Interview with T. M. Winters

What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle is the only reading device I've actually ever tried to use.
Describe your desk
When I'm really into my work my desk becomes a mess, an organized mess but still a mess. Other than that, it's pretty organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Columbus, Ohio. My childhood was not one that most, if any would envy. My way of getting through life was throwing myself as deep as I could into a book, writing poetry and short stories. As I got older the stories I began writing got longer and longer and I found myself embedding myself into the stories I wrote and becoming part of the characters I was writing about.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about 7 years old. Everyday my teacher told me to write in my class journal I tried as hard as I could to make it an entry in poetry form. I would try to make it as interesting as I could, I thought I was really doing something big. Then one day my teacher came up to me and told me she wanted to take my entries and published a book of my work. It made me feel great and I have continued to write every since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Lately I've been watching a lot of shows with magic; good deeds; outrageous deception; family relationships (whether bonded or dysfunctional) and detective work. The books that seems to be grabbing my attention were books that went along the same line. As I really started paying attention to my choices of reading a viewing pleasures, I began to see things that I thought would go together in one story. Add that to a little bit of my own personal experiences and you've got The Clandestine Family book series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The thing that motivated me to become an indie author was my niece and a friend of mine. My niece suffers from Sickle Cell Disease. She is constantly in and out of the hospital. In the year 2012 I noticed she had been having to go to the hospital more and more often. She came to me one day really depressed and said she understood that there were other diseases out there but she didn't understand why Sickle Cell was hardly ever mentioned. She was upset about this because she has spent most of her life in the hospital fighting through pain crisis.

Needless to say I walked away from her completely heartbroken. A friend of mine and I put our heads together to try to find a way to help bring more awareness to her issue. He suggested getting a poetry group together and writing a book. I thought this was an excellent idea. We wrote the book and I got it published through a self publishing site. We incorporated information about Sickle Cell Disease within the book and all proceeds went to my niece as a supplemented income.

After publishing the first book, I was ecstatic and decided until I could get myself together financially this would be the way I shared my work with the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I absolutely love when I let people read my work and they give me honest feedback. I love it even more when they read my work and ask for more.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Without them, I'm just a writer without a cause or a storyteller without a listening ear. My fans give my work a reason to be.
What are you working on next?
I am now working on Book 2 of the Clandestine Family and another story about a girl that has been through a lot in life that finds herself still having to deal with things that she hoped was left behind in her past.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot of favorite authors : V.C. Andrews; P. C. Cast; Carl Weber; Mary B. Morrison; James Patterson; Rachel Caine; L. J. Smith; Stephenie Meyer; Richelle Mead; Charlaine Harris;Christopher Pike; Tami Hoag; Mary Higgins Clark; Dean Koontz...

These are just a few of my favorite authors
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My three children are my reason for getting out of bed each day. They are my reason for living and trying to make my way in this world. I strive to help them succeed in every dream they reach for.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I spend my time cooking; clowning around with my children, family or friends; reading; watching television; and just living.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was called The Girl in the Crystal Blue Dress. It was about a little girl that was kidnapped at the age of 10 and raised by a witch that wanted to raise her to do her bidding. The girl escaped at the age of 18 and the witch went on a killing spree to get the girl back. unfortunately that book was written on a typewriter when I was about 16 years old. I had nothing else to do with the book and just left it lying around, eventually pages started disappearing and getting messed up and the book was eventually forgotten until today.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
When choosing a book that I would like to read on the ebook, I first look to see if there is anything new by any of the authors I like. After I've gone through them then I go through and look at the titles and covers of different books, of the ones that catch my attention I read the descriptions. It's a long process but I'm rarely disappointed.
Published 2014-03-06.
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Books by This Author

TheClandestine Family A New Point of View
Series: The Clandestine Family. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 112,950. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Clandestine Family, their Lawyer Zubin Sabal and The Carwens have moved to Sacramento, California and just when they think everything is going to settle down, they are plunged in a world of crime. Serene runs into trouble that no one can seem to help her find her way out of; Zubin finds himself faced with a life altering situation, and Whisper is at her wits end with it all.
The Clandestine Famliy Secrets Revealed
Series: The Clandestine Family. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 75,940. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Life for Whisper, Rajah and Serene Clandestine could not have been more normal until the day their mother was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition. They quickly learned their lives would never be the same. While in the hospital, their mother, Akila Clandestine reveals to them that there are things about their life and family that she had withheld from them to keep them safe.