Oct 4, 2014

Interview with T.L. Searle

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?
I don’t think I ever realized that it’s what I wanted to do. I just wanted to share the story in my head.  I write from deep inside, in the language I use and relate to. One day, I sat down and poured it all out. I haven’t stopped since.

Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? The best and worst thing about it?
It just happened. Writing is something I do for enjoyment. I love sharing stories and creating worlds but it also exposes the writer in a way that nothing else does. The worst thing is the fear of disappointing readers.

What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
Aquila is my first full novel. I’ve started and stalled on many short stories. None ever held the place in my heart that aqua does, so I took her story further and shared it.

What made you create (your book)?  How did it come to you?
I wrote it after the story had been bubbling in my head for a long time. I already knew and understood the characters so it was incredibly easy to put on paper. It’s a cliché, but dreams of flying have been prevalent through my life. I just wanted to explore what that could mean to a character and how it could have come about.

How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
Elements and mannerisms of my characters tend to be drawn from my experiences of people. I don’t tend to base characters on a specific person, but I think my personal brand of sarcasm comes through in Aqua.

Describe your main character in six words.
She’s impulsive, sarcastic, honest and loyal.
Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
A hidden ecosystem housing glorified birds.

What scene was your favorite to write?
The scene between Aqua and her human brother, August, in which he reveals a large part of his character. Any scene involving August was fun to write because he’s such a happy, genuine character to write.

What scene was the hardest for you to write?
That’s a hard question to answer. The beginning of the novel, setting the initial scene was probably the hardest. I don’t like too much exposition before the action starts, but it’s hard to incorporate everything the reader need to know about the past and present before delving into the future.

What are you working on now?
I’ve just finished the second book in Aqua’s story and that will be out by the end of the year. I may go back to Aqua’s story in the future, but for now I’ve penned the outline for a new novel with a whole bunch of new characters and new locations. 

Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements?
The second book will be out very soon. My next goal is to graduate.

Are there any authors or books you recommend?
So many I can’t list them all… these are all indie ebooks in the same genre as Aquila.
Aqua by M.A. George (Love the title, obviously, but it’s also a great indie book.)
The Celestra series by Addison Moore (I’m team Marshall!)
Unbinding fate series by Colee Firman (This girl surprises me with awesome plot twists, and that’s rare.)
Monochrome by H.M. Jones (Bit of a darker storyline but full of emotion.)

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
If I’m not writing for pleasure, which I consider my novels to be, then I’m writing essays for my degree. I really enjoy reading, and I try to spend as much time with my family as I can.