Interview with Tawanna Marsh, Author of 'TRUST, The Novel'

 Oct 2, 2020

I was privileged to invite Author Tawanna Marsh for an interview to discuss her latest book TRUST, The Novel and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!

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What is your book about, and what inspired you to write it?
TRUST, The Novel” is about a woman who decided to fight for a marriage that seemed over. Her fight is unconventional and very iffy, and doesn't make sense to her or her loved ones but she is determined to fight for what she believes belongs to her and only her.  I wrote the book to encourage youngsters who still believe in marriage and real love to keep believing; that experiencing “the real” is still very much possible, but not without sore and sacrificial courage.

Who is your target audience, and why do you think it will appeal to them?
This book targets young college-aged professionals with aspirations of getting married and starting a family. It is also for those who may already be married but are at a crossroads on whether to stay or leave the marriage. The story will no doubt appeal to the masses, but it will definitely become reminiscent of parties, dating, traveling, and hanging-out with multiple groups of friends, which are most often experienced during the college years or one's college days.

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
That no matter what happens to you in life, on the other side of devastating trauma can be a rainbow of goodness that you never knew existed.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? 
Some of the scenes in the book are a gross exaggeration of some very uncomfortable experiences designed to expose the main character's resolve to do whatever it takes to make her marriage work. The scenes are graphic as described and admittedly, I had to pause and walk away when writing them. But I'm glad they were added into the story. 

As a writer, is there anything you’ve learned about yourself while writing this book?
Yes, so much. I've learned that writing is my "why" in this life and that I'd rather be writing than doing absolutely anything else on the planet. I also discovered how good I am at drawing human emotions onto pagesI genuinely enjoyed reading my own stuff as a layman. 

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hardback books, and why?
I'm definitely an advocate for hardback books. I believe reading a hardback book is magical. This may seem old-fashioned but some things are meant to be. Reading a hardback book, by a fireplace, on a cold evening after a long hard day at work is one of those many joys in life that should not become a lost art. There's a peace that's transferred when holding a hardback and losing oneself in a story revealed on pages that doesn't feel the same while reading an eBook on a Kindle. 

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
My book is unconventional and was avoided early on by many publishers because it was difficult to typecast. I don't think "TRUST, The Novel" fits into an existing genre category. I'd describe it as a cross between Christian/romance/drama. 

What books and authors have most influenced you? 
BeBe Moore Campbell, Toni Morrison, Wally Lamb, John Grisham, and Terry McMillan to name a few. My interest often crosses genres and various different types of authors.

Is there anything you’d like readers to know about you? 
That I love running and the outdoors. I'm an adrenaline junkie who needs the outdoors to survive the changes in life. 

Do you have any more books in the works? 
Ah yes, many more of both fiction and non-fiction. “TRUST, The Novel” is Part I in a trilogy series. I am currently working on completing both II and III.

Do you read your book reviews? 
Of course, I do. I see all feedback as constructive. I believe in my art; I believe in myself. I tell my stories my way. That won't change just because a reviewer doesn't agree or pick up what I'm putting down. Writing is an art and art is always up to individual interpretation. A reviewer's bad review cannot and will not stop the revelation of my artistic expression.

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Tawanna Marsh is an Author and Entrepreneur whose love for writing developed early on. Writing is her "why" in this life. She hopes to write books readers will find entertaining, comforting and thought-provoking, with an undercurrent of intelligent humor. Her goal is to inspire us all, to the best version of ourselves by helping us laugh, cry, ponder, and gasp, at those crazy experiences we encounter in life. When Tawanna isn't writing she loves running and the outdoors. Tawanna resides in both Texas and California. 
Twitter: @trustthenovel | Facebook: @AuthorTawannaMarsh | Instagram: @authortawannamarsh

 

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