Joyfully Reviewed is happy to SPOTLIGHT Author T.K. Lawyer & NIGHTFALL
What is your most current work out?
Nightfall, published by Luminosity Publishing. www.luminositypublishing.com/product/nightfall
Tell us a little about Nightfall, what inspired you to write Nightfall?
Nightfall is a sexy, paranormal romance between a wolf shifter and a feisty but cautious (in romance) female whose delightful, musky scent marks her as his mate. The wolf shifter, Josh, spends his nights on Tamara’s porch, yearning to be by her throughout his nights but unfortunately, one morning she mistakes him for a German shepherd dog and takes him in as her pet. He must find a way out of this unfortunate predicament and into the heart of the only woman who can complete him.
My inspiration came from my dog, actually. She’d look at me with crazy expressions on her face (as German shepherds do sometimes) and I’d wonder hmmm… what if she wasn’t a dog after all… and the story unraveled from there.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I start out with a basic idea regarding the two main characters and then I ‘flesh it out’ from there. As I write scenes, they often lead to other scenes or ideas and the ideas merge and blossom into a book.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
Paranormal romance is the only genre I write, for now. I did branch out and write a contemporary romance short story and it was fun but I still love paranormal romance and all that it encompasses plus the creativity of generating worlds and characters with different powers. I like romance, in general, but writing about romance between two human beings is boring for me so the paranormal element gives it a different twist and an exciting element.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
For Nightfall, the toughest character was the heroine, Tamara. She is a real woman with genuine feelings that aren’t always happy and confidant. She is normal in second guessing herself and her decisions but it seems some don’t like this type of character and it was hard to balance what the readers’ wants while still portraying a lovable but feisty, fiery woman with insecurities and a protective wall around her heart.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Nightfall has a lot of my own experiences in it. Future books will also have a bit of what I’ve experienced, as well. It’s easier to write about what you know and it’s a lot of fun because sometimes you can twist a real experience into a dramatic one that everyone can relate to. One of my future books has an event I heard about on the radio. I didn’t even know it existed but I created the controversial topic into an angel book for fun to explore how the guardian angel would handle such a situation with his mate. It ended up being a great scene.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Writer’s block. Yes, it exists! It creates lengthy periods of time when you can’t think up anything to write. Unfortunately, when this happens, you just have to focus on something else like having fun engaging in other activities until the mind fog lifts. Sometimes just experiencing life and doing other things unblocks you and gets the “creative juices” flowing again while giving you new material for your work.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
Not very many people I socialize with/work with know that I’m a writer, let alone that I have a published book out there. I work full-time in a conservative field and I limited this knowledge to a very select few on purpose due to the genre I write and their possible judgment of me and what I write.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Ice cream cake! I love it so much but I only have it once per year – on my birthday. Ice cream and cake combined-mmm- what’s not to love?
What TV shows are you addicted to?
There are several shows that I like and look forward to watching: Dominion, Bates Motel, Sex Box and Young and Hungry are a few. I’ve also started watching re-runs of Intervention. Yes, it’s definitely a strange conglomeration of TV shows but I have varied tastes (smile).
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
Yes, shopping, when my wallet allows it (lol). I used to make jewelry but I don’t have much energy or time to really engage in this hobby anymore.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I need my laptop and extreme quiet. I can’t write with distractions like T.V. or having music on. I’ve tried but it distracts me and stops the creative flow, somehow.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I included a few songs in some of my books (future ones to be published) but there is no song or theme song that encompasses an entire book.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I have multiple books in various stages of completion. I didn’t start off this way but scenes from different books would just pop into my head while driving, working out, or even while at work. They came at me fast with lots of details and I’d write them down in a hurry while I could remember.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I remember it was a Saturday. I was sitting in a restaurant in a booth across from my husband when I happened to check my e-mail on my cellphone and found one from Luminosity Publishing stating they loved my book and were offering me a contract. After silently screaming my joy and wiggling a dance in my seat, I read the e-mail repeatedly with a goofy smile on my face just to check that it was true and I didn’t make it all up. Of course, I shared the news with my husband, reading the entire e-mail aloud to him.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I’m not really sure. I know I was in Elementary school- possibly 4th or 5th grade when I read Pride and Prejudice. I believe this was my first romance book and I absolutely loved it.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book?
Hmmm… I have to think about that one.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
No one at the moment but it used to be Dean Koontz, Felicity Heaton, Eve Langlais and Jordan Summers
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I work full-time as a supervisor
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
My favorite movies depend on my mood. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Thor 1 and 2, If Lucy Fell, Pride and Prejudice and Waiting for Forever.
I love the movie Waiting for Forever, a story of two best friends separated from a young age who re-connect later, as adults. The guy is creative, fun and very much in love with the girl. My type of romance story.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I am currently working on the first book in my Guardian Angel Series. The title is The Guardian League, Book One: Jasper and details about the book can be found at www.luminositypublishing.com/product/jasper
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
This is a tough one for me because I like a lot of authors. I think I would like working with Eve Langlais. She has a funny sense of humor and she has great ideas. I think we could combine our strengths and create something wonderful for our readers.
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
From my publisher
Where can readers find you?
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
Hmmm…I would have to say anything chocolate or coffee flavored. I don’t have one favorite.
Ranger or Morelli?
Neither. I like Diesel. I think he’s hot. Who wouldn’t enjoy a six foot tall, broad shouldered, brown-eyed, sandy blond hair, wall of solid muscle visiting them during the day or night? Woooh….just thinking about it… Seriously, did someone turn up the heat here? (smile) He’s amazing! But if I had to choose between Ranger or Morelli, I prefer Ranger because he’s mysterious, charming and protective. He’s smooth and sexy in his own way.