Today, I am excited to share with you, my recent interview I conducted with Stacey Rourke, one of the Authors of TS901: Anomaly, a dystopian New Adult novel! I love talking to Authors and finding out more about their creative process. Enjoy:
- How do you dive into the development of such complex characters as you feature in your books? Do you know the character before the story, or create the character to fit your story idea?
First of all, thank you for the compliment. I have ideas about the history of the characters, who they are, what they’ve been through, where they are going, etc. BUT, their journey always introduces me to new elements of their character even I didn’t know beforehand. It’s an organic flow, developing them through time and journey, in the same fashion all of us become who we are.
- How does your workspace look like? Do you work from a home office, write anywhere you can find time and space, or do you need to get away from it all, and work from a cafe somewhere?
I have three different work spaces. My office is set up and organized for all my business needs. Then, I have a folding table in my living room for day to day administrative work because, well, my office is freezing and I don’t like being in that ice box if I don’t have to. When it comes to writing though, that leads me to my third workspace—wherever I feel comfortable and motivated by my muse. Could be on my bed, on the couch, in my recliner, outside, in a coffee shop, wherever! Comfort is key when I’m clicking away and building worlds.
- What is your favorite aspect of the writing and creation process?
On this particular project, which was my first collaboration, it was working with Tish Thawer. We wrote the book lobbing it back and forth, chapter after chapter, to each other. To see where she went with her sections, then taking the ball and running with it was an incredibly fun exercise of the craft for me. I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did.
- Which part of this process to you dislike the most?
I really can’t think of anything! This whole project has been fun!
- Do you have a writing ritual? A favorite cup of tea, a specific pen, or a playlist that you always have to play in order to get into the “Zone”?
I need something yummy to drink, a quiet corner, and a comfy chair.
- How do you carve out time for writing?
I once read an interview with Stephen King where he talked about the importance of writing every day. Even if it’s only a thousand words, it’s progress. I make it my goal to work on my books, even if all I can spare is an hour, every day. It might seem like bite-sized moments of time, but it adds up fast.
- What has drawn you to write a dystopian novel, like TS901, rather than any other genre? What do you like about this genre the most?
I can’t say I ever set out to do dystopian, or that I ever particular targeted a genre. The story ideas come first, in developing them is where the stage gets set. But I do like to challenge myself by trying out different genres. So far, I’ve done young adult, suspense fantasy, romantic comedy, fairy tale retelling, and now dystopian. I can’t wait to see where I’ll go from here!
Thank you, Stacey, for taking the time to answer my questions today.
Here is some more info about TS901, and of course a giveaway at the end. Good luck to all those who enter!
Author: Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Tainted water for the good of the people. Fluoride and vitamins to sustain the health of the human race. Added ingredients to extend and elevate the quality of life. All good things, right?
Thia Kelly has been changed by the TS901 chemical in the world’s water supply. Now, forced into hiding with the other inflicted outcasts, she struggles to survive as her powers emerge.
Evan Daniels hunted for others like himself, and finding Thia suddenly brought meaning back into his life. Love blossomed between the strange couple while they searched for a way to reverse the effects. Unfortunately, the Government had something else in mind.
Super-soldier creation on a mass scale was their end goal, and thanks to an unfortunate family tie, Evan became Patient #1.
Good-guy? Bad-guy? The world isn’t sure, but Thia is left with only one choice––save the ass of the world’s first Anomaly who just happens to be her boyfriend.
2017 – #1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction (Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Best Cover – Penned Con (The Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Readers Choice Award – Blogger Choice Awards (The Witches of BlackBrook)
Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.
Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, Reader’s Choice, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery).
Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Colorado with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.
You can find Tish on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTishThawer
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
Facebook at www.facebook.com/staceyrourkeauthor
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
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