An Autobiographical Interview by Tom Threadgill
Today I’m delighted to share an interview with suspense author Tom Threadgill. Things have been hectic around here lately, so Tom volunteered to interview himself. This could be the beginning of a trend. Or a horrible mistake. You decide.
Thanks for coming, Tom. Tell me a little about yourself.
Thanks for having me, Tom. Since you’re me, um, don’t you already know everything about, well, us?
I do, but this shtick could get real old real fast. Try to focus, okay? Let’s start with an easy one. What kind of books do you write?
My novels are suspense/thrillers. Four have been published so far and a fifth is due to release early in 2021. The Jeremy Winter series is a trilogy (with maybe more to come) and is available on Amazon. Collision of Lies, my newest book, is available everywhere. You can see them all on my website.
Can you share some insight into your style?
Most days it’s jeans and t-shirt. Sometimes I wear shorts but the neighbors—
Your writing style.
Oh. My books have no profanity or overt sexual situations. There might be violence now and then though, but nothing too graphic (I hope). My goal is to entertain adult readers without all the junk that goes into most entertainment these days. At the same time, it’s important that I keep the stories realistic, so you won’t see any “golly gee whiz” dialogue or characters making blatantly ridiculous decisions.
Interesting. Sounds like something I might like. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Wow. Insightful. Care to elaborate?
*sighs heavily* Writing is work. Hard work. Look, instead of rehashing everything, anyone interested can go here to see my 10 Reasons to Become a Fiction Author. That should explain the typical ups and downs of being an author.
You understand you’re coming across a bit cynical?
Imagine that. But seriously, no, I didn’t always want to be a writer. I kind of fell into it when I semi-retired and things took off from there. That’s a drastic over-simplification, but I like to cut out the slow parts.
Got it. So what does a normal writing session look like for you?
Like all good authors, each day I desperately search for anything to do except write. Honestly, I don’t know what the deal is but procrastination reigns. Deadlines help, but when I’m not under one (like now), I find it difficult to get going. What works best for me is to write for a set amount of time and end the session in the middle of some action. That makes it easier to pick right up the next time.
You should be writing daily. Maybe try a little self-discipline? On those rare occasions you do work on a novel, what’s the hardest part?
First of all, I don’t need your attitude, okay? That’s my wife’s job. (It’s a joke, people. Chill.) Believe it or not, choosing names for people, businesses, and animals drives me crazy. I agonize over that, even for minor characters.
You mentioned characters. Let’s talk about them for a moment. Got a favorite in your books?
One of the reasons I wrote Collision of Lies was to get away from the characters in the Jeremy Winter series for a while. After spending so much time with them, I decided it was time to take a break and let them live their lives without me staring over their shoulders. Collision allowed me to create new characters, including a female protagonist, Amara Alvarez, who lives with Larry, her pet iguana. She’s a detective in the San Antonio PD and stumbles across information that sheds new light on an old disaster involving a freight train and a school bus. I love Amara. She’s had her share of problems but is determined to push through. The good news is that she’s back in Network of Deceit, due for release in early 2021.
I also love a strong female protagonist. It’s like you can read my thoughts. On a more personal level, what’s something most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I talk to myself. A lot.
Ditto. If folks want to learn more about you or get in touch, how can they do that?
The best way is through my website, the aptly named TomThreadgill.com. They can sign up for my once-a-month-when-I-remember-to-do-it email where I give away free books and stuff. I also offer exclusive previews of my books and other opportunities. I also randomly post on my author page on Facebook here.
If people want to buy your books, where can they find them?
If? My ego is fragile enough, thank you. Could you rephrase that?
Fine. WHEN people want to buy your books, where can they find them?
Last question. What’s one thing you wish readers knew about writers?
Most (if not all) marketing now falls on the author’s shoulders. We love it when you read our stuff! The best way to show appreciation (other than, you know, actually buying our books) is to leave reviews everywhere, follow us on social media, and recommend us to friends, book clubs, libraries, anyone who’ll listen.
Agreed. Thanks for stopping by, Tom. This has been fun.
My pleasure, Tom. All the best to you and your readers.
Tom Threadgill is the author of the Jeremy Winter series of thrillers (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), as well as Collision of Lies from Baker Publishing Group. His books have a distinct focus on clean, suspenseful action with strong character development. In his downtime, Tom enjoys woodworking and riding his Harley. He currently resides with his wife in the Dallas area and can be reached through his website at TomThreadgill.com.
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