Q. Are you a full time author or do you have another job as well and if so how do either or these fit in with writing time?
A. I am lucky enough that I don’t have to work so I spend most of my time working on some sort of writing. I don’t think I have enough time in the day to get what I want done so I don’t know how people who have a job write as well.
Q. Do you write on your novel daily or do you try to have days off?
A. I work on it five days a week. When it’s just me at the house then I can sit down and really think about the story but when my husband and kids are home, I put it away because I can’t concentrate with them around.
Q. What do you think is the most effective marketing is for your books?
A. I am new to the publishing world. Each day I learn something new. I have learned the more you talk about your book, the more you advertise it on blogs, websites and on social media, and when you run free days on Amazon you do pretty well. If you have the money to invest in book review sites and advertisement then you are doing great.
Q. If you have a ‘baddy’ in your book, can you tell us a little about this character?
A. I have a couple of baddies. Aurora is the first. You meet her at the beginning of the series. Right now you want to dislike her because she is selfish and controlling but later you will understand why she is like she is. Wellington is the other. He was introduced in Thunder Moon. He lives off of power, the fear he causes others. He is a great manipulator and it shows in the fourth book.
Q. Is there any romance in your story and if so can you tell us a little about this?
A. Of course there is romance. You need some sort of chemistry between some of the characters to make it feel real. We don’t go through life with no emotion. Even though my books are middle grade, there is some kissing, some touching and some thoughts going on. The main characters are nineteen and twenty-two…But I don’t get graphic.
Q. If you have to write any fighting scenes, what are your best tips of how you create them?
A. The first fighting scene I wrote, I had my kids play it out so I could see what it looked like. I would tell them what to do and it looked amazing. I was surprised. It does help that I watch tons of action movies so I get some ideas there.
Q. Do you ever write sad scenes and do you feel the sadness as you write it?
I have written a sad scene in each of my books. It’s hard to put myself in that state of mind because it sticks with me. When I have to think the way the character does and feel the hurt they do, I’m living it so it kind of seeps out into my home life.
Q. Did you write as a child or did you come into your talent as an adult?
A. I always enjoyed telling stories when I was little. I even drew pictures and created books to share with my family. I didn’t take the time or effort to pursue writing until I was older.
Q. Can you give us a little insight into any fantasy characters in your latest book?
A. My favorite fantasy character is King Hicort. He is a Troll. In my book their true form is a tree and each one is different. He is tall, regal and each of his leaves have a crown on them to signify his stator.
Q. Is the world in your book like earth or is it a fantasy world?
A. My world is parallel to the human world. There are elements that make it look like the old days before machines and electronics. They are simple people with the ability to use magick and other creatures throughout the realms.
Q. Do you prefer to write as a series or one off books?
A. I like writing a series. I don’t have to make my characters become what they need to be in a short time. I can have them grown with each book until I think they are who they should be.
Q. How do you think you would feel if you received a really bad review that seemed justified?
A. I would be hurt but everyone has their opinion. I can’t be mad at someone for reading my book and telling what they think. It’ll help me with the next.
Q. Do you think all readers should do reviews to help the writers improve?
A. Absolutely. If you take the time to read the book, it won’t hurt you to write a line of the way you feel when it’s over. Think about the time the author put into creating that book. I always say to click on the stars if you don’t want to write. Anything is great.
Book Title: Thunder Moon
Author Name: Tonya Coffey
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours
Micha, King of Ancients, hoped the fighting between the realms would ease since the treat had been eliminated, yet the forest is filled with enemies who are not what they seem. They can be a plant, animal or even disguised as a friend.
While Micha battles Shifters, old enemies and himself, Jessa struggles to regain her life. A friend, in the spirit world, guides her through the adjustments of the truth, allowing her to uncover the Wars true beginning and of a man who will stop at nothing to obtain the True Power.
Micha must tread lightly as the Shadows reorganize the kingdom, demanding a union between Micha and Roselle. His only hope for happiness is for the curse Jessa cast upon herself to be broken by a Sorcerer, a man he did not trust. Will the King get his true Queen or will evil win?
Tonya grew up in a small town in Kentucky where she lives with her husband and two teen boys. Together, they motivate her to be the best at whatever she faces. If she isn’t writing or reading a fantasy novel with lots of action, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas, painting the landscape which is so abundant around her home.
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