Today I’m excited to be part of the TWISTED VIEWS blog tour, sponsored by Forever Me Romance tours. We’re chatting with author T. Gephart about writing, books, and life “down under” as she celebrates the release of her newest installment to her "Twisted" series, TWISTED VIEWS.
The book comes out on December 10th, but the first book in the series, A TWIST OF FATE, is available now and FREE through the end of the year. Let's take a closer look at that cover...
Aren't these awesome covers? Is it too early to have a martini? And HEY! There's supposed to be a Rafflecopter Giveaway with this tour - go to the Forever Me Romance Facebook page for details and enter to win!
And now let's chat with the author...
1. Hi there! Welome to my blog! Tell us a bit about yourself, and what kind of books you like to read and write.
I’m 38 and I live in Melbourne with my husband and 3 Kids (well two human children and 1 furry child.) My life has been fairly unconventional and I am lucky to have had a wide range of experiences and situations that have coloured my history. Traveling since I was 18, I not only saw some amazing cities but also met some extraordinary people. My employment history is “interesting” to say the least but I have no regrets.
Writing for me wasn’t a conscious choice; I never set out to be an author. When I sat down to write my first book, it was only about telling a good story, something that drew you in and made you feel like you were living it. So it’s a happy turn of events that I find myself here, among some amazing and talented company, in the wonderful world of Indie publishing.
I mainly read fiction but will read anything that piques my interest. I love the Contemporary Romance genre and this is the area where I find myself most comfortable. I also love books with consistent pacing and punchy dialogue. I try to execute this in my own writing. I also wanted my characters to be multifaceted and believable, it is the biggest compliment when a reader tells me that they feel like they “know” the characters in my books.
2. What's your favorite part of being an author?
My favourite part is getting lost in the story. I love connecting with my characters, so much so, that sometimes I forget they aren’t real people. I laugh, I cry, I getting frustrated and upset when I write. It’s a journey and I love being on the road as it twists and turns. I love the freedom of putting ideas on the page and watching them flourish into a book. To have people read my musings and enjoy them is beyond AMAZING!
3. What's your approach to writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl and this is reflected in my writing. I always know where I’m heading but the road to the destination is the variable. I will happily delete 5,000 words if it doesn’t work or if I read it and it bores me. Ultimately if I don’t like it, then it goes - plain and simple.
I find this approach more organic than sitting there strategically working through the plot. For me, I seem to work better on “the fly” so that’s how I write.
4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Tough one! It would be a tie between being able to fly or being super strong. It’s so hard to choose! Unless you are Batman cause then you have a gadget for anything oh and one hell of a badass car.
5. Tell us about your new release!
My newest release is actually a companion for my first book A TWIST OF FATE. When I was originally writing “Twist” there was more I wanted to say but couldn’t because I made the book from only one point of view. I had little side stories in my head that I thought could actually add to the original story but didn’t have the vehicle for them until now. It was fun getting into some of the other character’s “heads” and writing from their POV, I hope it gives the reader more insight into the story and makes them feel more connected to the characters. It’s a collection of “snippets” -some comical, some informative and others emotional. I’m really glad to have had the opportunity to share what was rolling around in my head when I wrote the first book and give the reader a glimpse into my writing process.
6. Okay, you’re casting the movie version of your novel – who would you choose for the main characters? (We’re talking dream cast!)
Tough question. I only really had muses for “Alex” and “Matt” and the other characters weren’t really modeled on anyone. I know it sounds like a cop out but I’d rather hear who the readers envisage and who they would cast. I love that with any story you can create that perfect image for the character in your head. I think it’s hard to find it embodied in a real person. I’m open to suggestions though so if you know someone you think would be suitable for a role be sure to Facebook me and let me know!
7. Where can readers find your book and where can they find you online?
My books are available in many different formats. You can download them from iBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. I am keeping the first one, A TWIST OF FATE, free until the New Year. I’ve also kept the other two reasonably priced because I don’t think it should cost you a fortune to enjoy the escapism.
I love hearing from readers and you can connect with me:
…or on my webpage www.tgephart.com
About the Book:
Twisted Views delves deeper into the world of Lexi Reed, the feisty, career driven heroine from A Twist of Fate. This companion novella gives us additional information, backstories and insights of the main players told to us by the characters themselves.
A Twist of Fate pulled us effortlessly into the world of Lexi Reed - the feisty, smart, sexy and career driven PR manager whose world was turned upside down when she met and began representing her favourite rock band, Power Station. This opportunity of a lifetime not only capitulated Lexi into a new and exciting world but onto a hot and steamy path with Alex Stone, the band's lead guitarist. Their passion simmered as they tired to maintain their secret relationship, leaving both Alex and Lexi wanting more than the "no strings, sex only" agreement they had negotiated. Hearts and rules were broken as Lexi learned the hard way, you can't negotiate with emotions, least of all love.
In this companion novella, we get to examine what has happened behind the scenes from different perspectives, told to us by the characters themselves. Through the eyes of Alex and others we get a clearer view of how Lexi's arrival affects not only dynamics of the band but their personal relationships with her and each other. We get to know the main players more intimately as we are given access to interviews and personal accounts, learning not only about them and what makes them tick but how their world has changed since Lexi's arrival.