Book Tour – The MPire: In Search of the Lost by T.L. James April 12, 2011Posted by Jaidis in Book Tours, Nurture Your Books.
Tags: Books, Nurture Your Books
Today I am super excited to be the next host on T.L. Jame’s book tour! Please take a few moments to read the interview with Ms. James and learn more about her book, The MPire: In Search of the Lost. But first, let me introduce this amazing author!
TL James graduated with an MBA from LeTourneau University. At LETU, James cultivated an interest in biblical studies and research. Little did James know, but her love for research would become an integral thread in her writing style.
After many sleepless nights, James began writing her first speculative fictional book, with her newly born son tucked comfortably at her side. She developed the family drama storyline that showcases her love of research, biblical studies and literary classics (i.e., Chaucer, Shakespeare and Mythology). The MPire Trilogy was born.
In 2008, TL James revived PHE Ink, a Writing Solutions Firm, after discovering a number of gaps in the publishing industry. James works with aspiring writers, one-on-one, to develop their literary voice. PHE Ink, also, assists entrepreneurs with transforming their business dreams into defined objectives and business plans.
TL James currently resides in Houston, Texas with her son and immediate family.
Without giving too much away, can you tell us what The MPire: In Search of the Lost is about?
The MPire: In Search of the Lost (which is the first installment of The MPire Trilogy) is an enchanted journey into the erotic and sensual picture perfect world of a rich and handsome “Texas Englishman”, Mallory Towneson Haulm. His world collides with reality when he is summoned to return to the family that cast him away when he was seven. The journey takes you through family drama, corporate greed and scandals and epic wars older than Revelations.
How long did it take you to write this book?
It took me about a year and a half to research and write it.
What was your inspiration to write this book?
I was laid-off with my two month old son. Day in and day out, I was watching meaning less television. One day, I unplugged the television and dared myself to write something better – thus The MPire was created.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
My earliest memories of writing were in Middle School. I remember keeping a journal and writing in it every day about stories regarding my family, friends, and of combating the peer pressures in school.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I free write and an analytical balance. I used a spreadsheet to “create” my timeline. I added historical events, both real and fictitious. Once I had my scaffold completed, I started free writing, allowing the characters to talk, act, react and acted-up. I use music to set my mood.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
What does your family think of your writing?
That I am a weird character and they wonder where these ideas and words that I put together come from.
How many books have you written so far?
Four books (The MPire Chronicles, Trilogy – The MPire: In Search of the Lost, Death Cometh, and Trinity)
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I did the happy dance!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?
First, write out what your goal is in the publishing industry. Research! Ask lots of questions! And if it sounds too good to be true, STOP! Keep your integrity in tact, even if there are others who have let their integrity and/or honesty slip by the wayside. Know what your breaking points are and remember publishing is a business. You can make beautiful connections, awesome friends but be sure that you take care of business FIRST!
Do you hear from your readers much?
A lot! I get emails and tweets and FB posts.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is one that you can actually see the characters as scenes in a movie.
What is the last book you read?
I read Dante’s Inferno. I am researching this topic for my next book.
Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?
I am researching for collaboration with another author. I am preparing to promotional tour for my last installment of The MPire: Trinity.
What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?
Night owl or Early bird?
How many books do you read a week/month?
Since I am a publisher, I have been reading manuscripts. I read about 3 manuscripts a month.
If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with the director Tim Burton. I think he would have a great vision for my novels.
If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?
To the future, I want to see if we are getting our fictional stories right.
What does the word success mean to you?
Creating something that can never be taken away.
If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?
Do you really want to try me… lottery is cheaper and better odds.
I’d like to thank T.L. James for stopping by and providing the interview above! Places you can find Ms. James include:
Want a chance to win a copy of The MPire: In Search of the Lost? Check out my giveaway post HERE
Be sure to stop by the other amazing blogs participating with NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™
* April 13th – Tessa D. @ It’s a Philip K. Dick World!
* April 14th – Deborah P. @ A Bookish Libraria: The Dame Reviews
* April 15th – Beverly @ Everyone Loves A SiNner
* April 16th – Laura J. @ The Book Tree
* April 16th – TL James @ The MPIRE Saga blog
* April 17th – Sue F. @ Books, Books, The Magical Fruit
* April 18th – Aanchal @ Book Flame
* April 19th – Juliane W. @ A Universe in Words
* April 20th – Ria @ Bibliotropic
* April 20th – Bobbie @ Nurture Your BOOKS™ blog
* April 21st – Melissa B. @ Books R Us
* April 22nd – A.O. @ aobibliosphere™