1. What inspired you to write your first book?
My husband had asked me for a divorce and I wasn’t comfortable with that. So I sat down and started typing. No kidding, I typed 900 pages in 21 days. I’d sit down at my computer at about 4:30 a.m., and not get up until about 8:00 that night. My eldest daughter (who was 13 at the time) brought food to my desk so that I wouldn’t have to stop writing. She and the neighbor lady were instantly hooked on the story and they’d read the pages that I’d typed the day before. As the years marched on, and I continued to work on the series, my husband came to know the Lord and he forgot about the divorce. Our marriage turned into a relationship that I had only dreamed about. Had I not been so distracted with writing these books, I would have left him years ago — and never saw what a wonderful person he is.
2. What books have influenced your life the most?
The Bible. God’s Word has changed me and the way I behave.
3. What are your current projects
I am working on Book # 6 of The Caselli Family Series. The working title is A Place Too Far From Grace. Also, I’m working on writing a Bible study Rebuilding the Temple, and it’s based out of the Old Testament book of Zechariah.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. That’s my favorite book thus far.
5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Another author told me that Book 2 Pit of Ambition was “redundant.” Ouch, that really hurt. On the other hand, no one has said that before, and I’ve had hundreds of readers, so I’ve been trying to let it go J
6. What has been the best compliment?
My dear friend, Ronnette, who passed away just as Book 3 A Blackguard’s Redemption was going to print, said, “The Casellis have changed my life and the way I think about things.” I think of that almost every day, especially now that she’s gone. She spent a lot of time reading the rough drafts and giving feedback. By the time we started publishing, we estimated that Ronnette had read about one million words. She was dedicated!
7. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
I study for about 3 hours in the morning, and I write for the rest of the day (sometimes 5-7 hours). I get up early. It’s imperative to stay on a schedule and guard your time. Interruptions throw me off balance, so I turn off my phone. I check my messages and email only twice a day—unless I have something going on that’s extremely important. Stay off the internet. It steals your time and keeps you from your work. Work hard all day (8-10 hours at least), but leave your evenings and weekends free, if at all possible. You will produce a higher quality product.
8. What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I’m extremely thorough and precise when it comes to detail and the resultant finished product.
9. What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
My favorite quality (#8) leads to my worst fault. I can become obsessive and lose myself in a quagmire.
10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Things are not always as they appear. People and circumstances are sometimes quite different from what we see, but the only unchanging thing in this entire universe is our Savior.
ABOUT TA’MARA HANSCOM
Having experienced the healing work of the Lord in their own marriage, Ta`Mara and her husband, Jim, are strong promoters of a healthy marriage through obedience to Christ. Ta`Mara shares a testimony of deliverance and healing for hurting marriages, as well as messages on other topics. References can be provided.
It is Ta`Mara’s prayer that, as the readers explore the truths in these volumes, they will come away with a new perspective on love, obedience, and God’s plan for marriage.
Ta`Mara Hanscom has worked on The Caselli Family Series since 1996. Within three weeks she had created a 900 page rough draft of what would become a five- novel series of the epic love story of Tillie Caselli and Noah Hansen.
Loving all things Italian, Ta`Mara created the Caselli family true to their ethnic name. Born and raised in South Dakota, she brings this traditional family alive on the Great Plains where she has spent the entirety of her life.
ABOUT THE CASELLI FAMILY SERIES
BOOK 1 – THE PRETENDER
My Jean-Marc’s uncle was married to an English woman, and she told us once, a very long time ago, that in this world there are men of two kinds. The one, the knight, is the man possessing only strength and quality of moral character. He will never ask a lady to compromise her honor for less than a vow, and never, ever will he consider another once he has captured her heart. A knight keeps his vow, even when it hurts, and the honor of a knight is a thing a country is built upon. A knight comes along only seldom these days.
Now, a blackguard is a man who can be found quite easily, for it is an easy thing to be a blackguard. He attempts to trick the young ladies into taking him home and caring for him, making them believe their honor can be given away as a mere trifle, offering no vow, and making only human demands. The blackguard is to be avoided at all costs, for to settle for someone like him is to settle for something less than ideal.
In the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Tillie Caselli promises to marry Noah Hansen. Theirs’ was a love intended to last, and their promises were never to be broken. But when there’s an illusion of unfaithfulness, the result is an error in judgment—an error that changes the course of lives.
Epic romance, global adventure, ethnic passion, and Christian values inspire this new series.
BOOK 2 – PIT OF AMBITION
Rosa begged Guiseppi to reveal their prayers to Angel. But Guiseppi was stubborn…and the thing with Alex went too far. Guiseppi buried Noah’s identity deep within himself and demanded that Rosa do the same. Now Guiseppi is tempted to tell Angel the secret that is crushing his heart—but Noah will find out first!
BOOK 3 – A BLACKGUARD’S REDEMPTION
A Blackguard’s Redemption picks up where Pit of Ambition left off. Noah has discovered the identity of his beloved Angel and he schemes a way to have words with her alone at church.
Tillie is not at all happy with the situation. Surprisingly, she is still extremely angry with Noah for what transpired between the two of them more than eleven years before. She makes Noah promise that he will not ever tell Alex, or any of her brothers. Noah agrees.
Alex decides to run for political office—and it’s worse than ever. He reveals his real “blackguardly side” by notifying Tillie that he’s spent enough time at home with her and the kids, and that he should move (by himself) to another city. He leaves Tillie and the kids behind in order to pursue his career.
BOOK 4 – THE GIFT: THE STORY OF ANNIE LAURIE
They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.”
BOOK 5 – THE TRUTH: SALVATORE’S REVENGE
As Marquette Caselli plans his retirement, the pinnacle of his career takes center stage and the end of an era draws near…