Interview with Trista Borgwardt

What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read! I typically read just about anything in the supernatural/paranormal/horror genre as well as any medical thrillers, suspense, crime and mystery. They only genres that I wouldn't normally read is romance, erotica, westerns, self-help and religion. I have read several books that are in the YA genre lately also. I read anything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels, to Stephen King, Laurell K. Hamilton and Richelle Mead. I will also read CSI and I will read true medical stories and medical thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
This is a very interesting question and I will tell you, I am definitely a paperback kind of girl. I love to hold the book in my hand and smell the pages. There is something extremely powerful about holding a paperback. Ok, now as much as I read, I have been in quite the dilemma and with the market really promoting e-books, it is the more cost effective, and space effective way to read. So, I did break down and start e-reading when I started reading books to review. It was my I-phone 4s that I was using the Kindle app to read on.

Now, due to my loving family, this Christmas, I received a Kindle Paperwhite, and I love it! I will always love paperbacks, but unfortunately I am at my max for storage so the kindle has been a blessing!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think the most effective technique to receive reviews and feedback is reaching out to people who show an interest and offer them the e-book for free in exchange for a review. I have also met quite a few other authors online and we have swapped books and done reviews for each other so not only do you gain a review for your book, but we also begin a new friendship and support system.
Describe your desk
Haha. Right now, my desk is my lap and the couch. We live a small place so I am usually at the end of the couch with my notes spread all over, yelling at the dog that they are not play items. Then my 4 year old says, 'Mom can I help you write..." LOL it is a little crazy but it works...for now.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Dakota, where I still live. I think my circumstances in life influenced me as much as where I grew up. We are in a more rural area, so I had no idea what 'big city' living was like until meeting friends who had lived there, but even then, you don't fully understand until you see it yourself. As I have traveled around the last couple of years, exploring new places, I have definitely gained a better perspective on many different aspects of the world.

Growing up, I had tough times, like everyone else. I turned to writing as an outlet. Mostly poetry. It was a way to vent and relieve my stressors. I used to have a notebook filled with poems and I used to have two notebooks filled with my very first vampire story. Those items have long since been lost in moves, but I am still inspired to keep creating and now it's not just a stress relief, I live and breath it! The world that I created is in my head all the time!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is 'Polarity'. It is the second in 'The Tempie Rosenthal Series', with 'Rabbit's Feet' being the first. It is a supernatural/horror novel involving a teenage girl who is thrust into the supernatural world around her. I think everyone can relate that at some point and time of being a teenager, we were thrust into something. For Tempie, that just happens to be a whole new world. A world of romance, terror, death, murder and even happiness. I have always loved vampires, witches, etc. so its no wonder these beings show up in my writing.

With this series, I have a whole world designed and developed that is always evolving with each book written. This world is similar and different at the same time, from many of the other supernatural worlds. It has it's own unique hierarchy and structure. It has different beings with some yet to be revealed.

I have already started working on the third book, with more planned in the series...how much more...that remains to be seen!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is know that I enjoy it. I only write what I like and if I don't like it, then I re-work it until I do. I have to be able to sit down and read my book and love it. I don't write for anyone but myself...of course I want others to gain the same entertainment and enjoyment that I receive, but in the end, I write what I want.

The other greatest joy of writing is when I finally can say, "It's done!" or when the proof copy arrives in the mail and I am holding the first copy of my print book and when I finally see everything live on the website.

Last, but not least, one of the greatest joys yet is hearing my reader's feedback.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. They are an endless wealth of knowledge and expertise to guide me along the writing path. They provide incredible support and strength to move forth and an in depth critique of my work. In the end, it is the readers that will really tell you if your work is worth reading or if it needs some improvement!
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on the third book in 'The Tempie Rosenthal Series' and I have also started another novel in a more thriller/suspense category. I am also still working on my zombie short story series on my website called, 'The Eighth Day'. I will always be working on several things at once, multitasking is an author's fort-ay. It also keeps things interesting and new.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am reading. I am also working in the healthcare industry full time, and I am a Mom to two wonderful boys. I have a wonderful significant other and a zoo of animals at home. So, I am never not doing anything. At any given time, while I am writing I will have a 4 year old in my lap, a cat, dog, guinea pig or bearded dragon. Everyone loves me when I have the computer. The computer is like a beacon to call everyone's attention at once.

I love spending time with my family. We love to work on our yard, go swimming, hiking, playing at the park. Our dog goes with us almost everywhere as long as the weather permits. We like to fish, camp and sometimes even just chill at home. As long as we are together, we have a blast.
Published 2014-03-09.
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