Today, I want to welcome debut author and my friend, T J Green. She was nice enough to let me interview her for my blog, so you the audience have a chance to get to know her. Tracy’s upcoming Adventure/Fantasy book, “Tom’s Inheritance”, can be found at amazon.com. I decided that I would lure her in with a cup of tea, while I pester her with questions.
Tracy please tell me about yourself and your upcoming books.
I’m a new author with my first book, Tom’s Inheritance, a teen/YA Arthurian fantasy. It’s about a young boy named Tom who is summoned to the Other to wake King Arthur on Avalon. I’m about to release Twice Born, the sequel, on February 10th 2017.
Growing up, what was your favorite book, comic, game or movie and did you create a character/player that might resemble you?
I love reading, and read lots as a child. I had several favorite books, all of them adventures, or mysteries such as Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Famous Five, but my favorites were the Narnia stories, especially the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Horse and his Boy. I also loved The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, such a gorgeous story.
I didn’t create a character, but I molded the characters to become more like me, as I inserted myself into the narrative!
As children, we tend to have an idea of what we want to be by the time we’re ten. Before you decided to pursue the artistic dream of being a writer, what did you want to be and why?
I always wanted to be a nurse, or a work with books in publishing or editing. I’m not exactly sure why nursing, but that’s what I ended up doing and do now. It pays the bills while I write. And of course, now I work in publishing!
Many writers have that first novel which will never see the light of day. Out of curiosity, do you have one stashed somewhere? Inquiring minds want to know; what was your first attempt at writing and how old were you?
I do not have a first novel stashed away, I published it – Tom’s Inheritance. However it took me 5 years, on and off, between studying for an English Degree and working full time -a ridiculous amount of time for such a short book! It was a huge learning curve, and I wrote the second one in less than a year.
I first started writing short stories when I was 8 or 9, more like flash fiction actually – and I’ve always kept a diary.
Whether we’re plotters or pantsers, creating our stories takes us on very memorable journeys. Sometimes we may be part way through before we realize some major aspect of our story is just not working (lot, character, setting). Have you ever hit this sharp, pointy name and if so, how did you escape? We’re you battered and bruised or a bloody mess?
Many times in Tom’s Inheritance I had to stop and work out characters, plot, world building. I realized I was over thinking some things, so I just stripped back and started certain things again. I was mentally battered!
What is some of the best advice you were ever given?
Follow the characters, rather than force the plot, although I think you need a plot, or the characters run off doing their own thing. I like to plot certain points or story arcs, and then let the characters get there in their own way.
And always use a professional editor!
Great Advice, Tracey!
Favorite Fairy Tale of all time?
I’m not sure about a specific one, but something from the One Thousand and One Nights.
Three titles and their authors sitting on your nightstand/bookcase/table/floor waiting to be read?
The Land of the Green Man by Carolyne Larrington
Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits by Emma Wilby
The Book of Magic by Brian Copenhaver
Greatness one liner of all time?
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. Winston Churchill.
Sarcastic witticism, Southern sweetness or Geeky disdain?
Strangest item currently residing in the space you write in?
The cat litter tray! We have a kitten, and the study is her safe zone and sleeping area for now.
Favorite supernatural creature?
Dracula! – But that does not extend to all vampires – I think they’re a bit overdone.
Where are you from ? live and work. Husband, children?
I’m English, from the Black Country, just outside Birmingham. However, about 10 years ago I moved to the Hutt Valley, Wellington, New Zealand, and live in a beautiful wooded valley. I live with my partner Jason, and my two cats. I’ve never had children, by choice. I’ve always wanted to do other things!
You can find Tracey at various virtual locations
Website/blog – www.tjgreen.nz
Thanks so much for the chat and jasmine tea, I’ve had a lovely time!