Tuesdays with Taryn
What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
The Stranger (Albert Camus) was probably the book that inspired me to write. Ironically, not to write fiction, but rather to become a journalist for the alternative press. But after a brief stint freelance magazine writing for a couple of local publications, I returned to writing fiction.
What book do you read over and over again?
The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun. A reporter owned by two intelligent and charming Siamese cats, what’s not to love?
1) Movie- I love foreign films, especially After Life, Dolls, Ashes and Diamonds, and the Three Colors Trilogy by Kieslowski.
2) Music- Within Temptation, Eisbrecher, Blutengel, dark wave or symphonic metal.
3) Decadent Dessert- To be honest, I’m not much of a dessert eater. Now, if I’m allowed to add coffee to this list... J
What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel? “The Venus Day / Earth Year harmonic interval is 2/3, the perfect musical fifth (3:2), the most universally consonant (pleasing to the ear and emotionally peaceful) harmonic and most durative (strong and long lasting compared to other harmonics which subside before the fifth).” (Nick Anthony Fiorenza http://www.lunarplanner.com/HCpages/Venus.html) I found this fascinating and used the idea in a story.
Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
The Black Dahlia.
Whom would you cast as your Main Characters/Hero/Heroine if your book became a movie?
I’m holding out for the graphic novel. J But if I had to cast Rick (“Family Tradition”), then I would choose Benedict Cumberbatch. I really like him in Sherlock. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Blurb for Family Tradition
Artist Rick Stanton needs a commission. He faces eviction from his apartment and his latest project is on hiatus. Worse, his muse refuses to cooperate. A recent letter may contain the inspiration he needs. Inside is the photograph of a mysterious woman, her face hidden by an umbrella. But there’s no identification, no way for him to contact her. A month later, another envelope arrives, this time with a phone number. Realizing this may be his last chance, Rick calls her. The woman introduces herself as Elizabeth and tells him she wants him to paint her portrait.
Rick agrees, only to learn there are conditions. Elizabeth is a recluse who lives with her two servants in a Victorian manor. She never allows her face to be seen. Not only must he stay at Elizabeth’s residence while painting her, he can’t leave, nor can he ever tell anyone about the portrait.
Sensing something isn’t right, Rick is even more disturbed by the sinister undercurrent beneath the household’s genteel façade. It’s somehow connected to the family portraits hanging in Elizabeth’s living room. Could they be haunted? And why doesn’t Elizabeth’s housekeeper want Rick to finish the painting?