Welcome to The Five Question Interview series on chocolateandpaper.com! I decided it was time to pay it forward but didn’t know how. I don’t have any free books to give away. Nor do I have editing skills someone would covet.
So The Five Question Interview was born! Its mission: to give back to the writing community one interview at a time. Without further adieu, let’s learn a little bit about author T.S. Petersen.
Born and raised in South Africa until the age of 17, Tammy S Petersen now resides in beautiful Far North Queensland, Australia. She has been a story teller since a young age but never explored writing creatively until after the birth of her first child in 2014. After taking a Creative Writing course in 2015, she fell in love with the challenge and creativity associated with fictional writing. MORIBUND came about after one of her crazier than normal dreams, which then blossomed into the first book in the Evanee Shepard series. After taking a short break from writing in 2017 for the birth of her daughter, she soon sat back down to complete MORBUND. In between reading and writing, she loves to hear from readers and authors alike. Visit her website and Facebook page for the latest news. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.
T.S.’s Advice for Writers
“Write what you want to read. Write the story you desperately want to see in writing, because there will likely be someone else out there that wants to read it too.“
And Now The Interview
Do you think every writer should have some social media presence or does it takes too much time away from the actual writing?
I feel that social media can take over your life and affect one’s writing, if you allow it to. Social media can be a double-edged sword, and, as authors, you need to tread that fine line carefully. I do believe that social media should come second to writing.
What was the hardest writing lesson you’ve had to learn?
Structure within different genres. When I first started writing, I’ll be honest, I had no clue there were certain structures for each genre. It wasn’t until I joined the RWA (Romance Writers Australia) that I realised each genre has a certain structure to help keep a writer’s story on track. As a reader, I don’t think I ever actually sat down and thought about the fact that the characters always kissed by a certain chapter or page.
When did you start writing? Is there someone who encouraged you or did you take the initiative?
I began writing creatively during my maternity leave with my first child in 2015. I needed something to keep my mind active, and to challenge me on an intellectual level. I had to choose between going back to university, TAFE, or taking a short course on creative writing. I obviously chose writing, and haven’t stopped since. I’d say I took initiative where my writing is concerned.
It shocked my family a bit when they first read MORIBUND, as I’d never really shown any interest in writing; I’ve only ever showed interest in reading. However, writing has given me the ability to release the dreams, nightmares and day dreams I’ve had circling around my head since my teen years. Not to mention I love the research side of writing, even if it hurts my head some days.
Are you a houseplant person or the complete opposite?
I love plants in houses. I love the colour and vibrancy they add to a space. I have no green thumb whatsoever, but I do have a couple of indoor plants. I try my best to remember to water them. I mostly have orchids, which I love. I do love seeing other people’s pictures of their plants, and how well they are doing.
Who’s your biggest writing supporter?
Is it a family member or someone else?
My biggest supporters would definitely have to be my beta readers. They keep me going and have been with me since the first round of editing for MORIBUND.
My readers and family also support me, and I am eternally grateful for that support. I have also managed to find some beautiful author friends online, and they keep me sane and on track when my work is driving me nuts.