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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Yes, it's true, I managed to corral the real Ben Tanner to do an interview for me. Ben is a private person but here he tells it like it is. In case you want to know what Ben looked like when he was on active duty in the Marines, here's his pic (runs and hides in case Ben is mad) 
Just kidding. Ben has this picture up on his Fb page. So come with me into the den and meet Ben.

Interview with Ben Tanner
Welcome to my blog, Ben. Please sit down. Coffee is perking. I have some Danish here or chocolate croissant, if you prefer. The loveseat is most comfortable. Time to meet our readers. I only have a few questions. Well, maybe more than a few! Here we go.
1)     In the book you thank your parents for encouraging you to read. What did they do specifically to make you love to read?
My parents always encouraged me to go out and be active, and on days that were not nice, they encouraged me to read. They started me out on books that were par with my level and progressed as I did. I loved the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and many others. Also, at Miles Elementary School in Tampa Florida, we had a teacher who kept books and toys on her desk. If you read a book, and wrote a summary/book report, you were able to choose your prize. It was incentive for us to try reading, and there were a lot of good books there. Two that I remember most are “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madame L’Engle and “A Taste of Blackberries” by Doris Buchanan Smith. Come to think of it, I looked both books up on Amazon a little while back and ordered them. They are still as amazing now, as they were then!
2)     What was your favorite book growing up?
“A Wrinkle in Time” and “A Taste of Blackberries”
3)     What did you want to be when you were a boy?
Honestly? Nothing. I never really dreamed about what I wanted to do/be. I just lived day by day having the most fun that I could.
4)     What made you choose the Marines over the other branches of the service?
They were the most difficult. Seriously! I decided I wanted a challenge in life and thought, if I was going to join the military, I wanted the toughest.
5)     Now that you have written one book, are you bitten by the “writing bug” and want to write more?
Definitely! This one was fun. I hope all the others are just as fun, although I did have a hard-butt slave driver trying to keep me on schedule(Somewhat)!!!
6)     You have committed to writing two more books with me, will you find that easier this time than the first book or harder?
I don’t know. I will figure that out when it is well underway!
7)     What did you like most about writing Love Lost & Found? What did you like least?
Working with you. I didn’t really dislike anything about it. Life did get in the way a few times, that threw the schedule way off!
8)     What is your favorite genre of book to read?
Fantasy, Suspense, and Inspirational are my favorites.
9)     Would you like to write a book in that genre some day?
I am not sure, quite possibly.
10)  Do you have any hobbies?
Playing and composing music, movies, reading, riding ATVs, camping, hiking, and many more. I like to stay busy.
11)  What is your favorite season of the year? Why?
Growing up, it was always Summer, but now I am leaning a bit more toward fall. I like the outdoors, but these mid nineties to low one hundred degree days aren’t as easy as they used to be.
12)   What is your favorite sport?
To play, or to watch? I like to watch American Football and Baseball. I love to play volleyball, although there are no beaches near me now.
 Thanks for being with us today, Ben, and sharing a bit about who you are. I hope you’ll come back again, soon. 
It was my pleasure, most definitely.
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A bit about the book:

What do a Marine who received a “Dear John” letter and a journalist who dumped her cheating fiancĂ© have in common? Nothing, outside of being heartbroken over lost love. But when they accidentally end up next to each other jetting to a Caribbean paradise, they do share one thing: mutual attraction. Friendship between Tara Mason and Sergeant Mick Peterson grows quickly through a few dates on St. Thomas. An argument coupled with a blunder strand them on a small deserted Caribbean island.
In the midst of nothing but sand and water, possible starvation leading to death, old wounds heal. While working together to survive, Mick and Tara fall in love. Love found in their own private Eden is soon challenged in life-threatening ways when they return to the mainland. Long separations, danger and loneliness test their devotion. Is the love they’ve found strong enough to withstand what life throws at them?    


Kellie Kamryn said...

Nice to learn more about you, Ben. The story sounds great! Can't wait to read it :)

Kathleen Ball said...

Great interview- I have to say I've been wondering about you Ben. I have started your book and I'm loving it so far and I am excited that there will be two more. Congrats to you both on a great novel!!

murdersandmysteries said...

It's really nice to meet you finally Ben. I can't wait to read this and the other books you and Jean write together.
Love the interview especially the comment about the hard-butt slave driver. Bet you wished at times you were back in boot camp and dealing with the DI and not Jean

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for sharing alittle about uourself ben and best wishes with this book and the others to come.

Doreen said...

I really enjoyed this interview and am very interested in reading this book.

Dee Davis said...

Nice to meet you Ben. A Wrinkle in Time is my favorite book as well. And now I'm going to have to read A Taste of Blackberries! Love the cover of your book and can't wait to read it!