Friday, August 23, 2019

Interview with Author Tabi Slick

TABI SLICK is an award-winning author of paranormal and historical fantasy. Her works include: "Tompkin's School: For The Extraordinarily Talented""Tompkin's School: For the Dearly Departed", the novella "Unforgivables", and "Timur's Escape". When she's not writing, she's often found either researching or with her nose stuck in a book.

Let’s Connect!

1. What drew you to write a story set during this time period?

I’ve always been fascinated by the mystery around the Ottomans. In school we only spent a few paragraphs on the subject in history class and I found this odd since this was one of the largest empires in human history. So after a lot of research, I finally got the courage to write this story. It is a happy marriage between history and folklore and I hope that readers won’t just enjoy the
fictional story of Timur’s Escape, but also learn what it would’ve been like to be a Turk in a 17th century Ottoman Empire.

2. What was the most fun aspect of writing Timur's Escape?

The most fun aspect of writing Timur’s Escape would have to be actually writing the story and seeing my research come to life. After years of reading about the architecture, the food, and the customs of the era it was a very exciting thing to put the story together.

3. Do you have a favorite character? Was one character easier to write than another?

Although she’s the antagonist, I really did enjoy writing the character of Queen Naz. She was one of those characters that was tremendously easy to write. There were only a few positions of power available to women in the early centuries of the Ottoman Empire, many of which were obtained by less than ideal circumstances. The valide sultan (mother of the sultan) was the most powerful position a woman could obtain. One could even argue it was one of the more influential positions of political power, even greater than the grand vizier depending on who was the sultan at the time. Creating her story, her frustrations, and her motivations were all too easy after researching the journeys the real women of history had to go through in order to achieve
this title.

4. What was it like writing a cross-genre book?

It was completely terrifying! When I started my research I never thought I’d actually write a book set in Turkey. Who was I to write something like that? Until my friend plopped a giant book on my lap that she’d brought back from Istanbul titled An Album of the Wardrobe of the Ottomans by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. She told me I should definitely write the story and that it should totally be in Turkey. She said that I would see why after reading the book. So I did and the rest is history.

5. What advice do you have for writers who want to incorporate more than one genre in their story?

Be friends with research. People who primarily read Romance will be expecting one thing while readers of Historical Fiction will be wanting something else. While you can’t please everyone, if you try to take the most crucial aspects of two genres and blend them together you’re more likely to keep readers of these various genres happy. For the most part, anyway.