I am excited to interview my friend, Tierney James. Tierney decided to become a full-time writer after working in education for over thirty years. Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney served as a Geo-teacher for National Geographic. Her love of travel and cultures took her on adventures throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Tierney weaves her unique experiences into the adventures she loves to write. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town, continues to fuel the characters in the Enigma and Wind Dancer series.
Tierney, I understand your new book, Black Mamba, will be released today, November 13th for $.99 on Amazon. I’m sure everyone will want to get their copy,
Yes, it will be available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JN58JYM.
In your last book, Kifaru, you introduced a character who was part villain and part hero. He is back in your latest Enigma book, Black Mamba. Why did you choose to create such a problematic person to be the center of attention?
Life has problems so to avoid them in my work would just be boring. When we don’t have to go through the danger ourselves, living through someone else makes the story exciting. We have all met someone one we wanted to trust but something inside us screamed to be careful.
Where does Black Mamba take place and why did you choose this location?
The story takes place in Botswana, African. Since I’ve been there I felt I could bring some real-life experience to the tale.
What did you learn while writing this book?
More than I wanted to know about the snake black mambas! Those babies are super scary
How much research was involved in writing a story like this?
Since I had been to Botswana I knew what I needed so I didn’t have to sift through mounds of useless information.
Do you always travel to the places you write about or is it all research?
I wish I could, but no. That would be too costly—and dangerous!
Where will the Enigma team go in the next book?
What kinds of things inspire you when you write?
A story. A song. A picture. A news article.
How do you fit writing into your day?
I am a full-time writer so it is my primary focus. I start the day out by checking my social media followed by editing, then writing for several hours. Lunch. Laundry. Several more hours of writing. Editing. I usually do promotional work in the evening.
What places to visit are on your bucket list?
Israel. Vatican City. Istanbul. Tibet. Jordon (Petra). Iceland. Greenland. The Isle of Skye. Russia.
It has been fun getting to know more about you and your new book Black Mamba. I hope everyone will go to Amazon and get a copy.