Interview with T D Hill

What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading anything on Native American folklore and mythology. I do read some history books on pre-contact Native American life from time to time, but it inevitably turns into a sad read. I also enjoy reading books on martial arts philosophy, as opposed to martial arts books about training modalities or techniques. I also read some High Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery. I'm currently collecting books from the Ravenloft, Eternal Champion, and Warhammer series.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Honestly, I believe that you need a strong presence on social media before you can even begin to spend money on marketing. People typically buy from trusted sources. If no one knows, likes, or trust you; you will not make a sale, period. Social media allows you to make connections with so many people that it is an almost necessity if you are looking to market your book or writing talents. If you're honest and provide good content on your social media platform, people will begin to like and trust you. My best advice to other indie authors is to start placing good content on your social media platform. You will build value for your brand/book and, after a while, you can start using marketing techniques on an audience that already trust you.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Caddo County, located in Southwestern Oklahoma. It is an area rich in Native American music, history, and art. It was only when I left Southwestern Oklahoma, did I truly realize just how uniquely special place is. No matter where I am in the world, I am still connected to the deep history and culture of Indian country and it tends to color both my writing and artwork.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a collection of Native American myths and legends that deal with monsters and the supernatural. I believe that our Indigenous tales are just as scary as any that have come from Ireland, Scotland, or Eastern Europe.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want to go through the hassle of trying to pitch a literary agent. I also knew that there had to be another way to bypass the traditional gatekeepers to publishing. So for several years, I studied the techniques of other indie authors and I joined two writer's associations. The more research that I did concerning self publishing, the more confident I became that this is the right track for me.
What are you working on next?
Starting in February 2018, I will begin the preliminary work for The Age of Myths and Legends: Book Two ~ Heroes.
I'm really looking forward to shining a light on Native American heroes that were just as strong as Hercules, as noble as Arjuna, and as mighty as Thor.
When did you first start writing?
I actually started writing during my freshman year in high school. At the time, I was reading a lot of Roger Zelazny and Michael Moorcock. Their work inspired me to create my own fantasy world complete with a world map and a historical timeline. I found these writings a few years ago and, I have to say that, the writing is absolutely terrible lol. But the early writing allowed me play with sentence structure, syntax and purple prose.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Wow, I haven't thought of this in a long time. The first book that I ever bought with my own money was a book called Adventures In the Lost World by R.W. Stroh. It was a which-way book that I absolutely loved but it was far too short for me. So I decided to illustrate and write my own follow up stories. I cut out the pages of an old workbook and filled the workbook with my handwritten pages. I even illustrated a book cover and glued the paper cover on to the workbook.
This work would actually be the first story that I ever wrote.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm usually reading, composing music, painting, boxing or weight training. Besides being a writer and artist I'm also a fitness professional and kickboxing instructor so I spend at least an hour working out in the gym. I also train clients and design training modalities.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a studio trained artist and I come from an artistic family. I illustrate my own work and always try to tell a story with my artwork. For my covers design I tend to pick the best of my illustrations that conveys the general premise for my book. I keep my colors palate simple and try to stick with solid backgrounds.
Published 2017-10-24.
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Books by This Author

The Age of Myths and Legends: Book One ~ Monsters
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,120. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend, Nonfiction » History » Native American
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book holds an amazing collection of tales concerning the many evil creatures that once haunted the dreams and nightmares of the Indigenous tribes of North America. Told in an enchanting, yet unencumbered style, this collection seeks to shed light upon the richness, wisdom, grace, and depth of the North American tribal cultures.