About T.L. Coulter:
Since I was about nine years old, I’ve been creating stories. I have always had a very active imagination. After high school, I joined the Air Force to see the world and pay for college. After serving eight years on active duty, I hung up my boots to pursue a civilian career. This allowed me time to follow my passion for writing. In 2014, I published the first book in The Arcadian Series, and I never looked book. Currently, I have published seven books and I’m currently working on my eighth. In conjunction with writing, I also work a full time job and have a family. Writing is my passion and I hope to one day make it my full time job.
What inspires you to write?
I have so many stories built up from over the years. The need to tell them is overwhelming. Any author will tell you that when a character wants to be put on paper, they will bug the heck out of you. Some people call it crazy, we call it a work in progress. Besides our characters driving us crazy, I really enjoy creating a world and characters from the ground up. I used to read a lot and I loved getting lost in the stories. I want to create that for others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a lot of crazy dreams, and that is where most of my ideas come from. All I need is a small glimpse and I can create a whole world around that one scene. When I have a dream that I feel is story worthy, I make sure and write it down as soon as I wake up. After that, the characters help me to take the story where it needs to be. There are many times when a story starts out one way, but ends up another.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
By the time you read this question, you already know that I talk to my characters. I want to give my readers a real inside look to the characters I create, so I have to somewhat be them or at least think like them. For instance, when I wrote Retaliation and Restoration, not only did I listen to a lot of hard rock, but I had to really feel what Clara felt. I also put a lot of my own personal experiences and feelings into the story. I never tell which one’s are mine, but they’re there.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would give other writers the same advice I got from other authors, just write. Don’t worry about making everyone happy because it’s not going to happen. You are going to get bad reviews. Use them to better yourself, but never ever giveup.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After I completed my first book, I thought a lot about self-publishing vs. a traditional publisher. I decided to self-publish because I wanted complete control of my story, the cover, and release dates. It’s a lot of hard work, but when I publish, I know it is all my creation and that feels pretty darn good. Now, that doesn’t mean that in the future I won’t seek out traditional publishing, just not right now. I’m having too much fun.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I really do think that the future holds endless possibilities for those looking to self-publish. There are a lot of behind the scene battles going on for self-published authors to get noticed. I think it’s only a matter of time before the tables turn.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian, Middle Grade
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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