Interview with T.M. Nielsen

Published 2014-01-30.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a continuation of the Dimensions Saga. I wanted to get back more into the medieval fantasy aspect and less into family life. I always throw in humor, but I wanted a darker tone in the last of the Dimensions' books. It's also time to see Kyrin start to step up more as nobility, and for the kids to grow up.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always written stories. When I had a rather 'low' year, I ended up writing 7 books in a series that completely engulfed my life. It was my break-away from the everyday norm. I got curious about it's quality and posted the first book to an indie colony. The response was fantastic! I had readers begging for more. I also had a death threat e-mail that said I better not publish it. The death threat was actually why I pushed it out to the public. Maybe I have a little Emily in me! I really want to help others forget about money problems, or health problems, or anything negative in their lives. If I can help one person cope, then my job is done.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been paramount! I was lost when it came to publishing. I wanted to indie publish because the companies that wanted my books wanted me to change them (one wanted me to add erotica, one wanted me to add God). I searched for indie websites and Smashwords caught my eye. They helped me not only publish to Smashwords, but then they sent it out to Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Sony, which became my three biggest markets in both the US and overseas. Now that they've expanded, I have a solid fan base that continues to grow.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fan e-mails!! I love nothing more than getting letters from fans explaining how my books have helped them. For instance, I got an e-mail from a lady going through chemotherapy. She's not allowing herself to read my books unless she's in chemo. She said she looks forward to it! She told me that my books help her forget about the chemo and how sick she is. That right there makes it all worth it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! They are what keeps me writing. When I get a bad review, they pull me back up.
What are you working on next?
I'm still writing in the Dimensions Saga, and I have a spin-off from the Heku Series that delves into the Valle more. I've been enjoying meeting up with my old heku friends again in that book. I also have some ideas about a new book where a hired assassin meets a computer hacker. Hmmm... the possibilities.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien will probably always be my favorite. C.S. Lewis is a close second. I enjoy a lot of diversity. I love reading Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and even Hawthorne, along with Stephen King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Does coffee count? I get a lot of inspiration from my kids.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm so busy with work and kids, that I don't get a lot of time for hobbies. I'm a HUGE Denver Broncos fan, but I also enjoy a good game of D&D. I do a lot of crafts with the kids too. I sew, cross-stitch, and even crochet once in a while. On the side I'm a big MMORPGer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I work for a large school district, so the teachers and staff are always exchanging book ideas. None of them know I write though! I'm a closet author. I usually hear about new books through word of mouth. One teacher suggested my own books once. I just blushed and tried to act casual.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was horrible! I was living in Prague at the time. The story was about a teenage girl who wakes up completely alone in the world. I re-read it a while back and that entire story needs to get burned and forgotten.
What is your writing process?
I'm unique in how I write, at least that's what I've been told. I type quickly, about 150 wmp. I sit down in front of a computer and my imagination just goes wild. It's like watching a movie, and whatever I see, I write. I've never used outlines or notes. It's just that movie in my head. The character's personality, language, and actions are all set up in that movie, and it flows along. It's hard to describe, but that's what happens! I wrote Dimensions Saga in a 3-day weekend when my kids were gone. I couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, and all I could do was play this fascinating movie in my imagination while I typed.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers are my nemesis. I'm an author, not an artist. The first covers were done in Photoshop and were all very generic and unimaginative. I've recently hired someone to help me, and the covers are much better. I want covers that grab a reader. Because I'm an indie author, I'm not well known enough to be sought out. Covers are the first impression!
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Deep Wounds : Book 11 of the Heku Series
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 195,320. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A new threat is on the rise and Emily begins to wonder if Chevalier is more interested in being her savior than her protector. The Cavalry strives to keep her safe while she opens a new dog rescue on the property she once stole from the Valle. She continues her quest to find and revive the former Encala Elders, with help from an unlikely source.
Phase Shifting
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,430. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Kyrin finds herself in uncharted territory when a shift out of a routine mission turns badly. She has to overcome her independence and enlist the help of Sithias to figure things out, but the turmoil that ensues may be more than she can handle.
I Peccati del Figlio : Libro 10 Della Serie Heku
Series: Della Serie Heku. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 204,500. Language: Italian. Published: October 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Con Dain proscritto, che non può più creare il caos sia sui mortali sia sugli immortali, Emily e Chevalier ritornano alla loro vita a Council City. Mentre Emily cerca di trovare e liberare il giovane figlio dal tormento, Chevalier passa il suo tempo a rafforzare gli Equites e a tentare di proteggere Emily dalle costanti minacce degli heku senza fazione e dai Valle.
Sins of the Son : Book 10 of the Heku Series
Series: The Heku. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 218,260. Language: American English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
With Dain banished and no longer wreaking havoc on the mortal and immortal, Emily and Chevalier return to life in Council City. While Emily sets out to find and free her young son from torment, Chevalier spends his time strengthening the Equites and attempting to protect Emily from the ever expanding threat from the unfactioned and the Valle.
La Creazione Di Un Valle
Series: Della Serie Heku. Price: $2.29 USD. Words: 72,450. Language: Italian. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
La Guerra con gli Antichi, propugnata da un unico Valle, ha portato a decadi di lotta. La morte e la proscrizione causate dai combattimenti ha aumentato la diffidenza tra coloro che hanno il sangue degli Antichi.
Accepting Evil
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,930. Language: American English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Kyrin’s sordid past comes into play when a stranger comes to her rescue in the dimensions. The mysterious girl surfaces again, which forces Kyrin to find out who she is. Alric learns more about Kyrin and gains a newfound respect for who she is and where she’s been. He uses that information to protect Paragoy from a looming threat of evil.
The Making of a Valle
Series: The Heku. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,010. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The war with the Ancients, initiated by a sole Valle, led to decades of war. The death and banishment caused by the fighting deepened the distrust between those with Ancient’s blood. Once the Ancients were banished for eternity, the Old Ones were forced to work together to rebuild the factions and continue their plight to strengthen the heku, without the wisdom and power of the Ancients.
Alorian Ascension
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,400. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dark times fall on Paragoy Dimension. The peaceful lives of the Valharans are threatened by a new formidable presence. Alric and Kyrin strive to restore the serenity of their Kingdom, while Kyrin fights off demons of her own. Even the god Sithias is affected by the happenings in his dimension when Erianah disappears.
Il Ritorno Degli Encala (Heku: Una storia un po’ diversa)
Series: Della Serie Heku, Book 11. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,410. Language: Italian. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gli Heku vivono tra di noi, inseriti nella società dei mortali mentre, dietro le porte chiuse e complessi strettamente controllati, continuato le pratiche millenarie degli immortali. Sono indigeni di questo pianeta e molto più Antichi della razza umana. Hanno creato una società militaristica e chiusa. Sono legati a regole molto strette che li separano e li proteggono dai mortali.
Rising Nobility
Series: Dimensions Saga, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,370. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The peaceful life of the Valharans is upended when small, petty crimes become life threatening acts of desperation. King Alric strives to find a balance between returning safety to his kingdom and ensuring his family is taken care of.
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