· Tell us a little about yourself.
I have always had an interest in the strange and unusual and I’m a romantic by heart. So how did I come into writing, you ask? Well, I stumbled into it. Yeah, that’s pretty much what happened. I never pictured myself as a writer but sometime in 2011, craving some kind of excitement and adventure in my life; I jotted down a few notes for a book idea and never looked back. Funny part is, the notes I wrote never became a book, instead I took on subjects as wolf-shifters and angels and created their worlds and I have loved every minute of it.
I write passion-filled paranormal romance- weaving tales of alpha males willing to do anything for the one feisty, curvaceous, strong-willed woman who has won their heart. They will go to any length to please their mate, in and out of the bed.
· What type of books/stories do you write?
I write Paranormal Erotic Romance and Contemporary Romance. My male characters can be wolf shifters or Guardian Angels and they are all loving, protective, strong, alpha males.
· What does the start of a project look like for you? (Where do your ideas come from, what prep work do you do before starting a new project, any writing rituals, planner or pantser, etc.?)
I am a pantser. I get a general idea for a book or a series and I go from there. When I sit and write it is because I got inspiration for a particular scene in a book. This inspiration can come from anything: something I hear on the radio, an event that happened to me before, or even sometimes, a dream I had that would make a great scene in a book. I start writing these scenes down, placing them where I think they would be best in the book and then one by one, they start falling into place and a book magically appears. It’s really amazing how it all comes together and just from my thoughts and ideas.
· What did your path to publication look like?
Well, I never pictured myself as an author. Frankly, I figured writing was a hobby and never considered it a career but when my full-time job became tedious, writing took me away to new adventures. It tapped into the buried passion I have inside of me and unleashed it into words, sentences, paragraphs and eventually published books. I sent my first book, Nightfall, to publishers and agents without a hit and then I shelved it until a year later, I tried again and landed a publishing contract within days of inquiring. Opening my e-mail to find a reader who not only enjoyed my work but loved it enough to offer me a publishing contact was amazing!
· Is there anything that you’ve learned through the process that you wish you’d known at the beginning?
I wished I had the opportunity to have a mentor. There is so much to learn as an aspiring writer that no one teaches you. With a mentor, they can show you the basics and advise you so you can find and build on what works for you, faster.
· Do you have any tips/tricks/resources you’d like to share with other writers?
Marketing is key. If you find something that works, stick with it. There will be times when you might have tried a blog tour or a review site and you come away feeling like you wasted your money. That’s okay. It was a learning experience. Try another site or company and keep moving on until you have a list that works for you.
· What part of the writing process do you find most exciting?
When I can actually sit down and write, it’s a lot of fun for me. After writing for a while, I find the characters amuse me and I will find myself laughing at their quips or antics that I write down. What started as an outlined scene in my head changes as I write sentence after sentence. It’s quite thrilling how this occurs and the final product is always better than I imagined.
· What part of the writing process do you find most challenging?
Finding that extra time and having the energy to write. I have a full time job and several family responsibilities that take up a lot of my free time including weekends. As a result, I am drained most of the time and it’s a process of “psyching” myself up to sit down and write a new scene.
· Any new work from you we should be watching for?
My next book in the Guardian League Series, Aeron, Book 4, is expected to be released in October 2017. I am currently writing Book 5- Orion and hope to have this published sometime next year.
· What’s one piece of advice you’d give new writers?
If you want to write, go ahead and do it. Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams.
If you want to find out more about T.K. Lawyer, you can check out her website. She's also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
You can find her work for sale on the Foundations Books website, or through these links:
Jasper (The Guardian League, book 1)
Centurion (The Guardian League, book 2)
Apollo (The Guardian League, book 3)