MONDAY 08th OCTOBER 2012
Put the kettle, grab a biscuit and settle in for our catch up with the lovely Tia Souders.
T.M. Souders was born in Johnstown, PA and grew up in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh. She graduated in 2004, from Youngstown State University, with a degree in Psychology and minor in Women’s Studies. She is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel, Waiting on Hope, as well as the novelette Dashing Through The Snow, and the newly released YA/crossover, Freedom Road . She is the founder of The Cheap Kindle Daily, a site dedicated to introducing readers to new, affordable, ebooks. She currently lives in rural Ohio with her husband and children. When she is not writing or spending time with her family, T.M. volunteers for the World Literary Cafe, a site dedicated to helping authors and uniting authors and readers.
Synopsis for Freedom Road
Since the tender age of eight, music served as Samantha Becker’s source of solace against her father’s tyranny and her mother’s alcoholism. Now at eighteen, her only dream is to study classical guitar at Juilliard. But when her father’s careless actions lead to an “accident,” which threatens her ability to play the guitar, Sam becomes despondent. Losing all confidence in her future, Sam hides behind the emotional barriers that have protected her for years.
Just when Sam has given up, two unexpected people enter her life, giving her the confidence she needs, and forcing her to evaluate all she’s ever known. Battling her father’s plans for her future, band mates using her for personal gain, and a permanent injury, the odds are stacked against her. With auditions approaching and time running out, Sam must relearn to play the guitar, or be destined to give up her dreams forever.
Hi Tia and welcome today, thanks for stopping by.
Honestly, this book was a long time coming. The published version is actually the third complete rewrite. The initial plot was different than the current one. But the spark really came from the vision of Sam, the main character and a bond she had with her elderly neighbour.
How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?
My interest in writing as a career started my last year in college. I wrote on and off for a couple years, but became more serious about writing after the birth of my first child. For some reason, once he was born, I became determined to make writing my career.
You have also published ‘Waiting on Hope’ and ‘Dashing through the snow’. Which of these books was the most challenging to write?
Waiting On Hope. It’s my first published novel and the subject matter alone (rape) made it a more delicate one to tread. I wanted to be realistic in my portrayal for victim’s sake while making it an enjoyable novel and not too dark.
I see that you studied Psychology and Women’s Studies; have these studies had a major influence on your writing?
I think Psychology gave me a better understanding of the human psyche and human behaviour, which for character driven novels, like I write, is helpful.
How do you organize your writing time?
Ha! There’s no such thing for me. I wish there were, but I have two young kids, 4 and 2, that require a lot of attention. Basically, I sneak in writing whenever I can get it, during naps, for 30 minutes in the morning, and mostly after bed.
Which Authors have influenced your writing?
That’s a good question and one that’s hard to pinpoint. I think as authors, a lot of times, the people who influence us the most are the ones we read the most. But I tend to read an eclectic mix of books/authors. If I had to choose one though, it would be Kristin Hannah.
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?
Ha, again! I do have an office, but rarely get to actually go there to work. I take my trusty laptop wherever I go though, and write anywhere and everywhere. At the kitchen table, on the couch, in the basement, at a café, in the car—you name it, I’ve probably written there.
Do you have any wise words of advice to pass onto aspiring authors in relation to Self Publishing?
Absolutely. Patience, patience, patience, and work, work, work.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know
At one time, I was a total city girl, and a sworn bachelorette. I never wanted to get married and wanted to live in the city. Yet, here I am, years later, married in the country with two kids, two horses and a dog. Lol. Still love the city, but things sure have changed!
And finally, with Freedom Road being the title of your novel, what do you think the word ‘Freedom’ would mean to your main character, Samantha Becker
I love this question! Freedom would mean escaping the bonds of her dysfunctional family and pursuing her dream of studying classical guitar at Juilliard..
Thanks again for your time today Tia, I have really enjoyed having you here.
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