Interview with T Francis Sharp

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Tending to my yard and garden, mostly. I've got a great little frog pond that has really taken over my imagination the last few years. In my mind, I've created a whole little world there. I also, unfortunately, work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, strangely enough, I do. It was called Happiness is. A little Charlie Brown book. I don't remember how old I was, but I had measles or something and was stuck in my room. It changed my life. I read all the Charlie stuff, and then went onto harder books like Curious George. My sister turned me on to the Golden Books for Kids collection and I was hooked. Before I knew it, I was in Middle-Earth and so addicted to reading I couldn't stop. Soon I was doing a book a day, sometimes more. My friends didn't understand. They were all like, "Dude, you have a problem." I didn't care, I needed the books. I tried to clean up my act. Get straight, you know. Watch TV and stuff like normal kids. But I couldn't, I needed the high too much.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book is whatever I'm reading while I'm reading it. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov for sure. A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman. It inspired in me a lifelong love of the late medieval period and started me down the path of apocalyptic fantasy, as odd as that sounds. Alas Babylon, was the first book i read that exposed me to the notion that the perfect little suburban dream world of my youth could evaporate in a puff of smoke. Anything by Douglas Adams. I'm serious, I bet his shopping lists were real hoots.
Describe your desk
My desk is the kitchen table. Drives my wife frigging nuts. I probably went too far when I taped notes to the blinds. I'm away from home a lot (not because of the blinds) so my desk is pretty much wherever I can open my laptop.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's easy. Injecting little story threads that percolate through the book for no discernible reason and then tie them all together toward the end. The great thing about small sub-story lines is they don't really have to be fully resolved. Which, if writing a series can come in quite handy.
What are you working on next?
Second Dead: Blood Price. A lot of those little story threads I was just talking about will take on added significance in this book as I continue to blur the line between life and death and perception vs reality.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams and Michael Moorcock are my old school favorites. More recent authors include: Livia Blackburne, Erin Bow, and Lynne Hinkey. But I must confess my all time favorite author ( I don't think I've ever confessed this to anyone before) is Lucy Maud Montgomery, of Anne of Green Gables fame.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, THC. Teacher Hater Club. The nuns found part of it when I was writing it in fourth grade. They weren't amused.
What is your writing process?
Chaos. I try to plot, but it's really a waste of time for me. The whole process of thinking out the story before putting it on paper just seems to stifle my work. My mode is much more of furiously pounding on the keyboard, stopping suddenly and scribbling an idea onto a piece of paper before resuming my typing. Inter-sped, of course, with long periods where I have no idea what to write and wishing desperately I'd outlined my book.
When did you first start writing?
My first serious attempt was in College. I worked on a future outer-space fantasy series. Elves and dwarves in space type of thing. It's embarrassing when I look at it now.
Published 2016-08-05.
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Books by This Author

Second Dead
Price: Free! Words: 84,430. Language: American English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
End a zombie and you still have the soul to deal with. Great. Sometimes dead just isn’t dead enough. Annabel Wallis has problems and they get worse with each passing day. Not only must she survive the zombie apocalypse, she must decipher cryptic messages from beyond the grave and release trapped souls before she becomes second dead.