Interview with Thea Atkinson

Thea, congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion for your book, Throwing Clay Shadows. Please tell me a little about your book.


Throwing Clay Shadows



TCS began as part of a larger 3 time framed novel. Because  it had reincarnation theories as its base, it explored the lives of five  characters over three lifetimes and how they connected.

It was really way  too large a project to be considered a single novel.

When I began to self  publish through ebooks, I broke the book into pieces because I realized they  could stand alone and not be connected to each other. TCS became a single novel  about a girl who loses her mother in 1800s Scotland. Maggie comes to think she  is the cause of her ma’s death and carries the guilt of it while she struggles  to make sense of her father’s new marriage to a woman who is different than her  ma.

TCS had a sad ending at first because it was connected to the other  novels, but when it became a single entity, I discovered the ending needed to be  changed. It has its dark parts, as most of my novels do, but these characters  come to a clear happiness at the end, so I think many chick-lit readers who enjoy  historical settings and much angst might enjoy it.


What was the inspiration for your  story?


For me, the inspiration was really  the setting. Well, that and still feeling like I wanted to explore reincarnation  theory, so I wrote until I felt I’d exhausted my exploration.


Is there a character in your book  you connect to?


I actually like Angus the most, and  really enjoyed examining his grief and guilt.


How long did it take for you to  write, Throwing Clay Shadows?


That depends. The full 3 part novel  took a little over a year. When I re-edited it for Kindle, it took an additional  month to make it stand alone.


Who designed your book cover?   


That would be me, with a little  help from William-Adolphe Bouguereau.


Of the books you have written,  which is your favorite?


That would have to be Anomaly. I  truly enjoyed writing it and I really enjoyed the two main characters. J was a  surprise for me, and so was Molly in so many ways. I still feel like J is  waiting for another storyline.


What is your favorite literary genre?


Hmmm. I don’t think I have one:  I’ve read shampoo bottles before. But I CAN say it isn’t medical thrillers.  Nope. Not at all.


On average, how many books do you  read per year?


At least a dozen, sometimes way  more. Depends on how much I feel like procrastinating or the weather, or the  wine, or the ….well, you know. It varies.


Do you have any advice your an aspiring author?


Don’t give up. Read lots. Help  others. Write in as many genres as you can.


How did you discover indieBRAG?


That would be thanks to  Kindleboards. Love that forum!


Thea Atkinson


Thea Atkinson is a writer of character driven  fiction; call it what you will: she prefers to describe her work as something  akin to the left of mainstream. Her characters often find themselves in the  darker edges of their own spirits but ultimately manage to find the light they  seek.

She  has been an editor, a freelancer, and a teacher, but fiction is her passion. She  now blogs and writes and twitters. Not necessarily in that order.

Please visit her blog for ramblings, guest posts,  giveaways, and more

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A message from BRAG:

We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Thea Atkinson who is the author of, throwing Clay Shadows, one of our medallion honorees at . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Throwing Clay Shadows merits the investment of a reader’s time and money. Thank you! Stephanie indieBRAG



Thank you!





4 thoughts on “Interview with Thea Atkinson

  1. Excellent interview. I particularly like the comment, “Write in as many genres as you can.” ONLY an indie author would say something so provocative. Literary bourgeoisie would commit hari kari before agreeing to this.

    I would like to know Thea’s definition of “too long”. The manuscript I am working on is 208,000 words. I was going to split it up, but instead I am moving ahead with it in its entirety. I have struggled with this question for years. That same bourgeoisie would say 80,000 words is absolutely the limit. That’s another reason I don’t listen to them.


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  3. Interesting interview – I’m constantly impressed by the amount that folk can produce in a year! Interesting too that when it was divided up it required a new ending.

    Re Length, If I may reply to Doug as a reader – 208,000 is a mighty chunk – especially for a random browser to decide to buy on spec. My reading time is so precious that I’d have to know I’d enjoy a book before I’d try an unknown of this magnitude. On the other hand if it could be divided into parts and I could try Part 1 – if I enjoyed it then I’d have the delight of going back to buy Part 2. Just a thought…


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