T.R. Horne is a freelance relationship columnist, entrepreneur and author. She earned a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Master’s in Education with honors. Normally, she calls Atlanta, Georgia home and hopes to finish her doctorate degree in the next few years. She fancies murder mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and erotica stories but usually gets hooked on bad reality television. T.R. Horne lives near Yokohama, Japan with her husband, son and dog.
Books by T.R. Horne:
Breaking Mobius (2013)
Crazy Dirty Love (e-book)
What inspires you to write?
I am normally inspired by the people around me or people I have the pleasure to meet. It’s funny how people talk to you about the craziest stories and then it lives within you for years. I’ve just found a way to subtly tell peoples secrets and call it fictional. (laughs)
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is a little quirky. I need a bag of Twizzlers and Jack Link’s Peppered Beef Jerky to start any book. Without it, I turn it to a raging diva (fanning myself muttering “I can’t do this…”). Seriously, I need snacks to keep my creative juices flowing because I don’t outline beforehand but outline during the process. That and my husband helps by brainstorming plot twists with me. I usually use his ideas as spring boards to other ideas and it probably irks him to no end (since I never take his complete idea; thus, taking away any glory he thought he had). But it works…and I’m still married. So the method is a success, right?
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are people in my mind. They have feelings and pasts, just like the friends we know. We may not know our friends every move, every feeling but we can probably tell another person their secrets and get the point across. That’s what I do. I figure out my character’s secrets and why they’d want to hide them, imagine how they look and their mannerisms when they are talking. So not only do I talk to them…I see them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Editing is not an option. When you write a book, put it in your budget automatically. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed a storyline but wasn’t able to give it 5 stars in the review because of the poor editing. It distracts the reader and blocks the flow of the story. Lastly, book covers are like your face…if you walk outside with boogers, disheveled hair and crust in your eye…then you probably have a lackluster cover to your book. You have to care about the face of your story enough to invest in it. People that read a lot have a high expectation for a book cover. So let them judge your book by its cover! Put some makeup on your book and send it out on a date for a review.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish under my own publishing company because I love the freedom of setting my own criteria. It’s a difficult and sometimes time consuming process but isn’t that the price of absolute freedom? I write as often as I like and choose all portions of my book. How exciting is that? If you don’t want to put the work in yourself, try your hand with an agent and seek traditional publishing. It’s a possibility for all writers so don’t let others discourage you from that path either.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing will be a lot like the internet. Once online shopping and electronic technology increased, brick and mortar businesses started going under. I think the same will happen to traditional publishers in the next 50 years. Everyone will handle their own processing and marketing will be even harder for the indie author.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Romance, Erotica, Urban Fiction, Suspense, Action, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary Women
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print