Interview with T.L. Tate

What is the most important aspect of writing for you?
The characters. All of the short stories I have written are erotica. It can be tempting to start a story out right in the heat of the action. Perhaps one day I'll write a 2000-3000 word short story that is like that but currently, that's not really my style. I love the eroticism but honestly, when I read a story I get involved in the characters. I want to know more about them. I want to know what makes them tick and why they make the decisions they make. Reading about sex can be hot. However, I look for more than "he put his P in her V and they enjoyed it"...I don't feel invested in the story if I can't vibe with the characters. So I figured I would continue to write stories that I would like to read and if I stay true to that then more people will purchase my books. To this day, I'll read a story that I wrote and I know its silly but it can feel like I'm visiting with an old friend as I reacquaint myself with the characters and the story. As far as the eroticism...I love it when a story I wrote has scenes that still make me hot. That is when I think to myself, "Wow! I'm on the right track!"
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I read that wasn't for school was Mark Anthony's--Beyond that Pale. I can't quite express my love for that book or his Last Rune series, suffice to say that is one of my favorite books of all time. This was the first time that I began to fantasize about becoming an author.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading fantasy novels, like Mark Anthony's-Last Rune Series. I enjoy reading mysteries and detective stories like those written by David Lindsay or Sara Paretsky. I also enjoy reading romance or erotic stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The iPad.
Describe your desk
It's actually a fairly organized affair. We have two computers on a corner desk with home office supplies surrounding them.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was younger. I started writing songs when I was in high school. I was in a singing group. We called ourselves, Serenade. I wrote songs for the group and when we eventually broke up and went out separate ways, I continued writing songs and branched into poetry. Over the years, I stopped writing both songs and poems. About 3 years ago, I really got into reading short stories from iBooks and I wondered..."Could I do this? Could I write a story that I can't put down?" Thus began my journey into becoming an author. I love it and I'll never look back.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book was a short story called "A Gentleman's Curse". Being married, I decided to tackle a subject that many married people deal with and that's the reduction of romance or fizzling out of one's sex-life. I thought it would be interesting to come from the perspective of a man who thinks he's doing everything right but still can't seem to get his wife to respond. I wanted the audience to know that he is a good person and trying to make things work; however, his wife sees the good in him as a weakness. I wanted to explore how a person would respond if put in such a losing situation.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to know whether or not I was capable of doing it. I love books and I wanted to know if I could ever write like some of my favorite authors. They create these worlds that completely suck me in and I wanted the challenge of knowing what I was capable of. I didn't want to look back on my life and regret never even trying to accomplish a dream.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is a simple answer...It has helped to introduce my work to the world. I couldn't have done this without Smashwords.
What are you working on next?
I just finished my very first full-length novel, Hearts that Bleed. It's a romance about two people meeting after losing their family. In the story they meet so that one character, Michael, can help the other main character, Lana, through her loss. They struggle with their developing feelings as well as more than a few problems and surprises. It was a blast writing Hearts that Bleed. I hope you all enjoy it!
Who are your favorite authors?
My number one favorite author is Mark Anthony of the Last Rune Series or Galen Beckett (as was his new pen-name when he wrote The Magicians and Mrs. Quent.
Next would be Richard Bach. Then: Sara Paretsky. Followed by David Lindsay. As far as Indie authors, my favorite is Alexia Praks, then Cassandra Zara.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't want to look back on my life and wonder if I missed out on something because I was too lazy or afraid to try.
What is your writing process?
I normally have an overall theme that I want to convey. From there I sit down and I have a specific "Writing" playlist on my iPod that I listen to. I'll wait in front of my computer until inspiration hits me. Once I get started I allow the stories to develop that fall in line with the theme and the characters' personalities. Sometimes when I'm writing one story I'll be inspired to write something else. At those times I have a note pad that I write all of my writing ideas in and once the story I'm working on is complete, or if I'm not able to push the story forward, I'll work on that new story. Currently I have about 4 novels and 6 short stories I'm working on...I guess that's what I get for being a Gemini and still wanting to be an author!
How do you approach cover design?
With cover design I start by considering the theme of the story I'm writing. Is it heavily built around romance? Is it erotica? What am I trying to convey? I often build my covers around a pivotal character so as I'm looking for images (after asking myself the initial questions) I search until I find someone that resembles the way the character is written and imagined in my mind. From there, it's just a matter of formatting.
Published 2017-02-09.
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Books by This Author

A Gentleman's Indiscretion: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 39,680. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Hot and Steamy are the two words, which best describes the 5th ‘Gentleman’s’ story of the Tainted Series. In the wake of his wife’s infidelity, Jacob responds with a bit of infidelity of his own. Between a seductive therapist, a naughty sister-in-law, and a bombshell assistant, his life quickly takes an erotic turn, but one indiscretion might cause the entire jumbled affair to come crashing down.
A Gentleman's Code: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 30,830. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
For the fourth installment of the ‘Gentleman’s’ portion of the Tainted Series, Jacob finds himself the host of a wild house party, which ultimately leads to a compromising situation. This titillating story further explores the dynamics of crossing professional and personal boundaries as our main character struggles to stay adrift while being surrounded by a handful of attractive women.
The Reluctant Hero: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 37,300. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
For the final installment of the ‘Reluctant’ stories, Lance finds himself firmly under Jessa’s thumb. He is at her beck and call and there is nothing that he can do about her illicit requests but obey. Despite his reluctance several surprising events bring about mind-blowing changes. Will he be able to escape his sister-in-law’s clutches or will Jessa finally get everything that she desires?
A Gentleman's Pride: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 22,430. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
In this novella, we discover what became of Jacob after entering the hotel room. Propelled by rage and betrayal, Jacob fights to keep his marriage together. Despite the overwhelming pulls coming from a reckless guilt, a penetrating attractiveness, and a fierce pain—he tries to keep his marriage from falling apart. Will Jacob be able to protect and maintain that which he holds dear?
Hearts that Bleed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 287,630. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
He is the doctor. She is the patient. Both are trying to put the pieces back together after a devastating loss. The forbidden chemistry is electrifying but neither thinks they are deserving of love. Follow Michael and Lana as they struggle to find themselves in the midst of a heartbreaking grief. Written in three perspectives, readers are given a deeper glimpse of the characters’ journeys.
The Reluctant Fool: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 31,930. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Erotica » General
Book 2 follows the events of The Reluctant Scoundrel. Lance and Jen have fallen back into their routines with one major change—Jessa. Last time, Jessa forced Lance into an extramarital affair. Now Jessa was coming to stay with them and Lance needs to find a way to ensure he won't succumb to her treachery again. However, Jessa has more than a few plans up her sleeves in order to make him hers.
A Gentleman's Folly: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 17,150. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Book 2 of this story follows Jacob and Rachel. She betrayed his trust and their marriage and unbeknownst to her, he reciprocated by crossing a line of his own. They need to confront their mistakes and conquer their demons. As Rachel tries to manipulate him into remaining married to her by appealing to his physical needs, Jacob must stand firm. But can he?
The Reluctant Scoundrel: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 17,000. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Jen is the love of Lance's life. Regardless of the challenge, Lance would do anything to make sure that his wife is happy. Little does he know that this next challenge will come in the form of his self-absorbed and conniving sister-in-law. As she pushes Lance's devotion to the brink, he will struggle to find a way to protect his wife and his fidelity.
A Gentleman's Curse: The Tainted Series
Series: The Tainted. Price: Free! Words: 16,360. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Jacob is a nice and devoted husband. He puts the needs of his wife, Rachel, above his own. Regardless of his efforts, his wife doesn't seem to appreciate him for the great guy that he is and she betrays his trust in the most damaging way. Her betrayal causes him to consider the curse of his gentlemanly ways.
You Belong To Me
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,340. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Seji Nakamura is a womanizer, plain and simple. His most recent target, Carla Greene, is an innocent girl that just left a bad relationship. Seji's attempts to woo this vulnerable woman leads to more than he was expecting and his womanizing ways catch up to him. Carla is about to show him that two can play this game.
Workplace Tryst Volume 2
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
After years of secretly lusting after his beautiful friend, Brian has finally attained his true desire, Megan Parks. However, his insecurities may prevent him from capitalizing on their shared moment of carnal lust. Brian struggles with questions of her true intentions. Will he let his doubt get in the way of what he truly wants? Or will he find a way to attain true happiness?
Dance with the Devil: Part 1 (Bundle)
Series: Dance With The Devil. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,200. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
This book is the complete bundle of the first 6 stories of the Dance with the Devil series. This series explores the world of blackmail, domination and adult relationships. Chase King wants nothing more than to sail off into the sunset with his boss, Samantha Knox. Unfortunately for him, his co-worker, Mindy Keller won't let him have his fairytale ending.
Dance with the Devil Volume 6
Series: Dance With The Devil. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 19,940. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
After a night of intense passion and pleasure, Chase awakes with two new enemies that need to be confronted. The only problem is the two women on his list are as dangerous as thy are sexy. While dealing with these new revelations Chase finally connects with his unrequited--Samantha. How will this affect his relationship with Mindy or the two women that plan to undermine everything that matters?
Dance with the Devil Volume 5
Series: Dance With The Devil. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 15,130. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Sex, Drugs and Domination. Chase wakes tied down and held captive by a mysterious woman. She clearly has dark plans in mind. Chase struggles to regain his mind and gain freedom but his captor has other plans. Chase must make a decision between diving headlong into an unknown world of darkness and possible pain or allow for the women he cares for to become victims. Even good men need to be tested.
Dance with the Devil Volume 4
Series: Dance With The Devil. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 12,690. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
After a night of hot sex and intense passion Mindy has opened Chase's eyes to her dark past and his part in it. Just as Chase begins to get some traction back two beauties from H.R confronts him. The women seem to be playing some sick and dangerous game with him as a central chess piece. Dancing on a thin line between sexual pleasure and guilt Chase makes a surprising declaration.
Dance with the Devil Volume 3
Series: Dance With The Devil. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,960. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
After witnessing an outrageous even between Samantha and Mindy, Chase is thrown for a loop. Chase's passions for both Samantha and Mindy reach and all time high and he finally gets some alone time with the luscious Samantha Knox. However, Chase gets indoctrinated in the steamy and dark world that belongs to Mindy and Samantha. There is no telling what will happen once he knows the truth.
Dance with the Devil Volume 2
Series: Dance With The Devil. Price: Free! Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
Chase King finally got a glimpse of what he wanted only to have his dreams crushed by the beautiful but conniving Mindy Keller. In one night she turned his carefully constructed world upside down. Chase tries to reconcile his emotional connection to his stunning boss Samantha Knox and his newfound attraction to Mindy. Perhaps another night of unabashed passion will help clarify his feelings.
Dance with the Devil Volume 1
Series: Dance With The Devil. Price: Free! Words: 11,000. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
Chase King works hard day in and day out, to impress his beautiful boss, Samantha Knox. When he finally feels the hot relationship he struggles for is in reach Mindy Keller (the office demon) finds a way to blackmail him into becoming her lap dog. Chase tries to find a way to get out from under Mindy's thumb while Mindy thinks of creative and sexy ways to take her pleasure from Chase's body.
Inseparable Family Volumes 1-4 Complete Bundle
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 43,180. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
This is the collection of 4 short stories, which make up the Inseparable Family series. Caitlyn is only days away from starting a life away at college. As a child she was unwanted and eventually abandoned by her mother. However, her stepfather--Daniel Sharp, took her in. On the eve of her departure she stumbles across Dan doing the unbelievable. Let the chips fall where they may.
Inseparable Family Volume 4
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 10,850. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Caitlyn, Dan and Marcy have found a way to coexist. But what will happen when Marcy leaves Dan and Caitlyn alone? Will Dan be able to resist the temptations of his stepdaughter? Will Caitlyn find a way to trick her stepfather into bed? And what will happen when Marcy finds out? This is the final story of the Inseparable Family series. Will it close with a bang or with someone getting banged?
Inseparable Family Volume 3
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 10,660. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
After the night Dan left with Marcy, Caitlyn has been gone from home for two years. Now she sits in front of her abandoned home searching for the courage to step across the threshold. Explore the life Caitlyn has created for herself and the new people she has allowed in her life. Still--her feelings for Dan are still an unknown. Will she be able to face him after so much time?
Inseparable Family Volume 2
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
Dan and Caitlyn crossed the line. Now Dan is desperate to revert things back to the way they used to be. Unfortunately for him--Caitlyn is not going to make it easy for him. Can their relationship be salvaged even factoring in the inclusion of a beautiful childhood romance for Dan and a surprise guest for Caitlyn? The Sharp household just got more complicated.
Inseparable Family Volume 1
Price: Free! Words: 10,480. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
Caitlyn was abandoned by her mother and left in the care of her stepfather, Daniel Sharp. Being a good man, he raised Caitlyn like she was his own. On the eve of her departure to college Caitlyn's childhood crush for the handsome Daniel Sharp takes an unexpected turn--whether it be for better or worse.
Workplace Tryst 1
Price: Free! Words: 10,860. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Brian Chambley hates his job. The only thing that makes it bearable is his sexy friend and coworker, Megan Parks. Brian lusts after her. The only problem is--she's married. Brian seeks a way to get everything he wants from her while still retaining his honor and not forcing her to break her marital vows. Is there a way to get what he wants while still remaining a good man?