Interview with A. T. Weaver

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Jude Devereux, Anne McCaffery, Donna Andrews and Agatha Christie.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually with church activities, reading, or on the internet.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Via Facebook contacts with other authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was Acceptance: One Man's Quest. I was 60 years old and decided I wanted to try something new.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach to cover design has changed with the last few books. I like to envision my characters and search stock photos for someone who fits my conception of the character. I choose two or three and then turn them over to the man who does my covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a hard one. I tend to like supernatural stuff even though I haven't written much of it. When I down-sized my book collection a few years ago, I kept a series of books by Nora Roberts about the Donovan family. This is a series of stories about a family of witches each with a different ability. Another book I kept was The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie. She wrote a lot of murder mysteries, but Mr. Quin is different. He's hard to explain except to say he always shows up when a problem needs to be solved.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire.
Describe your desk
A mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
How does one define growing up? By the time I was nine, I lived in twenty-five states and one providence of Canada. Then my parents and I moved back to their home town. I left home at seventeen, married at eighteen and had four children. I don't think I really grew up until I was in my late 30s and stopped allowing other people tell me how to live.

I try to make each of my characters more independent than I was..
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of 60 in 2003. I became cyberly acquainted with nearly 3,000 gay men as the result of a TV show. When I heard their stories and learned of the inequalities visited on the gay community, I decided to try my hand at writing a story. One of the men said he'd like to read a story, "where the boy gets the boy and they ride off into the sunset together."

I try to make my stories and my characters believable, to show that gay people are just people. They laugh, they cry, they love, they have the same dreams as straight people.
What is your hope for your books.
My aim is to move the reader, whether I make him laugh or make him cry. I want to evoke some type of emotion. Love my characters or hate them. If you are moved by my books, I've accomplished my goal.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact I could not get a publisher to even look at my books.
Published 2014-06-19.
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