Hello, and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for my blog.
Can you please tell us a little about how you became a writer?
I’ve always had it in me, but it took Fifty Shades to spur me into action. Truthfully? I read it and thought it was dreadful. I don’t judge those who like it, it’s just not for me. But it made me think, somewhat arrogantly, “Even I can write better than this!” So I tried. It was a bit of a “challenge accepted” moment. I sat down and started to write.
On your blog, when giving advice to newbies, you say that –
So, if we learn anything from the above it has to be: if at first you don’t succeed try try again (and then keep on trying. Try until you think you can’t possibly go on, and then once you’ve done that, guess what; try harder!)
Do you think that this is why you have been successful?
I don’t think I’d really call myself successful. Although, a lot of authors tell me that I’ve had the courage to write, complete and publish my books, so that in itself makes me successful.
But yes, I’m a stubborn woman. Once I have a goal, I give everything I have to it and won’t give up. I’m very competitive.
By your own admission you are an author who stumbles through life as if it were a gauntlet of catastrophes. Can you give us an example?
Wow, you’ve really been looking at me! I’ve gone through an awful lot in my life. One example is that I’ve been made redundant about 5 times; I’ve honestly lost count. The first time was terrible and I thought the world was going to end. But I’ve learned to cast my net wide, and something better always comes along. It really is a case of “when one door closes another door opens.”
You write about different kinds of love in the hope that you will uncover its mysteries. Have you managed to uncover any of them yet?
Haha, not really. Maybe it’s just something we feel and we’re not supposed to understand.
Love is a marvellous thing which comes in many forms. I love love. I’m still exploring.
But as one entity, love is the most powerful force in the universe.
And without the love of my wonderful husband I don’t think I would have found the courage to pursue my author life.
What does you writing day look like?
Don’t look too closely; it’s a bit chaotic. Bits often come into me in dreams, so I often wake up and open my laptop still in my pyjamas. I scribble my thoughts down furiously, mainly fuelled by coffee. I pause for lunch when I get light headed. It’s quite common for me not to notice time passing. Happily, my husband comes home in the evening and makes sure I eat dinner.
Later this month you have a Facebook launch event. How did you prepare for that?
I have 7 books out now, but would you believe this is actually my first fb event? I’ve attended others, doing takeovers, so I had a good idea of what to expect.
I created the event https://www.facebook.com/TLClarkAuthor/photos/gm.840110836152349/1412327808802792/?type=3&theater and just madly hoped authors would want to sign up for the takeover slots. I advertised it like mad. And I needn’t have worried; they’re all filled, and people have already started marking their attendance.
It takes a lot of work. I’ve started planning my own posts for it, and which prizes to give etc. It’s very exciting.
If you’re reading this, please feel free to join in the awesome fun.
How do you choose what books you will read by other authors?
I mainly read books by fellow indie authors now. I download a lot from events, such as the ones held by a Goodreads group I belong to: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/196353-romance-writers-readers
But I also stumble across others via fb/Instagram etc.
And if Jacqueline Rhoades has a new book out I will download that and treat myself to a guaranteed good read.
What is your new book about?
It centres around a clan of pagan ‘vampires’. They have witches who look after them.
Shakira moves to Wales in search of a new life, having never felt like she’s fitted in anywhere.
What she finds is a million miles away from what she ever expected though. She is launched into a magickal world which she never knew existed.
It’s now available for pre order on Amazon, and is free on Kindle Unlimited: http://mybook.to/LoveBitesAmzn
It goes live on 27th August 2017.
Finally, can you tell us which of you books you are most proud to have written, and why?
Broken & Damaged Love, without a doubt. It took so much courage to write and publish. It was really tough, but I’m glad I did it.
It is about a young lady who was sexually abused as a girl. But it goes on to her discovering love on her path to recovery.
I wrote it to offer hope to survivors, and also to highlight the issue of CSA. If we can all be aware of the signs maybe we can all help stop it.
I regularly donate the royalties from it to charities, so it helps as many as possible.
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Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for this blog, and good luck with your book launch!