Writers are people too: Get to know T.W. Colvin.

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Finding the right book for the moment is like finding the perfect shoe for a special occasion. Word of mouth has been my primary method of finding new and interesting stories to read. Book retailer suggestions are another discovery tool that has taken me to some pretty interesting worlds.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! It was a dreadful story that I wrote when I was in high school (many moon ago). The characters had awful names and the dialogue was dreadful, but the tension was decent. I actually still have it in my office today, but I would be mortified if anyone ever read it.
What is your writing process?
Well I have tried a few different things. For my first novel, the plot came from a dream and in a two week period I wrote the entire story with no outline or any real idea where the story was going. After that, I have tried outlining on another story, and that wasn't very successful for me. So today what works best for me is to write each chapter as they come to me and I organize or reorganize later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that I read was The Pinballs by Betsy Byers and it was a story that really stuck with me. I was about thirteen so the emotion and limitations that was relayed about the story’s young characters allowed me to diver right into the story. I still love that book, and even bought my daughter a copy of her own.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is a bitter sweet process, but a very important one. When I approach cover design on a finished work I ask myself what are a few visual elements that will summarize the story and properly represent the overall work. However, whenever I find myself stuck in the writing process creating the book cover can keep the creative juices flowing without stressing me out about hitting a wall.

Overall I research, search for the best image (s) for my vision, then work on putting all of the pieces together in a way that is professional and creative. And once I pull it all together if it doesn’t draw my eye, I start over.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In answering this question I realized how eclectic my reading taste is. So here are my favs in no particular order….

Kiss the Girls, James Patterson- This book was suggested to me by my mother years ago and it was an absolute page turner. It really drew me in and before I knew it I was finished. I enjoyed it because I was drawn into the world in the book.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson - This book was very interesting, I enjoyed it because I couldn’t guess what happened or what was going to happen from the beginning. And, it was very different from Kiss the Girls.

Heaven, V. C. Andrews - This was one of those stories with twists and turns, internal and external conflict and characters that you love to hate. It is one of those that you never forget.

Forever Always, Jacqueline Thomas – I picked up this book on a trip to my local Wal-Mart and I was not disappointed. The story telling stitched all of the intricate details together around me as the reader, the relationships weren’t one dimensional and the conflict and ending (well cliff hanger is more like it) kept me totally enthralled in what was going on. At the end I wanted to know more about the characters’ lives.

Love me or Leave me, Gwynne Forrester- This book is one that I absolutely love. I enjoyed being able to pick out bits and pieces of myself in different characters throughout the story. It was flirty, it was romantic, it made me wish and hope for a leading man that was half as phenomenal as Drake Harrington. In fact I think I’m gonna go read it again right now!
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever i'm in the mood for. Right now on my Kindle I have an array of paranormal fiction, a gritty mystery and some urban fantasy. So for me, its just the luck of the draw.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle fire. I enjoy it because I can sync with audio books, an app on my phone and computer. It keeps me on track when I'm switching between devices so I never miss a beat.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've tried a number of different things, but has worked best is blog tours, give always, and writing more books. A combination of the three seems to be the most effective; At least for the moment.
Describe your desk
I have a large 'L' shaped combination desk. One holds my computer and other equipment and the other part is a large Cherry wood flat desk. I have papers tossed all about, but I assure that there is a method to my madness and I can find whatever I need. :-)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Detroit, which is known for its connection to the origins of Motown and several ground breaking music groups. I think that living in an environment that embraced creativity was a great benefit for me. I think that it made me more tenacious and drives me to keep going no matter how difficult, no matter what others say and no matter how long it takes.

I think that where I grew up, helped me to establish my personal motto “I’d rather fail forward than fail standing still.”