Despite just meeting each other, Tillie and Noah’s lives have been mysteriously intertwined for many years. From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart—and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride’s deception. Read our story spotlight with Ta’Mara Hanscom to learn more about The Pretender.
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The Story Behind The Pretender
Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?
I was in the middle of the most difficult trial of my life. Things were falling apart in my personal life, and I just wanted to run away. The problem was I had three little kids to take care of and I just couldn’t bring myself to leave them. So, I sat down and started to write a story about how love was going to prevail over all odds. And wouldn’t you know it? It did in my books as well as in my real life.
What was the hardest part about writing your novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?
The hardest part was finding the time to work on it. I was a busy stay-at-home-mom, and we homeschooled.
What trait do you love most about your main character?
When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?
That there are consequences for every decision/action; that we should think before we react and that just because something doesn’t look like what we’ve been praying for doesn’t mean that it’s not what God intended.
What are you working on next?
The second book of our series, Pit of Ambition, which will release October 25, 2017.
Character Interview with Marquette Caselli
What is the most interesting thing about you?
I speak nearly a dozen languages.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Intelligent, passionate, strong.
What do you do for fun?
Spend as much time with family as I can.
Share a favorite childhood memory:
I was 14 years of age and I asked Tara to marry me. She said ‘yes.’
What is your life motto or goal?
To catch the Ponerellos—a major crime family that has evaded me since 1968.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My temper. I have been known to overreact.
My sister’s focaccia.
What is the most important thing to you?
Biggest pet peeve:
A Pretender—someone who pretends to be someone that they are not in order for selfish gain.