My friend Tara Quan is back to talk about her new book Operation Owl, a contemporary romantic comedy with hints of intrigue and a multicultural couple that’s just up my alley.
Five years ago, Maya Jain kissed her best friend only to have him run out of her dorm room and leave the state. When he shows up in Washington, D.C., a wanted fugitive sought after by every branch of the US government, she can’t bring herself to ignore his plight. As their physical relationship picks up where it left off, she decides it’s time to make him see her as more than the bespectacled, bookish girl he once called “Owl.”
After being accused of espionage and treason, Zack Strong needs a forensic accountant to help clear his name. Not knowing who he can trust, this white-hat hacker has no choice but to ask his former best friend and math tutor for help. Together they unravel a cyber conspiracy at the Barn, an NSA facility tasked to intercept electronic communications. But as they traverse the nation’s capital to avoid capture, Maya insists on letting their simmering sexual tension take its natural course. Even though he’s never been able to shake the memory of their one kiss, he refuses to let her give up her life for a man with no future.
Sounds good, right?
Since she’s visited before, I’m going to jump right into her Fast Five interview:
1. What are you doing for your summer vacation?
Funny you should ask! Remember how we commiserated about Italian noun declensions the last time I stopped by? Well, I’m moving to Rome in exactly 3 days (which is why I’ve been madly pre-scheduling promotion). As excited as I am about the prospect of living in Italy, I’m probably going to spend the better part of this summer unpacking, settling in, and getting a feel for the city.
No kidding! I can’t imagine getting to visit Italy, let alone moving there. Bon voyage! (I don’t know how to say that in Italian.)
2. What is your favourite non-writing blog?
Ever since we received pictures of our new apartment, both my husband and I have been addicted to this Tumblr feed. This move will be the first time in over four years that we’ll get to stay put long enough for painting and decorating to be worthwhile. On the flip side, the cost of living in Rome is higher than we’re used to, so I’ll need to base my design aesthetic on flea market finds.
3. What is your favourite part of the writing process?
The moment I lean back, stretch, and smile over a completed first draft is one of the few times I feel my book is actually good. Before this happens, I’m not 100% sure I’ll see the story through, and once I start revisions and edits, I begin to think the manuscript is complete crap. I’ve learned to savor the ten minutes or so of contented bliss.
4. How do you treat yourself after finishing a book?
Once I hit send on a submissions email, I always get hit by a bad case of nerves, which calls for a glass of wine (or two). I prefer to sip it while nibbling on cheese and indulging in a book good enough to keep my mind off the fact that I might get a rejection letter in the near future.
5. Last question—is the wine red or white?
Red—that way I can convince myself I’m getting minor health benefits.
Lucky for you, I hear there is red wine in Italy.
Operation Owl sounds like a fun book. Where can we find it?
Very cool. Thanks for visiting! And please have some vino for me.
About Tara Quan
Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com