Tell us a little about yourself
I was Born and raised in New England; I moved all over, spent almost two decades in the DC area – then settled in NC. I retired from a career in Intelligence for the US Gov’t to write. The experiences from then are now being used to feed the muse for paranormal romance, mysteries, supernatural, and urban fantasy stories. I spend my days in my little house on a mountain ridge in the Blue Ridge Appalachian range of western NC. When I’m not writing, I enjoy life in the Blue Ridge mountains with two dogs, two cats, a garden, a craft hobby and a love of Celtic Traditional music to keep them from spending too much time at the computer.
Why Do you write?
I could never stop writing. I’ve been writing since I was a child. I have a couple of books from when I was small where stories were written in the back in crayon.
What genre do you write and why did you pick this genre?
I write paranormal, urban fantasy, and supernatural stories as T.K. Eldridge, and mystery/thriller stories as Preston Holt Wilder. I use my experiences from working in Intelligence for the US Gov’t to come up with story ideas.
Tell us about your book
I’m currently working on a couple of new series. Partners in Crime is one – the first book, Dead & Buried, released end of March. The Winthrop Literary Society is the second series and book one, Trials & Treaties, is slated for end of April/beginning of May.
How much time do you dedicate to your author career?
Ten hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll take a day off once in a while, but mostly, I write every single day.
How long, on average, does it take you to write your books?
About a month per book. Sometimes a week or two longer, sometimes a little less. I’m disabled with a genetic condition where pain can sometimes derail my plans.
What is the best money you have ever spent on your author career?
Good covers, good editors, good organizational tools, and books by others in my genres. You need to read to know what’s happening in the market.
What is the toughest of being an author?
The self-doubt, or ‘imposter syndrome’. Wondering if you’re fooling yourself by doing what you do the way you do it.
What is the best piece of advice you have for other authors?
Do your research, find your community, and when you have doubts, put your butt in your chair and write. When all else fails, write? Do the work and the rest will come.
What is your favorite book?
Charles de Lint’s Moonheart is my favorite. I’m also a huge fan of Hailey Edwards’ Necromancer series.