About the Author
T.R. Horne is a freelance relationship columnist, entrepreneur and budding author. She graduated with distinction from Ashford University with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Master’s in Education. Normally, she calls Atlanta, Georgia home and hopes to finish her doctorate degree in the next few years. She fancies murder mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and erotica stories but usually gets hooked on reality television. T.R. Horne lives near Yokohama, Japan with her husband, son and dog.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Well, I am not a full blown romance writer persay. My work blurs the lines a bit into romance, erotica and suspense…which I think is reflective of a real person’s life. Love, sex and the unknown…
Tell us about how you write:
Well, I’ll tell you a secret to my writing and great ideas. I need to have a bag of Twizzlers and Jack Link’s Peppered Beef Jerky. Sweet and Spicy…just like me! Seriously, I need to snack while I write, the same way I have to walk in patterns when I talk on the phone to help me think. I’ve always had to do more than one thing in order to focus harder…strange, right? So on that note, I don’t outline at first. I just go off a blank page and let my mind take me wherever it wants to go. Luckily, I’ve never scraped a story with this method. Once I get into the meat of the story, I outline the characters and the plot twists to make sure I foreshadow properly.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes! I talk to them, see them and feel like I have an imaginary friend. My husband thinks I’m wacky, my son talks about characters to people like they’re alive and we actually get into arguments about the characters lives…as if they were real people that have real feelings. So not only am I a little crazy…I’ve contaminated my poor family as well!
What advice would you give other writers?
For romance writers…hmmm…I’d venture to say that you should stay away from the sappiness of love and stick to the trueness behind love. It hurts, it confuses and it feels damn good. Develop the total person (character) and allow them to have layers other than love.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always known I wanted to self-publish. I like having the power and the freedom to do as I please. I write as quick or as slow as I want. I have no pressure. But I also have to market myself and sell myself which can be very time consuming while holding a 9-5 job. So there are trade-offs to both type of publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishers will be like Blockbuster and AOL and they will eventually struggle to keep top notch writers.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Erotica, Urban Fiction, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print