Thank you, and thanks for this opportunity!
What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
science fiction, a combination of the two, and space opera. I loved reading
fantasy and sci-fi books growing up, and those got me hooked on the genres.
Then, when I started writing, I channelled fantasy and sci-fi stories, no doubt
because I enjoy them. I also enjoy romance, so all my books have an element of
that, and, of course, the space opera is the most romantic of all.
to a channel, I stick with it until it ends, sometimes writing five or six
books in one long tome, which I then split up into traditional book-sized
editions. While I’m channelling a particular story, I won’t get anything from
work with a writing/critique group?
member of a writers’ guild for a couple of years, a few years ago, which helped
to hone my prose considerably. Before that, I was a lone writer, and, since I
wrote purely for my own enjoyment and had no intention of ever publishing the
books, that suited me fine. Nowadays, I just don’t have the time.
reading was Charlotte’s Web. I love animals, and enjoyed that book
immensely. I read it many times.
through bags of potato crisps, bars of chocolate and tubs of double-cream
yoghurt whilst writing, but these days I only indulge in a bag of popcorn on
desk. It’s a coffee table with my PC on it, where I can sit comfortably on the
sofa with my keyboard on my lap and my mouse on its pad beside me. I find that
the most relaxing, with a cushion for lumbar support so I don’t get a sore back
when I spend many hours writing.
traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
didn’t pay to have the books published but, after numerous rejections from
mainstream publishers over the course of twenty years, I gave up on that route.
Then, I discovered that indie authors can also be very successful, so I decided
to try that option rather than never have the books published at all. I figured
I had nothing to lose, at that stage. The success I’ve had, and the series’ popularity,
has been a dream come true, and an amazing experience. I have no regrets. In
fact, I’m happy I went this route now, and recommend it to all up-and-coming
most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
read as a child, J. R. R. Tolkien and Stephen R. Donaldson.
with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
and your prose as good as you can make it. A well-produced book will enhance
your readers’ enjoyment and gain you good reviews, not only for your story, but
also for the quality of your writing. It’s a good idea to join a writing guild
for critiques and free edits, or send your book to a professional editor who
will also point out any other flaws such as info dumps, logic issues, stating
the obvious and repetition.
your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
honestly don’t think any of the current popular actors or actresses would be entirely
suitable to play the roles, although whenever I watch a film or TV series, I
assess the actors and actresses’ potential. I think my characters would be
difficult to play, especially Blade, from The Queen’s Blade. So far, the
closest prospects I’ve come across are Tom Welling, who could possibly play
Bane in Demon Lord, and Stephen Amell from the TV series Arrow to
play Sabre in The Cyber Chronicles.
when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
everyday, boring events happen every day, although I don’t go to the
supermarket that often, thankfully. A while ago, when I left the supermarket,
my car wouldn’t start. That was when I drove a twenty-one-year-old banger,
which I loved. It had a charger problem, but that was the only time it ever let
me down while I was away from home. Luckily, some very helpful car guards came
to help and gave me a push so I could jump start it and be on my way home.
and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years
exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and
she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe
and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.T. C. Southwell has written over thirty novels, ranging from fantasy and
science fiction to romance and adventure, as well as five screenplays. Her
hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time
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TC Southwell Virtual Book Tour Itinerary
1 – 14 August 2013
Friday, 2 August
How to Create Good Characters, hosted by Rebekah Grow
Saturday, 3 August
Author & character interview, hosted by Nicole Hill
Wednesday, 7 August
Creating Original Fantasy Creatures, hosted by Michelle Louring
Thursday, 8 August
How to Write a Good Fight Scene, hosted by Fireblade Publishers
Friday, 9 August
Why Reading is Important, hosted by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
Saturday, 10 August
Inside the Mind of an Author, hosted by Tracy Falbe
Sunday, 11 August
How to Deal with Book Pirates & author interview, hosted by the Indie Author Network
Monday, 12 August
Literary Characters TC Southwell would Date, Dump or Marry, hosted by Nicole Hill
Tuesday, 13 August
Tips for New Writers, hosted by The Independent Bookworm
For daily tour updates and a tour overview on Thursday, 15 August, visit TC Southwell’s blog.