Interview with T.T. Thomas

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I tend to read on my iPad Air, but I turn down the brightness a bit. I find reading on my iPhone harder, but that's a function of age not desire!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My pug, Teddy, my cat, ZsaZsa, and my wife Karyn--obviously in reverse order! Pretty much!
Describe your desk
1 Apple All-in-One desktop computer, one keyboard on which most of the letters have been rubbed off from use, hard pounding use, earphones, calculator, notebook, small tray for incoming mail that fills up faster than I can empty it, two pens, one of which fails me often, one back-up hard drive that I don't know how to use, one USB that I do, one coaster for my coffee, placed precariously in the corner of the desk, two sets of post-it note pads, which really should be outlawed for writers who use them and lose them. My desk is really a small horizontal oak table that we picked up in Los Angeles at a flee(sic) market. It has one drawer. That drawer is full. OK...the truth? My wife has outlawed piles of paper. To assist me in my search for the perfect desk, she chose this table because there is NO ROOM FOR PILES OF PAPER. Clearly, she's trying to kill me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born outside London, in Hampshire, and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. My writing was influenced hugely by time spent in the small local library, time spent being in trouble with the Domenican nuns who taught me and time spent in a treehouse studying the sky, the trees and the birds in a futile attempt to figure out where I fit in all of this.Had there been any bees with those birds, I might have had a better time! ;-)
When did you first start writing?
Age 6, a play. One of a handful of my pieces that did not end up on Broadway.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write what I wanted to read. I wanted to write on my own time schedule, which is pretty much daily. I wanted to mix history with elements of the GLBTI world--so, humor and fab outfits! I wanted to make some spare change. I have accomplished all my goals, and carry the spare change in my pocket. It is far from full. Still, I love writing, and I love when what I write or how I write it strikes a chord in someone. Also? I get the fan letters! OK, I've had five. Do you have ANY idea how many people in just this country go through their entire lives and NEVER get a piece of fan mail? See?
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I have 49, and they mean the world to me. Some of them have become my unofficial "crew"--spreading the word when a new book of mine comes out, "liking" my dumb cat and dog pictures on FB, sloshing valiantly through some of my so-called long-form essays on one of my blogs and just generally being super supportive people. I actually have more than 49, by now, but those first 49 are like, I don't know, like people who want to honor with a special designation, like the Virgin Cheerleaders, or, no, the Unsullied Clappers...well, I will find a special name for them. Is the 49ers taken?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Speaking of fan mail...I once received three letters from Mark Coker in two days. Waaayyyyy back when I first started, I thought I wanted an exotic pen name. An hour later, I decided I didn't. I wrote to Mark. He answered, he fixed it, he followed up with 'thanks for using SW'--so you have Mark to thank for T. T. Thomas, which is kind of a pen name too, but so much closer to the truth than Una Bombay...or was Una one of my characters in one of the books I'm still writing? So many personas, so little time. Thanks, Mark!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I suppose it would be the pure joy of creation, refinement, production, and voila a novel! It never gets old.
What are you working on next?
If I tell you, you have to go shopping with my wife. No, I won't accept money. You shop with her, instead of me shopping with her, and I promise, you will get a first preview of my next book. Deal?
Published 2015-06-20.
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Books by This Author

Moravia MontClare, Vampire Impious
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,930. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
As readers discovered in Episode 1 (Moravia MontCLare, Vampire Vexed), Mora MontClare is exactly the kind of woman who gives Vampires a bad name. She's intelligent, difficult, gorgeous, impetuous, sexy, restless and bossy. Oh, and she's a lesbian. In Episode 2, Moravia MontClare, Vampire Impious, we find out some of what has made Mora so difficult. And...why does she lust after Basilica Sauternes?
Moravia MontClare, Vampire Vexed
Price: Free! Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
In a fit of non-existential pique, and an irrational fear that she may have the plague, Moravia MontClare, top recruiter for the Karnofsky vampire family, quits her job, gets a pet and looks for a new lover. On the night of her birthday party, she sees something she can’t have: Basilica Sauternes, a gorgeous human, an art historian, and Straight. Life is long, and then you can’t die.
A Woman of Dark Intention
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,930. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Sometimes you have to give up control to gain it. Sometimes you have to give up searching for love and let it find you. And sometimes, falling in love on the last night of your life changes everything.
Two Weeks At Gay Banana Hot Springs
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,040. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Historical » USA
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