Author Interview & Book Giveaway: You Can’t Shatter Me by Tahlia Newland

Welcome to Author Tahlia Newland

Tahlia is an avid reader, an extremely casual high school teacher & an occasional mask-maker. She reads and writes urban fantasy for adults & young adults and likes to challenge readers to look more closely at the nature of their world, their mind and their perception. After creating and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, she is now a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. She lives in an Australian rainforest, is married with a teenage daughter and love cats, but she doesn’t have one because they eat native birds.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d go into the future, because I’m curious. We already know about the past, so there’s no surprises there, and I have no romantic notions about how it would be to live without hot running water.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Laser Lady. It’s the superhero name I came up with for the main character in You Can’t Shatter Me. I ended up not using it, but I’d want the same power – the power of light.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You Can’t Shatter Me shows ways to deal with bullying that both teen and adult readers find inspiring and empowering.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Lethal Inheritance is a YA contemporary fantasy that has been with my agent for some time. Catapult Press wants to publish it, but my agent is still waiting to hear back from a couple of the big publishers. If we go with Catapult Press, it could be out as early as December in ebook form. There’s four books in the series so it will be the start of something big.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I loved reading as a child but when I discovered that being an author wasn’t really a job, in that you could write for a very long time and never get any money from it, I went into teaching, then 5 years ago, I got the idea for Lethal Inheritance and I started writing. That book was the inspiration, but it looks like it will be the third one to be published.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding part so far has been reading the reviews.  It’s great to see that people not only like what you’re writing, but they appreciate the underlying themes as well.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t be in a hurry to get your work out there. Good books take time to mature. Leaving my first novel for 6 months without looking at it, then coming back to it was the best thing I did for it.

Print or Ebook?
Ebooks. They don’t take up space & they’re lighter and cheaper

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate everytime

Horror or Romance?
Romance. Horror scares me!

Cats or Dog? 
Cats. Dogs are smelly.

You Can’t Shatter Me

Sixteen year old Carly wants to write her own life and cast herself as a superhero, but the story gets out of control when she stands up to a bully and he turns on her. His increasing harassment forces her to battle flying hooks, giant thistles, doubt dragons and a suffocating closet. Dylan, a karate-trained nerd who supports her stand, turns out to be a secret admirer, and while he struggles to control his inner caveman, Carly searches for her own way to stop the bully.  An old hippie shows her an inner magic that’s supposed to make her invincible, but will Carly learn to use it before her knight in shining armour risks all in a battle with a fire-breathing dragon?
This heart-warming magical realism story will inspire and empower teens and adults alike. 

Giveaway Details:
1 Ebook copy of You Can’t Shatter Me
Ends 9/30/12

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