04 May 2015

#Beyond: Tia Louise

Tia Louise is the Amazon Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

Her debut adult romance ONE TO HOLD was a 2014 "Lady Boner" award-winner, #1 in Military Romance, and a Top 20 Contemporary Romance novel for several months. ONE TO KEEP, #2 in the series of stand-alone novels, followed the same course, with the remaining performing equally well.

From being a "Readers' Choice" nominee two years running, to picking up USA Today "Happily Ever After" nods, nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations...

It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
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Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?

My husband “Mr. TL” is by far my biggest supporter. We were both English majors when we met in college, and he’s an even more voracious reader than I am. So he thinks its amazing that I’m writing books. He’s also my best brainstorming partner. Being a lawyer, he helps me think through many of the situations the Alexander-Knight guys face.

Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?

Quiet—unless it’s white noise. Otherwise, it distracts me.

What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?

I guess how personal it is. Writers work very hard on these stories, developing these characters. They become like family to us, which is weird because they’re fictitious. For me, however, even the “bad guys” have some redeeming qualities. Well, except Sloan.

If your characters could come to life and be a real human, which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?

I’ve always thought I would be besties with Elaine—I’m sure I’d love Melissa and Kenny… heck, all the ladies are great friends. The one who would drive me crazy first is probably Nikki. LOL!

When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?

I’ve been writing all my life, starting with my first graphic novel when I was nine. (It was me and my ballpoint pen.) As I got older, I worked as a journalist, I taught high school English, I was an editor for a while. In my 30s I decided to start writing books, and it’s been fantastic. I guess my inspiration is all the great stories I’ve read or watched in my life.

Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?

I don’t know. I pretty much read what I write. I don’t read much horror, but that might be hard. Just because I tend to get very emotionally invested when I’m writing. I have to keep going back to the “bad” scenes and layering in the emotions so I’m not overwhelmed… LOL!

Seeing more and more authors going the "self-pub' route. Thoughts?

Self publishing has really made it possible for more and more serious authors to make a living writing books. Before indie, only a handful—like five to ten—authors were able to make a living from their books. That is a great thing in itself.

How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc. And has that changed since you started writing. If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?

I’ve always spent a lot of time on my covers, and I’ve always tried to work with some of the best cover designers available. I hope to one day earn enough to afford cover models and custom shoots. In the meantime, I’m pretty happy with what we’ve done.

What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?

Probably *the scene* in One to Protect was the hardest. Mostly it was because I wanted to be sure I conveyed what was happening, how it unfolded, and I really wanted to build to it with Derek’s past and mental state. All of that will come into play in One to Save.

I stressed out the most about writing *the scene* in One to Love—but again, it was more of a build concern. I try to make these moments as emotional and believable as possible. I was actually really worried I wouldn’t do Kenny & Slayde’s love story justice.

If you could write in any genre that you've never tried, what would it be and why?

I’m pretty happy where I am! But I do think that Halloween idea for the One to Hold crew would be fun. (I.e., Derek as vampire, Melissa as Mina, the Knight brothers as shifters… Mariska and Elaine as witches… Kenny & Slayde as the Van Helsings… Sloan as a zombie. LOL!)

When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?

Since I have these characters pretty established in my head, I guess I’d have to say the plot. Throwing them in these situations and seeing how they’ll work their way out.

Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?

Would I love to travel to a luxurious spa with my bestie and be swept off my feet by a tall, dark, and sexy billionaire who does amazing things with his mouth? Why sure! LOL!

How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events?

Not much. I mean, I don’t try to write anyone I know. Occasionally I’ll use names of people I know. But that’s more because I suck at picking names.

How many times do you read what you wrote and think "where the hell did that come from?!"

Quite a bit, actually. It’s more the sexy parts, though. I’m like, “Wow! Did I write THAT?” LOL!

Do you have to look at the keys when you type?


How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?

Just enough, but not too much.

What are you two favorite 80’s movies?

Sixteen Candles and… jeez. This is hard b/c I was a kid in the 80s. I guess I have to say The Lost Boys because my best friend Dara and I saw that movie about 100 times in the theater. (She had a boyfriend who worked at the box office.)

Why are man-hole covers round?

A round manhole cover can’t fall in if inserted diagonally… also round covers don’t have to be precisely aligned.
Derek Alexander is a retired Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.

When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their "one week stand" only complicates matters.

Because she'll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he'll do everything he can to hold her.

A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (M/F)
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"Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I'd get their shit done. And I did..."

Patrick doesn't do "nice."
At least, not anymore.

After his fiancée cheats, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner (Derek Alexander) sends him to the desert to get his head straight--and clean up the mess.

While there, Patrick meets Elaine, and blistering sparks fly, but she's not looking for any guy. Or a long-distance relationship.

Patrick's ready to do anything to keep her, but just when it seems he's changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.

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When Sloan Reynolds beats criminal charges, Melissa Jones stops believing her wealthy, connected ex-husband will ever pay for what he did to her. Derek Alexander can't accept that--a tiny silver scar won't let him forget, and as a leader in the security business, he is determined to get the man who hurt his fiancée.

Then the body of a former call girl turns up dead. She's the breakthrough Derek's been waiting for, the link to Sloan's sordid past he needs. But as usual, legal paths to justice have been covered up or erased.

Derek's ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family when his partner Patrick Knight devises a plan that changes everything. It's a plan that involves coloring outside the lines and taking a walk on the dark side. It goes against everything on which Alexander-Knight, LLC, is based. And it's a plan Derek's more than ready to follow.

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Tattoos, bad boys, love...
Boxing, fame, fortune…

It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common. Until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes.

Their chemistry is undeniable, their love blazing hot, but is history destined to repeat itself?

It’s a story about fighting. It’s about falling in love. It’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place. And it's about the one hit you never see coming.

A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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(Stuart & Mariska)

Some demons can't be shaken off.
Some wounds won't heal.

Until a pair of hazel eyes knocks you on your ass, and you realize it's time to stop running.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much! What a fun interview. <3 Tia