Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author T.M Sullivan
T.M Sullivan is a new author who recently released her new published book Homecoming (Secrets & Lies #1). She resides in a VERY small town in Ontario, Canada, where her two beautiful daughters and wonderful hardworking husband keeps her busy. She works as a Hairstylist writes in her spare time. T.M. is a lover of art, music and books. Sappy romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance and M/M romances are her favorite genres.
Book sample: Homecoming (Secrets & Lies #1)
Willa McKenzie left her hometown Ferris at the age of eighteen to pursue her dream of performing. Now, ten years later Willa is living her dream singing and dancing in Las Vegas as one of the cities most beloved showgirls.
Receiving a serious phone from her older sister. Willa becomes confronted with the decision to stay in Vegas, where her life is perfect, or go back home to a town she wants to forget.
Once Willa returns to Ferris, she finds herself immersed in chaos. With her older sister’s deteriorating marriage, her mother declining health, and the memories of her father’s death and twin sister’s suicide, just reminds Willa why she left in the first place. Being faced with the secrets and lies, she swore she left behind, Willa is forced to face them head on once again.
Grayson Malloy was in love with Willa years ago, but with their ten year, age difference Grayson always held back. Missing his chance to tell Willa how he finally felt. He buried those feeling way down deep in order to become the best father he could be to his beautiful daughter Charlotte. Now that Willa has returned Grayson is determined to make her his. With his demanding demeanor and stellar good looks, he makes it impossible for Willa to say no. Not to mention his daughter Charlotte doesn’t make it any easier, making it very clear she approves of Willa for her father.
The town of Ferris soon finds out that someone has their sights set on Willa and her sister. Someone wants them to suffer, wanting them to feel torment and misery. Someone wants revenge.
Finding herself in life-threatening situations, Willa is determined to stay strong; she is determined not to back down, regardless of the people around her pleading for her to stop.
If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? I guess you could say it’s sort of a pen name. T.M is my real first two names Torie Marie (I hate my middle name by the way.) I used my maiden name instead. Just to keep my two world separate if you will say…lol.
Why do you write? I have always loved writing. When I was younger I use to write Poetry. And when I was in school a few of my teachers told me I should be a writer but I never listened.
When did you decide to become a writer? I decided in 2015 to try my hand at writing. To be honest I really had no clue what I was doing. I was a big reader and knew of those authors but I didn’t follow them. I didn’t stalk them. I really had no clue about what it really meant to be an indie author.
How long does it usually take you to complete a book? OMG, it actually took me a year to write Homecoming. I’m hoping to get faster but I am a perfectionist. I can’t have anything bug me if there is something that bugs me I have to change it.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? Like I said I am an avid reader and one day I sitting beside my husband and said I have great ideas for books and I can’t get them out of my head, maybe i should try writing a book. He said why not. And so I did…not very exciting, but that is how it went.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I write during the day if I’m home alone and no house work. I also write at night. My husband likes to watch TV and I don’t so I sit and write with headphones in while he watched TV. Sometimes he asks me not to write and spend time with him. (I guess I should do that every once and awhile).
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I think for me I’m more open about writing different genres. I am a huge M/M romance reader and I have opened my mind up to writing one myself which I would never have done that at first. I always thought it was best to write what you know. And now after talking to other authors and getting to know some I have realized that it’s ok to push past your fears and insecurities.
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I listen to music a lot. Music is huge for me. I actually have a playlist at the end of my book and will for the rest I write as well.
What have you written? I have only written the one book. I self-published at first and then I wasn’t happy with how everything turned out. So I pulled the book and did a complete re-write and ended up getting it published by Bella Tulip Publishing and had a new cover designed for it.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I do outline a bit but then I just say screw it and write. I can get really bad sometimes and venture off path a bit and then I have to go back and tidy it up.
Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? I didn’t design my own covers…I wish I could. BUT I am super picky. The Publisher did my new cover for me. I love how it turned out.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? I am learning about marketing every day. I’m still a newbie so I am far from being a marketing pro. I know for me I have joined lots of groups and have tried to connect on Facebook. I’m still trying to get other things together that will help me out. I learn every day from other authors.
Any advice for aspiring authors? Don’t give up, don’t be afraid to speak your mind about what you want. I learned the hard way that this is your work. You worked hard and it should be the way you want it. But also with that, don’t be afraid of constructive criticism, it’s really is good for you. Sometimes an outsider can really put things into perspective.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? Ahhh Grayson Malloy. He is a single father who owns a construction company. He is big, gorgeous and incredibly bossy. He can come off like a jerk sometimes but really love him. (My mother-in-law hated him…lol). He loves his daughter more than anything, and when Willa McKenzie comes back home he is like a tornado there is no way she is getting away. I’m not going to lie he does act like jerk, but he loves fiercely. His family and friends are everything to him. He and his daughter teach Willa that she is loved and she can trust him.
Where do your ideas come from? Sometimes I do get ideas from songs. I will listen to a song and then all of a sudden ‘PING’ a light goes off and I will write it down.
What is the hardest thing about writing? Trying to stay positive. When I pulled the book I didn’t want to look at it for months. I was so disappointed in how it turned out. But a friend said she was going to keep bugging me till I fixed it and was happy again. This book had really put me through the ringer. It literally was my learning book. I learned everything with this one. It wasn’t even about selling it. It was getting it re-written and feeling good that I accomplished it and could feel good about a story that I wrote again.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Feeling good about it. I am a bit of a perfectionist and can be very hard on myself. I just wanted to write it and be like “Yes, i can now publish this, I’m happy” that’s a hard feeling for me. I’m struggling with the two books I’m working on now. I guess it will always be that way.
What is your favorite movie or TV show? I don’t watch a lot of TV but I did enjoy the show Six it was based on Navy Seals. I’m a sucker for military men. And I’m getting excited for the new Prison Break to return. I love old movie (including musicals)
Which writers inspire you? I am a diehard Kristen Ashley fan, I re-read her books every year. I’m a sucker.
What is the current book you are promoting? I’m still promoting my first book. But I will be promoting my short M/M romance very soon.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why? I love Willa. She is a strong smart mouthed, hard headed woman. She is not a pushover at all and I love her for that.
Who is your least favorite character and why? That would be my bad guy…sorry can’t tell you his name…lol. BUT there is a part of me that loves him too. He does bad real good.
If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? Oh I like this question. I would love for Christina Aguilera to be Willa and for Grayson I can’t help but think Tom Hardy.
What is your next project? My next is a short M/M Romance about a Homicide detective and a male model.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I would have to say Wonder Woman, because she is a strong beautiful woman and can totally kick butt.
What one person from history would you like to meet and why? The one person from history would have to be Michelangelo. He has always been my favorite artist.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? If there was one thing I could do, it would be fix poverty. I am saddened to see kids go to school with very little food or people losing their homes because they don’t make enough to keep it. It breaks my heart.
Where do you come up with your stories? I get an idea and work from there. It’s funny because it can be in the car or shower…lol. I actually seen something in town. one day and thought ohh that could be in a book, so I put a note into my phone for when I came home.
Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I am not a huge fur baby person. I love all animals I just don’t really like the fur and stuff. We have a very old dog named Murdock, he is Min Pin. My oldest daughter has a bearded dragon. I’m actually surprised how much I enjoy the reptiles.
Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? No I haven’t done that. I guess I’m too afraid…lol But that really is a good idea.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Wow I guess I would have like to be the original author of To Kill a Mockingbird. It a book that I read a few times years ago but I still remember the whole thing. It is a classic book that is even taught in schools…amazing.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? That you can’t make everyone happy. Not everyone is going to love your book.
Do have a favorite car or truck model? I guess I better say Ford because my husband and his friends all own Mustangs. I’m not going to lie I love the Range Rover Sport but that would be punching my husband in the face.
Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? I do a bit but then I shock myself with how well they turn out…lol. I am more embarrassed when someone I know reads what I wrote. (Like my mother-in-law) MF: I’d love to watch my mother-in-law read my books. Muuhahaha! That’d be one of the best days of my life.
What are some of your favorite books and why? Kristen Ashley because of her alpha males. Maya banks KGI series because I love Military romance. JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood I love vampire books. MF: I have JR Ward’s on my shelf to read. Ella Frank’s Temptation series (that’s a wow M/M series for sure.)
What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? I have tried both. Publishing is great for the person who can’t afford a lot. Editing is VERY important, but it’s also crazy expensive, and rightfully so because it’s a lot of works to make it great. Being with a publisher means you don’t get all the royalties but it also means they are going to do their best to see your book succeed. They also have something to lose. It can be a bit less stressful. Self-publishing is great too because you do have more freedom to do what YOU want. YOU do get more creative freedom for sure.
Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? I’m not completely familiar with that. But I do think self-published authors will always be less important to some. Which really sucks because I have read some really great self-published books. And some really terrible published books by ‘big named authors’. I chalk it up to it’s the world we live in and there is always going to be negativity and haters. But if people stopped doing things because of negativity, it would be a very boring world.
What do your readers mean to you? I have actually really enjoyed talking to them I have done a lot of FB takeovers and I love interacting with them. I want to please them I want to hear their input and even ideas of what I should do. I’m planning a contest where they can come up with title to my M/M book.
Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others? I actually just read Jana Aston’s Wrong series and I absolutely loved them.
Tell us something unique about you. I am very boring actually. But two things: I am a huge germaphobe, hotels freak me out because all I can think of is how many people have slept in that bed. MF: That made me laugh 🙂 I am also double jointed…lol
There ya have it folks! Many thanks to T.M! For more about TM and her work, or to get a copy of work, follow the links and click the cover image below: