Interview with Terri Reid, Author of the Mary O’Reilly Series

What were your goals and intentions in this series of books, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

When I first started publishing my books, in 2010, quite frankly my goal was to create another income stream because the stock market flash crash had decimated my marketing and public relations company. After a year or so, I realized that reaching out and touching the lives of my readers were even more important than earning a living. I love to hear from readers when a particular story or even a quote has helped them.

What are some of the references that you used while researching these books?
I use everything – and I’m pretty sure the NSA is watching me in a van parked outside my house. I use the internet for a lot of scientific information – like how to create a poison that is undetectable and could dissipate quickly, or how many days does it take a body to decompose. (See what I mean about the NSA) I also use newspapers, news stories, personal stories that have been told to me – so many things spark ideas.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?
My writing is character-driven. The plot is an important vehicle in the story, but the relationships between the characters are the heart and soul.

What was the hardest part of writing these books?
Keeping up with my readers’ needs. 😊 I LOVE my readers, they are awesome, loyal and supportive. But as soon as I put out a new book, they read it in a day or two and then they are ready for more. I really need to learn how to speed write.

What did you enjoy most about writing these books?
I love my characters. I cry (actually sob) through some of the parts as I write, I chuckle at their jokes and my heart melts when something tender happens. I am totally involved as I create these stories.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your books?
Growing up in an Irish family, we always told ghost stories or had paranormal events happen in our homes, it was just a part of life. I was surprised when people told me that they didn’t believe in ghosts. How could you just not believe in something that was real, I’d wonder. These stories bring to life (excuse the pun) ghosts who still have the characteristics of the people they were when they were alive.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I have always loved reading. Being brought up in a large, loud family was sometimes overwhelming for an introvert. Finding a quiet corner with a book was my escape. I loved living vicariously through the protagonists in the books – from Jo in Little Women to Alec Ramsey in the Black Stallion.

How long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pencil in my hand. I have always loved telling stories.

What inspires you?
My family, friends and faith.

What do you like to read in your free time?
Anything from genre fiction (romance, mysteries or young adult) to Scriptures to magazine articles (National Geographic, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, Mary Jane’s Farm) to non-fiction (Crime References, Earth Magic, Celtic History.)

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m working on the 19th book in the Mary O’Reilly series. When that’s complete, I’ll be working on the 2nd book in the Order of Brigid’s Cross series. When that’s done, I’ll be working on either the 20th book in the Mary O’Reilly series, or the 2nd book in the Eochaidh series.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Since I could hold a pencil in my hand. 😊

 

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your books, but nobody has?
Would you like me to make a television series based on your books? That would be an awesome question.

 

Terri Reid Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Terri-Reid/e/B004S8D0R0/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/terri.reid.733

Twitter:

@terrireid10

Author Interview with Tahlia Newland, The Locksmith’s Secret

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We are delighted that Charla has chosen to interview Tahlia Newland who is the author of, The Locksmith’s Secret, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion ®, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, The Locksmith’s Secret, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.

 

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I had the immense pleasure of contacting author, Tahlia Newland, for an interview concerning her book The Locksmith’s Secret. Ms. Newland is based in Australia. – Charla
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
The Locksmith’s Secret was planned as a sequel to Worlds Within Worlds. I wanted to finish the romance that I began in the first book and also to explore more of the same concepts—that of a person being made up of several strands of experience including past lives, imagination, dreams and spiritual experiences. I think I achieved this pretty well.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?
I’ve been told that my writing makes people feel as if they’re in the scene with the characters, but other than that, I guess it’s the metaphysical aspects of all my work. There is always some spiritual or mental level to my stories.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Getting the different strands to weave together so it feels like one story.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love the ephemeral city—a vacant transparent city floating in space and existing only by the grace of the lines of light that draw it like a sketch. Ella spends most of her time there trying to get to the locksmith who is the only other soul in the whole city, and he’s several floors up in a building with no doors. The story thread, particularly the end, is a symbol of what is actually happening in her real life.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
There’s a strong emancipation theme in the book, and that’s just something that I’ve always been concerned about, and the idea of a person having many strands to their existence is also a subject that has fascinated me for years. So I guess these interests just came out in the book.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
My books are all fantasy or magical realism with a touch of romance. I like these genres because they have lots of scope for powerful metaphysics.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a young child. I saw books as a doorway to worlds that I would never see any other way. Now I can share the worlds of my imagination with others.

How long have you been writing?
Since 2007. My first publication was in 2010.

What inspires you?
Ideas and mental images.

What do you like to read in your free time?
Fantasy and sci-fi and sometimes really good lit fiction or a cozy mystery.

What projects are you working on at the present?
My energy at the moment is going into a pod and video cast called Happiness Hints, which is on You Tube, Podbean, Stitcher and iTunes. I put out a show every week, so it’s taking all my writing time for the moment. If it doesn’t take off after a few months, I’ll go back to writing.

What do your plans for future projects include?
I have a steampunk book ¾ done (The Rise of the Aether Mages) and an adult fantasy romance in the works.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I never wanted to be a writer, it just happened when I got inspired for The Diamond Peak Series. Inspiration drove me to learn what I needed to learn in order to write well.

How do you find or make time to write?
I’m under-employed so I have plenty of time. When I’m in the midst of a project I get up early and write before the day gets going.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
Is mind really that powerful? The answer is ‘yes.’

What book would you like to write but haven’t or can’t yet?
I would like to finish Captive, which is the fantasy romance I mentioned above, but it’s a tricky one because the protagonist is taken for a ‘personal’ slave, so it’s a subject matter that needs to be handled carefully. The theme of the book is that real freedom comes from mental freedom. I’ve written two drafts, but haven’t felt ready to finish it yet. It needs a time when I can really focus on it.

 

Stop by Tahlia’s website to keep up on her writings: http://tahlianewland.com

 

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