TS Woolard is a good friend of mine. He has a great sense of humor and is quick on the draw. We met through mutual friends and then connected in a name test game on Facebook that matched us as a couple. He calls me sweetie and I call him darling. One of my favorite things about the indie and self published authors is really getting to know what amazing and creative people they are and the fun and laughs we all have together. If you don’t know him or haven’t read anything by him do yourself a favor and check him out. You won’t be sorry.
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
–I was around 12 when I took my first try at one. At that time I really only wrote bad poetry and song lyrics. I actually wrote, what I consider my first real story, at 25. It was a short story that just kind of… fell out. It ended up being my second published story. I re-worked it and edited for ages, always making it better and more professional. It’s called Planting The Seed of Doubt. The title is a giveaway to the theme (capitalized letters), and can be found in the Bones II anthology by JWKfiction.
2. How many books have you written?
–I’ve actually written several that aren’t published, but I guess they don’t count just sitting in spiral notebooks on a shelf, do they? Haha! But I have my short story collection, Solo Circus, and a novel in the infant stages of the publishing process.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
–No. If it fits in the story that I’m working on, then it must go in it, regardless of topic. I always say that I’m nothing special. These stories are told by the characters, and I’m just the vehicle they take to their destination, i.e.: the reader. If it happens to them, I will not mess with it. It’s not my place to mess with their story.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
–I am 32, and I have no kids. I work as an editor for J. Ellington Ashton Press, and I also have rental property. I’m quite busy, for me to not do much, haha!
5. What’s your favorite story you have written?
–My favorite story hasn’t been published. It’s tucked away in a new collection I’m working on. It’s about a southern Baptist healer with a freaky twist. It’s the most emotional story I’ve ever written. It was harder as hell to write. I had to walk away from it a couple times for how hard it was on my emotions.
My favorite published story is probably Ashley or Sleep Apnea. Both are in Solo Circus. Ashley is about a ‘Doll Doctor’ who has deep-seeded mommy issues. Sleep Apnea is just a weird ass story that has so many tiny things that tie back into other parts of the story. It was just fun to write.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
–Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and the first book I ever read in my life, at age 11 (and really set my writing style) was The Silence of the Lambs. To this day I find Hannibal Lecter and Jame Gumb to be two of the most well crafted fictional serial killers.
Also, on a personal level, My uncle, James, really showed me a lot about writing. He was an untrained poet, but a quite amazing one. He really pushed me to get my writing out and told me good things about it when the only good thing to be said was I had good handwriting. He was an amazing supporter from the beginning.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
–Several things, really. I love to golf, and I’m a huge sports fan in general. I also watch a wrestling. It’s been something I have loved since I was a kid. I play on four pool leagues, too. That, too, is something I have loved since a young age. I also enjoy playing with my dogs.
8. And traditions you do when you finish a story?
–Usually, I edit it immediately then I put it away for a while and don’t touch it. When it’s time to submit it, usually as deadline approaches, I go over it again and make sure I’m happy with it. The day after I finish one, I tend to read a lot, too. I feel like that’s part of the writing process, studying and learning your craft, so I tend to fall head first into a novel or collection of some sort.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
–Every story is different. Some I write in my bed, or in my office, or even in my living room. I have written some in the bathtub before. Some places just speak to certain stories.
As far as quiet or music, always music. But the kind of music depends. If I’m writing a part of a story that requires building atmosphere, I will bend towards classical music, heavy on piano and violins. If it’s an action scene or quick moving, That’s reserved for balls-to-the-wall metal. Heavier the better.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
–I wish I could be more literary sometimes, like Dona Fox. Her stories are like literary paintings that drip with soul. It’s amazing. I wish I cold tell a story like Alice J. Black. Her stories are crafted to perfection. I wish I could push the envelope like Lisa Dabrowski. And I wish I could evoke the emotions that John F.D. Taff can. Those are people I look up to, study, and try to learn from right now.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
–I am lucky that my life is like a dream already. I spent my whole life basing my decisions on doing whatever I want. Now, that doesn’t mean I am being cocky and not doing anything. I want to work and push myself, but I want it to be doing what I love when I do. So, I guess, my dream is to keep living the life I am fortunate enough to live. If that leads to being a famous writer, or a wrestler, or a professional pool player, I just want to be able to chase that.
12. Where do you live?
–Raleigh, North Carolina. I was born and raised here. I live in the house I grew up in, too. When my parents moved away, I moved here. It’s about a half mile from any road, and sit in the middle of nowhere. It’s beautiful and peaceful.
–I have five Jack Russell Terriers, so thank God for the aforementioned middle of nowhere. I love each of them in their own way. They are a reason for me to push on everyday.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
–IMAGINATION!!! Far and away, that is the greatest thing about writing. I am an only child that grew up in between a cow pasture, a horse pasture, and a tobacco field. There wasn’t much to do, so my imagination became my best friend. That led to writing, which is the best outlet for depression and personal demons I’ve ever had. It is truly a gift to me.
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As always thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better and I wish you nothing but happiness and much success darling! 😊