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Author Spotlight - Tanya Chris

Happy Sunday! Today we welcome Tanya Chris.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I write under two pen names: Tanya Chris (plot and character driven romance) and T. M. Chris (kink driven erotica). I genre hop, so I've got everything from contemporary to time travel to BDSM to Regency to triplecest. You never know what you're going to get with me.

How would you describe your brand? What makes one of your books inherently YOU?

Strong characters in a mix of sweet and hot. Some of my books veer more toward sweet and others more toward hot, but I like to mix hot into the sweet and sweet into the hot, so you always get both.

Tell us about what you're currently working on.

My September release will be a fantasy, which is yet another new genre for me. It's funny - almost slapstick - but it's also a poignant redemption story. And then in October (if I can get my act together), I'm releasing a BDSM book which started in Kate's group. During a takeover, I asked for plot elements (character names, kinks, etc.) and got so many I made a whole book out of them called Kitchen Sink Dom - because the whole kitchen sink ended up in there.

If you could dream cast your favorite book into a movie, whether yours or someone else's - what book would it be and who would you cast?

I'm terrible at knowing who actors are. They're all named Chris, right? So I can't do a dream cast, but I can tell you which of my books would make the best movie and that's Manners & Mannerisms. It's a lot like Pride & Prejudice. It's not a retelling of that story but it has the same kinds of scenes - picnics and balls and dinner parties - and I feel like M/M deserves an extravagant, romantic period piece.

What is the weirdest place you've ever written before?

I can't think of anything outside of coffee shops, airplanes, people's houses, and hotel rooms. Are any of those weird?

What does the writing process look like for you? What comes first? How do you start? When do you know you have a good idea vs a dream?

A story starts with a germ - a situation or character or trope. I mentally build outward from there until I get a sense of how big the story is. Because I write at all lengths - from short stories I post free on my website to full length novels - every plot bunny can work. I write a paragraph or two about it in my Ideas doc and then it sits there until it gets slotted into an available time slot. Once I start writing, I make it up as I go. The paragraph I jotted down in my Ideas doc is all the outline I ever do.

If you could write about any character or story that you haven't written about yet, what would it be and why?

I've got a loose idea for a cat shifter who solves mysteries. I want to write him but he's not clear enough yet.

Which of your characters do you think is the most under appreciated and why?

Bryce in Among Heroes. He's a smartass, so some people take a quick dislike to him, but if you look at his actions, not his words, he's a champion of the underdog and always the first to pitch in when help is needed. He definitely exercises oblivious male privilege at times, but he listens and grows.

What is your favorite book? One of yours and one of someone else's.

My favorite M/M book is For Real by Alexis Hall, which I realize isn't very original. My favorite book of mine is... I don't know. Aftercare has made me the most money, so I can't help being fond of it, but I'm most proud of Predestination Unknown, and the one I most enjoy reading is Pledged, which is a short spanking thing I could read over and over. When I write my kinkier T. M. Chris books, it's usually to scratch my own itch.

Favorite show to binge watch?

I don't watch TV. My favorite waste of time at the moment is a coloring app called Gallery.

What movie have you seen more times than you want to admit?

Valley Girl

Favorite quote or song lyric:

"The only way out is through."

Is there anything else you want anyone to know?

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