Interview with TJ Truex

What are you working on next?
I am currently rewriting an older manuscript that had been written while I was in high school. It is essentially a ghost story. I also have another book in the works about a man who discovers his grandfather's secret hidden in a chest in the attic of his old house. This secret teleports him to different times and different places.
Who are your favorite authors?
One of my all-time favorite authors is Stephen King. Along with him, I enjoy reading Anne Rice as well as Time LaHaye and Max Lucado.
Describe your desk
My desk? What desk? My desk is my lap and the surrounding couch area. There are days when the entire couch is covered with reference books and scattered papers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in the foothills of West Virginia. This influenced a lot of my earlier writing because I used the people I knew and the places I was around. One story I wrote was inspired by a headstone in a forgotten cemetery my friends and I found down over a hill. This headstone was of a young girl who had died on my birthday.
When did you first start writing?
I don't really remember a time when I wasn't reading or writing. I loved to write little stories and poetry, even when I was very young; however, it wasn't until I as in high school that I began to write more seriously.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to be able to put into words the movies that run through my head. I love putting my dreams and ideas down on paper and watching them develop into a story that has meaning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I do many different things. Since I'm getting my Bachelors degree in Psychology by taking online classes, I am often busy doing homework. I also take care of the house and the people in it. I do what I can to make sure I spend at least some time each day with my children and my husband. Unfortunately, I do spend too much time on facebook - but don't we all.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing is a play I had to write in Speech class. It was a story about a little boy who wanted a puppy and his parents wouldn't let him so he began acting out and doing things a dog would do - such as chew on clothes - and then blame it on the "dog." Eventually his parents did let him get a puppy.
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure I do have a "process" for my writing. I don't type it up to begin with, though. Instead, I write it in a notebook. I write my ideas down first and perhaps even a cast of characters. Then I start writing and sometimes I don't start at the beginning. I type it up as I write it - or at least every few chapters. Once I have it all typed up, I print it out and reread it - making changes and fixing errors. So, I guess that is my process.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read all types of books for pleasure. I read romance, horror, mystery, Christian, and even throw in some classics. I sometimes read books that are historical fiction such as the "People of" books that are written about Native Indians. There really isn't too many types of books that I don't read.
Published 2014-08-13.
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