Interview with T.M. Nielsen

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a continuation of the Dimensions Saga. I wanted to get back more into the medieval fantasy aspect and less into family life. I always throw in humor, but I wanted a darker tone in the last of the Dimensions' books. It's also time to see Kyrin start to step up more as nobility, and for the kids to grow up.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always written stories. When I had a rather 'low' year, I ended up writing 7 books in a series that completely engulfed my life. It was my break-away from the everyday norm. I got curious about it's quality and posted the first book to an indie colony. The response was fantastic! I had readers begging for more. I also had a death threat e-mail that said I better not publish it. The death threat was actually why I pushed it out to the public. Maybe I have a little Emily in me! I really want to help others forget about money problems, or health problems, or anything negative in their lives. If I can help one person cope, then my job is done.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been paramount! I was lost when it came to publishing. I wanted to indie publish because the companies that wanted my books wanted me to change them (one wanted me to add erotica, one wanted me to add God). I searched for indie websites and Smashwords caught my eye. They helped me not only publish to Smashwords, but then they sent it out to Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Sony, which became my three biggest markets in both the US and overseas. Now that they've expanded, I have a solid fan base that continues to grow.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fan e-mails!! I love nothing more than getting letters from fans explaining how my books have helped them. For instance, I got an e-mail from a lady going through chemotherapy. She's not allowing herself to read my books unless she's in chemo. She said she looks forward to it! She told me that my books help her forget about the chemo and how sick she is. That right there makes it all worth it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! They are what keeps me writing. When I get a bad review, they pull me back up.
What are you working on next?
I'm still writing in the Dimensions Saga, and I have a spin-off from the Heku Series that delves into the Valle more. I've been enjoying meeting up with my old heku friends again in that book. I also have some ideas about a new book where a hired assassin meets a computer hacker. Hmmm... the possibilities.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien will probably always be my favorite. C.S. Lewis is a close second. I enjoy a lot of diversity. I love reading Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and even Hawthorne, along with Stephen King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Does coffee count? I get a lot of inspiration from my kids.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm so busy with work and kids, that I don't get a lot of time for hobbies. I'm a HUGE Denver Broncos fan, but I also enjoy a good game of D&D. I do a lot of crafts with the kids too. I sew, cross-stitch, and even crochet once in a while. On the side I'm a big MMORPGer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I work for a large school district, so the teachers and staff are always exchanging book ideas. None of them know I write though! I'm a closet author. I usually hear about new books through word of mouth. One teacher suggested my own books once. I just blushed and tried to act casual.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was horrible! I was living in Prague at the time. The story was about a teenage girl who wakes up completely alone in the world. I re-read it a while back and that entire story needs to get burned and forgotten.
What is your writing process?
I'm unique in how I write, at least that's what I've been told. I type quickly, about 150 wmp. I sit down in front of a computer and my imagination just goes wild. It's like watching a movie, and whatever I see, I write. I've never used outlines or notes. It's just that movie in my head. The character's personality, language, and actions are all set up in that movie, and it flows along. It's hard to describe, but that's what happens! I wrote Dimensions Saga in a 3-day weekend when my kids were gone. I couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, and all I could do was play this fascinating movie in my imagination while I typed.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers are my nemesis. I'm an author, not an artist. The first covers were done in Photoshop and were all very generic and unimaginative. I've recently hired someone to help me, and the covers are much better. I want covers that grab a reader. Because I'm an indie author, I'm not well known enough to be sought out. Covers are the first impression!
Published 2014-01-30.
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Books by This Author

Alorian Ascension
Pre-release—available August 1, 2014. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,310. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Dark times fall on Paragoy Dimension. The peaceful lives of the Valharans are threatened by a new formidable presence. Alric and Kyrin strive to restore the serenity of their Kingdom, while Kyrin fights off demons of her own. Even the god Sithias is affected by the happenings in his dimension when Erianah disappears.
Il Ritorno Degli Encala (Heku: Una storia un po’ diversa)
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 10. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,410. Language: Italian. Published: March 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Gli Heku vivono tra di noi, inseriti nella società dei mortali mentre, dietro le porte chiuse e complessi strettamente controllati, continuato le pratiche millenarie degli immortali. Sono indigeni di questo pianeta e molto più Antichi della razza umana. Hanno creato una società militaristica e chiusa. Sono legati a regole molto strette che li separano e li proteggono dai mortali.
Rising Nobility
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,310. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The peaceful life of the Valharans is upended when small, petty crimes become life threatening acts of desperation. King Alric strives to find a balance between returning safety to his kingdom and ensuring his family is taken care of.
Return of the Encala
Series: The Heku, Book 10. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,260. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
They live among us, blending with the human society, while behind closed doors and heavily guarded compounds, they continue age old practices of the immortal. The heku are indigenous to this planet and are far older than the earliest signs of man. They are militaristic, violent, and highly secretive. They are bound by strict rules that separate them from, and protect, the mortals.
The Claiming of Carathis
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,300. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kyrin has to make the impossible decision on whether to save the dimensions and protect Paragoy, or follow her heart and let the dimensions suffer.
La Caduta Di Un Re : Libro 5 Della Serie Salto Dimensionale
Series: Della Serie Salto Dimensionale, Book 5. Price: $2.89 USD. Words: 91,920. Language: Italian. Published: June 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
La lealtà di Kyrin è messa a dura prova quando Erianah fa un patto per liberare la dimensione dal Re di Valhara e dalla sua famiglia. I tentativi incessanti di Kyrin di creare una pozione che apra un portale le si rivoltano contro e la pazienza di Sithias arriva al limite.
Dopo Le Dimensioni : Libro 4 Della Serie Salto Dimensionale
Series: Della Serie Salto Dimensionale, Book 4. Price: $2.89 USD. Words: 118,100. Language: Italian. Published: April 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ora che non è più in grado di girovagare per le dimensioni, Kyrin cerca di adattarsi alla vita su Paragoy. Alric cerca di aiutarla, ma lei gli tiene nascoste le sue più profonde tendenze al male.
The Fall of a King
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,760. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kyrin’s loyalty to Sithias is challenged when Erianah makes a bid to rid the dimension of the Valharan King and his noble family. Kyrin’s drive to create a portal potion backfires, and Sithias’ patience with her is thinly stretched.
After the Dimensions
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,680. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kyrin tries to fit into Paragoy once she’s no longer able to shift through the dimensions. Alric struggles to help her, but she keeps more of her evil tendencies to herself. Sithias begins his bid to get Kyrin to join him, as the trolls come forward as a new enemy.
The Heku Series Companion
Price: Free! Words: 22,610. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Everything you've always wanted to know about the Heku Series, and some things you don't :) This companion to the Heku Series is full of information about the books. It has maps, trivia, character information, and even a missing story-line from Proditor. *if images are hard to read, you may need to try the PDF*
Proscriptio : Libro 9 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,680. Language: Italian. Published: July 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Il libro finale della serie Heku porta un po’ di pace tra le fazioni e dentro il palazzo. Chevalier ed Emily si sono riconciliati e hanno stretto un patto non scritto che andrà a favore non solo della loro famiglia ma di tutti gli Equites. Le cose sembrano andare bene finché qualcuno comincia ad aggredire le donne nella vicina città mortale.
Shadowmere : Libro 3 Della Serie Salto Dimensionale
Series: Della Serie Salto Dimensionale, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 86,420. Language: Italian. Published: April 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Un accordo tra Sithias e Daemionis, permette di far costruire un nuovo tempio e Kyrin ottiene il permesso di restare nella dimensione, senza dover compiere altre missioni per un po’.
Dimensione Paragoy : Libro 2 Della Serie Salto Dimensionale
Series: Della Serie Salto Dimensionale, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 85,110. Language: Italian. Published: April 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Daemionis obbliga Kyrin a restare a Paragoy, ma solo dopo averla mandata a compiere una missione pericolosa per recuperare il ricercatissimo sigillo di Carathis. Mentre è lontana, Kyrin si fa amica una creatura che minaccia di sconvolgere la vita pacifica nel castello di Valhara.
Salto Dimensionale : Libro 1 Della Serie Salto Dimensionale
Series: Della Serie Salto Dimensionale, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 86,020. Language: Italian. Published: April 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Le dimensioni sono nel caos, la magia è illegale l’acqua un bene prezioso. Kyrin è in fuga dalla legge. E’ stata condannata a morte perché usa la magia e gli Shadowmere cui è sfuggita le danno la caccia, per usarla come arma. Saltare da una dimensione all’altra è l’unica cosa che la tiene in vita.
Antichi E Vecchi : Libro 8 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 196,040. Language: Italian. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Emily comincia a riprendersi dalla sua lunga prigionia nelle mani di Salazar ma un nuovo grave imprevisto minaccia non solo lei ma la vita stessa del Consiglio degli Equites. Chevalier fatica ad accettare la rinnovata amicizia di Emily con gli Encala, quando questi le offrono un compagno in un momento di bisogno.
Banishment : Book 9 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,720. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The final book in the Heku Series brings some peace within the factions and within the palace. Chevalier and Emily have reconciled and come to a silent agreement that will benefit not only their own family, but the Equites. Things are looking calmer until someone begins attacking women in the nearby mortal city.
Eternità Di Vendetta : Libro 7 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 232,910. Language: Italian. Published: January 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Emily trattiene ancora Frederick mentre tutte e tre le fazioni cercano di riaverlo, per evitare una guerra devastante. Furiosi, gli Encala prendono provvedimenti estremi per riavere il loro Anziano ed Emily si trova nei guai fino al collo. Scavate più a fondo nella personalità di Chevalier quando Emily sparisce e lui è obbligato a continuare a vivere senza di lei.
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,180. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
With the agreement between Sithias and Daemionis, a new temple is built and Kyrin is allowed to stay in the dimension, mission free. She adjusts to becoming a Mother and to staying in one dimension for a while.
Paragoy Dimension
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 88,850. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kyrin is forced by Daemionis to stay in Paragoy Dimension, but only after he sends her on a dangerous mission to retrieve the coveted seal of Carathis. While away, she befriends a creature that threatens to disrupt the peaceful life in the Valharan Castle.
Ferus : Libro 6 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 183,700. Language: Italian. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Con la rottura dell alleanza, I Valle e gli Encala studiano nuovi modi per ottenere il controllo di Emily. La sua vita sul Clan dell Isola non segue le regole degli Equites e Chevalier deve intervenire per capire se Emily abbia esagerato, mentre si occupava del suo Clan.
Dimension Shifter
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 90,260. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The dimensions are in chaos, magic is illegal, and water is a rare commodity. Kyrin is running from the law. As a magic user, she’s marked for death, and as a run-away from the Shadowmere, she’s hunted as a weapon. Shifting between dimensions is all that’s kept her alive.
Proditor : Libro 5 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 246,710. Language: Italian. Published: October 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Dopo migliaia di anni di Guerra, l’accordo di pace combinato da Emily obbliga le fazioni a lavorare insieme per distruggere una nuova minaccia. La tensione tra Exavior e gli Equites cresce ed Emily diventa un bersaglio primario.
Equites : Libro 4 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 201,840. Language: Italian. Published: August 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
EQUITES, libro 4 della serie Heku, comincia con una guerra. Damon ed Emily continuano a litigare mente gli Equites devono difendersi dagli attacchi sia dei Valle sia degli Encala. Un incidente manda Emily all’ospedale e la tensione con i Valle diventa ancora più esplosiva.
Ancients and Old Ones : Book 8 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 206,600. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Emily begins to recover from her long captivity with Salazar, but a drastic setback threatens not only her, but the lives of the Equites Council. Chevalier struggles with Emily’s renewed friendship with the Encala, when they offer her a companion in a time of need.
Encala : Libro 3 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 110,810. Language: Italian. Published: June 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Chevalier continua a guidare, come Anziano, la fazione degli Equites, mentre Emily comincia ad addestrare un altro gruppo di cavalieri. Gli Encala cercano con più forza di ottenere il controllo dell’ultima Winchester rimasta, obbligando gli Equites a stringere il cordone di protezione intorno a Emily e ad Allen.
Valle : Libro 2 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 98,820. Language: Italian. Published: April 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Valle, il secondo libro della serie Heku, segue Chevalier ed Emily nei suoi sforzi di integrarsi nella specie.
Heku : Libro 1 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 88,480. Language: Italian. Published: March 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Heku segue la vita di Emily, proprietaria di un ranch nel Montana, e Chevalier, membro di una specie che si nutre di sangue, gli heku.
Eternity of Vengeance (Extended Edition) : Book 7 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 250,140. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Emily still holds Frederick in her grasp as all three factions strive to get him back to avoid a major war. Furious, the Encala go to extreme measures to get their Elder back, and Emily finds herself in over her head. Delve deeper into Chevalier's personality when Emily goes missing and he's forced to go on without her.
Ferus : Book 6 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 195,040. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
With the alliance broken, the Valle and Encala again form ideas on how to gain control of Emily. Her life on Island Coven gets in the way of Equites plans and Chevalier has to intervene and figure out if Emily has overstepped in the coven. V.E.S. activity strengthens and it's up to all three factions to find a solution to their growing numbers.
Proditor : Book 5 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 262,420. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After thousands of years of war, the peace agreement arranged by Emily forces the factions to work together to destroy a new threat. Tensions between Exavior and the Equites grow and Emily becomes a prime target. Chevalier struggles to come to terms with the friendships Emily has with the enemy factions. When the Chief Enforcers go missing, he sets out to bring them back.
Equites : Book 4 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 215,830. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
While the Equites continue to hold off attacks, Emily is in a life-threatening accident that draws suspicions of the Valle. Another Winchester heir causes tension in the Equites, and an uprising brings Emily under the protection of Damon. Allen's full abilities come to light and he begins meshing himself with the heku. Enemies force Emily to offer the heku an ultimatum that could bring peace.
Encala : Book 3 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 120,190. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Chevalier continues to rule the Equites Faction as Elder, while Emily begins training another group of the cavalry. The Encala strengthen their drive to gain sole control of the last remaining Winchester, forcing the Equites to tighten their grip on Emily and Allen. The Encala’s attacks increase as Emily befriends a strange heku, enraging Chevalier and the Equites Council.
Valle : Book 2 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 105,090. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
While Chevalier and Emily come to terms with being parents, the Valle begin attacks to gain access to the last remaining Winchester, even if it means harming those she cares about. An upheaval in the Equites threatens the island’s peaceful life and throws Chevalier into a position of power. Emily, trying desperately to fit into the world of the immortal, finds peace and respect in new mission.
Heku : Book 1 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 92,540. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Heku follows the life of Emily, a rancher from Montana, and Chevalier, a member of the blood-drinking species, the heku. As you delve into the world of the heku, a militaristic society intertwined with that of the humans, you’ll learn a softer side to the harsh Chief Enforcer as he helps Emily come to terms with her startling heritage and begins to find her way in the world of the immortal.