Author Interview with Tiffany McDaniel

Last week I reviewed Tiffany McDaniel’s ambitious debut novel The Summer that Melted Everything which you can check out here.

Today, the very day that The Summer that Melted Everything comes out, I have the honor of interviewing author Tiffany McDaniel and ask her some questions about her and her novel. Enjoy!

Author Tiffany McDaniel

An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows.  She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist.  The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel. 

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The Summer that Melted Everything Book Review

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Fiction

320 pages

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

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Three Cups of Tea Book Review

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By: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Nonfiction

349 pages

Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran Book Review

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By: Azar Nafisi

Nonfiction

356 pages

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

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5 Common Mistakes Travelers Make and How to Avoid Them

Traveling is a learning experience like any other; however, mistakes while traveling can end up being more inconvenient and expensive than you might first imagine. I know from personal experience and from the experiences of many others!

So let’s start your trip on the right foot. Read these tips, and don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made!

5 Common Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them⎜Worried About Making Mistakes While Traveling? Here's a traveler's guide to avoiding some easy mistakes while away from home. Click to see more or save to read later!

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Top 3 Travel Locations for the Directionally-Challenged

Top 3 Travel Locationsfor theDirectionally-Challenged

For those who wish to travel but are afraid of getting lost, never fear! I have personally tested out each city on this list for its ease of use for the directionally-challenged!

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Me at Edinburgh Castle

The main street known as The Royal Mile is squeezed between Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat, the main peak of a group of big hills. For any traveller new to the city, most of the places you will visit are on this road between these two huge landmarks. But if you happen to stray, make sure to take a look at the colorful street names like Cockburn St., and when it comes time to find your way back, aiming for one of those two landmarks will surely do the trick. To the Castle or to Arthur’s Seat we go!

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Bookshelf Cleaning Challenge 2016

Bookshelf Cleaning Challenge 2016

The deals, the steals, the popular book-of-the-years, they all lead to one thing: book hoarding. It’s hard not to hoard. I mean, how many of us have pins of our ideal household libraries?

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I realized my books were multiplying like rabbits, doubling, tripling, quadrupling. I became an expert at the almost-doesn’t-look-out-of-control bookshelves.

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The Top 5 Things to Bring When Studying Abroad

Regret? Pfft, never! Here are some things I’ve brought with me to study abroad to “great success”. Just don’t make me define “success”!

Top 5 Things to Bring When Studying Abroad⎜A Cheeky Guide on What to Bring When Studying Abroad. You won't regret it! #studyabroad #travel

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Top 5 Ways to Avoid Writing

We writers have a talent for not writing just as much as writing. Over the years I have discovered some of the secrets to this ancient art of procrastination. Here are a few.

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Writing⎟We writers are very talented at procrastinating. Here are a few ways we avoid writing!

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The Girls by Emma Cline Book Review

Check out the video for my thoughts on the book The Girls by Emma Cline!

 

Let me know down below in the comments if you have read a book in the cult genre and/or whether this book sounds interesting to you or not!