We’re kicking off the tour with an interview with T. S Rider, author and artist!
What originally drew you to writing?
I loved to read, and had a number of stories in my head that I had to get out.
Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?
Anyone I’ve read, and that’s a lot of authors.
What most inspires your stories?
My dreams. I usually wake up in the mornings with very vivid dreams that I remember every detail of, and no, I’m not in my underwear. XD But I am flying or fighting in a battle of some sort.
Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?
Whenever I can sit down and do it really.
Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?
Just start writing, even if it’s just random thoughts out of your head. Usually, if you get that out, then you can concentrate and think about the story.
Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?
I prefer to own hard copies. E-books are too easily lost. I mean, all that has to happen is a server crash, virus, drop your e-reader in some water, and all your books are gone. Hard copies at least take a major disaster to destroy.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
My main character is typically a strong female type. She either has some special skill, or something in her background that makes her important to the story. Often she is the key to reaching the ultimate end of the story.
What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?
Sword and sorcery style fantasy. I don’t want to call it epic, as that implies a series or great writing. True some of my stories are series length, but most can be kept short to one story.
Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?
No, and no. I’m too controlling a person to be able to really compromise.
Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?
Only during NaNo, and most days I can hit the target easily, other days I have trouble. Usually though, I just sit and write and see what happens.
What do you do to get book reviews?
Since I have no stories really published, I don’t do much of anything for reviews. Though I think I would start by sending it to people I trust to give me an honest and fair review.
What are your views on social media for marketing?
It’s helpful, and probably the best way to get new readers interested in your work since most people are online in some way.
About T. S Rider
T. S. Rider is an author/artist in love with the sword and sorcery genre. Most all of her stories take place in worlds of her own design that somewhat mirror Medieval Europe. She has two short stories published to date, and has been working mainly on her longer fiction and artwork. She is a maker of custom magic wands (no not Harry Potter style), that reflect the individual they were made for.
Tell us out yourself and how many books you have written.
I have a Master’s of Sceince in Biology, and currently teach at a local University as an adjunct. I’m also an artist and crafter, and currently make wands from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede. I’ve lost count of how many manuscripts I’ve written. Most all are longer than 50K, and very few under 10K.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Most all of my stories are untitled until I finish them. As my current one is unfinished, it’s untitled. What inspires all my writing typically are my dreams. I usually wake up in the morning from a very vivid dream, really a single scene, and create a story around that.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I often make things from my stories. Whether it is the costume of one of the characters, or a sculpture of one of the creatures that I made up for the story. I do like to make up creatures where it is needed. XD
What authors or books have influenced you?
There are too many books to list, but some of my favorite authors include, Kate Elliot, Kristen Britain, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Van Lustbader, Lee Martindale, Tanith Lee, Gale Greeno, David Gemmell, etc. XD
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on my wands and wand shop. I have a couple of stories that I’m playing with writing, and trying to get one of my manuscripts ready for submission.
What is your best method or website for book promotion?
No idea, but I tell everyone I know where they can get a copy of something I’ve written through every medium possible. Including Facebook, e-mail, and word of mouth.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The things I’ve been told the most: Keep at it, don’t quit. Money flows to the author. Once you finish one project, go on to the next, don’t sit and wait for the story to be rejected or accepted before starting your next one. And finally; don’t quit your day job, at least not right away.
What are you reading now?
Kate Elliot Crown of Stars series
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish polishing one of my longer manuscripts for submission.
3 or 4 books for deserted island?
I have to choose! 😥 Really, anything I haven’t read yet would be a good choice.
Tell us about your writing process
Often I just sit down and write. I have to have some music or the TV on while I write because I have mild ADD, and need something to turn to when I lose focus on the story.
Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer?
Sometimes I outline, most of the time I write by the seat of my pants. Often when I outline, once I start writing the character decides they want to change the story, and then the outline just goes out the window.
If you are an outliner, what do you use to outline? Whiteboard? Software?
Notebook paper mostly. That way I can look at it, and look back at it at anytime without having to change the window on my screen. Whiteboard might be a good change, except I don’t think there is a whiteboard large enough for me to outline one of my stories on that’ll fit in my room. XD
Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?
During, it’s often easier to flesh out the character that way.
Do you listen to or talk to your characters?
I talk to them all the time, I just don’t do a lot of listening. The last time I did, the character decided to throw out the outline halfway through the story, then at the end decided she wanted to go back to the outline.
How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?
I make them do the things I’m writing, and squish their complaints because I’m the writer!
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t write for fame and fortune, write because you have a story to tell.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like physical books, so I hope to have my books printed, but I am open to e-publishing just because I could do it myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Physical books will never go away, but they will become more of a luxury item since e-books are so easy to get and store. I think I’ll lose my mind if all the books I want in the future are only available as e-books. I don’t trust technology, and a physical book’s battery never runs out, nor does the software crash and loses a library worth of books. With physical books, it takes a library fire to lose that many stories.
I make various types of artwork, including sculpture, costumery, accessories, woodworking, and jewelry. I have been primarily working on selling the wands I make from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede. I also make boxes, stands, and pouches for the wands.
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