Fiction Focus: ‘Tide Ever Rising’ author Mandi Tucker Slack takes the Q&A hot seat

'Tide Ever Rising' author Mandi Tucker Slack.
‘Tide Ever Rising’ author Mandi Tucker Slack.

When it comes to book signings, “Tide Ever Rising” author Mandi Tucker Slack doesn’t, well, slack. She’s a regular on the Costco book signing circuit in Utah, but still found time to field a few questions in our Q&A hot seat.

“Tide Ever Rising” is Slack’s second novel, her first “The Alias” was released in 2011. Both books are available in book stores and on BooksAndThings.com, Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

In TV Guide form, what is “Tide Ever Rising” about?

Kadie Reynolds doesn’t believe in ghosts come back to haunt or does she?

When Kadie and her sister, Maysha, visit an old ghost town, it’s just another ordinary trip– until they stumble across an old journal and beautiful pendant hidden in the depths of a crumbling building. Now strange dreams and premonitions are haunting Kadie as they strive to unravel the dark secrets that have been kept hidden in the journal for nearly a century.

What inspired you to write novels?

I’ve always had a very active imagination. As a child, I could spend hours exploringexoticlands or searching for hidden treasure all from the comfort of my backyard. Now, as an adult, I still have an overly active imagination, but I can’t act (even from the comfort of my backyard), so I write.

Who would play the main characters in “Tide Ever Rising: The Movie”?

I don’t watch a lot of television so I’m not very familiar with many actors, but I can sort of picture Kadie, the main character in “Tide Ever Rising,” being played by Mia Wasikowska…the main character in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Kadie is timid, but can be assertive and very brave when needed. I would also castColin O’Donoghueas Logan Mathews.

What is your writing routine like?

I’m the mother of three (almost four) young children, so my writing routine is very sporadic. I write when I can. I usually get more writing in during the summer months when the kids are busy playing outside. I have also found that my best story ideas or writing happens while I’m outdoors. I bring notebooks everywhere and jot down story lines, short chapters, or different ideas while camping, fishing, or sitting on a park bench.Tide Ever Rising 2x3

What is your current work in progress?

Currently I’m working on a romantic/ suspense titled “Broken Grace.” Here is a short blurb:

Justice Brennen’s life hasn’t been easy. Placed in foster homes for most of her childhood, she has struggled to overcome her terrifying past. However, as a young woman, she is proud of how far she’s come. Pursuing a degree in Archaeology at Western State College in Colorado, Justice applies for a summer field assignment with the renowned Archaeologist, Rakin Griess. But little does she know, this particular assignment will stir up the ghosts of her long buried past and force her to face the secrets she has worked so hard to keep hidden. Then to make matters worse, the ancient Fremont Indian village they are currently excavating holds a secret of its own. Can Justice overcome the ghosts of her past in order to face what lies ahead?

Favorite musical band?

Depeche Mode.

What is the last book you read?

“Variant” by Robison Wells. Definitely enjoyed it.

What genre, besides your own, would you most like to take on?

Speculative Fiction–I’m really enjoying the supernatural and fantasy genres right now

Alias_2x3What is the most joy writing has brought to you?

Really, I think the greatest joy has been watching my children’s excitement through this whole experience as a published author. My oldest son (8 years old) is determined to be an author as well, and I love watching him write andillustratehis own stories. They have fun attending book events with me and love meeting other authors. It’s been a great experience for our family. Also, I’ve had the chance to meet so many amazing writers and I’ve made some really fantastic friends along the way.

What advice would you offer to aspiring novelists?

Write for you, and write for fun. In the end, if you love it, so will your readers. Write for the love of writing–for the love of the story, then focus on getting published. Your best writing will happen when you’re having fun, when you’re relaxed, and just enjoying the journey.