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