MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR T.N. LOWE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Tonya Lowe, my pen name is T.N. Lowe.
I consider my book genre to be suspense or thriller.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
A Secret To Kill For is about Erin Murphy an FBI agent who was fired because her journalist boyfriend cited her as the source for an article on an active serial murder case. Erin’s boyfriend flees town, and her life spirals out of control. With some pushing from her friends, Erin gets her life back on track by accepting a local police position in Moose Valley, Colorado. However, she did not leave all of her old life behind in Washington D.C., the serial murderer she was hunting follows her.
I got the idea for the Secret and Lies series from current affairs and books like The Pelican Brief and The Firm.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Growing up my mom got me into reading books and watching movies, and T.V. shows that revolved around solving puzzles. They drew you in and made you want to keep reading or watching to find out what would happen next. That was the biggest influence in writing suspense/thrillers.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For A Secret To Kill For I researched on the FBI and their different units. But my primary focus was on the Behavior Science Unit and their study on serial murders. This was both disturbing and interesting.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Secret and Lies series revolves around one secret and the lies everyone tells. How many lies will be told to keep one secret?
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I don’t have a favorite.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I got the idea for the Secret and Lies series from current affairs and inspiration from John Grisham books like The Pelican Brief and The Firm.
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
A typical work day starts at four in the morning with a workout. Then I’m off to work. During the work week, I try to write for a couple of hours after dinner, but I do most my writing on the weekends.
When the weather is nice, I like to write outside with music playing and my dogs playing in the backyard. When the weather does not allow me to write outside, I like to write in the living room with a movie or T.V. show I’ve seen a million times playing in the background. I don’t set writing goals I try to get as much done as I can in the time I have.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Secret Revenge Secret and Lies book 2 is at the editors now and will be released in January 2019. I am working on the rough draft of Secret Remorse Secret and Lies book 3 which I hope to release in February or March 2019.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I think character names are important if a name is difficult to pronounce or unrecognizable it can discourage readers.
Where do your ideas come from?
I’m inspired by the people I meet, the places I visit, books I read, and the T.V. shows and movies I watch.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’ve thought about experimenting with sci-fi fantasy.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting past writer’s block.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I consider my best accomplishment to be writing and publishing my books. It was something I never thought I could do.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Creating your own stories, people, and world.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I hope to still be writing with at least one best seller.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I became interested in writing during elementary school.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write what you like to read and write for yourself. If you are proud of what you produce that is all that matters.
Make friends with other authors and bloggers. They can help you navigate the publishing world.
Read the reviews but remember not everyone will like your books, and that’s okay.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I work in the healthcare field and write.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read the reviews of my books. Good or bad I respond, “Thank you for your review.” When I read a bad review, I try to take one good thing or something I can improve.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing is my least favorite part of the publishing process.
What are you working on now?
I am working on Secret Revenge Secret and Lies book two.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
It is still in the editing stage so please forgive any typos, but here is an excerpt from Secret Revenge:
“You know I have to give it to you; you are one hard bitch to kill. I tried bumping the whale watching ship you were on, who knew that old coot could drive the stupid thing? When that didn’t work I cut the brake lines of your car, well just frayed them to make it look like an accident. Your piece of shit car was better equipped to keep you safe than I thought. As a last ditch effort I put enough ruffies in your food to kill an elephant and yet here you are. That’s when I gave up and teamed up with this asshole; if I couldn’t kill you, at least I could get some cash out of the deal.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write suspense because I enjoy coming up with new twists and turns to stump readers in finding out who villain is.
Where did your love of books come from?
My love of books came from my parents. Growing up they read to me and enrolled me in summer reading programs and encouraged me to read.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
There are so many, but a few of my favorites are John Grisham, James Patterson, Helen Hardt, Meghan March, Sylvia Day, P.T. Michelle, Victoria Quinn, Sylvian Reynard, and Penelope Sky.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite character is Dylan Love from Secret Revenge. His is so cocky and charming, but he is also loyal to his family, you can’t help but love him.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me. In fact, when I start writing a new book, I have trouble sleeping because I’m thinking of new ideas to write.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Spending time with friends and family and scrolling through social media pages are my writing kryptonite.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have several authors I network with on social media. I think their creativity helps
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
What was I thinking?
Where can your fans find you and follow??