Featured Author – Greta van der Rol

Greta van der Rol recently released her book, “Black Tiger” and it has received great reviews! One Amazon reader said, “Black Tiger is magic. A vivid, affectionate portrait of India, and a passionate call to support the campaign to save the tigers. The romance is hot and believable, the writing assured. The complexities of family relationships aren’t resolved by magic. There is a solid reality to this story.”

I’m very excited to have her on my blog today as a featured author and can’t wait to pick up her book. It is available at Amazon by the way. Click here.

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What is “Black Tiger” About?

He haunts the jungle – and her dreams

When Dr. Sally Carter travels to India to regroup from a broken heart the last thing she wants is to fall in love. But Raja Asoka (Ash) Bhosle is entirely too attractive to ignore, even though she knows it can only end in tears. Hers.

Ash guards his forest and the precious creatures within it, protecting the rare tigers from mindless slaughter, and a secret that lives in legend. From the moment he sets eyes on the Australian doctor, he wants her, even over the objections of his mother and the unsuitability of her cultural heritage.

While Ash fights tiger poachers, Sally struggles against cultural prejudice. Can the Legend of the Black Tiger be the bond that brings them closer together, or will it be an impossible belief that rips them apart. The closer Sally comes to understanding what the legend means, the more frequent the nightmares become. Is she losing her sanity, or is there more to Sally than she herself knows? The answers lie buried in her past.

When the Black Tiger breaks free to stalk the night, only one thing will control the beast.

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Catherine: Greta, thanks for joining me today.

Greta: It’s great to be here. Thank you for hosting me on this blog tour to introduce my new paranormal romance novel, Black Tiger.

How did you come up with the title?

I wanted something about tigers and something that came across as a bit spooky, since it’s a paranormal romance. My first thought was Shadow of the Tiger (a title that makes sense in the context of the book). But then I went with Black Tiger because that’s the name given to the legendary beast in the book. It’s also shorter, so easier to read on an e-book cover.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

First and foremost, I’ve written a paranormal romance intended to entertain readers. I very much hope that while they’re being entertained, a few facts might filter through. Wild tigers are under threat of extinction – because of us. We encroach on their habitats and (worse) we murder them for pointless traditional medicines. Trust me, soup made from tiger penis is much less effective in improving a man’s libido than Viagra. And sorry, but tincture of tiger whisker won’t cure toothache. However, those things are part of the story, mentioned in context. There’s nothing worse than being beaten over the head with a message. But I’ll add, for your readers, that all profits from Black Tiger will go to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to support tiger conservation.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

There were a lot of challenges in creating Black Tiger. For a start, it’s set in India, Hong Kong and Melbourne (Australia). And in India, I move between a tiger reserve, a palace, and the slums of Mumbai. Having studied Indian history at university, I had some background in Indian culture. I’ve visited Hong Kong and lived for quite some time in Melbourne. But even so, I spent a lot of time using Google Earth and the internet to round out my settings. I also had an Indian friend read some early drafts and he helped me come up with things like correct character names. For depth on the tiger aspects I watched and re-watched several David Attenborough documentaries on tiger parks. I felt it was important to portray tigers correctly as savage, solitary hunters. They’re not cute, striped pussies like Tigger in Winnie the Pooh. Then I had to have sufficient understanding of the Indian were-tiger legend and weave that into my plot. And last but not least, I had to learn to write a romance – in as much as in this book, the romance is the major component of the plot. It wasn’t easy.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I don’t think any particular book has influenced my life, really. I had my nose in a book from the time I learnt to read and I have a very wide general knowledge as a result. I’m interested in… stuff. Astronomy, astrology, magic, physics, history, geography, animals. You find all that stuff in books.

What authors have influenced your life and writing?

I write mainly science fiction so my main choice of reading material has been SF. So people like Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne, Arthur C. Clarke, Jack McDevitt, Elizabeth Moon, Anne McCaffrey, Douglas Adams, Timothy Zahn et etc. In the SF romance genre Linnea Sinclair is a stand-out. (I do think I write a bit like her) Then there’s a whole raft of fantasy titles and rather a lot of crime books. Agatha Christie comes to mind. My very favorite author is Terry Pratchett. I have all his books. But I don’t write like him. Nor do I write like Tolkien, another all-time favorite.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Oh, lots. Toby Neal’s crime series are great. If you like thrillers, Fred Limberg won’t disappoint and I’d recommend N. Gemini Sasson’s historical fiction books. In the romance field, take a look at Nya Rawlins, who writes gritty, atmospheric stuff with real vampires (no sparkles).

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

This might surprise you. The romance. Most of my other books are science fiction romance – fast-paced space operas with romance as a sub-plot. I knew writing the romance part wasn’t my strongest suit, so I asked for, and received, help from a number of writing friends. It took a lot of hard work and many revisions, but I’m told I got it pretty right.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Readers, I hope you enjoy my books. If you don’t, that’s okay. There are lots of books, famous ones, that I don’t like for a variety of reasons and no-one can please all of the people, all of the time. My aim is always to entertain, to help you while away a few hours in another world.

Catherine: Thanks for sharing with us today.  We wish you the best of luck.

Greta: Thanks for having me.

About the Author

Greta van der Rol loves writing science fiction with a large dollop of good old, healthy romance. Black Tiger is a slight departure from her usual genre, because it’s contemporary and paranormal., but, like her other books, it’s fast-paced and action-packed. She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn’t bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavors.

She also has a love for animals and nature, which is why all profits from the sales of Black Tiger will go to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to help tiger conservation.

Contact her at the following links:

Website: http://gretavanderrol.net

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GretavdR

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Author.Greta.vanderRol

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