T. M. BROWN
- Guest Author -
Welcome to my interview with an author from Pennsylvania, USA - T. M. Brown. TM writes in a fashion that captures your emotions and places you in the settings as described in her books. Expect to be touched as the words jump off the pages. TM shares her stories with you like its only the two of you having a very private conversation. She will make you cry, laugh and sometimes make you mad at the life experiences of her characters.
Welcome TM ...
Welcome TM ...
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR WRITING JOURNEY.
I feel as if I’m on a new path of self-discovery. My ability to share stories in a fashion that readers gravitate to is new for me. I’ve always liked to read and secretly thought I could write compelling stories, but never really seriously made an attempt to do so until now.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
I consider myself to be a published story-teller. In the first two books “A Life Not My Own” (a - memoir) and Just Between Us (a short story extension of the previous), I share my life’s story. In my most recent book, Struggles of the Women Folk, I share my interpretation of how one woman’s life might have played out. This story is based small bits of information that my grandmother shared with me when I was child.
WHAT TYPE OF PREPARATION DO YOU DO FOR A MANUSCRIPT? DO YOU PLAN EVERYTHING FIRST OR JUST SHOOT FROM THE HIP?
The first book began as a diary. I wrote it to help get pass some of the issues that I had carried around with me for a very long time. With regards to writing style, I guess one would say, I just shoot from the hip. When I write fiction, my characters speak to me and I just write…never knowing what direction they will take me in.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I enjoy the total freedom of creating storylines and characters. I can be myself and let my mind run free.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
For me, the MOST difficult part about being a writer is the marketing. To me, it feels like I’m back in grade school waiting for the teacher to grade my paper. Only this, time, I have no idea when the grade will come or what it will be..
WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
Currently, I’m living two lives. I’m a Human Factors Engineer by day and a published storyteller by night. Although these two roles are very diverse, I really enjoy them both. For me, it’s still all about helping others.
WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I don’t think that align with any one genre. I write inspirational, real- world stories. It’s not difficult to relate to my stories because the story lines are very fluid with lots of twists and turns that keep readers engaged.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
If you wanna be a writer, just write. Sounds simple but many are challenged.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
I love the ability to emotionally move readers to the point where they are encouraged and inspired to look beyond their current circumstances. I want to provide HOPE.
WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER?
The greatest compliments received are when readers tell me that they couldn’t put my book down. That they read it in only a few days. That they found themselves within the pages and were encouraged to achieve their dreams.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
I haven’t experienced a completely, perfect day yet. For me, a perfect day would happen on a cold winter’s day, in front of the fireplace, watching my favorite movie “Out of Africa”, while sipping Moscato with my love beside me.
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN ANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
Yes, segments of my personality are in all of my characters, good and bad. :)
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE ‘SUCCESS’ AS A WRITER?
To me, a successful writer is one who has made an impact on readers. One that stimulates intellectual dialogue and maybe changes social consciousness in a positive way.
WHAT SHOULD READERS WALK AWAY FROM YOUR BOOKS KNOWING?
I would like readers to know that all things are possible through perseverance and with God’s help. Never give up.
You can contact TM Brown through her website - http://author-tmbrown-com.webs.com/.
She can also be found on the following social media networks:
Author of "Struggles of the Women Folk" https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361857
Co-Author of "Just Between Us" https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/360700
Clancy's comment: Many thanks, TM. Keep going. Merry Christmas ... Have a sip of Moscato for me.
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