I write paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance. I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I write what I enjoy in the hopes that others will enjoy it as well. I’ve always been drawn to the macabre. Vampires, werewolves, you name it. I’ve never written about the paranormal because it’s popular. I do it because that’s what I’m interested in. If the vampire fad ever passes, I’ll still be sitting here in my Dracula cape, getting my fang on.
I write erotic horror under the name T.K. Hardin.
What inspires you to write?
I get inspired by everything, and I mean that literally. Listening to the waves at the beach might inspire me to write about a creature like Poseidon, or a scene about picking up shells. Walking in the woods on a cool night might inspire a new werewolf story. I never know when and where new ideas will find me.
Tell us about your writing process.
The process for each book is slightly different for me. It all depends on the story. What I call an outline is really just a page of notes that usually aren’t in any particular order. It’s just a list of things that I know need to happen in order for the story to progress. Sometimes, like in the case of my werewolf hunter series, I’ll have several notebooks full of notes. In other cases, I’ll just have a few lines on a single piece of paper. When I stop writing for the day, I glance over that list and make note, usually on a Post-It, of what needs to happen the next day. I plan, but not so much that the story can’t breathe. I’ve also sat down and written whatever came to mind with no notes whatsoever and it turned out really well. I probably sound like a nut job. LOL But, this is what works for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have dreamed about characters many times. In fact, that’s how I first met several of them. I don’t actually have conversations with my characters, but I often hear how I think they would react. This is all speaking about imagination, of course, I don’t hear voices or anything. LOL Normally before I write an important scene I take a moment to visualize how I think they would react. I’ve typed many scenes with my eyes closed, describing what was in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
I have learned and continue to learn so much. This business changes constantly. The best advice I can think of right now is to stay informed. Research the industry (and your content specifically), but don’t forget to breathe. You are a human being just like everyone else and you deserve some days off here and there. Working yourself into the ground won’t do anything except burn you out and ruin your health. Remember that you do this because it’s who you are. Love the writing like you first loved it and take a damn vacation once in a while.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always knew that I wanted to write. That may sound like a strange answer, but it’s true. I didn’t really “decide” to publish, I just knew that I would. I never once questioned whether or not I would write. Every job I had was a stepping stone, a temporary placeholder, until the day I was ready to write. And then one day, I was ready. I wrote the first and second book in my werewolf hunter series straight through in 3 months. As soon as I was finished with the first drafts I began researching the industry and learned how to put together a submission presentation. Within 4 months, I had a publisher. That might sound like it “just happened,” but it didn’t. I put my heart and soul into this and I made it happen.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The industry has changed so much just since I was published in late 2007. It has gone from a world where everyone thought they needed an agent and had to sell to a big NY publisher to an indie dominated field. I wouldn’t know where to begin to guess on this one, but I didn’t want to leave this section blank.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampire Romance, Werewolves & Shifters, Witches & Wizards, Sci-fi romance, Horror
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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