Interview with T.B. Schmid

When did you first start writing?
I began writing in elementary school; probably 5th or 6th grade. I was more of an illustrator at the time (ok, a young kid who loved to draw and wasn't too awfully bad at it), and had received a beautiful book called "Gnomes", written by Will Huygen & Illustrated by Rien Poortvliet. A good friend and I were inspired to create our own diminutive, super-secret, magical race, from which flowed many short stories and many more illustrations as we worked to create their world. It was also at about that time when I first picked up Tolkien and set my feet upon Bilbo's Road.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not clearly, no. I have a lot of vague snippets of memories of short stories - more like brief scenes, really. But I do remember the first story I wrote where I actually thought of myself as a "writer", where the dream of becoming a published one first took hold. It was inspired by Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", specifically the inscription Malory claims was written on Arthur's tomb: "Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be". It is still rattling around in the back of my head, and will hopefully one day see the light of day.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, King, Ayn Rand, J.K. Rowling, Dan Simmons, Tom Clancy, and Shakespeare.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A friend of mine (D.F. Monk) pointed me towards the site, and once I read some of Mark Coker's instructional guides and watched his video, I was hooked by the brilliant simplicity and "do-it-yourself" ethos.
What are you working on next?
A HUGE, collaborative project with another Smashwords author, the aforementioned D.F. Monk, which we've code-named "BBI" for "Big Book Initiative". It has acquired a bit of a life of its own (as all good stories do I hear), and will likely now be a series of books, the first of which will hopefully be out sometime in 2015 (though Monk likes to praise my optimism). We're very excited about it, and you can find excerpts from it on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lionsoftheempire. Stay tuned!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full-time job working for a real estate development and management company, and a wonderful family I enjoy spending time with, especially chasing my two incredible kids around from one athletic event to the next.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I've always relied on friends' recommendations, but now that I found Smashwords, I will be using it as my primary "reference library".
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm hopeful that it will be finding out that other people actually like to read what I've written! Actually, there are moments when I feel as if I am the writing instrument, just a conduit, and the images and words flow effortlessly through me from somewhere else. It has literally brought tears to my eyes.
Published 2014-11-15.
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Books by This Author

Between the Darkness and Dust
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 207,060. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
An untested young captain carries a book of dark secrets from a forgotten land across an unforgiving sea. A freshly commissioned Templar bears the weight of both duty and destiny as she stands against an unrelenting foe. Though an ocean separates them, the choices they make will decide the fate of a world.
Beyond the Burning Sea
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 195,720. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
“Beyond the Burning Sea” is the first book in the epic fantasy series, “Fate’s Crucible”. Almost three hundred years after a devastating war that wiped out the gods, Ruine’s surviving mortals struggle to persevere and stand on their own. In their efforts to rebuild, a terrifying secret is discovered, while an old menace rises in the frontier lands…
Feral
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,430. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » General
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Sometimes tales flow down from the mountain peaks like the snow-fed streams that bleed down their boney flanks. Strange beasts. Stranger men. Stories spun in the glow of highlander watch fires to pass the time swell and strengthen - every retelling a new tributary – until the tale becomes a legend. But sometimes, the legends are real...