1) What is your Author name; use your Pen name if you have one.
2) What inspired you to become a writer?
As I grew older, my passion for writing only intensified. I found myself constantly jotting down ideas and snippets of dialogue in a notebook that I carried with me everywhere. Writing became an outlet for me, a way to escape reality and explore the depths of my imagination.
Over time, I realized that I not only loved writing for myself, but I also enjoyed sharing my stories with others. I started sharing it with friends and family. The positive feedback I received only fueled my desire to become a better writer. Eventually, I decided to pursue a career in writing.
Now, as a professional writer, I have the opportunity to share my stories with a wider audience. I approach each project with the same level of passion and dedication.
Writing has not only been a creative outlet for me, but it has also taught me valuable skills such as critical thinking, communication, and time management. It has allowed me to express myself in ways that I never thought possible and has given me a sense of fulfillment that I never knew existed.
3) How far along are you on your current work-in-progress?
I currently have 5 WIPS, all at different stopping points. In my series I am in about 30,000 words in.
4) Do you prefer writing dialogue, action or other scenes?
There's something about dialogue that can really bring a story to life. When characters speak, it's like they're jumping off the page and into our imagination. As a writer, crafting dialogue can be both challenging and rewarding.
Dialogue reveals the character. When characters speak; we learn a lot about who they are. Their word choices, tone, and body language can all give us insights into their personalities and motivations.
Dialogue can be a great way to advance the story. When characters talk, they can share information, make plans, and reveal secrets that move the plot in new directions.
In real life, people talk to each other all the time. By including dialogue in our stories, we can make them feel more authentic and relatable.
Finally, I love writing dialogue because it's just plain fun! There's something about imagining characters speaking to each other that sparks my creativity and makes me excited to write.
5) How did you come up with your cover design?
H.E. Gober is my go-to cover designer for all of my book covers. She has a knack for turning my rough concepts into stunning masterpieces. For instance, the paperback cover for The Houses of Glass & Night was based on the idea of a woman gradually fading into the night, as she is not fully formed, like she doesn’t know who she truly is. H.E. Gober helped me capture that feeling in my hardback cover as well.
6) Did you ever feel like giving up? If so, how did you overcome that?
Every day, there comes a moment when I feel like giving up. However, I remind myself that writing is my creative outlet, and it's important to persist. I do it for my family/friends, readers, and most importantly, for myself.
7) What gives you the most satisfaction in the writing process?
As a writer, there is nothing more fulfilling than finally completing a scene that has been lingering in my mind for days, weeks, or even months. The sense of accomplishment that comes with putting down that last word is unparalleled. It is a moment of pure satisfaction.
8) What is the most important bit of information you would want to tell a person interested in publishing a book?
Some tips for aspiring writers:
· Always carry a notebook with you to jot down ideas and inspiration.
· Read widely and often to broaden your perspective and learn about different writing styles and techniques.
· Don't be afraid to experiment with different genres and styles of writing.
· Write every day, even if it's just for a few minutes.
· Seek out feedback from others and be open to constructive criticism.
· Remember that writing is a process, and it takes time and practice to improve.
So, to all the aspiring authors out there, keep writing, keep pushing, and never give up on your dreams.
9) Who would you cast as your most recent Main Character if your book became a movie or T.V. show?
Madison Pettis, she would be perfect for Jasmine!
10) What book protagonist would you love to talk to if he/she/they were real?
Myrtan, the mage. I would jump at the opportunity. Her unique personality and incredible magical abilities make her a fascinating character. I can only imagine the kind of conversation we would have. Here are a few topics I would love to explore with her:
· Her magical abilities: Myrtan is known for her incredible powers as a mage. I would love to learn more about the types of spells she can cast and how she developed her magical abilities. It would be fascinating to hear about her experiences studying magic and mastering her craft.
· Her backstory: Myrtan's backstory is shrouded in mystery. I would love to learn more about her childhood and how she became a mage. Perhaps she had to overcome some obstacles or face some challenges along the way. Hearing about her journey would be inspiring.
· Her adventures: Myrtan has been on many adventures throughout her life, and I'm sure she has some incredible stories to tell. I would love to hear about some of her most exciting experiences, whether it's battling monsters or exploring new lands.
· Her thoughts on magic: As a mage, Myrtan must have a unique perspective on magic and its role in the world. I would love to hear her thoughts on the ethics of using magic and whether there are any limits to what mages should be able to do.
· Her quirks: Finally, I would love to get to know Myrtan as a person. I described her as "fantastic and mysterious," and I'm sure there are many interesting facets to her personality. Getting to know her quirks and idiosyncrasies would make for a fun and memorable conversation.
11) Name one book that you have reread several times.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Her writing style is witty and engaging, making the story a joy to read. The characters are well-developed and memorable, especially the quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet and the brooding Mr. Darcy. The novel offers a satirical commentary on the societal norms of Austen's time, particularly the pressure for women to marry for financial security rather than love. The romance between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy is both swoon-worthy and realistic, as they overcome their initial prejudices and misunderstandings to form a deep and meaningful connection. The novel's setting in rural England adds to its charm, as readers are transported to a simpler time and place.
12) What is your favorite book that you have read this year?
The Colonel’s Spinster by Audrey Harrison. It is a continuing story of Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice and how he gets his happily ever after.
13) If you could live in any “book world” what would that be?
Eraband, the regency inspired world from my novel The Audacity of Flower, is truly a marvel, with its picturesque landscapes and charming inhabitants. It is no surprise that you dream of living in such a world. Here are some aspects of Eraband that make it truly unique:
· The architecture of the city of Lystad in Eraband is a true feast for the eyes, with grand buildings and intricate designs that transport you to a time long gone. The buildings are constructed with the finest materials, and the attention to detail is evident in every corner of the city.
· The people of Eraband are as diverse as they are charming. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds, yet they all share an appreciation for the finer things in life. Their hospitality and warmth are unmatched, and they make visitors feel right at home.
· Eraband is also known for its cuisine, which is a fusion of different cultures and flavors. From savory stews to sweet pastries, the food in Eraband is a true delight for the senses.
· The landscape of Eraband is simply breathtaking, with rolling hills, lush forests, and sparkling rivers. It is a perfect place to explore and get lost in nature.
· The arts and culture of Eraband are also thriving, with music, dance, and theater performances happening regularly. The people have a deep appreciation for the arts, and it shows in the quality of the performances.
· Finally, it is a world where manners and etiquette are highly valued. People take pride in their social graces and are always polite and courteous. It is a world where kindness and respect are the norm, and where people strive to make each other feel welcome and appreciated.
14) What is your best book memory?
Completing my first book was an incredible accomplishment. It's a reminder of the hard work and dedication that went into crafting a story that will hopefully inspire and entertain others. The feeling of hitting “publish” never gets old.
15) What is the name of your book/series? Tell me a little bit about them.
The Bellham Realm Series.
In Book 1 Jasmine Barlow and her wolf-dog pup, Dover, search for her missing son, Robbie, and end up in a magical world of a Manoian race or elves. There, she is drawn to Reddick Whitlock, the General of the House of Glass Army, who is grieving the loss of his secret lover at the hands of the evil Duchess Eratha. Jasmine must find the strength deep within to find out where she fits into this new world.
Book 2 is a prequel in which Vashti must bond with Prince Sawyer to secure a political alliance, but struggles to find personal freedom under her controlling father's rule. The Bellham Realm Series offers a captivating world of fantasy and adventure with colorful descriptions that take readers on a journey of broken promises, shattered dreams, and newfound hope.
16) Do you have a website? If so, what is it?
17) Where can we find and follow you? (Name your social media platforms.)
Tiktok & Instagram: author_tl.combs
18) If there is anything important that you would want my readers to know about you?
I am just a simple girl who loves to tell stories of love and overcoming your fears.