Interview with T Lynne Tolles, Author of Mirror of Shadows
We would like to welcome Teresa Lynne Tolles to YAPC! She is going to tell us about her paranormal romance book Mirror of Shadows. If this looks like something you would enjoy, please use the buy links to snag a copy!
YAPC: How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
Teresa: A quick read mystery with a creepy mirror, a disintegrating old house, a love triangle, and a happy ending.
(Note: Okay so I’m not very good at this…LOL)
YAPC: Do you have a day job?
Teresa: I’m a stay at home mom that does bookkeeping for my husbands company on the side.
YAPC: What do you love about writing?
Teresa: I love making up my own world and watching characters develop before my eyes.
YAPC: What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Teresa: I hate editing…Boring…that’s why I have an editor, to do it for me.
YAPC: What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc?
Teresa: I’m a huge Supernatural fan and one of their episodes was about an old mirror. Mirror have always been intriguing to me from Alice in Wonderland to Victorian hanging cloths over them to prevent those who died from being trapped inside. There’s lots of superstitions behind mirrors and that makes for great writing.
YAPC: Which genres do you prefer to read?
Teresa: I tend to read young adult paranormal romances. Guess I’m just a big kid.
YAPC: How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
Teresa: I think it’s important to communicate with your readers, whether it is through blogs, facebook, twitter or email. I’m always on my computer so I usually respond to emails pretty quickly. I personally love receiving emails from readers. If it weren’t for them I think I might have never finished Deadman’s Blood.
Reviews, on the other hand, I only read on occasion. I feel it is important for people to voice their opinions and reviews, good or bad, can be beneficial to other potential readers, but I personally get crushed when someone hates my book and goes on and on about every little thing they hated.
Like I said above I almost didn’t finish Deadman’s Blood due to a flurry of bad reviews for another one of my books, but it was a few fans that wrote dying to know what was going to happen next that pushed me forward to finishing it and the series.
YAPC: Do you ever run into someone who says “You write WHAT?”
Teresa: Oh Yah! In fact I don’t tell many people I write. I’ve gotten some pretty funny looks from some people when I told them I wrote vampire and witch books for teens.
YAPC: What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us?
Teresa: I’ve got a few in the works. One is tentatively called RAT and Hellhound in Paradise. It is potentially a series about a witch that doesn’t know she’s a witch who finds and raises a hellhound pup. It has some hilarious giant dog moments based on my own experience raising a huge Newfoundland.
Another is tentatively called Dead Sleep, which starts off in the past when a desperate lover makes a incredible sacrifice to save his love from death. Hundreds of years later, she is mistakenly awoken by a stranger whom she falls in love with when the desperate lover from the past comes to awaken her finding her gone.
Yet another is called Captain Fuzzypants – a comic story about a fat house cat who thinks he’s a super hero. In this book I’m doing all the illustrations and writing.
About the Author: T. Lynne Tolles is a lifelong avid reader of all things paranormal and now is a writer of young adult paranormal romances for readers 15 to 115. She grew up in the sunny California San Francisco bay area. She’s the mother of two, wife to one and pet mom to three cats and Newfie dog.
Ella McKaye returns home for her grandmother’s funeral to find she’s inherited a ton of money and a run down mansion she never knew existed, called Grey Manor. Her greedy mother is appalled when the will stipulates specifically that Ella can’t give her any of the inheritance. She quickly throws Ella out of her home forcing her to take up immediate residence in the spooky old mansion.Within minutes of entering her new home she has a strange interaction with a creepy old mirror in the main hallway and the ghostly inhabitants of the past get more and more agitated the longer Ella’s there. Nearly fatal back to back accidents make Ella start to wonder if she’s angered some ghost or if there is something more sinister at work.Will Ella unravel the deadly mystery before she becomes a ghost herself? Or will fate take another one of the Grey ancestors to the grave.