Chat Log: Tara Mandarino

September 10th, 2004 Chat with Tara Mandarino

22:16:15 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Tara Manderino tonight.

To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type

“enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a

comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished

22:16:29 [Su] Glenda, simply tell Sher to click her heels together three times and repeat

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home

22:16:46 [Su] (sorry Jacqueline) k

22:16:56 Sher enters this room

22:16:57 [Jacqueline] Always a daydreamer, author Tara Manderino loves to create stories

and situations for the people running around in her head. She first began writing in

third grade when she realized she couldn’t afford her reading habit.

22:17:17 [Jacqueline] She currently works at the Library District Center where she assists in

promoting the wide variety of programs offered through public libraries. When not

behind the computer, you can find Tara acting as chauffeur to her sons, or

cultivating bleacher-butt as she cheers them on at various sporting

22:17:30 [Jacqueline] events.

22:17:43 [Glenda] It worked! Sher is here

22:18:01 [Tara] Oh good. WB Sher

22:18:05 [Jacqueline] This is Tara’s second epubbed romance. While she can always find

room for another paper printed book on her shelves, she finds the new medium much

more enjoyable since she can carry several books at a time on her Handspring

Visor-and it fits in her purse!

22:18:42 [Tara] Thanks, Jacqueline!

22:18:45 [Jacqueline] Everyone, please give Tara a warm welcome. And Tara, I love your


22:18:53 [Lainie] Welcome Tara!

22:19:02 [Tara]  Thanks!

22:19:03 [Glenda] welcome!!

22:19:20 [Su] lol first time I chatted with Tara, I used the name Scarlet; I didn’t think her

name was for real… lol

22:19:23 Tam enters this room

22:19:33 [Su] yay, Tara

22:19:41 [Glenda] hi tam

22:19:45 [Tara] *G* Too much, Su

22:19:50 Kimberly enters this room

22:19:55 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Tara Manderino tonight.

To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type

“enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a

comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished

22:19:55 [Tara] Hi Tam – glad you made it

22:20:01 [Kimberly] Hey Tara!

22:20:10 [Glenda] ji kimberly

22:20:18 [Kimberly] Hello!

22:20:22 [Tam] Hi Tara. Sorry, had to clean up a flood in the bathroom first.

22:20:23 [Tara] Hi Kimberly!

22:20:31 [Tara] That does not sound like fun.

22:20:39 [Kimberly] Oh, no.

22:20:43 [Glenda] ?

22:20:56 [Tara] Anyone have something they would really like to discuss – questions?

22:20:59 [Tara] GA

22:21:01 [Jacqueline] ga, Glenda

22:21:36 [Glenda] Has there been a decline in ebook buying? I ask because they used to

make ebook readers and now one has to have a PDA

22:21:42 [Kimberly] No, I want to win your book.

22:21:56 Sher enters this room

22:21:57 [Tara] LOL Kimberly

22:22:11 [Jacqueline] Sher, did it work?

22:22:12 [Glenda] Get ot the point Kimberly!

22:22:17 [Tara] Ebook sales with the Indie publishers seem to be about the same.

22:22:28 Marjorie enters this room

22:22:29 [Tara] There have been some that have closed, not all because of lack of sales.

22:22:46 [Jacqueline] Hi and welcome. We’re chatting with author Tara Manderino tonight.

To enter your name, please type it in the upper left hand name box and then type

“enter”. We’ll be using protocol so please type “?” to ask a question and “!” to make a

comment and “ga” to signify “go ahead” when you’re finished

22:22:52 [Marjorie] Hello Tara

22:23:02 [Tara] I think the biggest problems have been with the fact that the public and

authors have been ready for the ebook movement before the industry itself was

22:23:04 [Kimberly] Hey Marjorie.

22:23:05 [Tara] Hi Marjorie

22:23:31 [Tara] Now with the emergence of the newer “tablets” I think they’ll pick up more.

22:24:33 [Tara] People do read on their computers lots more than they had previously. And

FWIW, I do love reading on my handspring. ga

22:24:53 [Jacqueline] Tara, I don’t want to interupt, but can you please change your font

to red so your more visable?

22:24:56 [Glenda] thanks

22:25:07 [Tara] Um– if I knew how!

22:25:35 [Jacqueline] There’s a color bar by the send button

22:26:00 [Tara] yes. Do I just click that (the color)?

22:26:07 [Tara] Yay, it worked.

22:27:04 [Jacqueline] Tara, can you tell us a little about Soul Guardian?

22:27:22 [Tara] Have to say — one of the things I truly love about ebooks is that you can

find things you won’t normally find on the shelf.

22:27:30 [Tara] Sure, Jaqueline.

22:27:39 [Jacqueline] <Definately>

22:27:43 [Glenda] true

22:27:57 [Tara] SG – is a paranormal romance about a vampire and a psychic.

22:28:13 [Tara] More than anything, I would say it’s a tale of redemption.

22:28:13 [Jacqueline] Yes!

22:28:32 [Sher] ?

22:28:53 [Tara] While I LOVE the hero — Lucien — which is whyI wrote it in the beginning —

I would have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the viilan payback,

22:29:07 [Tara] GA

22:29:18 [Jacqueline] ga, Sher

22:29:46 [Sher] I’m only just getting here, so you may have already been asked this…It’s

been widely announced that “big house” publishers don’t consider that you’re

published and will overlook your e-pub credits when considering work. How do you

combat that?

22:30:08 [Tara] Not sure how anyone else does it, but…

22:30:40 [Tara] When I submit something I usually don’t mention it for the title I’m

submitting. *G* Though I do mention that I’m e-pubbed and give the title of the other


22:30:55 [Tara] Good enough reason to strive for two, I guess. LOL ga

22:31:13 [Tara] I think the editors take it more seriously than the houses do.

22:31:21 [Tara] ga

22:31:44 [Glenda] ?

22:31:48 [Tara] !

22:31:51 [Tara] ga

22:32:13 [Jacqueline] ga, Glenda

22:32:39 [Glenda] If you could co-write with any author (living or dead) whom would it be

and why?

22:32:48 [Tara] I wanted to say that I think we have a lot of the Indy e-publishers and

groups like EPIC to thank for the level of professionalism that is becoming more

prevalent in the e-book field.

22:33:23 [Tara] That’s TOUGH! I know who it wouldn’t be–Melville heads that list!

22:33:35 [Tara] Glenda – it’s not like I notice typos — believe me. LOL

22:33:40 [Glenda] lol

22:33:56 [Tara] I think I would have to say Jane Austen.

22:34:03 [Marjorie] ?

22:34:06 [Tara] or maybe Charlotte Bronte

22:34:36 [Tara] Acckk — I’d even say Poe, but he would scare me to death before I got the

end of a ms.

22:34:39 [Tara] ga

22:34:52 [Glenda] thanks

22:35:13 [Jacqueline] I’d pick Poe too, just for the scare factor. LOL

22:35:21 [Jacqueline] ga, Marjorie

22:35:22 [Tara] LOL

22:35:24 [Su] lol Tara

22:35:28 [Kimberly] I’d go for Stephen King.

22:35:35 [Marjorie] Do you find that reading within the sub-genre you are currently writing

is helpful or hurtful to your current project?

22:35:54 [Tara] I quit after Salem’s Lot. Had to make sure all my windows were locked!

22:36:04 [Marjorie] lol

22:36:17 [Tara] Marjorie – I usually don’t like to read in the sub-genre WHILE I’m writing it.

22:36:37 [Tara] Another incentive for finishing a project. But I get too depressed if I do so.

22:36:48 [Tara] You know — everyone writes better, yada yada yada

22:37:08 [Tara] When I’m done, it doesn’t bother me nearly as much.

22:37:10 [Tara] ga

22:37:29 [Marjorie] thanks Tara… I guess I’m normal then LOL

22:37:54 [Tara] LOL Right now, I’m writing a Regency so am reading lots of contemporaries

22:38:54 [Jacqueline] Are you targeting a publisher for this Regency, Tara?

22:39:12 [Tara] Really bugs me that I was scared to death with Salem’s Lot and I go and

write a vampire story. Go figure

22:39:25 [Marjorie] lol

22:39:57 [Tara] That’s almost funny, Jacqueline. I’m actually trying to go for Avon and

thelibraries — buthonestly I have trouble keeping the word count down.

22:40:05 [Glenda] ?

22:40:14 [Tara] I HAVE to do something about these tangled plots.

22:40:24 [Tara] ga glenda

22:40:43 [Glenda] Are you fascinated with any certain time period/s? Have you written a

book set in that time?

22:41:16 [Tara] I am fascinated with the Regency era and Whisper My Name is set in that

time. So is my current ms.

22:41:48 [Tara] The restrictions set by the time period make some plot elements and story

lines work differently.

22:42:25 [Tara] In the regency — there was no such thing as instant communication. If you

wanted to call someone, you had to call ON someone. That meant time has to

22:42:46 [Tara] elapse from the time the decision was made, to the time it took to get to

where you were going.

22:43:22 [Tara] I like the restriction of manners then too. Some present a challenge to get


22:43:46 [Glenda] very interesting!

22:44:10 [Tara] What time period do you favor, Glenda?

22:44:38 [Glenda] I’m not a writer, but I’d love to have lived in the 1920’s.

22:45:11 [Glenda] I’m a retired dance teacher. I’d like the dancing during that period and the

clothing was awesome!

22:45:20 [Tara] 20’s — I don’t write in that time period — but lots of good things could

certainly be done with that!

22:45:34 [Tara] Bootlegging immediately comes to mind. LOL

22:45:44 [Sher] LOL

22:45:52 [Glenda] bathtub gin. Yum

22:45:53 [Jacqueline] Yep

22:46:03 [Marjorie] LOL

22:46:06 [Tara] But that was before television too, so think of all the things that would have

been done for entertainment.

22:46:19 [Jacqueline] That would be an interesting storyline

22:46:24 [Tam] ?

22:46:34 [Tara] ga Tam

22:46:37 [Jacqueline] ga, Tam

22:47:27 [Tam] Tara, so what inspired you to write the vampire story?

22:48:00 [Tara] OK. Actually, as I said, it’s more a story of redemption. Keep that in mind.

22:48:22 [Tara] I had to sit in church for lots of children choir practices..

22:48:56 [Tara] It’s really nice, and peaceful and you can think of all kinds of great things in

the silence. There’s nothing but candles, lingering incense sometimes, and the little


22:49:06 [Tara] either singing or getting yelled at! *G*

22:49:27 [Glenda] so your thought turned to vampires? lol

22:49:29 [Tara] As I was sitting there, I thought how peaceful. What wouldit be like if you

were absolutely forbidden to enter.

22:49:47 [Tara] *nodding* to Glenda

22:50:14 [Tara] So who would that be — ta da — the vampire was one. So of course I had

to work with that!

22:50:20 [Tam] LOL

22:50:30 [Tara] See never know where you’ll come up iwth an idea. *G*

22:50:36 [Tara] ga

22:51:25 [Marjorie] !

22:51:27 [Jacqueline] Very true, Tara.

22:51:40 [Tara] Marjorie

22:51:44 [Sher] ?

22:52:04 [Marjorie] I have to run for the night.

22:52:06 [Jacqueline] ga, Marjorie

22:52:15 [Marjorie] gnite all *muah*

22:52:26 [Jacqueline] Do you want to wait a minute for the prize?

22:52:28 [Tara]  Night Marjorie — glad you were able to make it.

22:52:30 [Kimberly] good night Marjorie

22:52:32 [Marjorie] sure brb

22:52:35 [Glenda] stay for the drawing!!

22:52:40 [Tam] Night Marjorie! {{HUGS}}

22:52:46 [Jacqueline] We’ll take Sher’s ? then do the drawing

22:52:57 [Sher] Do you read other vampire books? If so, by what authors?

22:53:09 [Marjorie] back

22:53:54 [Tara] I do, Sher. Amanda Ashley is the one that comes to mind. But there are

others. I was delighted to find Christina Feehan, even though hers aren’t the

traditional vampires.

22:54:45 [Glenda] gee, I’ll bet Rice scares the pants off ya.

22:55:12 [Sher] Oh, love her…and Linda Lael Miller’s were good.

22:55:23 [Tara] I find hers interesting, but I can’t read it for as long as she can write!

22:55:40 [Tara] Oh yes — Love Linda Lael Miller’s too!

22:55:43 [Glenda] lol

22:56:22 [Jacqueline] Tara is kind enough to give away an electronic copy of Soul Guardian

22:56:51 [Kimberly] <<crossing fingers!!>>

22:56:52 [Jacqueline] Can I have a drum roll, please?

22:57:02 [Tara] *drum roll*

22:57:04 [Su] drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…..

22:57:06 [Lainie] ra ta ta tat

22:57:12 [Glenda] clang!

22:57:15 [Marjorie] hey, where is that drum going?

22:57:19 [Sher] tadum tadum tadum

22:57:27 [Tara] Side note — and I have the drumsticks in my hand! son’s a drummer!

22:57:37 [Tam] lol

22:57:42 [Marjorie] lol

22:57:47 [Su] lol

22:57:55 [Jacqueline] And the winner is Su!

22:58:05 [Tara] ROTFL

22:58:08 [Kimberly] Yay, Su!

22:58:08 [Glenda] I always have a crush on the drummer at rock concerts!

22:58:09 [Sher] Yeah Su!!!!

22:58:10 [Tam] Yay Su!

22:58:16 [Marjorie] *clapping*

22:58:20 [Su] woo-hooo!  but… if I may…

22:58:24 [Su] defer…

22:58:25 [Glenda] Congrats to Su!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

22:58:29 [Tara] Jaqueline – since Su is the winner — let’s give away ANOTHER copy!

22:58:37 [Lainie] Yay Su!

22:58:37 [Su] (no offense, Tara — I love the story

22:58:41 [Jacqueline] You may…

22:58:52 [Jacqueline] I’ll draw again

22:59:02 [Tara] Okay- poor su has read that story so many times Lucien probably visited


22:59:04 [Kimberly] lol, recrossing fingers

22:59:11 [Marjorie]

22:59:14 [Sher] LOLOL

22:59:19 [Su] lol I meant to duck when you were throwing the bouquet

22:59:28 [Tara] LOL

22:59:29 [Glenda] Kimberly reeeeeeaaaaaaly wants it!

22:59:35 [Su] lol not poor me — I want to share it with someone else!

22:59:45 [Jacqueline] Alrighty, I drew again

22:59:51 [Kimberly]

22:59:53 [Su]

22:59:58 [Jacqueline] and it’s Marjorie!

23:00:01 [Su] drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……… *ducking*

23:00:02 [Tara] *drum roll again*

23:00:07 [Su] yay!!!

23:00:09 [Sher] Yeah Marjorie!! clapping

23:00:11 [Kimberly] Yay, Marjorie!!

23:00:15 [Glenda] clash!

23:00:21 [Marjorie] WOO HOOOOO

23:00:24 [Lainie] rum pum pum pum

23:00:29 [Tam] ggg, ya’ll are too much

23:00:30 [Glenda] Congrats to Marjorie!!!!!!

23:00:30 [Jacqueline] Congratulations, Marjorie!

23:00:40 [Lainie] Yay Marjorie!!!

23:00:41 [Marjorie] I’m beaming over here!

23:00:42 [Tara] Marjorie – send me your email address, pleas.

23:00:43 [Lainie] Congrats!

23:00:44 [Tam] Yay Marjorie! Aren’t ya glad ya stuck around?

23:00:55 [Jacqueline] Sheesh, it’s a good thing you stayed.

23:00:57 [Tara] yuk – can you read that in white?

23:01:03 [Marjorie] Yup Yup I am verra glad

23:01:11 [Jacqueline] Tara, where can we find your books?

23:01:12 [Su] Tara — spellcheck ??? lol

23:01:16 [Tara] Yeah, good think. I was starting to get a complex.

23:01:21 [Marjorie] ugh… that’s not a pretty face

23:01:26 [Tara] thing. thing, thing.

23:01:27 [Su] or did you change your last name?

23:01:36 [Tara] Goes with the white address

23:01:47 [Kimberly] That’s what I was going to as

23:01:49 [Kimberly] ask

23:01:55 [Tara]

23:02:02 [Kimberly] where do we need to go to purchase Soul Guardian

23:02:06 memyself enters this room

23:02:09 [Su] thaaaaaaaat’s what I thought, Tara lol

23:02:11 [Glenda] Thanks for the great chat! Stay safe all.

23:02:25 [Tara] Now you all know why I had to send out the change of address twice —

once the wrong way and once correctly!

23:02:29 [Glenda] nighty night

23:02:30 [Jacqueline] Thanks for coming, Glenda!

23:02:38 [Su] bye Glenda from MS with Emma the grand-dog

23:02:41 [Glenda] see ya next week

23:02:46 [Tara] Kimberly — it’s at

23:03:06 [Tara] Thanks for attending Glenda!

23:03:10 [Su] bye all — great chat Tara

23:03:12 [Su]

23:03:12 [Jacqueline] Do you have a website?

23:03:24 [Tara] No.

23:03:27 [Jacqueline] Nite, Su, thanks for coming!

23:03:28 [Su] Tara, I’ll be E-ing you

23:03:30 [Tam] Night Glenda

23:03:39 [Tara] I used to but never managed to get one back again after homestead started


23:03:44 [Su] thanks for picking my name first, Jacqueline!

23:03:44 [Lainie] Thanks Tara! it’s so great you came and chatted with us tonight

23:03:45 [Tara] Please do so, Su

23:03:48 [Lainie] goodnight everybody!

23:03:54 [Marjorie] K, Tara, I sent you my outlook addy

23:03:58 [Jacqueline] Have you checked out Geocities?

23:04:01 [Tara] Thanks for having me, Lainie andJaqueline

23:04:01 [memyself] candywrapper people here?

23:04:06 [Tara] That’s fine

23:04:11 [Jacqueline] Nite, Lainie!

23:04:15 [Marjorie] !

23:04:22 Su exits from this room

23:04:24 [Sher] Have a great week all…stay safe and write something wonderful.

23:04:29 [Sher] goodnight.

23:04:35 [Jacqueline] You’ll have to come back, Tara

23:04:36 [Tara] I did — I even signed up at one time but couldn’t figure it out! Not sure, but

think they charge on the new ones now too.

23:04:38 [Kimberly] Good night everyone!

23:04:41 [Tara] Night Sher

23:04:45 [Kimberly] Tara, I look forward to reading your book.

23:04:51 [Jacqueline] Nite, Sher, it was nice talking to ya!

23:05:04 [Tara] Any time, Jacqueline.

23:05:13 [Tara] Thanks, Kimberly!

23:05:15 [Jacqueline] Nite, Kimberly!

23:05:22 [Marjorie] Gnite for real this time… the hubby is tapping his foot now LOL

23:05:44 Marjorie exits from this room

23:05:50 [Tara] LOL– Night Marjorie — i’ll be looking for your address

23:05:54 [Tam] Night Sher, K’y

23:05:55 [Jacqueline] Congrats and goodnight Marjorie

23:06:02 [memyself] i guess not

23:06:04 [Tam] Night Marjorie

23:06:40 [Tara] memyself> I’m here discussing — well wrapping up the discussion on a

paranormal romance.

23:08:11 [Tara] Thanks so much for having me. I really enjoyed it. I’ll be thinking most of the

night on which writer I’d like to write with. *G*

23:08:17 [Jacqueline] Tara, I’ll be taking dates for next year’s chats in October. Email me

and we’ll set another one up

23:08:32 [Tara] Thanks!

23:08:36 [Tam] Thanks for the invitation Tara. It was fun!

23:08:37 [Tara] Night all.

23:08:48 [Tara] Glad you made it, Tam

23:09:07 [Tara] Off to pack lunches and do stinky football laundry.

23:09:10 [Tam] It was nice to meet all of you, but have a wip to work on now…*rolls eyes*

23:09:21 [Jacqueline] Thanks for coming, Tam.

23:09:29 [Jacqueline] good luck on the wip.

23:09:35 [Tam] lol@stinky football laundry.

23:09:42 [Jacqueline] Nite Tara!

Lori Soard started Word Museum in 1997. She’s a published author and has written thousands of articles over the years for newspapers, magazines and online. She has a PhD in Journalism and lives in Southern Indiana with her husband. They have two grown daughters, both animal lovers their house is always filled with pets.

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