Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ride For Rights with Tara Chevrestt

I had the pleasure of working with Tara as her line editor on Ride for Rights.  That said, I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a glimpse into a past where women still struggled to be seen as more than someone's wife or property.

AUTHOR: Tara Chevrestt
BOOK TITLE: Ride for Rights
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing

Please tell us about yourself? I love dogs, airplanes, books. I spent 11 years as an aircraft mechanic and am now focusing on my writing. I'm also a content editor for a romance publisher.

Tell us your latest news? I have four other books coming out this year besides Ride. Sinful Urges and Afterburn are both under my pen name, Sonia Hightower. It's sexier stuff. LOL. Deaf Isn't Dumb is a memoir about deafness coming out in April under my real name. I also have a Christmas story coming out from Muse in December called Operation: Enduring Santa.

When and why did you begin writing? I've always like to write, but I didn't sit down and pen my first novel till my husband and I went to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and I discovered the Van Buren sisters. I searched for a book about them but couldn't find one so… I wrote one.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I'm not sure. Sometimes I think I am still not a writer. Nothing in print yet. Though everyone is buying ebooks now, I still run across the occasional person that says, "Oh is it going to be a real book this time?" Ugh!

What inspired you to write your first book? Well, there wasn't a book to be found about the fascinating Van Buren sisters so I decided to write it myself. Those incredible women rode Indian motorbikes across the U.S. in 1916!! That was quite a feat. There were no highways then.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Women can do it. There will be naysayers. There will be those that say you can't or you shouldn't. Young women out there, don't let that stop you.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  (Has anyone ever realized it?) I worked in a male dominated profession for 11 years, so yes, some of the troubles Angeline and Adelaide face are in a way from my own life. The men belittling them, spouting religious verses at them, or just plain being anti-woman. Yea, been there. LOL

What books have most influenced your life most? Too many. I love historicals more than anything though. Books I have learned from or that have touched me are the best. My favorite ever: Molokai by Alan Brennert.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Christina Courtenay. She encourages me, inspires me, shares wonderful advice with me, and when I email her dejected over something, a publisher being rude, a poor review, writer's block, she talks me up out of it.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it? By the time this is posted, I will be reading something else entirely, but at this moment, a book called Captive Spirit. It has ghosts.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I'm watching for an up and comer, J.S. Marlo. I've read her work. It's good.

What are your current projects? Right now, I am working on a political thriller. Whether it will get finished though remains to be seen. LOL

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Ride? I would go back and fix the head hopping. I didn't know about head  hopping when I wrote this.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I used to write song lyrics. I would get a tune in my head and just write words to match. I think it started then or with the essays we wrote in school. I loved that. And book reports.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Head hopping. I hate that rule!!! I love head hopping!!

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it? Yes. I just try not to think about it.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing? Reading. Playing with my dogs. Riding with my husband on his bike, weather permitting.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Christina Courtenay and Bev Pettersen. They both write engaging romances with likable characters and interesting twists. I wish I wrote like them.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Finding the real facts.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned tequila existed, that the first Hill Climb on Pikes Peak was in 1916, that polygamy had only been banned 30 years.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Love what you write.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I hope you enjoy Ride for Rights and walk away wanting to accomplish something amazing yourself.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them? I have two. MuseItUp Publishing and Breathless Press. A fellow author told me about Muse. BP, I found searching the web and I've used them over and over again as I've been really pleased with them.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.

Ride for Rights, historical YA

MuseItUp Publishing, Feb 10th, 2012

In the summer of 1916 women do not have the right to vote, let alone be motorcycle dispatch riders. Two sisters, Angeline and Adelaide Hanson are determined to prove to the world that not only are women capable of riding motorbikes, but they can ride motorbikes across the United States. Alone. 

From a dance hall in Chicago to a jail cell in Dodge City, love and trouble both follow Angeline and Adelaide on the dirt roads across the United States. The sisters shout their triumph from Pike’s Peak only to end up lost in the Salt Lake desert. 

Will they make it to their goal of Los Angeles or will too many mishaps prevent them from reaching their destination and thus, hinder their desire to prove that women can do it? 

Laugh, cry, and smile with Angeline and Adelaide as they take their ride full of adventures, their ride for rights.


  1. Tara, it's my pleasure, and I wish you much success with Ride for Rights...a book all young women should read.