**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with TR FISCHER
First, a little about me … I’m a native of Colorado, but spent six years in various parts of California in my early adult years. I’ve done a wide range of things to earn a living, including being a hair stylist, a 911 operator and police dispatcher, a bank teller, a real estate admin, a full-time mom and am now a buffalo and rancher who also writes fiction. I’ve been married to the same great guy for a long time, and we have four children who make our life fun and interesting.
I began writing fiction several years ago. After many fits and starts, I finally completed my first novel in early 2014. The second one only took a few months and I just completed the first draft of the third. I love writing and teaching others how to write fiction.
1. How did you get started writing?
I like to stay busy. My husband began commuting out of state for work and all the kids were in school, so I was looking for something interesting to do. I woke up one morning after a vivid dream and—though I dream all the time and never felt the need to record anything—felt compelled to write it down. It was an emotional scene and I thought it would make a great beginning to a book or a movie. Later, I decided to create an outline for a book. I realized I had a great deal to learn if I was actually going to follow through, so I took a writing class and read every book I could find on how to write fiction. From there, I have been involved in a few writing groups to get feedback.
2. What genre do you write and why?
My first book, Prey For Me, is a high-octane suspense with a touch of romance. The next, A Man Around The House, is a romantic comedy with suspense. My work-in-progress is a romantic drama with elements of suspense. So I’m kind of eclectic, but can’t seem to stay away from romance and suspense. I like to put two “regular people” in situations that test them and see what happens. It’s probably also due to the fact that I love to read both romance and suspense, especially when the story involves interesting characters and a plot full of surprises.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I frequently listen to audio books since I have little time to actually read. If I’m not doing that, I often think about my plot or characters or just enjoy the scenery. I live in a rural setting that offers a lot to enjoy.
4. What is your favorite thing about writing?
That’s a tough one, because I love the whole process. I guess I’d have to say the research. I get to meet interesting people and learn about what they do and how they think. It always provides great writing fodder that I never would have thought up without having had the experience.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Marketing and promotion. I realize both are unavoidable, but I’m not a real “sales-y” person. It’s difficult for me to say, “Hey! Buy my book!.” But, I do want to keep the power bill paid and stay in my home, so here I am: visit my website and check out my first chapters for free. Then, buy my books and tell everyone you know about them!
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
My dad would be Clint Eastwood, because he’s just so dang cool. My mom would be Lucille Ball because she was so funny.
7. Where to do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere. Most of my stories begin with a scene that comes to me. If it’s compelling, I write it down and begin to ruminate on it while out for a walk or doing mundane tasks. Often, as the storyline develops, I do research on the topics I’m unfamiliar with and that process gives me snippets of things like how people in a given profession or walk of life speak—this helps with writing dialogue.
The truth is, I’ve been thinking up stories since I can remember. My imagination is always turned all the way up, so I think of more ideas than I’ll ever have time to write. Once I decide on a particular story, then I work on the characters. I’m not easy to please as a reader, so I strive to create stories and characters that will satisfy others who don’t want cookie-cutter plots and characters in the books they choose to read.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
Mostly women, though I’ve had a few guys write reviews and tell me in person that they loved both of my books. So, women who like suspense, humor, and unlikely romantic relationships. My books are clean enough for teens as well.
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
I used to need that, but I haven’t had to do anything to “get in the mood” for a long time. Now that I can look back, I can see I had great trepidation about the very idea of writing a book. It was intimidating! When I wrote A Man Around The House last year, the story just poured out of me. It’s been the same with my new project. I put several months into research and plot planning, but the actual writing took about five weeks.
10. Tell us about your next book and when it will be released.
I just completed the first draft of my latest book, which is as yet untitled. The story involves a female delivery driver who is struggling to get past a big loss in her life, a former army medic who came home from Afghanistan to find out that the war cost him a great deal at home, and a child whose only caregiver suddenly disappears.
I don’t have a firm release date, but I’m hoping for spring 2015. I’ll post the date on the home page of my website. If you want a sneak peak at the first pages once they are ready, sign up for my email list on my website.
Links to TR’s website, blog, books, etc.
Read the first chapter for free at www.TRFischer.com
My blog: TRFischer.blogspot.com
Here you can find a blend of posts about my books, my life and my interests.
My website: www.TRFischer.com
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about TR, her new release, and an excerpt from A MAN AROUND THE HOUSE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: TR is giving away a PDF copy of A MAN AROUND THE HOUSE to a lucky reader who comments on her Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read this story! Thanks, TR, for sharing your stories with us!