Interview with T. L. Lancaster

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a story about a person coming to a literal cross roads and being called each way by figures on the road. It was kinda bad but I was six so, in that manner I like to think it was somewhat impressive.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I learned the alphabet. I dictated my first story to my mother when I was six, as I said earlier, so sometime after that for "writing" specifically. I have always been a story teller and I was doing so before I could write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot, mostly fiction, but also none fiction and I study my bible ever so often. I also love TV, Movies and video games and often use them to unwind. I can get into most things that tell a story
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Houston which is in South East Texas, United States of America. I can't quite say how it effected me because it's part of who I am. Not to be sensational, but it feels a little like someone asking "How has being right handed effected how you walk." I'm sure it has but I can't quite say how.
What is your writing process?
I start with an idea, usually a character or list of characters (What if there was a kingdom where all of the nobles personalities were based off various materials like steel, bronze and glass?) or an odd circumstance (What if a person accidentally took over the world and was now forced to run it?), I let it sit for a year or so, unless it's short story material and then I just write and get it over. If it last in my head for a wile, I then lay of some plot points, write a rough draft by hand, transcribe it onto a computer, doing revisions as I transcribe and then toss it off to an editor or three. If they give me "go ahead" feedback on it, then I publish.;
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a story. I love language and I love tweaking words so that hints are given that are only noticed on the second look. I love that face as someone gets enthralled with what I'm saying. Lastly, I love that sweet sorrow of being done. It's a little like sending a friend off. You're happy for them and the time you had but the world needs them and so you have to let go.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a new book. I have a lot of story ideas and so that will be a general statement for some time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Honestly, it's the slight guilt that the longer I linger in writing means the longer it will take to finish the books.
Describe your desk
It's not mess, it's simply organized in a fashion only I understand.
What do you read for pleasure?
I try to keep my tastes wide. I have read some Hemingway and Jane Eyre was the last book I read as of this question, but I also have a soft spot for quality fantasy, I'm on book five of "the Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordon and Sci Fi, "Honor Harrington" by David Weber. I read comic books and web comics, though do not expect me to be up to date with any super hero. Lastly, I read a lot about literature tropes. I mean, A LOT. I am a Story teller to the bone and anything that is discussing that subject fascinates me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried to get a book published at eighteen. Being my first try at a long for story, It was bad and I understand why it wasn't taken up but what bothered me was the year and a half turn around just to be told "No, thank you." and that was if they answered back at all. I wanted to get myself out to the public so that even if my first one doesn't do incredible, at least I can say I have made an appearance.
What do your fans mean to you?
At this point? Being slightly cooler in the heat of summer. That and a pleasant day dream of someone saying "You're who? O.M.G.! Will you sign my copy if I bring it here?" to which my answer will be an echoing "Heck Yeah, GO get it!"
How do you approach cover design?
I try to go for a cover that leaves a similar feels as what I want to book to evoke. I also try to not have any of the Stereotypical covers such as the "Main character standing with a sword/gun/weapon" or "disembodied hands holding inanimate object". I might have them in the future but as of right now I avoid them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. I have an Executive style Office chair that I spend so much time in I have worn the seat out and have two pillows to compensate for it.
What kind of atmosphere or places do you best write in?
I like things on the quieter side, but not completely silent or my ears start to ring. I switch between a coffee shop located in a book store and my local library. I know that I can't work at home, to much chance to get distracted by internet, video games or family. I like the feeling of the coffee shop better, but it gets noisy some days which make it nearly impossible for me to concentrate past my instinct to eavesdrop. At the library, they have these Cubical like things that face a wall, I try to get one of those because the noise is minimal and I don't have any visual distractions. I feel very blessed to have both places at my disposal. I know not all writers do.
Published 2014-09-18.
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Books by This Author

Miss Tory and the Gray House
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,520. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
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A women appears out from a dark forest and find herself in the land of spirits. it is a land where Death is a kind soul and Purgatory is a bed and breakfast.