Author Interview: T.L. Christianson

It’s another Friday, which means it is time for another fun weekend. What do you have planned? I thought I would start the weekend out right with sitting down with paranormal & sci-fi romance author T.L. Christianson. Check out her interview below to see behind the mind of a spectacular author.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

As a Colorado native and having lived in small mountain towns most my life, I’m an outdoors person. I love to hike, bike, and be outside. I’m married and have two children. I homeschooled, cloth diapered my babies and lived in a yurt. However, life goes on, and things change. My children are teenagers now and going to public school. I’ve gone back to my love of the written word. In my spare time, I read, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and best of all I write.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write paranormal romance and sci-fi romance. I have always been a huge sci-fi fan, but a story without love is like food without salt. There needs to be a little salt 😉

What inspired you to become an author?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve lived in my own imagination. Writing for me has always been my comfort, my escape, and my most profound companion since I can remember. However, I give my sister, and author, Ann Martinez (Annabelle Anders), the credit for pushing me off the publishing ledge. After reading through my work, she pointed to what would become Crimson and said, “You have to publish this. This is really good.” She helped me begin that journey and is still the one I go to when I have questions about the writing world. I took her advice and wrote Crimson during the spring of 2018, and the rest is history.

What is your writing process like?

There are two types of writers, a ‘panser’ who writes whatever pops into their mind and a ‘plotter’ who plots everything out. I’m both in a tangled mess. I start off by loosely plotting everything out, but when I get to know my characters, they basically do whatever they want.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?

Crimson came about around 10 years ago when I was home-schooling my children in Durango. Rebecca and Jack are based on my real-life children. The story started off as a fun journal – but with the premise that I was a vampire. When I decided to write Crimson as a book in 2018, I originally meant it to be stand-alone and not part of a series, but as the characters spoke to me, I knew that there was more to the story that needed to be told.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

I have a fantastic friend and blogger, Amy Bernal. We always say that we’re soul sisters. She has my back, gives me feedback, and is someone who I can talk to for hours on end…just like a sister.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Hmmm…I can’t remember not writing. But, the first author that made me fall in love with reading was Anne McCaffrey and Orson Scott Card. They created these fantastic worlds that I could just dive into and lose myself.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

The world is a hard place, there’s a lot of pain and suffering. I want you to lose yourself, and let go of all your pain and stress. That’s all that matters, that’s why I write.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?

Initially, I Indie published under my own label. I’d been emailing with a publisher, but after talking with some authors I trusted, I decided the best route for me was to go on my own. However, recently, I have signed a contract with a publisher to do a book in an established series! The official announcement will come later this month.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

The 4th book of my Shades of Red Series being released October 25! I have some new series on the horizon..


The Author

T.L.ChristiansonT.L. lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. She’s a graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an avid outdoorswoman. When she’s not outside or writing, you’ll find her playing the Sims, a new Nancy Drew Mystery game or watching some Netflix.

She’s always jotted down stories and even wrote her first novel at age 16. T.L. finally decided to share her stories with the world and pursue publication after a severe injury left her in the hospital. She was given a bleak prognosis with lots of restrictions. Fighting to overcome them, T.L. has defied her doctors expectations and now lives a normal life. Although she still struggles occasionally from the fallout of her injuries, she’s a fighter and wants merely to give her readers the joy and contentment that she feels when reading a good book.

For more information or to contact T.L. visit her at www.TLChristianson.com

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The Book

CrimsonfrontVampire nanny, Emilie, stumbles across a deadly secret, a hidden lab and undeniable chemistry with the doctor. Her new life on an isolated estate may break the barriers that have kept her alive for over a hundred years.

When vampire Emilie discovers her neighbor dead, she’s granted a new lease on her undead life. Seizing the opportunity, she takes over the newly departed identity and job as a tutor on an isolated estate in the mountains of Colorado. Having always wanted children, teaching Dr. Owen Bennett’s children is her dream come true.

However, Dr. Bennett is preternaturally accomplished, handsome and eccentric, and Emilie suspects that he too is a vampire. To add to the mystery, his wife has seemingly vanished, he’s tight-lipped about who he works for, and his research is kept under lock and key.

After uncovering one of his secrets that could have severe repercussions for all of her kind, Emilie is swiftly kidnapped by a gang of vampires and forced to make an unthinkable choice.

Now that she has found the second life she was searching for, can she outsmart her captors or will her secrets and lies be the downfall of everyone she’s come to care about?

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Today I am participating in a Facebook Take-Over event over on Tyffani Clark’s Facebook page. I will be co-hosting at 8pm CST. Just because that is my time slot doesn’t mean you can’t go enjoy the fun beforehand. There are dozens of authors participating of all genres. What does this mean for you? Glad you ask, it means their are multiple sales, giveaways and awesome content for you to enjoy.

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The weekend is pretty quiet for me this time around. However, on Monday I will be co-hosting another Facebook Take-over event for author Tanya L. Harris at 4pm CST. Come join us celebrate the 4th & 5th for Tanya’s newest release “Unbound”.

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DG Lamb: Guest Post

Please welcome, my special guest Sci-fi Author DG Lamb to my blog for this special Friday Author Spotlight. He has prepared an awesome guest post! Hope you all enjoy :).

~ World Building ~
The Bridge between Author and Reader

In fantasy and sci fi, world building is all about answering the question: What if? It is the answers to these questions of what if that are the girders of the bridge the reader must cross to enter the author’s imagined world. If there are too few girders or if they are poorly assembled, the bridge’s roadway, the surface on which the reader walks, will be shaky or uneven. The need to sufficiently think out and consistently apply the details of how a futuristic or magical world works creates one of the greatest challenges for the fantasy/sci fi writer. Why? Because the foundational answers to these what if questions are rarely directly referenced in the writing. Or, to continue the analogy, the structure of the bridge is mostly unseen.

For me, the original what if was: What if I was creating a Skinner Box in the future, having all of that advanced technology at my disposal, what would it be like? So, harkening back to your Intro to Psychology class, recall that B F Skinner was a behavioral psychologist who created an operant conditioning chamber in which rats would learn to press a lever to receive a food reward. I began thinking of all of the ways a futuristic room could supply positive and negative responses to the occupant’s behavior: varied lighting levels, colors, temperature, smells, the firmness of the floor – all sorts of ways to shape the person’s behavior. And thus, The Womb was born! But, so what? I had a fantastic room that could do all sorts of neat stuff, but it was just a single girder. So, I needed to answer some more what if questions.

I had to know what kind of society would want to create such a room. Well, we already know it has to be set in the future. But, what if there was a secret order of assassins who kidnapped children and molded them to fill their ranks of covert operators? Hmmm, seems unlikely that people wouldn’t notice that their children were disappearing. OK, what if Earth societies continued their competitive ways and after the discovery of FTL (faster than light) space travel, they so rapidly expanded outward that the space frontier became much like the old Wild West in America? What if law enforcement and governmental oversight lagged far behind this expansion, particularly in the American Sector, where private enterprises were allowed to establish settlements to support capitalist ventures? What if some of these “company colonies” were a bit more relaxed about funding social institutions, such as orphanages, and a significant number of children were left to fend for themselves? Who would notice if a few choice candidates were plucked from this planet or that colony? Wow! Now I have the beginnings of a system of connecting girders that supports the creation of The Womb.

Most of these elements of Joshua’s world are only indirectly referenced, if at all. For example, the fact that a Swedish ex-patriot in Norway discovered FTL travel is not even hinted at until well into the Driven to the Hilt series – the fifth book, in fact. But this girder permits the placement of a tiny tasty detail in The Deepest Cut (Book 1), as the topic for a paper Joshua had to write for his mother. For me, such details are the small sprinkling of spice that brings more flavor to the world, helping the story sparkle with life. Sometimes the need for girders is obvious. I knew I had to support the idea that someone as young as Joshua could survive what was to come. So I tried to establish a strong foundation with the core values instilled by his parents, his obvious intellect, his mother’s loving but unrelenting expectations that he do his best, his greater maturity secondary to being an only child, and his physical prowess and leadership skills by way of the stickball game, among other things. However, sometimes the missing girders wake me up in a cold sweat. For example, after I first wrote about Joshua retrieving Mom’s Fang from Muldavy, I just had him continuing on his way, fighting to survive the malignant attentions of the underbelly of New Cincinnati. But then it struck me, are you serious? Some kid is seen walking into town holding a creature in his hand that is so deadly, the fear of it has kept the colony out of The Swamp since its founding. And this would not get out? This would not make the news? Of course it would. But if such an issue is not addressed, perhaps the reader will not realize exactly what is wrong, but most will hear a hollow thump to their footsteps as they cross the bridge, an untruth that echoes from beneath, causing a dissatisfaction that lingers to the end of the book. And then they will say, “Yeah, that was a pretty good book, I guess.” They will not say, “Now that was a great read! I have to tell my friends about this.”

And so, the unheralded process of writing speculative fiction is supporting the world you create with a sufficient number of properly placed girders. I did this with a wide variety of topics: the weather that produces the permanent overcast of New Cincinnati, the extensive use of lab created foods, the way in which the bottom-line priorities of the sponsoring corporation shaped the colony. And the impact of each of these elements must be taken into account when writing about the people of the settlement. If you have considered all of these things, it will come through in both obvious and subtle aspects of your writing. The logical application of the rules of your world and the glimmers of fine details that you create provides that extra dimension, that rounding of the edges, that filling out of the characters, that makes a good story great.


DG LAMB

DG Lamb is the Clinical Director of a comprehensive neurorehabilitation program. In addition to a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, he has a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. He has also worked with law enforcement officers suffering from PTSD after critical incidents. While recovering from prostate cancer surgery, his son suggested he try his hand at creative writing.

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Already a social outcast because of his father’s alleged betrayal, young Joshua finds himself trapped outside the mining colony on the planet of Cypress Grove. He faces a dark rainforest infested with a creature so deadly, it has kept all humans confined inside their only settlement for decades. If he can manage to escape these alien wilds, he will then have to brave the even darker dangers of the colony’s criminal underworld.

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