Today I’m hosting author T.L. Phillips as part of her blog tour for her new book A Legend Is Born.
Tell me a bit about yourself, your hobbies, likes and dislikes.
At the risk of sounding like a total bore, there aren’t that many interesting factoids about me. I am a writer. It’s not only what I do, but it’s an enormous part of who I am. I spend ninety-eight percent of my time either writing or working on something related to it. Which includes my favourite past-time of all, reading. Yay! How many people can say they get to curl up with a stack of books for days on end and call it work?
Thankfully, I have a very patient and understanding family that supports my career choice. During the other two percent I can usually be found working on something crafty – at the moment I’m creating some awesome book swag, and a Christmas-themed counted cross stitch project I’ve been doing since November 2014 or immersed in a video game on one of many platforms (mostly PC and PS4).
How did you get into writing?
It was a real no-brainer for me, really. I’ve always loved books, often preferring them to people. Between my love of books and being naturally creative, it was always kind of a given in my house that someday I would become a writer.
Did you choose the genre you write in or do your stories lead you?
I always start a story with a particular genre in mind. Once I start writing, though, the characters have a tendency to take over and sometimes that leads to a deviation from the plan – in the best possible way of course. A good example of this is A Legend Is Born, I originally intended to write it as an Urban Fantasy. Though it still fits into that genre, it also crosses over into Paranormal Romance and can be enjoyed by Fantasy lovers.
Give me all the wonderful facts about when I can get a copy and where?
I’m happy to announce that A Legend Is Born is available as an ebook through most major ebook retailers. And in paperback through both Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I’d just finished reading the Twilight series and was desperate to learn more about the shifters. I was intrigued by them and disappointed that we didn’t get more of that particular aspect. I knew I needed a unique twist on the subject if I were to receive any attention at all, so I came up with the idea of using my favourite animal of all time (the white tiger) as a starting point. It just kind of snowballed from there.
Who is your favourite character in this story and why?
That’s not really a fair question. That’s like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. But if I had to choose only one, I would have to say Josh – because he was the most fun to write. Of course, I would never admit that to them.
Will you tell the readers your favourite scene, if you can without giving away too much information? (This is totally an optional question.)
After five years of intensive rewriting, I’m somewhat partial to all my scenes. But I do have two favorites that I am particularly proud of. Lissa’s first shift and the dinner scene at the zoo – that’s all I’m saying.
About the Book
Title: A Legend is Born
Author: T.L. Phillips
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From orphan at fourteen to immortal royalty at nineteen, how the heck did that happen?
Nineteen-year-old Lissa witnessed the brutal murder of her parents by blood-thirsty vampires at the tender age of fourteen. She would have suffered the same unpleasant fate had tall, dark, and mysterious stranger Max not intervened. Every night since Lissa, along with an elite group of fighters, trains and patrols the mostly abandoned streets around the city of Buffalo, NY. They quietly thwart the dastardly plans of rogue vampires and cursed shifters in an attempt to protect mankind.
Having been told that all shifters are evil, Lissa is taken by surprise when she learns that there are good ones in the world – the Guardians. And she’s bonded with one of them, an ultra-rare occurrence amongst Guardians in recent years and unheard of between a Guardian and a mortal. When a typically fatal injury threatens to end her, her bond-mate throws caution to the wind and uses his own blood to save her. The consequences could be disastrous when Lissa wakes up to find she is no longer human, and not only a shifter herself but the shifter queen.
T.L. Phillips is a 30-something stay-at-home caretaker that loves to curl up with her cat and a great book. As a writer, she strives to tell compelling stories that readers will enjoy curling up with. When she’s not occupied with the myriad of tasks above, she’s an avid gamer with a love for all things crafty from crocheting to wood-burning and all things in between.
On Barnesandnoble.com at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-legend-is-born-tl-phillips/1123485501?ean=2940152899696
On Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/619927