Author interview: TB Markinson, A Woman Lost..

Today I’m fortunate enough to have a guest interview!!  TB Markinson whose recent debut novel ‘A Woman Lost’ has been receiving great reviews (check them out here and here and pick up a copy here!)  Now, admittedly, A Woman Lost isn’t a book I would normally pick up and, considering how much fantasy and paranormal stories I usually read, I’d say this is definitely outside my comfort zone.  So, I was very pleasantly surprised with this debut.  TBM has a great writing voice and manages to pull you into this novel with ease.  A book about family, friendships and relationships, tough choices and becoming comfortable in your own skin – before it’s too late.

So, welcome to my blog and thanks for taking part and moving swiftly on….

1.     Have you always wanted to write and, if so, do you have lots of stories that you’ve already come up with or was this your first?

Ever since the 6th grade I’ve wanted to be a writer. I had a student teacher who praised one of my stories and mentioned that I should be a writer when I grew up. Before I hadn’t given much thought about what I wanted to be. But as soon as she said it, I knew that was it. She instilled the idea and that desire never went away.

A Woman Lost is the first novel that I completed, however, it wasn’t the first novel that I started. Back when I was 18 I started writing a novel. But then life happened and I put it in a drawer for years. Then I began another novel. And another. Stories are always popping into my head and I wish I had countless hours to sit down and write them. But I’m a writer so I’m really good at procrastinating and forgetting simple words making it quite difficult to meet deadlines. These past two years I’ve been working on that. The second novel is almost complete. I have a draft for the third and I’ve started the fourth. Now I just need to work on my focus.

2.     Writing a book must be like a dream come true.  Now that you’ve been published how does the dream and the reality compare?

That is an interesting question. It’s fantastic knowing that I finally did it. I talked about publishing for so long and now I can say yes I did publish a novel. But since hitting the publish button I’ve been so busy promoting it I haven’t really had time to enjoy it. No matter what, there’s always something more that needs doing. It’s exciting, frustrating, daunting, and tiring. Yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. In my experience, work is work. And until now I haven’t had many jobs that I liked or was that committed to. Writing and publishing are not easy, but at least I love what I do now. That makes it a whole lot easier when my alarm goes off each morning. And working from home helps. I love wearing my pajamas to work every day. Companies should allow that.

3.     Did you have a plan for your story or did it evolve as you went along?

I had an idea about the story and I sorta knew where it would go. Surprisingly halfway through I learned that my characters had other ideas in mind and they took it in a new direction. I don’t like to plot out a novel to the last detail since the story always takes over and throws me curveballs. For me, I need to get to know my characters before deciding what will happen and that usually happens during the writing process.

And now, incredibly important question alert,

4.     Can you give us a sneaky peak at what to expect from your next project?

The next novel is called—wait I almost told you. You are sneaky! It’s not a romance novel like A Woman Lost, but more of a coming of age novel with a few twists and turns. The main character, Paige, is a young woman who has a lot on her plate. She’s a lesbian but has to hide that fact from her parents and roommates in college. Her best friend died a few years ago and Paige has never recovered from that loss. There are protests for and against gay rights on her college campus and there is a lot of tension in the air and the possibility of violence. And one more thing, Paige tried to kill herself right before her high school graduation. But she didn’t do it because she’s depressed. So the big question is why did Paige slit her wrists?

Quick fire questions:

1.     If you could be gifted any superpower what would it be and why?

I would like super dooper vision. I’ve been wearing contacts since the 3rd grade. Without my contacts I can’t see anything. I’ve been known to walk into walls. It would be nice to be able to see.

2.     If you were given the chance to be an extra on any movie (already made or otherwise) what would you pick?

The Philadelphia Story. I’m a huge fan of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart.

3.     Who is your current favourite fictional character

I adore Doc from Cannery Row

4.     Name one book that you can and have read over and over

The Great Gatsby. I have read that book at least five times. I’m sure I’ll read it many more.

5.     What is your current read

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

6.     Next travel destination

New York City and Reykjavík, Iceland. We’ll be in NY for US Open and then on our way back to London, we are stopping in Reykjavík for a few days.

7.     What 3 things would you take with you on a desert island

My partner, a never-ending supply of beer, and a Kindle with an ever-lasting battery (you didn’t say I couldn’t cheat on this one)

8.     Star Wars or Lord of the Rings (you have to choose one, and only one, otherwise you will self destruct! (only kidding about that bit! but really, no cheating)

Lord of the Rings

9.     Dogs or Cats – I know it’s a toughie but you have to choose!

Sorry, I played nice with the previous question. I just can’t answer this one. Miles my dog and Atticus my cat are watching me type this. My life will be hell if I answer this question.

10.  Authors with the biggest influence on your writing.

Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, J. D. Salinger, Toni Morrison, and Thomas Hardy were the first names that popped into my head. Most recently, Stephen King has been a big influence.


6 Responses to “Author interview: TB Markinson, A Woman Lost..”

  1. Geoff W

    Thanks for the link and loved to read more about TBM!

  2. TBM

    Thanks Lynn. Loved the opportunity and the quickfire questions. Hope all is well.

    • lynnsbooks

      Great thanks. How did your move and holiday go – hope you’ll be posting lots of pictures.
      Lynn 😀

      • TBM

        So far it’s going okay–the move that is. they are never great. The trip, on the other hand, was fantastic. Should be up and running again soon.

      • lynnsbooks

        I suppose the good thing about a move is it makes you rationalise your things and you’re more likely to throw things away. Mind you, I would be hard pressed to give up any of my books! Looking forward to your posts about where you’ve been.
        Lynn 😀

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