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So far Tamara has created 18 blog entries.

The other side of the notebook

February 11th, 2017|

I've been a journalist for 25 years. Being a reporter is essential to who I am. Interviewing, questioning and taking notes are like breathing. Which is probably why the past month has been so odd for me — I've been the one interviewed. The reporters who have wanted to write about my book and my story [...]

On returning, and what I ate

February 7th, 2017|

  I've been back from my trip for almost a week, and I'm still trying to get my bearings. I won't lie: it's odd going on such a long journey and losing track of days and dates, only to return home and have to fit into a routine again. On Sunday, I got a wonderful massage [...]

Mission District Murals

January 28th, 2017|

  I have a thing for street art. Murals, light projects, sculptures. I'm not exactly sure when this started or why, but whenever I'm in a new place, I'm drawn to public art. San Francisco has a ton of it, especially in the Mission District. There's a legacy of political and cultural murals in the [...]

Chicago to San Francisco

January 27th, 2017|

The train trip from Chicago to San Francisco was the longest yet — about 50 hours total. I spent most of my time revising and rewriting my next book, which is always a slow and painful process. My rewriting was interspersed with some journalism, too. I interviewed several interesting people, and it's fascinating how people [...]

Florida-New York-Chicago

January 24th, 2017|

Here's my trip in pictures so far!   Orlando, Fla.   View of moon from sleeper car   Me, leaving Florida   This was a tasty, spicy cocktail in a bowl at Mission Chinese in NYC. Had a great dinner with authors Rebecca Brooks and A.C. Rose. [...]

Why I’m an indie author

January 20th, 2017|

"Who's your publisher?" I get that question a lot. And the answer is becoming more clear cut: me. A bit of backstory: I published my first two novels with a small publisher. I got excellent editing and pretty covers. When I wrote my third book, Tell Me a Story, I intended to publish it only [...]

This is my brain on New York

January 19th, 2017|

  I always experience an extreme feeling of sensory overload when I'm in New York City. I usually stay at the same hotel, and always just collapse on the bed at some point, hoping for quiet and that everything around me will pause for a few minutes.    

Writer on the Rail, Day One

January 18th, 2017|

I'm writing this somewhere north of Florida as the southern sky fades from dusk to darkness. It's my first night on a 15-night, cross-country trip by train. A bit of backstory: I applied for the Amtrak Residency — a paid trip for creative professionals — in January of 2015. After a bit of daydreaming about how [...]

Hot Books for Cold Winter Nights

January 1st, 2017|

  Happy 2017! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year and is ready to read, write and create in 2017! I've got lots of things planned, including an Amtrak Residency, a book release in January, a re-release of my debut novel in March and lots of other exciting stuff! I'll also be updating this [...]

Going Home, and a Giveaway

December 8th, 2016|

Me and my dad in the '70s. Because California, and Cookie Monster, are #1. It's my birthday this week! Normally, I don't do anything special, but this year I'm going to visit my parents because it was recently my father's 70th birthday, and we wanted to celebrate together. My parents are in California, [...]