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Interview & Giveaway - The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart by T.M. Shannon

The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart

(The Hero of Talbadas, vol. 1)

by T.M. Shannon

WI: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
TS: Way back in primary school, back when creative writing was actually taught at school. I never finished a project I began, but then I still had some big ideas.

WI: What inspired you to pen this particular novel/book?
TS: I wanted to do a computer RPG. I don’t know coding, or graphic design, but I could write the story. There are many literary influences as well, which you will recognize when you come across them.

WI: What road blocks did you come across while writing this story?
TS: Its sheer, monstrous size. I got to a point where I had to see it published to continue writing. I said to myself, “As soon as I get published, I’ll have the motivation to keep going.” In the end, I self-published and I certainly have the motivation now!

WI: What do you do if a story just doesn't seem to flow the way you were hoping it would?
TS: I’ve had this many times with my “blunt” ideas. They just peter out after 10-20 pages. I keep them around - there might be a good idea or two in there; in fact, TSH comes from an earlier blunt story.

WI: What has been the hardest thing about marketing this story?
TS: Wondering where to go to market my book, and starting to build the “platform” - I’m still in the connecting phase, but that’s fine by me. I just started publishing in February.

WI: What is one thing you wished you knew before, that you now know about marketing?
T.S: It takes time, patience, and a lot of organising - which isn’t quite my strong point.

WI: What is one piece of advice that you received to help your writing that you still carry with you today?
TS: “Get a cut-throat, no-nonsense editor.” Affordability is an issue (seriously, I’ve seen $5K floated, and I could get a second hand car for that!), but in my opinion it doesn’t hurt to get out there while you’re building up funds to get that big fix.

WI: Tell us what a day in your writing life is like, do you have any writing quirks?
TS: I’d love to say I start in the morning with coffee, a quick bit of exercise, mope about the house a bit before beginning. Reality is: get little one’s milk, have shower, get ready for work, spend a few moments doodling on my phone with a handful of ideas. On my lunch break I get the laptop out and work on my stuff, then again a little phone-doodling on the trip home from work.
If I can get to work (without connecting on FB, Linked In, checking emails and Goodreads) after little one is in bed, its headphones on, fingers poised, “Let’s do this!” Again, I’d love to write all day…

WI: Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
TS: Onto a best-seller list, or into a movie deal. That sort of thing

WI: Are you currently working on any new projects?
TS: Up next is The Hero of Talbadas, Volume 2. It’s going to need re-writing (it already exists pretty-much up to completion). After that I’m going to take a break with another idea I have in mind.

WI: Do you have any upcoming events or special news you would like to share with our readers? 
TS: The best I can offer is 50% off the paperback through my CreateSpace eStore, and 99c on Kindle until the end of May. I’m giving a chance to win review copies through Virtual Book Tour, and there will be discounts available.

WI: Where can readers find you?
TS: I can be found on my blog: For sales, look me up on Amazon, but paperback deals through my CreateSpace eStore are best navigated to via the blog.

WI: Where can your book be purchased?
TS: I’m on Kindle and Amazon, although on my CreateSpace eStore I’ll be doing TSH at 50% off from its listing price. I’m also moving to Smashwords very soon, so you’ll find me on Kobo, Nook and iBookstore (I hope!)

We want to thank you for taking time to chat with us today and offering your writing & marketing experiences. We wish you much success in the future.

The Writing Innovations Team

Genre: Epic/Heroic Fantasy
Publisher: Self-published through
Release Date: 11 February, 2013

Book Description:

“To a kingdom facing darkness, a Hero will come…”

As the King of Talbadas nears his end, and treasonous parties seek to usurp the throne, young farmer Halm Dresden finds that his father’s dying advice, the actions of two elves, and a nightmare vision have put him on a destined path. While impressionable youth and some of his friends join this treacherous league, Dresden has a sword made and prepares for looming conflict…

About The Author:

T.M. Shannon works full time, pays rent, and has a head full of ideas.

He is currently living the dream in Sydney, Australia with his darling other half, and a 99% well-behaved son.

TM Shannon Blog | History of Talbadas | Facebook

Excerpt 1 - “Grab”

Dresden got to his feet, stretched his arms and legs, and cracked his neck and knuckles both. He looked to his family with eyes that no longer showed compassion, but dreadful finality; and he made peace with the possibility that he may never see them again.
Dresden?” Kethis asked uncertainly. Bindie and Gorden peered at him.
This will not be,” he said bluntly, his voice calmly level, different. “I will not have my family, nor the people of my town, fear for their lives.” He had nothing else to say; and having uttered those words, he strode for the hallway.
Mum, where is he going?” Gorden asked excitedly. “Where are you going, Dresden?!”
He moved for the study, his eyes set in cold, calculating slits. “Out for a walk,” he growled…

1 Response to "Interview & Giveaway - The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart by T.M. Shannon"

T. M. Shannon said...

Hi, thanks very much for the interview and the spot, greatly appreciated!
T.M. Shannon