Sunday 3 February 2013

Author Interview – Billie Thomas

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Genre – Mystery

Rating – PG

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What is your favorite quality about yourself? My optimism. I naturally approach things from a positive place, with humor and enthusiasm. I think that expecting things go your way is the first step toward making sure they actually do.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I always think I’m right. And I’m not.

What is your favorite food? An heirloom tomato salad with fresh mozzarella and basil. Perfection. The tomatoes you get at grocery stores can’t even begin to compare to the ones you get at a farmer’s market. When they’re in season, I eat them every day!

Do you intend to make writing a career? I work in advertising so I do write for a living. It’s a very creative, but at times very stressful job As long as I can balance the two – writing novels and writing commercials – I’ll do so. But if I had to choose, I’d choose novels. Unfortunately, right now, the choice is between writing novels and eating. And a girl’s gotta eat.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? I’d love to say writing humor, but that’s so subjective. I’ll go with my perseverance. Finding time to write with my demanding job, getting a novel published and doing whatever I can to promote it – I’m certainly not taking the path of least resistance when it comes to my writing. That’s how I know I really love it!

How important do you think villains are in a story? In a mystery, the villain is crucial because their actions set the story in motion. They have to be tricky enough to keep the investigation interesting, but careless enough to make one fatal mistake that gets them caught.

Where do you see yourself in five years? The goal is to be writing novels full-time. Advertising is a career that eats its young. I have some good years left in it but don’t want to overstay my welcome.

What are your current writing projects now? I’m very excited about my main character Chloe’s blog, The character interviews she does are so much fun and we meet the best authors that way. She also stars in her mini mysteries “From the Case Files of Chloe Carstairs.” Those are getting to be so popular that I may have to release a book of short stories here soon, to tide readers over while I finish Murder in a Two-Seater.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I love cooking, hiking with my Rhodesian Ridgback, Kamali, and traveling. Every chance I get, I take off for somewhere exotic: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peru and Costa Rico just to name a few.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? I’ll never stop writing, even if it’s just for myself. But I hope I’ve made people laugh and given them an escape for a few hours. And I hope that my Mom knows about these book and is proud of me.

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