Interview with T.K. Newman

Who are your favorite authors?
I was always inspired by a handful of authors, ranging from all genres. I really enjoyed Stephen king, Lemony Snicket, Carolyne Keene, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, Christopher Paolini, J.R.R. Tolkien, to name a few at the top of my head.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I can do something positive for the world. Every day is a new day, and when I get out of bed, I have the potential to change someone's life, and do so without the expectation of a reward. Being a good person is what matters the most, so I get out of bed with the determination to help someone day by day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to relax. I don't like to go out much, I'm definitely an indoor person. I like to watch a good movie or show, play a video game or two. Just relax my arms and my brain and let new inspirations come to me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mindlessly browse haha. Just like anything else, I let the product jump out at me. If I like it, I like it, if not then I didn't.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first story I was really proud of. Third grade, and it was a creativity project, and I was so proud of my story that I bragged to my friends at recess haha.
What is your writing process?
When I have an idea of what I want, I start by handwriting in a notebook. I write down the basic blueprint of the story that's to come. Next, I type it up, and through that I add more, revise my handwriting, and basically build the foundation of the story. Once I finish typing, I read through it and edit, (which I find most of the errors), then after I read it a second time just to find anything I didn't before, and usually I add more which revises the story again. Once that is done, I send it off to be professionally edited, then once that's finished, it's ready to puiblish!
How do you approach cover design?
I just follow my heart. Writing should come from your heart, and what YOU want, same goes to cover design. I keep in mind the genre of my book, and design a cover based on the feeling of the story. It's your story, you know the feeling, you can make one hell of a cover!
What do you read for pleasure?
I have a long list of books I'd like to read, based on the description plot I've come across. I call it my "to do" list haha.
Describe your desk
It's long and in the shape of a bed. Something it transforms into a single chair. My desk is magical and let's me write wherever I'm most comfortable.
When did you first start writing?
That's a tough one. I've been writing for as long as I can remember!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the idea of having complete control over my own work. The thought of someone changing, and altering, and taking out certain parts of my book just didn't sit well with me, plus the pay might be nice, but I'd rather have a sooner paycheck haha. Indie publishing gave me complete control over the work I poured my heart into, and plus I own the rights so no terrible movies can ever be made haha.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just losing myself in my head. I love being so in tune with the story that I snap myself back into reality, and I instantly want to go back.
Published 2015-08-02.
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