Please give a warm welcome to Moonlit Falls author TL Hamilton
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I live in Melbourne, Australia with my hubby and two boys. I’ve had a bit of an interesting career road to becoming an author, having served in the Australian Navy for a decade and a half, then becoming an addiction counsellor before finally pulling up my big girl pants and committing to what I have wanted to do all along. I swear too much, drink too much coffee, and will try anything once, which has led to quite a few interesting adventures over the years.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
I am a life long bibliophile, and started writing my first story when I was 13. Even when I was letting life get in the way, I took the odd writing course and I have so many half finished manuscripts on my hard drive that I am in danger of having to find some form of immortality to share all of my characters and story ideas with everyone.
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
I was lucky enough to be accepted to write in the Moonlit Falls multi-author series, a spin off of the Silver Springs universe. I find inspiration in the most random places, but for Alexandrite, the inspiration came from the gem itself. A colour changing gem, which made me think of polar opposites – like a virgin succubus.
What are you working on now?
Moonlit Alexandrite is ready for the editors. It is a paranormal, reverse harem romcom, and I am so excited to introduce Lex and her mates.
I’m now on the first draft for my next two books, Feel Me, which is a darker paranormal reverse harem; and Shatter, an enemies to lovers sports romance.
Do you have any quirks while working?
I find it 1000 times easier to write in sprints. Even though I will continue to write after the timer has finished, something about the ticking clock makes the words come better.
I also have a lovely desk setup that I never use, because I keep parking myself on a floor cushion at my coffee table. No, it’s not comfortable, but it’s where I keep ending up.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope Lex is well received and readers will trust me enough to follow me through a few different genres because these stories want to be written. More generally speaking, I hope that romance will one day have the respect it deserves from the wider literary community. I am so proud to write in this genre, and hate to hear people speak poorly of it.
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Just start. Write the book. Find other authors and build a community. I can honestly say I have met the most lovely people in the indie author community. Most are only too happy to answer questions you may have and help you on your journey. There’s a thousand other things you will hear along the way and you can choose what works for you and what doesn’t, but if you have an opportunity to connect with others, do it.
Do you have anything to say to your followers?
Thank you so much for taking a chance on a new author, I hope you can stay on this journey with me. I love hearing from people who have read my work so if you do enjoy any of my stories please consider reviewing it, or even discussing it in my group.