Interview with Val Tobin

Describe your desk
It's an organized mess. A row of books on writing and on a variety of supernatural topics sits directly behind my laptop--grist for the mill. Meditation music CDs I play when I need inspiration help tease the muse out of hiding. I keep magazines and brochures on research topics near at hand, so they tend to get stacked up in piles on and around my desk. My travel mug of coffee or tea is always within reach, and so is my glass bottle of water. Then, for atmosphere, I have candles (never light them), crystal skulls, yarrow sticks in a jar (don't ask), a slinky, a box of vitamins, a box of my favourite snacks, and photos of my friends and family.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North York, Ontario. In Ontario, the weather affects a lot of what you do. It can change or kill plans, especially in winter. People focus on it. Weather and climate play an important role in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was a child, around six or seven. But I kept it to myself. I started sharing when I was in my thirties, but only non-fiction. Fiction has always been my first love, though, but it's taken half a century for me to allow it to manifest.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Creative control. Advice from other authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Losing myself in the story world. Living with my characters--even the evil ones. It's a great way to explore concepts, to delve into ulterior motives and contemplate what drives people.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's wonderful to have people resonate with what I write. It's like having a bunch of people who vibrate on your wavelength. Fans are the rewards for sharing your writing. Without fans, you may as well leave it in the desk drawer and just take it out when you feel like rereading it. But that's hiding your light under a bushel. If even one person enjoys my stories, then it's worth sharing them.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to "The Experiencers." It's called "In the Valley of the Headless Men," and takes the main characters further along on their respective journeys.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King; J. R. R. Tolkien; Margaret Atwood; Anne Rice; Ayn Rand; Richard Adams; George R. R. Martin--too many to list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat. He's a determined bugger when he wants to be fed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Spending time with my friends, kids, and grandkids. Working on various projects, such as completing my masters degree.
Published 2014-02-11.
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Books by This Author

About Three Authors: Poison Pen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,600. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Writing can be murder. Three wannabe authors suffering from various mental disorders find themselves on a killer's radar when they interfere in the investigation of a colleague’s murder.
The Valiant Chronicles
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 229,380. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Three Exciting Novels from Award-Winning Author Val Tobin: The Experiencers and A Ring of Truth plus, as a bonus, prequel novel Earthbound. Not killing her might be the death of him. Black-ops Assassin Michael Valiant questions his agency's motives when he's ordered to silence a group of UFO enthusiasts who look less like terrorists than they do housewives and nerds.
Series: The Valiant Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,870. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Voted #23 in ReadFreely's 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Awards. A spirit refuses to cross over and becomes earthbound when she discovers the shocking details behind her death. Prequel to The Experiencers.
Gillian's Island
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,270. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A socially anxious divorcée confronts her greatest fears when she's forced to sell her island home and falls for the dashing new owner.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,640. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A young psychic woman must fight for survival against centuries-old evil. A paranormal romance that explores the boundaries of life and death.
Price: Free! Words: 65,470. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young actress at the height of her career has her personal life turned upside down when a horrifying family secret makes front-page news. "Val Tobin's Injury is alive and vicious. It writhes with sex, the glamour of the movies, and the brutality of Dani's past." -- Read Winner of Connections eMagazine's 2017 Reader's Choice awards for Romance (Gold) and Overall (Silver).
A Ring of Truth
Series: The Valiant Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,350. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
A rogue assassin returns from the dead to rescue captive alien abductees and triggers Armageddon.
Storm Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,770. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A girl and her little brother struggle to save themselves when trapped in an isolated marina by flesh-eating creatures.
The Experiencers
Series: The Valiant Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,460. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Assassin Michael Valiant atones for his brutal past by helping psychic medium Carolyn Fairchild escape the aliens that repeatedly abduct her and the agency that wants to claim her. But when Carolyn discovers her daughter's life is in danger, Carolyn makes a decision that could tear her away from Michael forever.