MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR T.L. TRAVIS!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
TL Travis – Erotic Romance, mostly LGBT
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Which one? Right now the big series I have is Social Sinners. I came up with their band name first which ended up being the title. I love this series because I get to relive all the metal concerts I’ve been to.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
It was by accident to be quite honest. I had what was to be the last argument with my ex-husband and The Awakening came to me in a dream that night. I had the rough draft written in 30 days, but it took me 9 years to edit it to where I was comfortable releasing it.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Internet research on Varna, Bulgaria
Can you tell me about your Series?
Social Sinners is a 5 book series about childhood friends who start a metal band in Seattle. This book goes through the behind the scenes trials and tribulations equated with being in a band along with the fact that the band members are all gay. That in itself comes with it’s own challenges.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Yes, book 2. I connected with Stoli on multiple levels so he holds a special place in my heart. Not to mention the fact that his nickname is derived from my favorite vodka.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
From seeing the picture of Cody Criswell, the cover model for book 1.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Mostly local research, the concert scenes come from actual metal concerts I’ve attended.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, from the onset I knew I wanted to do a book from each bandmembers stand point.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
After coffee, I market then in the afternoon I write.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have several. Book 2 of the Social Sinners series, In The Shadows released 8/17. 9/28 – Greyson Fox come out and 11/23 book 2 of The Elders Trilogy – Consequences releases. Then I have 4 more slated for 2019.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Really just Stoli’s nickname. The rest were chosen randomly.
Where do your ideas come from?
Dreams, other books I read, people watching – you name it. I find everything around me to be inspiring.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d love to write a trans character one day, but still in the same genre I currently write in.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Staying off of social media.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
Book trailers for a music series is a must. I’ve teamed up with Anthony Mattox (Mattox Media) from the band Artifas (he’s the cover model on book 3 of Social Sinners and Cody’s bandmate in Artifas.) He’s a trailer making genius and I’ve commissioned him to do all of mine from here on out.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Having 17 publications released in the 2 years I’ve been published.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Getting PM’s from my readers telling me how much they’ve enjoyed my books. Makes my day.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully planning my retirement.
Have you always liked to write?
No, it came as a shock to me when I wrote The Awakening.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write what you read and read what you write. Don’t let anyone take that dream from you.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
In the real world I’m a Construction/Facility Maintenance manager.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Only on Amazon, I refuse to read the ones on Goodreads because there are too many trolls 1 staring books they never even read.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Giving Amazon as much as they get for doing a minimal amount with my books.
What are you working on now?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is completely unedited:
The place was packed yet no matter where Samuel was, my eyes found him. It was as though they had some sort of Samuel sonar that was locked in on his DNA. More times than I could count our eyes met, only to have him quickly turn his away. But mine, they never strayed. Oddly enough, when Samuel would look my way it was after shooing away a handsy patron. Each time, my heart rate escalated, and it took all I had not to go full blown Cujo mode on them. I knew if Samuel needed help he’d get security involved and since he hadn’t done that I needed to get my jealousy under control. He wasn’t mine…yet…
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
It’s 95% of what I read
Where did your love of books come from?
The need to escape reality…
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Yes! Lily Luchesi, Ann Lister, Shannon Perrine, Ann Rice and so many more!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Sebastian from The Sebastian Chronicles. He’s a vampire with no boundaries 😉
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original, I write what comes to me.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Lily Luchesi, Ann Lister and Piper Kay have all been huge influences on me and helped along the way.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Boring as F&*k
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️