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Ethnic Contribution, Tamela Quijas

This month, I'd like you to meet a woman whose multi-ethnic family mirrors a beautiful tapestry, a woman who is the author of paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as a humorous southwestern inspired cookbook. I want you to meet a woman who knows there is beauty in reading as well as writing.

Truthfully? I cannot recall just how I met this wife of a wonderful man who understands and supports everything she plans, does, or schemes -- her words, but I will tell you, she is a living doll. Always willing to help fellow authors, she has a blogsite called At Your Fingertips, where she often posts reviews and gives authors a safe space where their work can be showcased. This mother of seven (ages 10 thru 30) and grandmother of two says she is the apple of her daddy's eye—even after all of these years. Ethnic Beauties, hear me now. This author is awesome! Filled with intrigue, allure, and suspense, her books will cause a reader to involuntarily hold her breath while desperately turning pages to find out what will happen next! Therefore, through the interview below, meet writing sensation Tamela Quijas...

April: Tamela, have you been writing long?

Tamela: I started writing as a hobby when I was a teen.

April: Please paint us a word picture showing the evolution of Tamela Quijas the author.

Tamela: I was always an avid reader. To this day, I have literally thousands of books throughout my house, from romances to the latest murder mystery or haunted thriller. Because of that love of reading, stories were always flowing from me, and I had this overwhelming urge to just doodle. I had notebooks filled with pages of half-written ideas—from discovering the Titanic, to the rough draft of My Lord Raven, which I released last year. Some teachers might have called it day dreaming when I was in school, but it wasn't. I was absorbed by the need to write and put my thoughts on paper! There's a saying that 'If I don't write, I'll go mad' and it's very apt. Anyone who writes knows the feeling, the itch to scribble down a tale that wakes you up in the middle of the night, or haunts you when you wish your mind would just go blank. I've always believed that, if the story haunts you, give it life!

April: Very interesting... Now tell us, what caused you to pursue writing as a career?

Tamela: I started writing professionally in 1997—but would you believe that first book was done as a joke to solve an ongoing dispute in my own house? I published a cookbook after typing down recipes that my older children always fought over. Their joke used to be that they had to get their hands on the sacred recipe book I had kept for over 30 years. To solve the debates, I moved all the recipes over to my computer. Before I knew it, I had over 100 pages. My youngest son laughed and said— so, you just wrote a book, and that's when the idea struck me. I had written a book and I wondered if I could have it published, so I searched the Internet for publishers that might take notice. Here I am 5 books later, which are available all over the Internet, and loving every moment of it.

April: What do you love most about what you do?

Tamela: Writing gives me that opportunity to share with the public the stories in my head, the drama, the suspense, and the unraveling of a mystery. I love meeting new people, fellow authors, and all those wonderful fans that actually ‘get’ the tales I spin.

April: Any advice for someone who would also like to become an author?

Tamela: If I had any advice to offer to someone else wanting to write, it's patience. Writing a book isn't something that you can sit down and do in under a month—it takes time, patience, and persistence. Despite everything you write, you’ll always go back and find areas you wish you could have written better. You will be your own worst critic! Always remember, don’t let the Negative Nancy's bring you down--do what you love to do in life, no matter what it is! You're living your life, not someone else's!

April: How can people reach or follow you?

Tamela: I can ALWAYS be reached on the web—just search for my name! Or visit my exclusive book site at: tamelaquijas dot webs dot com.

Ethnic Beauties, I truly thank author Tamela Quijas for joining us. For more on her please visit the Ethnic Beauty Forum.

I look forward to bringing you another Ethnic Beauty soon, as well as that person's contribution to the world. Until then... be blessed.

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