Interview with Red Tash

I'm so excited to share with you an awesome interview today! Red Tash, Author of Troll or Derby, has stopped by to answer some questions and tell us more about her new novel. Don't know about Troll or Derby? Check out the synopsis below and then learn more about the author!

Troll Or Derby
Troll or Derby
by Red Tash
Release Date: June 26, 2012

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In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she's grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?

What inspired you to write Troll or Derby? 
A genuine delight in all things faerie—both good & bad; a love-hate relationship with rural Indiana life, and a hardcore passion for roller derby!

How long have you been writing?
Forever.  I've read a lot of these author interviews, and it always strikes me how many of us have been writing from a very young age.  I used to think it was unique that I started publishing poetry at age 10, but among writers, it's pretty common practice.  I have published fiction off and on through the years on a very casual basis, but this time last year I began my serious career in fiction, so in that way I'm a “new” writer.  Prior to that, I had a career in journalism that included a newspaper column with a readership in the millions.  Writing novels is a whole new ballgame, though.  Like changing Olympic sports, really!

Who was your favorite character to write?
I love Deb & Harlow equally, I think.  Deb's really quite a little butt-kicker!  On the other hand, Harlow's a lovable loner, so you just want to let him tell his stories.

Did you have to do any particular research for the book?
Well, I played roller derby!  I was Tyra Durden on Derby City Rollergirls.

If you could describe Troll or Derby in three words, what would they be?
Fast, wild, and fun!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don't be afraid to tell crazy stories.  People love a wild imagination!  They also like decent grammar, stories with a beginning, middle, and end, and they very much prefer loose ends to be tied up!  Do all that and you can't go wrong.

Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies news, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?
Well, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was nearly perfect in my opinion, but The Hunger Games was excellent, as well!


Thanks for stopping by Nawanda Files, Red Tash! Troll or Derby sounds like a very original story! And that's awesome you played roller derby yourself!

Red Tash

Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce hand-canned from her mama's recipes await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y'all come, anytime.




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