Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Heaven’s Rage by Tiffany Craig Brown

Welcome to Author Tiffany Craig Brown

As the daughter of a career Air Force officer, Tiffany Craig Brown has traveled the world, living in such exotic places as Ethiopia and Japan. Some of her first memories include bathing beneath waterfalls in the African bush. She also saw first-hand the effects of extreme poverty and disease which taught her to appreciate how lucky she was to have been born an American.
After a tour in the Army and a brief marriage, Tiffany moved to San Diego, California with her two young children and enrolled in college. Three years later, she transferred to California State University, Sacramento, where she received a B.S. in Business Administration. Following her two years as a financial consultant, Tiffany used her financial knowledge and writing skills to gain the position of Corporate Communications Manager for an investment firm where she met her husband. She spent the next 20 years working in various capacities within the communications field.
Tiffany served as Director of Advertising for the Natomas Journal before taking over the role of Managing Editor in 2000. During that time, she also sat on the board of the Natomas Business Association. She resigned from the Natomas Journal in 2003 to fulfill her dream of writing a novel. Tiffany resides in Sacramento with her husband. Her grown children live nearby and visit often.



 If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
As the family genealogist, I have a definite affinity for the past.  It would be interesting to meet my ancestors and see how life truly was for them and what they were really like. 

What is one book everyone should read? 
Well, Heaven’s Rage, of course!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Butter Pecan

 If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My paternal grandfather who died before my parents met.  I would like to have known him.

Night owl, or early bird?
I’m definitely a night owl.  I stay up until the wee hours of the morning and then hate to get up in the morning.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Reading Heaven’s Rage leads to a better understanding of how people are drawn into unhealthy relationships.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on my second novel, which involves one man’s moral dilemma over reporting a crime he witnessed. Doing so could put his career and reputation within the community at risk. As with Heaven’s Rage, the story deals with societal issues, such as the war in Vietnam, community and political activism, drug use and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I have had a love for the written word for as long as I can remember.  Thanks to my older brother, I learned to read at the age of 4.  I’m told I read aloud with feeling, placing emphasis in the right places.  (For years, my mother told me I should be an actress.)  But I do remember sitting at the kitchen table, writing what I told my mother would be my life story.  She laughed and reminded me that I was only ten years old and my story wouldn’t fill many pages. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The first professional review I received (I.e. From a stranger) was very positive and I realized that people weren’t just being nice when they said the book was well written. 

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
One of the joys of reading is that I can figuratively jump into any book and live in that world, albeit temporarily.  Since I really enjoy my own world, I think I’ll just keep things the way they are.

What is your dream cast for your book? 
The cast of the main characters in Heaven’s Rage would be:
Ian Buchanan – Gerard Butler
Gina Rodriguez – Penelope Cruz
Meg McAllister – Marcia Cross
Jordan Campbell – Ashley Judd
Colleen Morgan – Sela Ward

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
At age 10 or 11, I devoured the entire Nancy Drew series. I’m sorry to say I didn’t actually read any of the classics until I got into high school; I remember particularly enjoying The Grapes of Wrath.  

 Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
“Janie’s Got a Gun” – Aerosmith
“You Knocked the Love Right out of my Heart – Millie Jackson

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
In a beach house on a private beach in any civilized country.

What is your favorite Quote?
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.    – Calvin Coolidge

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I think I’ve always wanted to write, but at one point during my adolescence I wanted to be a stage dancer, as in Broadway musicals.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Oh gosh, that’s a hard question.  I have so many favorites, but I guess my all-time favorite would be John Jakes.  I also enjoy Phillipa Gregory and Diana Gabaldon, Anita Shreve, John Steinbeck, Charlotte Bronte and many more . . .

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Curled up in a chair in front of a roaring fire, with a good book and my kitty in my lap.

Heaven’s Rage

Homicide Detective Ian Buchanan is assigned to the murder investigation of Richard Tate, a retired military helicopter pilot. Buchanan quickly determines the victim’s three former wives and college girlfriend all had motive and opportunity to commit the crime. As each of these women takes him through her volatile relationship with Tate, the detective finds himself sympathizing with his suspects rather than with the victim.
GINA RODRIGUEZ is a career naval officer determined to break through the invisible barriers of a male-dominated military. It’s 1989 and along comes Dick Tate to charm her through a whirlwind romance that leads to an explosive relationship with a drunken and abusive husband.
MEG MCALLISTAR is devoted to her son, but manages to get away one night a week to party at a nearby naval base. During one of those evenings in 1982, she meets the recently divorced Dick Tate. Two years later they marry. As Dick’s bitter resentment of his first wife grows, Meg is subjected to his frequent fits of rage.
JORDAN CAMPBELL is just completing her Army training when she meets Dick Tate, a young pilot-trainee. Their brief romance is threatened when they each receive orders to opposite sides of the country, prompting them to wed quickly. Shortly thereafter, Jordan discovers she’s pregnant and is discharged from the Army.
COLLEEN MORGAN and Dick Tate are both members of their college swim team. After dating for a couple of months, Dick is becoming serious, but his chameleon-like moods trouble her and she decides to end the relationship.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Heaven’s Rage
Open to US only
Ends 5/1/13

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