Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
T.L. Shively: Hello, my name is T.L. Shively and I am 44 years old (will be 45 on April 16th)
Fiona: Where are you from?
T.L.: I live in Michigan, have lived here most of my life. Yes I can show you where I live on my hand lol.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
T.L. : I am a wife and mother of three boys. Only two of my boys still live at home, a senior and a sophomore. My daytime job is an administrative assistant while my second job is a YA author just wanting to get my story out there. To my friends and family I am just your normal average working mom and wife. Of course they haven’t seen my internet search history lol.
I have always had a love for reading, writing and crafts of all kinds. My imagination was always over active, something my mother always encouraged. Out of that imagination came the seven Guardians that star in my books. In August of 2017 I was lucky enough for Vin Vatar Publishing to send me an acceptance letter for my first book The Secret Sanctuary.
That started the The Guardians of Sanctuary series that I have been writing. Book one published in August of 2017 and book two March of 2018. As we speak I am currently working on book three. The Guardians have many stories ahead of them and I look forward to bringing them to life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
T.L.: I actually have threelatest news. The first is book two of the Guardians series was released March 20th of this year. The Town That Time Forgot. The Guardians discover a town that has a very ancient secret that could trap them there.
The second is that The Town That Time Forgot was nominated for the 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards contest by TCK Publishing. You can vote for it here: https://www.tckpublishing.com/2018-readers-choice-voting-page/
The third is that I will be an attending author at Once Upon A Book Signing in Frankenmuth Michigan. This will be my first book signing, I plan to have some goodies at the table to hand out along with a goody bag with goodies for each purchase of a signed copy of book one or two.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
T.L.: I have been writing since I was very young. It took me till I was in my late thirties to actually settle down and not only start a book but finish it. I write cause I have a story to tell. I write about fantasy cause when I read or write I want to escape reality.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
T.L.: According to my husband I have always been one, but for me I guess when I held my first physical book in my hand it started to feel more real.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
T.L.: I had many first attempts that didn’t get finished over the years but I think what inspired me to finish this last one
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
T.L.: My publisher helped me come up with the title, at first it was going to be The Guardians Come to Sanctuary. Sanctuary is the name of the place where the Guardians learn all their powers and about the shadows that they will be battling. And of course it is a secret from the world, so we came up with The Secret Sanctuary.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
T.L.: I am not sure if I would categorize my writing in a specific style. I just like to keep my stories moving. As for challenging, I would say remembering certain quirks of teenagers like their speech and such.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
T.L.: My book is complete fantasy but I have put some elements of my life or that of someone I know or love. I also continue to do such with my future books. There is a plaque that I want to get that says: Warning, I am an author, anything you say or do can be put in my next book. It really fits me. If I find something humorous in real life I tend to put it in my book but I will always ask.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
T.L.: I don’t have to travel as my story is completely fantasy although I do use places I have been to help with my imagination process at times.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
T.L.: I would tell my publisher what I would like and they have them created for my approval.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
T.L.: The only message I would want anyone to grasp is to let your imagination run wild, you never know what places it could take you till you try.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
T.L.: I can’t think of any new author but I have many authors that I enjoy their writing, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Stephen King, odd for a YA author I am sure but I love his writing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
T.L.: I wouldn’t be able to just name one, I had coworkers, my old boss who was like a second father and friends supporting me. I have had a barrage of support from all sides.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
T.L.: It would be my dream career, to get paid to write my stories. I haven’t given up my day job yet but I won’t lie and say I don’t dream about it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
T.L.: It just released so not right now, give it some time and I am sure I will find something. 🙂
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
T.L.: I did some research into Greek history and learned about the clothing, weapons and other neat little tidbits about that era that I tried really hard to incorporate into my story without drowning my story in too much detail.
I also learned that Eris was considered the nurse of war. Everytime I think of Eris I picture the Eris/Discord that starred in Hercules legendary journey. Hard to consider her a nurse of war, especially as her job was to sow discord.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
T.L.: I guess it would have to be Dove Cameron, I loved her in Descendants. Yes I am a Disney fan.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
T.L.: Research and persistence. Know what you are getting into and never give up. There is so much to being an author that you never realize until you become one. I still come across things that make me feel like a newb.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
T.L.: That I hope they enjoy reading the Guardian’s stories as much as I enjoy writing them and that I love getting any feedback from my readers. I love to hear what they loved about my stories and even what they didn’t like. It all helps to make me a better author
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
T.L.: Currently I am not reading a book, between working and working on book three of the Guardians I haven’t had time. I do think I need to rectify that.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
T.L.: No I don’t but I do remember reading Salem’s Lot in fifth grade and the teacher saying that was beyond my capacity lol.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
T.L.: I love touching stories but I do cry easy, anything that has emotion in it no matter how small will get to me. animal videos on you tube can make me laugh and just having fun. Jeff Dunham is a good one to make me laugh, I love peanut!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
T.L.: It would be hard to say just one person, how about a time. For me it would be during the Greek God era. To see it all in person rather than read about it.To see all the Greek Temples in person and the cities.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
T.L.: I have many hobbies besides reading and writing. I love crafting, drawing and I can even crochet. Today as a matter of fact I finished making the pails that will hold the candy, bookmarks and bracelets for the author signing event. I love arts.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
T.L.: Oh this list could go on and on. MASH (courtesy of my husband), any Star Trek show, Bones, Castle, Charmed, Hercules just to name a few of the T.V. Shows. Movies I loved the Harry Potter series, the avengers, the justice league and so much more.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
T.L.: I love Mexican food. Black and blue are my favourite colours although when you put black with any color it makes it look so much cooler in my eyes. As for music my tastes are all over. I like country from all eras, love 80’s pop and 80’s metal.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
T.L.: Cry in my tea?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
T.L.: She accomplished her dream
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
T.L.: I have a few different sites they can visit:
They can also friend my facebook account here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013421624985
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/T.L.-Shively/e/B01MSIMX6S/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1522602843&sr=1-2-ent
Buying link for The Secret Sanctuary
Buying link for The Town That Time Forgot
I want to say thank you for this opportunity and was nice talking to you.