Interview with tomi tuel

When did you first start writing?
I was in 5th grade. My teacher made us create a book. We had to make up the story and illustrate it. Something not commonly done these days. My story was called Barney Bear and the Bees. I still have it. Teh book cover was made out of contact paper!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My lastest book is the Bird's Willow. It's a story near and dear to me and based on my husband's 92 year old uncle. He's a retired Bird Colonel for the Air Force. The log line is The Giving Tree meets The Notebook. By the way, I'm a huge Nicholas Sparks fan!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first published book was 101 Things I Learned AFTER My Divorce. It's a great book for the newly divorced on all the universal lessons we learn after a divorce. It's endorsed by John Gray of the Mars and Venus books. It's lighthearted and uplighting for those trying to navigate the divorce battlefield. I wanted to convert this one to an ebook so that I can reach more people who might need it. Paper books aren't cheap and let's face it, divorce is financially devastating. I want the price for this book to be lower so that I can help more folks going through their divorce.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is knowing that I might inspire or evoke feelings in others.Hopefully good feelings!
What are you working on next?
RIght now I'm working on another great story called Emails from Daniel. I wrote into a novel, then made it into a screenplay, and now I'm rewriting the novel and enhancing parts of the screenplay. I've very excited about this project. I started in in 2008. It's got a lot of the same elements as Juaquin Phoenix's new movie, HER. My log line for this one is: Bridges of Madison County get email.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I totally live to write. Sometimes I'll be dead tired and only have had 5 hours of sleep, but morning is the only time I get to write - I have a 3 year old. I'd write all day if I could get away with it. Then there's family to keep you in check.
What is your writing process?
I'm what you call a pantser...I write by the seat of my pants. Takes me longer probably, but I think my stories are better. I have an idea how each chapter will go, but I don't outline anything. I skip around too. I'll write my last chapter first usually.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
In a word, radio! Then there's word of mouth too.
Describe your desk
My desk is a small writing table my husband bought me from Target one Christmas. It's just big enough for a binder, my coffee, a lamp, and my computer. It sits in my walk-in closet. I guess I'm a closet writer. It's cozy in there and I can shut the door.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Napa, CA. I worked my way through college at Mondavi Winery. Many of my stories have elements of Napa. It was a great place to grow up in the 80's. Yes, I'm a product of the 80's.
Published 2014-01-24.
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