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Friday, February 15, 2013

Author Interview – Billie Thomas


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Genre – Mystery

Rating – PG

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve been a writer since before I could hold a pencil. In school, I would actually write the books I did book reports on. (I can’t believe my teachers let me do that.) It always came so naturally to me that it was – and still is – a joy.

When did you first know you could be a writer? I remember taking one of those standardized tests in high school that recommend jobs for you. Turns out, all the jobs I’m suited for involved writing and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that advertising was listed first alphabetically. It was that easy.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Writing is easy and fun for me. Storytelling – that’s another matter. The structure of a well-paced story didn’t come naturally to me the way it seems to for other writers. It’s something I’ve taken classes for and continue to work at.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I work in advertising so I do write for a living. It’s a very creative, but at times very stressful job As long as I can balance the two – writing novels and writing commercials – I’ll do so. But if I had to choose, I’d choose novels. Unfortunately, right now, the choice is between writing novels and eating. And a girl’s gotta eat.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? I’d love to say writing humor, but that’s so subjective. I’ll go with my perseverance. Finding time to write with my demanding job, getting a novel published and doing whatever I can to promote it – I’m certainly not taking the path of least resistance when it comes to my writing. That’s how I know I really love it!

How do you promote this book? I’ve let my main character, Chloe Carstairs, have her own blog, chloegetsaclue.com. She does character interviews with other the protagonists in other authors’ books and has made some great connections for us that way. She also solves free mini mysteries on the blog, which have become quite popular. Oh and she tweets like crazy. When I’m trying to get to sleep, I’m like, “Chloe, enough with the tweeting already.”

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