision ha ha!
Q: What happened to Claire’s daughter?
A: She’s still around! Since she’s younger than Gavin, Charlotte, Tyler and Ava, I didn’t put her in Passion and Ponies. She’ll be in the next book that will feature Molly, along with Jenny and Drew’s kids.
Q: You new series Shame on You, while still extremely funny, is a bit more
mature. How does it differ, writing a more mature comedy vs. a slapstick?
A: I’ve had several people tell me they would love to see me write a book that combines my comedy with my romantic suspense so that idea was always in the back of my mind. When I started writing the series, It was a bit difficult at first because slapstick just comes so naturally for me. When the main character wants to call someone a name, I couldn’t use my go-to “Stupid whore-face vagina dick bag”. Thank God I have an amazing editor who wouldn’t let me do that!
Q: What do you hope your readers take away from reading your novels?
A: I hope my comedies can help them forget about the pressures of real life for a little bit and give them a good laugh. I hope my more serious books excite them and give them a little something for their spank-bank 😀
Thank you so much Tara for answering our questions!