January 15, 2015

Interview Around the Globe with Tiffany Golden

Today we have a new Author. Tiffany Golden is an author that is working though a book Tour that I have now been a tour host for. Let welcome this new author to Interviews around the Globe.

I would love if you all took a look at our author Bio.. We have some good questions and answer for her to answer. Want to learn more about her book. Her book "MIDNIGHT AND THE MAN WHO HAD NO TEARS" has tour stop here at Nighttime Reading Center. She will award one randomly drawn winner a $25 Amazon or B&N GC via rafflecopter.  Make sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: "Midnight and the Man Who Had No Tears" Tour Stops

We have a post on it here at NRC and we also got a giveaway as well for all of you. Midnight and the Man Who Had No Tears Book Post and Giveaway  But here is the author Bio for you before we enter the interview.  We welcome Tiffany to our community. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways, @midnightbook01, @MidniteSays, @NRC2012, @GoddessFish, #Tour, +Goddess Fish Promotions +Lindsay Hickey

Author Bio:
Writer/Director Tiffany Golden was trained in Motion Picture Production at the Academy of Art University. She has worked creatively with school-aged youth for 15 years in an effort to
support their voices being heard and shared. Her work with young people has led to dozens
of her students being published, having their films featured in festivals, installations in major
museums, and the highlight of many community-based events.

“I have worked with children for a long time, and I have witnessed firsthand their magic and resilience. I wanted to create a legacy that holds them sacred, reminding us all of the true gift that they are, so they may be cherished. This story was channeled out of complete love; inspired by individuals, and written with an open heart for the collective 'we'.”

Connect with her: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ 

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

In “Midnight and the Man Who Had No Tears”, Midnight must help the struggling Red family find the love, understanding and forgiveness that will make their family whole again.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

The idea for this book came from observations of both adult people I love and working directly with young children. As a teacher, I was able to see the impact of intergenerational pain, and how it gets handed down very easily. The way some parents would talk/yell at their children was very damaging and shut part of the child’s natural curiosity down. I’d also seen the lasting effects on adults of harsh upbringings, and how their adult relationships were negatively impacted. I wanted to use this story as a non-judgmental tale of both caution and healing.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

Names are extremely important to me. They give the reader, and me as the writer and essence of who the character is through sound. I try to combine both meaning and sounds that feel good to me. Some names I pick solely on meaning, and they don’t stick. I end up having to change them, as in a current story I’m working on. I also use baby name websites to help me choose names specifically by letter, as I do like names with alliteration.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

One of my favorite characters in this book is the Head Huzini (pronounced hoo-zee-nee). He is a cloud spirit who is the keeper of tears & sadness and the giver of bitterness. When I first heard through Midnight’s character that the Huzini Lair was were she and Red Daddy Kali (the man who had no tears) had to travel, I thought, “Aw man, this is going to be a bummer.” But as the Head Huzini spoke, he was so melodramatic; he became very fun to write for.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

One scene that was hard to write was Red Daddy Kali’s initial interaction with his son, Little Askari Red, before any healing had taken place. It’s hard for me to write about children being treated harshly even though it was an important component of the story. Especially when you have to put yourself in position of both the aggressor and the impacted party.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Hmm. Great question. I envision any adaptation to be animated, so the voices would be the following:

Midnight: Lupita Nyong’o
Eclipse: Ice Cube
Red Daddy Kali: Idris Elba
Red Mama Malaika: Taraji P. Henson
Little Askari Red: Kid President
Head Huzini: David Mann
Mansa Red: John Amos
Gramma Red: Phylicia Rashad

What was your favorite part to write and why? (Alternate Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)

My favorite and most moving part to write in the book was the moment when Red Daddy Kali gets his tears. It’s such a moving moment to see someone who has struggled emotionally as an adult be restored. I cried most of the time writing it. I even get moved to tears when I read it. It is a powerful moment in the book.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?, What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Authors I enjoy reading are: Paulo Coelho, Octavia Butler and Patricia McKissack. I love the way they see the world in their prose.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Since the book is very new, there aren’t that many reviews for it, good or bad. I’ve had a few good reviews. I haven’t responded to them. In terms of “bad” reviews, here’s what I know: I’m sensitive. This series is from the deepest part of my heart. Hopefully, there’d be something constructive about the review. But, I do remember watching an interview between the late Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle where she advised him to “not pick it up or set it down” in terms of what people say/reviews. She explained that don’t let the positive reviews inflate your ego too much and don’t let the bad ones destroy you—do your work. That really stuck with me.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m currently working on the second story in the Midnight Story Series, “Midnight and Little Girl Blue”. In this story, Midnight meets Little Nalla Blue, a cranky girl who has vowed to never fall asleep. But after accidentally dozing off, she finds the giant that has wanted to crush her still waiting in her dreams. Midnight must help Nalla push past her fear of the giant to get to Nalla’s even scarier, deeper secret.

Thank you for stopping by Tiffany Golden. I happy for you have stop by Nighttime Reading Center. I enjoyed some of your answers to the questions. I hope you follower please do not forget their is a giveaway from this author. Remember she giving away a $25 Amazon or  Barnes and Noble Giftcard.  Enter the Giveaway Thanks again for stopping by Tiffany. Hope you come back.

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  1. Enjoyed reading the excerpt today

  2. Thank you so much for hosting! I appreciate you sharing my work with your audience.

  3. I enjoyed the interview! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Great post! I really enjoyed reading the interview!

  5. I am glad and I hope you entered the giveaway. Thanks for stopping by


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