Getting to Know the Author: T C Southwell

Heart TCSouthwell2_smallerWelcome, T C, let’s get to know more about you …

Thank you, and thanks for this opportunity!

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

My genres are fantasy and
Slave Empire 1 - Prophecyscience fiction, a combination of the two, and space opera. I loved reading
fantasy and sci-fi books growing up, and those got me hooked on the genres.
Then, when I started writing, I channelled fantasy and sci-fi stories, no doubt
because I enjoy them. I also enjoy romance, so all my books have an element of
that, and, of course, the space opera is the most romantic of all.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
No. When I get ‘hooked in’
to a channel, I stick with it until it ends, sometimes writing five or six
books in one long tome, which I then split up into traditional book-sized
editions. While I’m channelling a particular story, I won’t get anything from
any others.
Do you
work with a writing/critique group?
Not anymore. I was a
member of a writers’ guild for a couple of years, a few years ago, which helped
to hone my prose considerably. Before that, I was a lone writer, and, since I
wrote purely for my own enjoyment and had no intention of ever publishing the
books, that suited me fine. Nowadays, I just don’t have the time.
Can you remember your first reading book?
The first book I remember
reading was Charlotte’s Web. I love animals, and enjoyed that book
immensely. I read it many times.
Cyber Chronicles 1 Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
I used to chomp my way
through bags of potato crisps, bars of chocolate and tubs of double-cream
yoghurt whilst writing, but these days I only indulge in a bag of popcorn on
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
It’s somewhere between the two. It’s not all that tidy, but neither is it a bombsite. It’s not even a
desk. It’s a coffee table with my PC on it, where I can sit comfortably on the
sofa with my keyboard on my lap and my mouse on its pad beside me. I find that
the most relaxing, with a cushion for lumbar support so I don’t get a sore back
when I spend many hours writing.
Are you published in the
traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
The Queen's Blade II’m an indie author. I
didn’t pay to have the books published but, after numerous rejections from
mainstream publishers over the course of twenty years, I gave up on that route.
Then, I discovered that indie authors can also be very successful, so I decided
to try that option rather than never have the books published at all. I figured
I had nothing to lose, at that stage. The success I’ve had, and the series’ popularity,
has been a dream come true, and an amazing experience. I have no regrets. In
fact, I’m happy I went this route now, and recommend it to all up-and-coming
Yeah for Indie authors! I ditto your recommendation.
Who would you say have been the three
most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Those are C. S. Lewis, whose books I
read as a child, J. R. R. Tolkien and Stephen R. Donaldson.
What advice would you like to share
with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Ensure your manuscript is well-edited
and your prose as good as you can make it. A well-produced book will enhance
your readers’ enjoyment and gain you good reviews, not only for your story, but
also for the quality of your writing. It’s a good idea to join a writing guild
for critiques and free edits, or send your book to a professional editor who
will also point out any other flaws such as info dumps, logic issues, stating
the obvious and repetition.
If the movie rights to
your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Wow, that’s a tough one! I
honestly don’t think any of the current popular actors or actresses would be entirely
suitable to play the roles, although whenever I watch a film or TV series, I
assess the actors and actresses’ potential. I think my characters would be
difficult to play, especially Blade, from The Queen’s Blade. So far, the
closest prospects I’ve come across are Tom Welling, who could possibly play
Bane in Demon Lord, and Stephen Amell from the TV series Arrow to
play Sabre in The Cyber Chronicles.
I was on my way to the supermarket,
when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
Well, I guess everyone does, since
everyday, boring events happen every day, although I don’t go to the
supermarket that often, thankfully. A while ago, when I left the supermarket,
my car wouldn’t start. That was when I drove a twenty-one-year-old banger,
which I loved. It had a charger problem, but that was the only time it ever let
me down while I was away from home. Luckily, some very helpful car guards came
to help and gave me a push so I could jump start it and be on my way home.
T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka
and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years
exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and
she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe
and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.
T. C. Southwell has written over thirty novels, ranging from fantasy and
science fiction to romance and adventure, as well as five screenplays. Her
hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time
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1 August

Demon Lord II, Dark God, for only 99c for 5 days, 1 – 5 August
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TC Southwell Virtual Book Tour Itinerary
1 – 14 August 2013

Thursday, 1 August
Tour kick-off: author showcase, hosted by Glynis Smy and Fireblade Publishers

Friday, 2 August
How to Create Good Characters, hosted by Rebekah Grow

Saturday, 3 August
Author & character interview, hosted by Nicole Hill

Sunday, 4 August
Showcasing The Queen’s Blade fantasy series, hosted by Chris Graham

Monday, 5 August
World Building, hosted by Pippa Jay, and showcasing The Queen’s Blade on Glynis Smy’s Virtual Bookcase

Tuesday, 6 August
Familiar’s Relationships with Humans in The Queen’s Blade, hosted by James L. Wilber, and author showcases, hosted by Mathew Reuther and Louise Blankenship

Wednesday, 7 August
Creating Original Fantasy Creatures, hosted by Michelle Louring

Thursday, 8 August
How to Write a Good Fight Scene, hosted by Fireblade Publishers

Friday, 9 August
Why Reading is Important, hosted by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Saturday, 10 August
Inside the Mind of an Author, hosted by Tracy Falbe

Sunday, 11 August
How to Deal with Book Pirates & author interview, hosted by the Indie Author Network

Monday, 12 August
Literary Characters TC Southwell would Date, Dump or Marry, hosted by Nicole Hill

Tuesday, 13 August
Tips for New Writers, hosted by The Independent Bookworm

Wednesday, 14 August
Extract from The Broken World fantasy series, hosted by the Indie Author Network, and The Magic Systems in Southwell’s Books, hosted by Marsha A. Moore

For daily tour updates and a tour overview on Thursday, 15 August, visit TC Southwell’s blog.

About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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12 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: T C Southwell

  1. Great post, Glynis! I’ve read all this author’s books and recommend them to anyone who enjoys a rivetting read you can’t put down. As long as you don’t mind losing some sleep, mind you, because I found myself reading long after I should have been in bed!

  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Glynis – Thanks for hosting TC. Great interview!

    TC – I admire anyone who can completely create an entire new world, as sci-fi/fantasy writers do. And I like it that you’ve been influenced by writers like C.S. Lewis.and of course, Tolkein. I wish you much success.

  3. TC Southwell says:

    Thanks for being a great host, Glynis! It’s much appreciated.

  4. Great interview and a great start on the blog tour!
    I’m really looking forward to all the posts in the following days! And I really gotta get started on those books by the author just lying there on my ereader app…

  5. A terrific interview, Glynis.

    TC, I like your literary influences!

  6. Egidio says:

    Great Review! It reminds me of the Dracula movie I saw as a kid in the moives in the summer when my mom would drop us off at the moives and come back a few hours later and pick us up. I think it might have cost a quarter or something. And we brought our own popcorn. And I don’t know who made the movie, but it scared the *squee* out of me! I still sleep with my neck covered at night. I will not be reading this one. Though I do find Vlad the Impaler extremely fascinating and terrifying.

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