About T. Norman:
T. Norman, self-published author of the Ascent Archives, grew up in small town Minnesota where his passion for reading and immersing himself in to the fantasy worlds of his childhood grew in to creating and writing his own stories. T. Norman's series, the Ascent Archives, was first formed during his childhood playing toys with his brother, and now it is set to become a four part series. With experience in a variety of fields, writing has become his passion. T. Norman currently lives with his wife, two children, and dog in southeast Wisconsin.
What inspires you to write?
I am always listening to audiobooks, watching tv shows and movies, and consuming various forms of media. I love to see how others creatively tells stories and create unique worlds, and use that inspiration for my own works.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Some of my favorite authors are John Flanagan, Peter V. Brett, Anthony Ryan, Michael Sullivan, Brandon Sanderson, J.R.R. Tolkein, Jeff Kohanek, Andy Peloquen, and way too many more to list.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually create an outline of where I wanted the story to start, end, and a few points I want to hit along the way. Once I start writing though, I go wherever the story takes me. I've written myself in to some corners by doing, but I think it's allowed me to create the best story. Most significantly, at the end of my third book I actually ended up killing off a character I never intended to. I got to that point in the story and realized "This character needs to die for *blank* to happen."
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I will sometimes have conversations with myself as a couple characters, normally to get myself out of a rut in the story. If I'm struggling with the plot, or finishing a scene, I'll put myself in their mind and thing what would they do next.
What advice would you give other writers?
No two writing journeys are the same. When I started out, I thought I had to follow this certain path in my writing career and was comparing myself to other authors starting out at the same time. I didn't see the same success as them, and was pushing myself too hard to write faster than comfortable, and had to take a step back to reevaluate my writing career. I found a path that worked for me, I was comfortable with, and put me in the direction I want to go.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I ultimately decided to self publish my books because I wanted to control the story. I didn't begin writing to become famous or make tons of money, I wrote it to tell a story. I knew that by self-publishing I would get to keep the story how I needed to tell it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the divide between self publishing and traditional publishing is going to shrink. The ease of self publishing, and the skill of self published authors, is making the market more competitive.
What genres do you write?: Epic Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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