T.M. Souders is a bestselling author. Her women’s fiction novel, Waiting On Hope has been a bestseller in the categories Drama and Literature & Fiction/Drama on Amazon. She’s also a great person, who helps readers and authors with her popular website, The Cheap Kindle Daily.
Her new book, Freedom Road, is out today.
Needless to say, I’m delighted to have her in my spotlight. So, let’s learn more about her!
Please, tell us a little about yourself.
My name is T.M. Souders, and I’m originally from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Pittsburgh. After college, I moved around with my husband for several years before settling in rural Ohio. I published my first book a little more than a year ago, and have never looked back since. I now have two full length novels, one of which is a new release, and one novelette.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing creatively since my senior year in college, which was been *gasp* eight years ago! But I didn’t become completely focused and serious about writing fiction until just after the birth of my first son, about three and a half years ago.
Do you remember the first story you wrote?
Yes, the first story I wrote was a very cliché romance, more of the Harlequin type. And it was awful, really awful, lol. At the time, I was reading a lot of Nora Roberts and I think that was the type of book I thought I “should” write as opposed to what I thought I would enjoy writing and what I felt compelled to write. Needless to say, I moved on from that story, lol.
Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourself?
When I buy coffee out, the barista HAS to put the sugar in it for me. It tastes better. Probably because they’re not afraid to dump four tablespoons in without thought about the calories. And the calories don’t count if I don’t know they’re there, right?
Another rather peculiar thing I used to do was pick all of the spices out of my food. I’d line them around my plate, which would make my mother’s hair stand on end, but I hated spices. Luckily, I’m proud to say I’ve graduated from this weird aversion and now eat all of my food, spices included.
What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?
I don’t know that there’s been one specific thing, but anytime I have a reader say that they felt emotionally connected to my books or characters, it’s the best thing anyone can say to me.
Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?
Melissa Foster, if you like dramas.
Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?
My family, especially my mother. She’s always my biggest fan and supporter. She’s always there to lend an ear during times of frustration or when I don’t know which direction to go.
Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?
I actually just published a novel, but have already started a new one. It’s called “The Meal Ticket” and will be women’s fiction/romance.
What is your favorite of your books? Why?
Freedom Road, my new release. So much blood, sweat, and too many tears to count went into this book. I rewrote it front to back three times. I changed the storyline, everything. Let’s just say it was a long time coming, and I couldn’t be more proud of the final results.
What is your favorite of your characters? Why?
I’m torn between Tad and Sam. Sam, the main character, because she’s so strong, even if she doesn’t know it. And Tad because he’s so infectious. He’s cute, vibrant, and has so much love in him.
Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?
Yes! I love connecting with readers and other authors. I would say Twitter is my favorite, but I’m on Facebook a lot too.
How do you feel about marketing your books?
Marketing is essential. It’s something I do because I have to. If no one knows your books exist then how are they going to buy it? I would LOVE to have an assistant though to do some of the nitty-gritty for me, lol.
Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?
My website: http://tmsouders.com/
Freedom Road (Amazon): http://amzn.to/PiVmqR
Freedom Road (Barnes & Noble): http://bit.ly/QROB0Z
Waiting On Hope (Amazon): http://amzn.to/wwCWDq
Waiting On Hope (Barnes & Noble): http://bit.ly/y6QXvA
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Tia! It was amazing to have you here!
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