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Brigitte Tamar, affectionately known as "Gitte," hails from a tranquil rural town in Oregon. From an early age, she was captivated by the eerie allure of poetic storytelling, consistently drawn to crafting narratives with haunting undertones. Within her diverse storylines, Brigitte fearlessly delves into the stark realities of contemporary social issues, exploring the grim consequences of peer pressure, addiction, homelessness, mental health struggles, childhood trauma, and abuse. Her commitment lies in sharing unflinching narratives that refuse to gloss over the subjects society often avoids.
How did you come up with the title?
Honestly, given the intermingling of Haitian Vodou and horror, the name seemed like a natural fit, as Danje translates to Danger in Haitian Creole. The book's title is significant to the plot, but I can't disclose any details, or it may ruin the surprise.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I have a cognitive disability that I was diagnosed with in my teens. Because of this, I fixate on the minutia rather than the bigger picture and occasionally read things in reverse. Over the years, I've had to reteach myself how others read because something that may sound "right" to me does not always appeal to the masses. For the longest time, I hesitated to open up about my challenges because I was afraid of judgment. But as I've gotten older, I've learned to embrace who I am and value the strengths my unique qualities add to my writing. If I had to pick the most noticeable benefit, it would be my ability to paint vivid scenes in the reader's mind. I believe it adds a uniqueness to my storytelling.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes! I am releasing a new horror/psychological thriller titled DANJE on November 30th. The story is set in a small Louisiana Bayou town in 1965, and as with all my books, it explores deeper social issues. I'm so excited for everyone to read it.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
All my books fall under the Horror genre, except for my children's picture books. Although most of them maintain a whimsically "spooky" vibe with themes of Halloween, they are not meant to be scary.
What is your favorite movie, and why?
I have a short list of favorites, but one of my tops is Jim Henson's Labyrinth. Throughout the years, it has stuck with me. I believe that the film broke many industry standards, especially for its time. It also maintained a sense of originality, which is increasingly difficult to find these days.
What is your preferred font to write in?
Of course, Times New Roman is the standard, but I'm an EB Garamond gal. I feel the font has a bit more depth to it and, like me, exudes a lot of character.
What is your most unusual writing quirk?
When I reach the middle of my writing day, I move to a different room. I'm a creature of habit, and it's become a subconscious pattern of mine.
Do you feel like it's most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists or C) Epic settings?
While an epic setting or plot twist is fantastic, I believe strong characters truly bring a story to life. Without interesting characters, the narrative lacks an authentic ethos, making it harder to establish a connection with the reader.
How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
When you constantly immerse yourself in narratives embodying various scenes, situations, and character interactions, you automatically look at life from different angles. It gives you a different perspective of the world and a more tremendous patience for others.
Visit Gitte Tamar on her website at www.brigittetamar.com or on social media
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