What inspired you to write your first book?
Wine. Lots of wine. After a few drinks writing Take You Apart seemed like a great idea!
Do you have a specific writing style?
I always start at the beginning and work progressively from there. I know other authors can write bits and pieces and somehow knit them together … not me! Plus, the story seems to take on a life of its own after a few chapters and I’m generally surprised at where it leads.
How did you come up with the title?
I’m not sure where it came from, but I had the title Take You Apart before I’d created the full story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
It’s more of a fun, easy read. I’m not trying to make a statement on the human condition or anything of that nature. Although I do hope that readers like my characters because I have a real soft spot of Caleb Everett and Jack Rafferty!
How much of the book is realistic?
A lot of research goes into my novels – hopefully the police procedures and forensic science is at least in the ballpark of reality.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Definitely not. I try to avoid serial killers as a general rule.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Too many to mention. I love classics but I also read a lot of fantasy novels as well as crime fiction and detective stories. I started reading James Patterson novels when I was sixteen and became hooked.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’d choose Nora Roberts because she is such a momentously successful story-teller. I’d love to tap her brain and get some trade secrets! Tara Moss is another author I really admire. She does the most thorough research I’ve ever encountered in an author.
What book are you reading now?
The Girls He Adored by Jonathan Nasaw and Paladin by Montana Ash.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Paranormal Romance author Montana Ash. The Elemental Paladins series is amazing!!!
What are your current projects?
I’m finalizing Book Two of The Everett Files: Take You To Hell before its release June 21. I’ve also started writing Book Three: Take You Home.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friends and colleagues have been a great support and are fantastic beta readers. My street team (Team Spade) has also been invaluable! They work so hard and are loads of fun!
Do you see writing as a career?
That is a definite long-term goal.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope, no regrets.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always been an avid reader and I suppose becoming a writer is a natural progression from that. Not to spruik but I did write a pretty good story about a pencil when I was eight 😉
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Well, in Take You To Hell Caleb has a pretty rough time of it. This time around there are two killers demanding his attention and one case will hit particularly close to home. (I actually really love giving away spoilers but I’m going to play this one close to my chest.) Let’s just say there are some definite surprises in store.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just having the time to write. Once I have the plot I really just want to start typing and keep typing. It can be tough writing in the evenings and on the weekend.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Jane Austen and I think her insight into the human condition is pretty spot on. Take Emma for instance; Emma is upset about not being invited to a party and openly admits that whilst she didn’t want to attend the party she did want the opportunity to turn the invitation down. I love that! I also love Austen’s humour! Pride and Prejudice is full of great one-liners and Mr Collins is my favourite literary character!
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet but I do have some author events coming up in Sydney (Books by the Bridge) and Brisbane (Riveting Reads) in 2017.
Who designed the covers?
A friend of mine, Krystal Sutton, is an amazing artist and she painted the background cover art for both Take You Apart and Take You To Hell. Once the background is ready to go, Ally from IndieMosh works her cover magic and does everything else.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Giving it to people to read. Initially this was terrifying.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learnt that if you have a goal you should go for it. Even a small step is a start.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t get discouraged. Getting noticed isn’t easy so try to use disappointments as motivators to work harder.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just a massive thank you for reading!!! I hope you like the books and please get in touch because I love hearing from you guys.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
I had no idea what the indie publishing world consisted of when I began this journey – I’ve had to wrap my head around street teams and banners and takeovers … there’s a tonne of stuff going on but it’s becoming second nature now and it’s lot of fun!
Coffee – Tea Coffee
Boxer – Briefs Briefs
Jeans – Sweats Sweats (if I don’t have to go anywhere)
Silk – Cotton I want to sound sexy and say silk … but that would be a fib.
iPhone-Galaxy iPhone (I got my first one in February and it’s amazing!)
Rightie – Leftie Rightie
Cake-Pie Cake and pie! (Duh)
Rock n roll – Country Rock n Roll
Mountains – Beach Beach
Cat -Dog Cat (although I have one of each)
Favorite Movie: Deadpool is my 2016 pick!
Favorite TV Show: Stargate SG-1
Favorite Car: Jeep Wrangler
Favorite Color: Purple (Royal not pastel!)
Favorite Male Film Star: Robert Downey Jr
Favorite Female Film Star: Sandra Bullock
Favorite Fast Food: Thai
Favorite Cocktail: Vodka Martini with a twist
Favorite Musical Band: At the moment it’s Bastille
Favorite Singer: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Song: You have got to be kidding! Can anyone actually answer this question??? 😉 Well, I am a sucker for Christmas carols from Halloween to January!
Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/TJSpade/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
Take You to Hell:
Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E94H4FG/
Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01E94H4FG/
Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01E94H4FG/