**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, T.D. HASSETT
Please help me welcome T.D. Hassett to my blog. Feel free to comment and ask her questions for a chance to win a copy of her book. Take it away, T.D.!
Thank you for letting me pop by today and share some information about how I started writing and what naughty stories I have to tell.
I only took up writing very recently and it was kind of a fluke. I am a teacher by profession and oddly enough was inspired to start writing by one of the students in my class. She was an inner city teenager with more baggage than I’ve ever come across. This girl is a smart kid with a ton of charisma. Often times I would catch her on the computer typing away but not about what was assigned. I’d try and redirect her and she’d say, “Miss, I can’t do that, I’m writing my novel.” I would get her to do a little bit of the class work and then she’d be back at her writing. It was both frustrating and inspiring. I went home and reflected on this student’s determination to write and found it was contagious.
I started a book that evening and by the end of a week I had forty pages written. It was slow going, but whenever I wanted to give up I just thought about my student who kept writing despite all the very real roadblocks life had thrown at her. What was my excuse for quitting? Could I really give something up because I had some writer’s block or was too busy? What would I be too busy doing at nine at night? It took me six months to get a polished draft ready to send to the publishers for consideration but it was worth it.
I got plenty of rejection letters but finally three publishing houses offered contracts and I chose Liquid Silver Books because the acquisitions editor reached out to me with all kinds of support and encouragement. I waited until I had a contract to tell my family and friends (and that inspirational student) that I had been writing. I suppose I was afraid to let them know about the writing for fear of it not being ‘good enough’ whatever that means. I can happily say that I am still writing and enjoying some wonderful support from friends, family and fellow writers.
My first novel was published in April 2013 and is titled, Isabel’s Awakening. I am in the editing stages with my second novel, Loving Link, and anticipate a December release date. Both books are about wounded souls finding each other and falling in love. The stories revolve around a well-known rock group and the women who catch the attention of these tortured stars long grown cynical by fame and fortune.
Each of the romances in my Love and Music Series is hindered by mysterious events complicating the key characters’ lives and nearly dooming their newly blossoming love. But readers can rejoice; I promise a happily ever after for each of my heroines and some very sizzling love scenes.
Do hurry up and read Isabel’s Awakening so you will be caught up and ready for Loving Link this winter.
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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about T.D. and her novel, ISABEL’S AWAKENING, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: T.D. will give away an e-book copy of ISABEL’S AWAKENING to one of her lucky readers who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, September 23, 2013. Thanks, T.D., for sharing your stories with us!