I am thrilled today to highlight one of my favorite authors—T.B. Markinson. You might recall that I have featured her on It’s Just Life before and you can read those posts by clicking here and here. I first “met” her when I found her somehow (that is still a bit hazy to me how I first found her!) and started following her travel blog and we forged a friendship across the pond. Today I am thrilled to offer a little interview as part of her Confessions Tour. Please join me in welcoming T.B. Markinson to It’s Just Life today.
Howdy Beth Ann!
It’s an honor to be your guest today and before we begin I want to tell you how grateful I am for all of your support and encouragement through the years. You have been there right from the start and for that, I want to say thank you.
- When you were a “wee” one, what did you think you would do when you grew up? (Not that I am implying that you are totally grown up, mind you!)
I always thought I would be a veterinarian. When I was a kid I had so many pets and I was the neighborhood dog walker. However, my biology class in high school proved that I wasn’t cut
out to be a doctor. I still have nightmares about dissections. That’s when I figured out it was best for me to have animals as friends not patients. You can’t be squeamish and save lives.
- What is the one thing you hope your readers will say at the end of reading one of your books?
Goodness this is a tough question. My overriding goal is to entertain the reader and to keep them interested in the lives of the characters. So I guess I hope they continue to think about the characters. A book has to have an ending, but I believe the characters live on.
- This is the third book that you have published—-you are living your dream of writing and that is fabulous. How do you approach each book? Do you start with an outline? Do you jot down random thoughts? Take us through your writing process.
Wait, I’m supposed to have a process. Dang, I’ve been doing it all wrong.
I know many authors like to plot out their novels. That doesn’t work for me unless my overriding goal is writer’s block. I’ve never really liked being told what to do and for me an outline does just that. I think every writer has to find what works for them and to stick with it. For me, that involves having a very general idea of a story. Then I like to get to know the characters. I wish I could say I am boss when it comes to writing, but my characters tell me what to do, which goes against what I said previously. Maybe that means only fictional people can boss me around.
- I know that you have a loved cat, Atticus, and dog, Miles. Will we ever see them in one of your books in some form??
I have contemplated telling children stories through them. Both Miles and Att have traveled quite a bit (from Colorado to Massachusetts and then to England) and I think it would be entertaining to have them travel in time during momentous historical events in the places they’ve lived. Maybe Paul Revere had a pet cat named Att and a faithful dog named Miles.
- What is your favorite thing about living across the pond? On the other side—what do you miss the most about living in the good ole USA?
I’m a history nut and England is full of history. I can’t walk a block without my imagination going berserk, wondering who has also walked there. Did Charles Dickens visit this particular pub? Did Jane Austen walk down this street in Bath? I tell booklovers if they haven’t been to London, they need to add it to their bucket list. Such a wonderful place.
What do I miss the most about the US? That’s simple: the food. We go to NY each year for the US Open and the past three years since we’ve been living in the UK has been dedicated to gorging on all the yummy, albeit completely unhealthy food. I miss hot wings, fried cheese sticks, BBQ and so much more. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water.
- One piece of advice to anyone who is an aspiring writer???
This may not sound all that supportive, but my advice is to sit down and start writing. No excuses. If you do this every single day you may surprise yourself. It gets easier and easier. And the words add up quickly.
Here’s another tip. Patience. People who know me are probably shaking their heads since I’m not a patient person. I get angry when the microwave takes too long. But I’ve learned not to rush things when it comes to publishing. Take your time. If you don’t think your writing is ready for the public don’t release it. Now if you are using this as an excuse that’s a whole different ballgame and I totally understand. I held onto my first novel for an extra month out of fear.
- Anything else you want the fabulous readers of It’s Just Life to know before they go download a copy of Confessions from a Coffee Shop?
First of all, if they do buy or borrow any of my novels I would like to say thank you. I love to write and I have been telling stories all of my life. However, it wasn’t until I published for the first time that I really learned how valuable readers are to the whole process. They make everything worthwhile, even all the pain and suffering. I’ve been lucky to have met so many readers during this journey and many of them have become friends. Booklovers are wonderful people. It’s an honor to be part of the whole process, as a writer and as a reader. I feel blessed every day.
Thank YOU, T.B., for taking the time to pop over. If any of you want to know more please check out all of the information below and feel free to drop her a note. She is truly a very wonderful person.
Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.
A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.
Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.
Will this be the end of Cori’s and Kat’s relationship?
About the Author:
- B. Markinson is a 40-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. T. B. has published A Woman Lost, Marionette, and Confessions From A Coffee Shop.
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