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Guest Blogger: Taige Crenshaw
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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Behind the Hurricane

There are many things that I use for inspiration. It is all around me and I use it to create books. For my upcoming book Hurricane, book 1 in the Singleton series, the inspiration I used is very personal to me.

The idea for Hurricane came partly from my mom and dad’s relationship. My dad and mom were very much in love. As a child I loved watching how they interacted with each other. Yes there was up and downs but they were there as a constant for us.  As a family we survived many family ups and down’s including a Hurricane that devastated a lot of the island where I am from. The strength we had was due to the family – those of blood and whom we see as family even through we had no blood ties. Standing side by side and helping each other is what got us through.

There were many storms we had. When my dad passed away I had just graduated from high school. It sent all of us reeling. I’m the youngest in my family.  In my case I had just moved away from home to go to college. I had only moved a week when I got the call he was gone. When I had to return home for the funeral I had already set in my mind not to return to college and told my mom so. She refused to let me give up my dream and told me that my dad was proud and knew what I was doing. After my dad’s passing my Mom was the rock that kept our family going. She made sure all of us were okay. She went on after such a devastating loss. Sadly my Mom passed away a few years ago.

When I sat down to write Hurricane I wanted to portray a form of the love my parents had. As well as the strong family dynamic I grew up with. I did take creative license to change how Julianne and Keenan my main characters of the novel get together to create a long lasting relationship. Throughout the book you will see them build from the base to a loving foundation.  Julianne and Keenan will have trials and things to face before they get there. Their journey is a growth for both of them.

Also when I created the concept for the Singleton series I wanted to give readers a view of me. The Locke’s is a family that were born in St. Thomas – the same island I was born in – and they moved to the fictional town I created called Singleton which is set in New York. Even with the move they maintained the closeness of family and added more by their friendships they formed. Friends who have become a part of the large extended family. The Locke family and friends are large, close-knit and portray what family is all about – being there through joy, pain and even death. They are the way my own family is.

Hurricane book 1 of the Singleton series will be released on September 24, 2012 at Total-E-Bound. It is available now for pre-order.  I’m extremely proud to bring the book and all the future books in the series to readers.

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Taige Crenshaw is a multi-published author with books available at Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, Loose Id, and Total-E-Bound. Taige has been enthralled with the written word from time she picked up her first book. It wasn’t long before she started to make up her own tales of romance. With novels set in today, in alternate dimensions, or in the future she writes with adventure, fun sassy heroine’s, and sexy hero’s. Always hard at work creating new and exciting places Taige can be found curled up with a hot novel with exciting characters when she is not creating her own. Join her in the fun, frolic, interesting people and far reaches of the world in her novels. You can find out more about Taige at her website: http://www.taigecrenshaw.com or blog: http://www.taigecrenshaw.com/blog.

 

When life gives you a second chance how do you decide what to do?

Pre-order here at Total-E-Bound.

14 comments to “Guest Blogger: Taige Crenshaw”

  1. Marika Weber
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 7:11 am · Link

    I love your thoughts on your parents. Your book sounds wonderful. A great dedication to your parents.

    Congratulations on the new series. :)

    Marika



  2. Stacy Wilson
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 7:30 am · Link

    Thank you for sharing the story of your parents. I can tell you still miss them, as I still miss both of my own.

    Looking forward to reading this book. Sounds great!

    Stacy Wilson

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com



  3. Zina
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 8:18 am · Link

    Sounds like you have a great and tight knit family. Like how you used your parents love as inspiration.
    Z
    seawitch reviews @ yahoo .com



  4. Lisa J
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 8:19 am · Link

    Hearing about your parents is so sweet. I love stories with great families in them and will definitely look for this one.



  5. Gayle Latreille
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 9:53 am · Link

    Congrats on your new book. :-D

    Gayle



  6. Teresa R
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm · Link

    Love St Thomas, should be nice to read a series set there.



  7. Angela Perry
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Your book sounds great. Can’t wait to read it!



  8. suzanne
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm · Link

    When you have hit rock bottom and you look up and see a rainbow and then you go on.



  9. Melissa Porter
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing your parents story.
    Thanks for another idea on a book to read. It got added to my need to get list.
    Thank you.



  10. Ginger Robertson
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      · August 22nd, 2012 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Hi Taige,
    Beautiful and unusual name. Thanks for sharing your family story. It’s sounds as if you are from a large family. I am from 7 kids, next to the oldest, and wow talk about family dynamics. I will put this book on my wish list at Amazon and look forward to reading it.



  11. ELF
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      · August 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing, it’s lovely to hear that your parents were so much in love and I am glad that you were able to weather the storms in your life. Congrats on the new book.



  12. Kandie (@KanKan929)
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      · August 23rd, 2012 at 2:30 pm · Link

    What a great way to honor your family’s strength, love and devotion (basing a novel on it). Best in all you do.



  13. donnas
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      · August 24th, 2012 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Great way to find inspiration. Thanks for sharing the story behind the story.



  14. Pamk
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      · August 26th, 2012 at 1:04 am · Link

    As my dad always said pick yourself up dust yourself off and try again. I understand about losing a parent at that age. My mom passed away A few months before I graduated high school
    Man it was tough getting through to the end.