Interview with T Gephart

When did you first start writing?
Late 2012. I was reading a lot of the romance books going around and couldn't identify with the female characters. Originally I was only writing to share with my friends but once I started I truly enjoyed the process and loved losing myself in the story. I loved the characters so much I didn't want it to end and once I shared it with the small group I had originally written for they encouraged me to release it to the masses. So it is a very happy accident that I find myself writing but I love it and look forward to my time losing myself in the pages.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the process from start to finish. Firstly coming up with a concept and the different personalities that will play out in the story. I love the shaping of the characters and the taking them on a journey. I love refining the story and producing a story that is polished and well thought out and I love that then I can share that and allow people to lose themselves in my words. That what I have written has made them laugh, cry, feel or identify with the people on the pages. Knowing that people are enjoying my work is the ultimate reward.
What do your fans mean to you?
I started writing for other people so it was always important that what I wrote was liked. When I wrote the second book I focused more on the story and the characters knowing that I would do my fans more justice than just trying to appease them. People who love the characters want a well written story and they deserve that. I refuse to give them anything less than my best effort because I don't want to insult them by assuming they will just read it anyway. A book that has no readers is just another story that hasn't been told, I'd rather my story be heard. PS I love my fans. I love their passion for the characters and their commitment to the series.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the third book of the Lexi Series and thinking about a 4th from a different character's point of view. Lexi will only get 3 books... I think taking her further will do her and the readers a disservice but I'm not sure I'm ready to let go of everyone yet. I've grown rather attached to these guys.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my friends and family and our amazing puppy Woodley. My inner circle is super important to me and I need to spend time with the people I love or I feel disconnected. I love music, movies and good food. I like walks with Woodley on a beautiful day and I love shop! Seriously, can a girl every have too many shoes??
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love it when someone tells me they have read a good book they think I will enjoy. Recommendations from friends are more important to me than critical acclaim. Especially if the book is from an indie writer, I feel like I have discovered a special treasure!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that I ever read that I remember having an impact on me was the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I loved the fact those 4 children could escape to other land, it took me on a journey and I felt I was there with them. I desperately search through every wardrobe in my house in the hopes of finding Narnia. I read the book so many times, it literally fell apart. It's the first time I felt I could read something multiple times and never get sick of it. There was so many things to take from that story as well, it made me think about what kind of person I wanted to be. It was so well written. I still love it, even now.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of a concept and then I try different approaches. I'm lucky enough to have an awesome brother who is a designer so he takes my vision and makes it brilliant. I hate busy covers so I try and keep my covers "clean" but still visually appealing, despite the saying- we all judge books by their covers so it's important to get it right.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad mini. I can carry it everywhere and I have the choice of ibooks or kindle. I love the freedom of reading in any format and also being able to stop and check emails or surf the web.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk, I write more efficiently on a lap top either on my bed or curled up on the couch. The writing seems more organic that way. Desks feel too much like work and writing is pleasure. I love laying on my bed, surrounded by pillows and Woodley (my dog) curled up at my feet. Best day at the office EVER!
Published 2016-08-01.
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Books by This Author

#1 Muse
Pre-release—available October 4, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Writing fan-fiction was an excellent distraction for Claire. Enter Nick Larsson, her number one muse. Tall, good-looking and sexy beyond comprehension, and clueless to her fictional fantasies. Or at least . . . he was supposed to be. A misappropriated copy of her latest installment was bound to change that. Claire was going to get the best material of her life, or end up with a restraining order.
#1 Lie
Series: #1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,960. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
What do you do when you lie to your family and tell them you've met the man of your dreams? Hire an actor to play the part. All Jessica had to do was get through her cousin's wedding without anyone discovering her lie. Oh, and she also needed to not fall in love with him too. Sometimes the biggest lie is the one you tell yourself.
#1 Rival
Series: #1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,650. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
It was a power play, and one Lauren Harper intended to win. She didn’t care Roman Pierce was the sexiest man she’d ever seen—all that hotness was irrelevant. She needed to destroy him and she was sure he wanted to do the same to her. Unfortunately there were other things they both wanted to do to each other too. Business or pleasure? Someone was going to get burned.
#1 Player
Series: #1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,350. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Being fun didn’t mean being reckless. And while Lila liked male attention, she wasn’t interested in being the latest flavor of the month. So while she gambled in other areas of her life, she didn’t when it came to her bed and her heart. Ryan York—#1 player—clearly didn’t read her rulebook. Maybe being reckless wasn’t so bad after all. Not when it was wrapped up in such a sexy package.
Train Wreck
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,390. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Money can’t buy everything, especially resect. And while Eve wasn’t short of talent, her debut art exhibition was an epic disaster. Josh, the sexy, talented tattooist was everything Eve wasn’t. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.
Rock Hard- The Power Station Boxed Set
Series: Power Station. Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 278,120. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
The path to love is never easy, even when you’re famous. The three full length novels in the Power Station Series. High Strung Crash Ride Back Stage
#1 Crush
Series: #1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,600. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
It's a fine line between obsession and admiration, and Tia isn't certain on which side of the line she stands. One thing is for sure, she needs to meet Eric Larsson—the Hollywood movie star that makes her insides twists. Eric Larsson doesn't even know she exists. Can Tia make her dream come true without her mug shot being broadcasted on the five o'clock news?
The Fall
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,380. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Michael is a criminal—a thug—hired to protect Sofia a member of the Chicago PD whose father also happens to be one of the most power drug lords in the city. When their two worlds collide, they are forced together in the hopes of survival. Neither of them could imagine how their lives would be irrevocable changed.
Series: Black Addiction. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,380. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Max Reynolds regrets leaving the only girlfriend who ever really understood him—unfortunately Beth Hart has moved on. Loving Max meant letting him go, and now he is finally the huge success she knew he would become. Max would give up the fame in a heartbeat if it meant winning Beth back. Sometimes being together is just a matter of timing.
Series: Black Addiction. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,500. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Two rockstars and the ultimate collaboration. Kenzie Clark and Joey Shaw were more alike than they thought. Both happy to spend their days on the stage, and nights in fun no-strings-attached sexy relationships—sometimes with each other. Long term was for losers, and neither of them was looking to settle down. A positive pregnancy test soon changes that.
The Lexi Series Boxed Set
Series: Lexi. Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 257,080. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
The three full length books from the Lexi series. A Twist of Fate, A leap of Faith and A Time for Hope. Lexi Reed thought she had it all figured out until she met Alex Stone. Rockstars and love weren't part of her plan, fate had other ideas.
Series: Black Addiction. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,430. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Rusty Crawford, had talent, good looks, a charismatic personality and lots of female attention. Alison Williams barely had her sanity. The unlikely duo end up on a path that sees them both challenged in a way neither of them expected. Fate had plans for both of them.
Back Stage
Series: Power Station, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,430. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Angie Morelli was a blast from Jason Irwin’s past, the one night stand that shouldn’t have happened. When circumstance thrusts them together again they need to get over their hang-ups and get along, or at the very least, keep their drama off the stage. What they don’t realize is that drama wasn’t the only thing they needed to avoid. Backstage just got a whole lot hotter.
Crash Ride
Series: Power Station, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,030. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Megan Winters is a smart, sassy psychologist with a not so subtle attraction to Troy Harris, the drummer of an international rock band. Who doesn’t love a rock star? Troy Harris isn’t on board with her plan to make fantasy a reality. It’s not from lack of interest— she’s beautiful—it’s the craziness that would no doubt follow.They should definitely keep their distance. Pity neither of them can.
High Strung
Series: Power Station, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,120. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Ashlyn Murphy is a young professional who is down on her luck. She didn't need a distraction, she needed a job. So when she crossed paths with Dan Evans, an international rock god with a bad reputation it was bound to get messy. She had always had a plan; college, job, sensible relationship. Dan Evans had never been part of that plan. Unfortunately, Dan Evans doesn't play by the rules.
A Time for Hope
Series: Lexi, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,150. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
The final instalment of the Lexi series takes our feisty, career driven heroine on her journey to free herself once and for all from the ghosts of her past. Realising she can't do it alone she reaches out to those around her, hoping that they can help pull her through. It's make or break time for Lexi, not only with Alex but she also needs to change her destructive behaviour to become whole.
Twisted Views: Fate's Companion
Series: Lexi, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,860. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Twisted Views delves deeper into the world of Lexi Reed, the feisty, career driven heroine from A Twist of Fate. This companion novella gives us additional information, back stories and insights of the main players told to us by the characters themselves.
A Leap of Faith
Series: Lexi, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,090. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Book 2 of the Lexi Series. A character driven narrative that follows the Leap of Faith that Lexi Reed (our feisty, career driven heroine) has to take to open her heart to a once in a lifetime love. In this second instalment, Lexi faces the demons that have prevented her from having lasting relationships, confronting her family and her own ideals so that she and Alex can build a future together.
A Twist of Fate
Series: Lexi, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,460. Language: Australian English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
A character driven narrative that follows the Twist of Fate that thrusts Lexi Reed (our feisty, career driven heroine) into the role of publicist for her favourite rock band. Lexi moves half a world away to realise her dreams and through her adventures challenges her concepts of what love, life and what relationships are all about.