Thursday, August 9, 2007

WEEK TWO

Welcome to week two of the Echelon authors interviews.

This week's interviewee is T.C. Lo Tempio.

T.C. is the author of the wickedly scary horror novel, Ebony.
As one reviewer puts it:

"Ebony is a supernatural, mystery packed read that will keep you nail-biting your way to the end. A well written story with great character development, local and intense drama. Don't miss this one!"Shirley Johnson - Senior Reviewer of Midwest Book Review

I am very excited to welcome T.C. to my blog!

Check out our interview below:

Interview:

Tell us a bit about yourself, the genre you write, and about your latest project.

I was born in New York City, and have been writing in some form or another since I was about ten years old. My favorite genre to write in is horror, but I have also done manuscripts in quirky chick lit and romantic suspense. My latest project is a satire on soaps, entitled SOUTHERN DISH, currently being shopped to agents. Also a paranormal mystery, HIGH MOON, is under consideration. My latest published book, EBONY, was #2 in horror at Fictionwise for three weeks, and my next book, WITCH’S PAWN, will be released from Echelon in 2009.

Did you choose your present genre; or did the genre choose you?

A little of both, I think :-) As a kid, I loved Nancy Drew mysteries and horror movies. My favorite book was The Secret in the Old attic because of the skeleton on the cover.

What would be a typical day for you, as a day in the life of a writer?

Since I hold down a full time job, I usually write on the weekends. I set aside four hours on Saturday and Sunday to write.

Have you always wanted to write? – Yes.

Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

Sometimes it’s a word, or a phrase, or something I see – I got the inspiration for one book from the name on the side of a garbage truck.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

More than I’d care to admit. Yes.

If you could be any one of your characters, which one would you be and why?

I think I would be Chancey O’Neill from Southern Dish, just because she’s so outrageous and in your face.

Do you do research for your novels? What was the most interesting person, place or thing you have researched?

Yes. For example, for EBONY, I researched voodoo from top to bottom. And for Bound by Blood, I had to learn to read Tarot cards, which is by far the most interesting thing I’ve ever done. They fascinate me. And it’s amazing how much of that stuff actually comes true.

Have you ever had writer’s block? And what do you do to overcome it?

Oh, baby, yes. There are many days I sit and stare at the screen, or what I write is pure you know what. To overcome it, I usually take a break, play with my cats, and watch a movie.

Do you have any advice for the young writer just starting out?

Grow a thick skin. Rejection is a way of life. Don’t take it personally.

And just for fun, if you could be a Transformer, which would you be? An Autobot (the good bots) or a Decepticon (the evil bots)? =D

Decepticon – the bad girls have all the fun, dontcha know!!!!

Thank you so much Toni!

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Stay tuned!

And check back each week for a new interview!