Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author Spotlight: T.L. Clark

Introducing T.L. Clark, author of "chick lit with steam."

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a thirty-something woman, with a wonderful husband. I usually work in admin during the day, but have just been made redundant again. But hopefully I'll just be able to write a bit more until the next job comes along. I also like to ride my motorbike when I get the opportunity. And I also do holistic therapies. In fact, my life goal is to get a farmhouse so I can run a retreat for stressed humans and horses.

2. When did you start writing, and why?
Well, this one's a bit embarrassing. I started writing last year as I had read Fifty Shades, and was disappointed. I thought the characters (particularly Anna) were unbelievable, so I set about trying to do better.

3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
I write romance novels; lately called chick lit with steam, which sounds about right. Each of my books is stand alone, and looks at love from a different angle. I love watching my characters unfold and taking them through their journey. I've been known to cry whilst writing the sad parts.

4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
My latest book is Rekindled Love, which is a life story but goes right through marriage, birth and death, through to middle age, as I felt a lot of romances feature the younger people and ends too conveniently with marriage or kids in the 'happily ever after' sense. I'm just writing book five. It's a step away from the norm, as it features an abused child. It is written to give knowledge and hope to others. Mostly, I wanted to show victims of abuse that they can grow up to have healthy love lives, and they don't have to be a victim forever.

5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
Love. There is always a theme of love in my books. Whether it is a new love being sought, one-night-stand love, holiday romance, the love in a BDSM relationship or love that is re-found. People often go searching for love but it really already exists within each one of us. 

6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
Mikhail (from True's Love) is possibly my favourite character. He is a blonde bombshell of a Russian bodyguard. Dancer's muscles make him uber-sexy, but he also has a large heart.

Samantha in Young's Love is great. She has an inner strength she never realised she had. It was great to see her blossom.

Jonathan in Dark Love is gorgeous in every way. He is a Male Sub who begins to query his place in life. The term puppy applies in many ways to him.

Sophie in Rekindled Love is a wonderful mum, wife and lover. She has a temper, but she too has an inner strength that carries her through some dark times.

7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
Each of my books features the phrase TLC or tender loving care. See if you can spot it. It forms my author name (TL Clark).

8. Blog/site link, and where your book is available.Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
You can download my books on Amazon | Kobo | Apple | Barnes & Noble.

Book Blurbs:
Young's Love - was the first book I wrote. It features Samantha striving for independence. As she breaks away from her controlling marriage she explores the world of dating with varying results. There's a trip to Tuscany and lots of slushy bits as well as some raunchy scenes. Look out for the extra strong mints!

True's Love - follows feisty Amanda who loves her free & single world filled with nights of passion with different men. She goes to Ibiza with a girly friend and runs into a blonde Adonis of a bodyguard. Is this true love or a holiday romance? It's certainly not short on action.

Dark Love - I wrote this by popular demand. It's the BDSM one! Male Submissive Jonathan is guided by Mistress Eisengrau through a world of dungeons and a journey of self exploration.

Rekindled Love - was written to put the 40 somethings in the limelight. So many romances feature young, skinny 20 or 30 somethings, yet love in later life can be even better. This book actually starts with Sophie's first love though, and follows her through her sometimes traumatic life. There's hatches, matches and dispatches in this one. And there's horses and motorbikes too!

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