MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR THERESA TROUTMAN❤️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi Amy! Thanks so much for letting introduce myself to your readers. I’m Theresa Troutman and write sexy romance with a happy ending. I also have a naughty side and write as T.S. Irons. I also have a travel blog as The Savvy Traveler.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
By My Side is a second chance, friends to lovers steamy romance about an American to travels to New Zealand to escape a cheating ex- husband. She meets a hunky bartender/rocker and is instantly smitten. There is a lot of sexual tension as the two try to be friends, but realize their attraction is great to not “go for it.”
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I think is life too hard and if you are going to spend your free time reading, you should be entertained and the book should have a happy ending.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I love to travel and often write about the places I visit.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Love’s Great Adventure Series is inspired by my love of England. It’s about a hot British bad boy who finds himself on the shores of American making friends with a girl doesn’t let him get away with anything. It’s a friends to lovers romance. It’s also a good old- fashioned soap opera about family, friendship, loyalty and love.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love these character so much, it’s hard to pick, but I would say book 3 – London Loves is my favorite because we see Sebastian and Tess return to his home town to deal with unfinished family business and search for the father he never knew. A lot of questions are answered in this book that were posed in the first two books.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes! I currently have 4 books and I’m writing a novella that focuses on Sebastian’s sister – Sigourney.
What’s a typical working day like for you?
Unfortunately, I have a full-time job.
When and where do you write?
In the evening or weekends.
Do you set a daily writing goal?
No, I find it more stressful if I don’t hit it. Sometimes it can take a few weeks to work out a plot point or scene in my head. I want to write and publish the best book I can, so I do not set time limits.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m working on two right now, The Love’s Great Adventure novella (currently untitled) by Theresa Troutman. I also am writing an erotic romance called Viper – The Dirty Mechanic by T.S. Irons
Marketing the books and advertising so people can find them to read. What do you think of book trailers?
I like book trailers. I don’t think they sell books, however.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have made several trailers for my books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I’ve published 12 books!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I love creating stories and hearing from readers. It’s amazing to have written something that touches their hearts and sticks in their minds.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Retired and writing full-time.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, since I was in grade school.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
This business is not for the faint of heart. It is very hard to wear all the hats that are required from conception to production and marketing. You will most likely not get rich doing this job, so do it because you love it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d work in a museum.
One of my other loves is art.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)?
Do you respond to them, good or bad?
How do you deal with the bad?
Not everyone is going to like your book or get it. It’s a part of life and I don’t take it personally.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing. Sometimes on the fifth read before publication, I’m very tired of reading the book! It must be done to catch as many typos as possible.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
From The Love’s Great Adventure Novella – by Theresa Troutman
A bright round beam of light shinning like a halo awoke me from my slumber. As I opened my eyes, I glimpsed a sterile white ceiling and the offending light bulb that caused me to blink my eyes. Where was I? Turning to my left, I found my brother, Sebastian sitting in a chair. He was reading a book, not taking notice that I was awake. Looking to my right, I saw my mother, Lady Lily Irons. She simultaneously smiled and sighed.
“Am I dead?” my horse voice cracked.
“Why in heaven’s name would you ask that?” mummy questioned as she stood from her chair and touched my shoulder.
“I must be dead if you and if you and Sebastian are quietly sitting in the same room together.”
Sebastian closed his book while chuckling to himself. “You are very much in the land of the living. Lily and I have declared a brief truce.”
I glanced back at my mother for an explanation. “You’ve been in a car accident, Sigourney. Do you remember what happened?” she asked.
Why did you choose to write in your genre?
I love romance and a cast of character, but I find people don’t always like to read that. I started writing erotica as an experiment to see if it would sell more. Of course it did, so I continue.
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write whatever I’m in the mood to write, so I usually have two projects going at the same time.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
J.K. Rowling, Evelyn Waugh. “Brideshead Revisited” and “The Great Gatsby”
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Sebastian Irons and Tess Hamilton. Sebastian is terrible flawed, but has a big heart. I love taking the reader on his journey of spoilt brat to redemption. He turns out to be a fantastic, loving and caring husband/ father. I wish he were real! Tess Hamilton is a lot like me. She is hard- working and ambitious. She loves with her whole heart, but is strong enough to be honest with her love ones when she has to be.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Social Media Links
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/860433074038055/ Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/theresa-troutman
T.S. Irons: https://www.facebook.com/T.S.Irons
amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/T.S.-Irons/e/B00VVG12ZE/ ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1435370961&sr=8-1 https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13787574.T_S_Irons? from_search=true&search_version=service
The Savvy Traveler:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original. I don’t write what is hot or now. I’ve always like things that were just off-center, so I write what I know.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
They are an amazing support group that I can bounce ideas off. They also can motivate me to write.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤
You are welcome!