Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn't writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking--though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.
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"Though Angela Donovan is out of work and needs money for rent, she yearns for her eight-year-old daughter to have a carefree holiday. The last thing she wants is the pressure of her daughter expecting a miracle. But when they pick out a Christmas tree at a cozy Massachusetts tree farm that’s exactly what happens when they learn the trees might be miracle trees.
Mark Shafer is soon to be the new keeper of the Christmas trees when he inherits the family farm. He’d like to run it with a family of his own, but his girlfriend wants nothing to do with farm life. He makes plans to sell so he can propose to his girlfriend and pursue a career in music. Then he meets an unforgettable customer and her daughter, and an anonymous gift compels them to learn the truth about the trees.
With a buyer willing to pay top dollar for the land, Mark has the fate of the trees in his hand. Will he be able to see what and who is most important? And will Angela give the miracle of love a chance?"
Q&A With the Author:
1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
Ask me to write a novel and I can go on for days. Ask me to write about myself and I draw a blank! I value kindness and creativity. I love to be creative for the joy it brings.
2. What do you love most in the world?
3. What inspired you to become an Author?
Good books & life.
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Finishing my degree. Taking one class at a time.
5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
Lean into the block. Let it be. Don't freak out about it. Use it for what it's worth-a rest, a time for discovery, a time to learn more about yourself. Go play. Do something creative that doesn't take as long, paint, draw, bake.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
I'm often asked if I use any personal experiences in my fiction. Here is something that happened to me that I "used" in The Christmas Tree Keeper. After my husband graduated college, we moved to some apartments in a new city. I applied for the assistant manager position that a friend told me about. At the end of the interview, I was offered the resident manager position! I was surprised and grateful. For anyone who has read the novel, obviously Angela had a different reason for going to the management office, but I liked being able to include an experience where the outcome is unexpected, but happy too!
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