Interview with Toshia Slade

When did you first start writing?
I thought about it for a couple of years, but always doubted myself. I finally got the courage to start writing in October of 2013.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I took a lot from my personal life and brought it to life through the story of Josh and Tiffany. I've found that writing from you heart makes it even better, and can be therapeutic for myself also.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My love for books. I fell in love with the indie world, and I had stories floating around. So much to say and tell, I thought if I can bring ten new people into the world of indie and share that love, it'll be worth it. Indie authors rock, and put in some serious work and dedication.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made it so much easier to upload my book on all of the different platforms. It saves a lot of time and hassle.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Someone loving my characters as much as I do, or my words touching them in some way. My biggest goal is to make a difference with my words. I want to write what is real, and shine light on real life struggles. I want to do what I love and give someone enjoyment, but make a difference doing it.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING. I would be nothing without them. I would have also given up if it wasn't for them. I went through a really rough patch this past year and my fans are what got me through it and made me continue to write.
What are you working on next?
I'm really not sure. I have a couple of WIP started, but have a couple of other ideas swirling. I'll have to see what characters speak the loudest and tell their story next.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many! J.B. Salsbury is one of my top. Her first book Fighting for Flight is what changed my life and brought me into the world of indie. I'll always feel like I owe her everything. Here a list of some of my others. E L James, Cristin Harber, Sharon Kay, Kelly Elliott, Claudia Conner, Kristen Proby, Olivia Cunning, Elizabeth Reyes, Toni Aleo and so so many more. The indie world is saturated with amazing authors.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading or doing stuff with my family. I'm a huge family gal.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time by word of mouth, book groups on Facebook or I run across them on Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. I still have the composition note book that I wrote it in. I hope to someday finish the story.
What is your writing process?
It changes with each book. Both of mine have been completely different from the other.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a few before picking up Fifty Shades of Grey, but that book is the only one that truly sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. I was hooked from day one and I've not recovered since! haha I can't think back to my life before books now. They're a huge part of my life and I wouldn't want it any other way.
How do you approach cover design?
This changes too. With my first book I knew I wanted one of two scenes on my cover. So I went on the hunt for stock photos and when I scrolled across the picture, I knew it was 'The One'. Now with my second, I had absolutely no clue other than I wanted a girl that looked somewhat broken. I found the perfect model and couldn't pick just one picture! My genius graphic designer Pixel Mischief Design is a huge help too. She takes everyday pictures and transforms them to pure beauty!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fighting for Flight by J.B. Salsbury, because this book changed my life and I'm madly in love with Jonah. Yeah I'm crazy over my book boyfriend.

Fifty Shades of Grey, because it started it all for me, and made me realize my deep love for book and what I'd been missing out on this whole time.

Wanted Series by Kelly Elliott. I can't pick just one book from this series. They all deal with real life struggles and I have a serious weak spot for a romantic Cowboy.

Leave Me Breathless by Cherri Lynn, I just love this book. I guess it's the difference in the characters. They're the complete opposite, but yet fit perfectly together. I'll forever love Ghost.

Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin, this book touched something deep inside of me and I'll never forget it.

Titan Series by Cristin Harber, because I once again can't just pick one. I love that she has everything in her books. It can be a serious situation and she'll have you biting your nails, giggling and on the verge of tears. Seriously talented.

Wicked Wind by Sharon Kay, she made me realize that you can branch out and you'll probably love it just as much. Never thought I'd say I love a demon, but seriously Gunnar is MINE!
Published 2015-06-08.
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