Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Ta’Mara Hanscom & The Pretender

October 8, 2017 Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, Ta'Mara Hanscom 8

As part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for The Pretender, I am pleased to welcome Ta’Mara Hanscom to the blog today!

Born and raised in South Dakota, Ta`Mara loves to write about the Great Plains and the beauty and people of Italia. While her husband and children manage their two pizza ristoranti, Ta`Mara works full time on The Caselli Family Series, and ministers to women. 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, forgiveness, obedience, and God’s plan for marriage.

You can connect with Ta’Mara on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Her book, The Pretender, released in September of 2017.

South Dakota: 1975. Eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beers in a bar and loaded guns were kept under the counter. Frankie Valli sang My Eyes Adored You, and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.

It’s within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined – and had been for many years – yet they had no idea.

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.

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Hi Ta’Mara! Welcome to the blog!

apples or oranges

Ta’Mara: Apples. Crispy!

Carrie: Yum!

winter or summer

Ta’Mara: Winter. I love snow, and Christmas.

Carrie: Me. Too.

dogs or cats

Ta’Mara: Dogs. They are faithful.

Carrie: They so are ♥

coffee or tea

Ta’Mara: Espresso. I like strong flavors.

Carrie: Which is why I don’t like espresso haha!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Ta’Mara: Strength.

Carrie: That can have so many meanings, can’t it? Strength of body, of mind, of heart, of spirit….

Q: Who is your favorite book character  from childhood?

Ta’Mara: Nancy Drew.

Carrie: She is definitely at the top of my list, too!

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

Ta’Mara: Climate and environment in Syria.

Q:  Describe your main characters, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce The Pretender as a movie!

Ta’Mara: Noah Hansen is a simple man, yet highly intelligent and kind. I think Liam Hemsworth would do nicely in the part of Noah.

 Tillie (Angel) Caselli is young, yet grounded in her faith. Victoria Justice would be great in that part.

Giuseppe Caselli, Tillie’s father. He’s a good man, and very protective of his daughter. Tony Danza would be perfect.

Carrie: All great choices!

Q: What surprised you about The Pretender or your characters as you wrote their story? 

Ta’Mara: The plot told the story of Salvation, and I never saw it until my husband pointed it out.

Carrie: I love when things work out that way!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Pretender?

Ta’Mara: 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.

Carrie: So true!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Ta’Mara: The second print edition of the next book in our series, Pit of Ambition, will release on October 25, 2017.



Despite just meeting each other, Tillie and Noah’s lives have been mysteriously intertwined for many years in Ta’Mara Hanscom’s The Pretender. 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.

Join Ta’Mara in celebrating the release of the second printing and new covers by entering to win her $75 prize basket giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Pretender
  • A $75 Amazon gift card
  • A decorative box containing measuring cups, ten recipes from the book, a potholder, a kitchen towel, pepper and salt grinders, kitchen utensils, and an olive oil dispenser

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 11. The winner will be announced October 12 on the Litfuse blog.

Carrie

8 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Ta’Mara Hanscom & The Pretender”

  1. Rita Wray

    Sounds like a fabulous story, I can’t wait to read it. I have added it to my must read list just in case I don’t win the contest. lol

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thanks for the interview. I loved Ta’Mara’s reply to your questions – What do you most want readers to take away from The Pretender? This is something I’ve not only heard all my life and love it because it’s so very true.

  3. Susan Dyer

    Awesome interview Carrie! I really want to read this book! Thank you for introducing me to another new to me author!!

  4. Amy

    That was a great interview, Tamara. I didn’t realize how much we had in common 🙂
    Looking forward to having an espresso together someday. And I thought the characters you chose for a Hollywood movie were awesome! They certainly fit the bill.

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