About Toni Cox:
Born in Germany in 1976, Toni Cox moved to South Africa in 1991. Although she has spent much of her working career in the timber wholesale business, she is also an accomplished horse rider, has a diploma in project management, photography, and nutrition, and has a passion for books and all things fantasy.
From a young age, her dream had always been to put her imagination into words – give the stories life. When she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013, she decided life is too short not to follow her dream. So, with the support of her husband and three children, she began writing book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy in January 2015.
Toni Cox writes Epic Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian Fantasy, and Dark Fantasy. She is a firm believer in dragons.
What inspires you to write?
When I was first diagnosed with my auto immune diseases, I decided that life is too short not to follow your dreams. I have always been an avid reader and writing in my spare time, so I took the chance then to publish my first book.
I did not realize at the time the monster I would unleash, LOL. I have not stopped writing since. The stories are lining up and I cannot write them fast enough. I love every moment of it.
Tell us about your writing process.
As I still have a full-time job, my writing schedule is pretty tough. I write and do marketing from 6pm to 10pm Monday to Friday, 1pm to 10pm, and Sundays from 8am to 8pm.
Most of my stories start with a dream… cliche, maybe, but true… which I'll write down and flesh out into a "word vomit" of about 2-4 A4 typed pages, depending of the length of the novel. This forms the outline of my book, which I then stick to – more or less.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to talk to my characters but I have learned that they do what they want, anyway.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up!
Write. Write some more.
Read up on marketing.
Make friends with bloggers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that there is such a thing as a "vanity press".
Once I learned what they were about and they had taken my money, I decided to remove my books and self-publish, instead.
My books have fared much better since then.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Personally, I think really is harsh and people will always need a release.
Where do they find that? In the fictional worlds we create.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, PNR, Dark Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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