Interview with tj lord

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I exhausted my own resources with traditional publishing when still a teenager. Secondary education and becoming an adult, entering the working world, etc., put a halt in my writing and publishing endeavors. When I finally got back into it, I narrow-mindedly pursued the e-book route. I did my own editing (I've done extensive work as an editor); designed and created my book cover; and did my own formatting, as I'll be doing for my upcoming sequel to "13".
I've already sold thousands of downloads of "13" and have received a lot of demand for another anthology.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As I'm just getting started, I don't have that information as of yet. However, since the fall of Mobipocket, my downloads have dropped significantly. Although my anthology is still on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble, my work is no longer distributed as widely as it was before.
I'm hoping Smashwords will solve that problem.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Everything. I love to write. I love to read. I love movies. Fiction is my life, and I'm never as happy as when I'm creating.
What do your fans mean to you?
Ha ... well, my work is grisly. I have plenty of fans, but also quite a few "haters", as it were. My work is not for everyone. I always warn that my work contains adult material, or is rated NC-17 (it's not X-rated material - no graphic sex scenes or the like). But people don't like to read warning labels, and I always end up offending someone.
I could care less, honestly. If you're offended by my work, then obviously it wasn't intended for you.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to "13" - another anthology of short stories, all based upon true stories either of reported paranormal events and/or true crimes.
It won't be quite as ... nasty ... as "13".
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, plain and simple. If I were never allowed to write another word, I'd be fine, as long as I had my family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
THINKING about writing. No joke. When I sleep, I dream extremely vividly - it's like watching movies all night long. My imagination never shuts up. Mostly, this just results in me being an insomniac.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest, I don't READ ebooks - I only write them. I'm old fashioned. I have to feel the heft of a physical book in my hands; I have to physically turn pages; and I use my library a LOT.
When I have a favorite - or if ANYTHING by Stephen King comes out - I buy it and proceed to read it umpteen times, usually while I"m eating a meal, resulting in a lot of honey mustard stains on pages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes; I was five, and it was something about horses. That's about all I remember. I was first published at age 8 (I'd won a poetry contest) and I knew from that point on that I was going to be a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, I have a lot of experience in painting and in graphic design, so I haven't had any trouble in that area.
But for those looking for a professional cover, I strongly suggest stalking DeviantArt. The artists on that site are amazingly talented and are almost always available to produce digital art for a reasonable price.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Ugh ... this is an impossible question to ask writers, don't you know that? But I'll try.
I love "It" and "The Stand" by Stephen King, and have read them dozens of times - but for a favorite list, I'm going to squeeze in all seven volumes of his Dark Tower series. I've never read anything more darkly brilliant and emotionally engaging. I've worn out copies of this series so many times I've lost count.
"The Hobbit" has to be on the list; my father read it to me as a child and I never fell out of love with it. I read it myself for the first time around age 8 or 9, and Dad got me my first personal copy on my 11th birthday.
"Giant Bones" by Peter S. Beagle would also be on the list. Beagle is mostly known for that last of all the unicorns, but his grasp of the short story is absolutely masterful. "GB" is a collection of short stories by him, set in the world of "The Innkeeper's Song" (another fantastic read).
Something of Joe Hill's would be on the list - probably "Twentieth Century Ghosts" or "Heart-shaped Box", though I've loved everything he's done. The son of Stephen King is an absolutely brilliant writer completely in his own right.
#5 has to be either "The Witching Hour" or "The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice. She's the mistress of darkness and I love her characters and rich historical backdrops.

Honorable mentions: "The Neverending Story", Michael Ende; "Lightning", Dean Koontz; "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow", by Orson Scott Card; just about everything by Barbara Michaels; and (I have to confess) "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre" by Emily and Charlotte Bronte respectively.
Published 2014-11-07.
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Books by This Author

13
Price: $4.18 USD. Words: 148,240. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
"13" is a collection of short stories in the horror/true crime genre - with a pinch of the paranormal thrown in for good measure.