Interview with T. W. Spencer

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Galaxy Tab3
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
York, PA. Everything about York influences me. I even use York as the locations for my upcoming Only Child series.
When did you first start writing?
Even though I have been writing little stories since I was a kid, I didn't start writing in earnest until 1993 after taking a writing class for college credit. That's when i was truly hooked.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Brief Moment in Time is a collection of short stories that are all about how your life can change in an instant. One moment everything is honky-dory, and in the next your entire life has been turned upside down. In each story the protagonist is convinced of the stability of his or her life. All the stories fall into the speculative fiction area.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The love of the written word. I love to write a turn of sentence that connects with the reader.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on three books. The first is book one in the Only Child series, An Only Child. It is about the making of a serial killer. The second is another collection of short stories called Compartmental Lives. It is about what happens when five women who are strangers from different walks of life are called to the bedside of a mutual friend. Each of the five stories focuses on one woman telling her journey to her current situation. The third book is the first book in my Zephyr series called Winds of Change. A multiple viewpoint military sci-fi adventure of the beginnings of civil war on the all male populated world Zephyr.
Who are your favorite authors?
My biggest inspirations and favorite authors are Stephen King and Samuel R. Delany, though I will read any Sci-Fi, horror, or thriller books w/gay protagonist (but without M/M romance).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lots of research and self discovery. I've made up a very long list of books I want to read, though it grows and shrinks daily.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and it was awful! It is to embarrassing to think about. It will never see the light of day so don't ask.
What is your writing process?
I spend a lot of time planning and outlining even though I would prefer to just slam out the words by the seat of my pants. Sometimes I just want and need to get the story out of my head so i go with it, but mostly I plan.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to draw the reader in. It must give a sense of what is to come, to say something about the words within.
Published 2014-07-13.
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