Wednesday, November 16, 2011






Hello Trisha, thank you for allowing us this interview. In your bio it is found that you have been a writer for quite some time, most of which consisted of poetry up until 2005, can you give us a sample of some of your earlier works?
Thank you so much for having me for this interview, Kitty! Absolutely, I would love to share a poem with you! This is one I wrote in 2003 for a good friend of mine who was about to get married. I knew I wasn't going to be able to attend (it was in Ohio) - so this was my gift to them.

Your Love

Your love is one of a kind
I'm proud to say it's mine!
If you hadn't come along, I'd still be incomplete
But now until eternity, I have you and you have me!

Your love, like a prayer, soothes my soul
You opened my eyes and made me whole!
Your love, like a mountain, so protective and strong,
I've dreamed of someone like you for so long!

Your love, like the wind, feels so good to embrace
To feel your breath against my face!
Your love, like a song, eases my fears
With a simple whisper, you make them all disappear!

Your love, like a rose, is still blooming for me
With just a smile from you, I know you're perfect for me!
Your love, like a miracle, came to the rescue
I was dying inside then I turned around, there was you!
Since then, you've had my heart - you're my white knight
Until you, I never believed in a love so right!

Tell us a bit about your current works, and what these books are about.

Well, they're not exactly current, but they're recent. I self-published "An Unforgettable Christmas" in September. It's a contemporary (clean) romance about a woman, Chelsea, who is facing her first Christmas without any of her family. She's bound and determined that she's going to make sure she does her Christmas shopping, even though her list is a lot shorter this year, but she is NOT going to do any decorating...Then she meets Nick. She's instantly attracted to him, but he has a she believes that he has a wife hid away somewhere and she tries to put him out of her mind. As luck (or fate?) would have it, Chelsea's neighbor is also Nick's aunt, so there's a little matchmaking going on. Chelsea still fights her attraction until she discovers that Nick is not the biological father of Jasmine and learns the rest of the story. Even though Nick is instantly attracted to Chelsea, as well, he has an uphill battle to fight. Through a few surprises, Chelsea & Nick experience a Christmas they'll never forget.

Also, in September, I self-published "Daring To Trust", which is book 1 of a 4 book series "Indigo Girls" I'm currently working on, and the entire series will be (clean) romantic suspense. The series is about four best friends, Julia, Ellen, Jae and Abby who are in their 30s and alone. Through twists and turns, they face obstacles but are always there for each other, in the good and the bad. "Daring To Trust" is Julia's story. Julia's husband walked out on their marriage four years before. When he comes close to death, he makes a promise to God and to himself that if he lives to see another day, he'd do his best to make amends for hurting her. What he doesn't count on is his number-one enemy tracking him down and using Julia to get back at him. This one is a shorter story (17k) but mainly because they didn't have to go through the whole "getting to know you" & dating phase that most couples do in romance novels. However, I promise the next 3 will be quite longer. :)

Romance with a little bit of thriller seems to be your genre of choice, have you ever considered writing in any other genre?

No, not really. Reading romance novels has always been my favorite (even as a teenager)... When I reached my 20s, I started mixing it up a little and buying a romantic suspense here and there. So I became a fan of those, too. I know everyone has different tastes, no matter what it is, but personally I'm trying to write what I like to read. I've never been into the paranormal stuff, so I never read Harry Potter or Twilight (Shocker, I know, right?! Ha!). I don't even care for those type of movies. I don't know what it is but there's something special about a good romance book, and when there's a little suspense thrown in - all the better!

You seem to enjoy a lot of leisure activities. What is your favorite out of them all when not writing?

Hmm. That's a tough question! I guess I'd have to say cooking & baking when my family's around. What's the sense in cooking if no one is there to enjoy it, right? It relaxes me...and it makes me feel good at the same time, so win-win. :)

Tell us about your friend "Snickers", I'm a chihuahua lover myself having two of my own. 

I'm smiling here, can you see? Snickers is my "baby" and he is spoiled rotten!! He is 2 years old and I've had him since he was 2 months. He's not a normal chihuahua I'll tell you that much. He's tall! He has long legs and it's unreal what he can jump on or jump out of. Ha! When I first got him, it was a day before I was supposed to. As luck would have it, we were scheduled to get our pictures made for the new church directory that very evening. So, I brought home a big box to put him in because I knew I couldn't take him with us. I stepped out of the room for a minute and he had jumped out of that box, following in my shadows. He's been stuck to me ever since. He loves hogging the bed, covers & pillow. He loves when I cook 'cause he knows he's going to get something of it. Most of the time, while cooking, I can look down, and he's sitting at my feet looking up at me when I'm at the stove. He loves to take car rides and gets real excited when he thinks he's going to get to go, too! I live with my mom and he took right to her, too. She's not able to do much but she does enjoy walking to the mailbox every day. She got in the habit of taking him with her. So, now every day, around the time the mail runs, you can find him looking out the window watching for it. As soon as it goes out, he turns around, looks at her, barks once, and then sits down, wagging his tail, waiting for her to get up and take him to the mailbox. Did I mention that he's spoiled rotten?

What is your favorite thing about living in Tennessee?

There's so many great things about the state of Tennessee! If I had to narrow it down, though, I would have to say the hospitality and friendliness of people. You're driving down the road and everyone's waving. I do it, too. It's just our way (I think) of saying, "Hi! I hope you have a great day!" It's just little things like that. People will walk up to you in the grocery store and just start talking. It's nice, it really is. (Most of the time, ha! I've had a few strange conversations happen and those are the ones I try to get out of, fast! Ha!)

What do you have planned next as far as writing and when can we expect your next novel?

Right now, I'm writing "Daring To Love", which is Ellen's story and book 2 of the "Indigo Girls Series"... I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of this month. (November)

You mention Karen Kingsbury as an inspiration are there others that inspire you?

There are so many who inspire me on a daily basis, but in the literary standpoint, Karen Kingsbury hits a home-run every time with me. I can never read one of her novels without crying (no matter how many times I've read it, I still cry!) or without taking something important from the story, whether it be a life lesson or just some kind of encouragement that I needed at that moment in time. I hope I can do the same for my readers! (To clarify: Not necessarily make them cry, but encourage them in some way. :) )

One question that seems to be popular right now is whether authors prefer e-books or print. What is your take on the controversy between the two?

Call me old-fashioned but I love my paperbacks. I don't have an e-reader, so that might change if I ever get one. But, there's just something comforting about having that book in your hands.

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring authors?

Number one is don't give up! If writing is what you want to do, don't give up your dream, ever! Number two is do your research. If you're planning on self-publishing as I am, there's so many things that you need to know... not only from the writing standpoint but also editing, formatting, conversion process, cover design, knowing your potential readers and what they're looking for, promotion/marketing & the list goes on... As I told someone the other day, writing is the easy part, believe it or not! You can't expect to write your book, publish it and then expect it to sell on its own. You have to sell yourself AND your books, period. And get involved in social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Many of your fans will come from people you come in contact with every day...maybe not them, but perhaps they know someone who would love to read your work. It's a small world, so don't be afraid to get the word out to your connections. You just never know. AND Good luck! Writing and publishing isn't a competition -- there's millions of readers, and each one has different tastes. You can't expect to be an overnight success. Everyone has to start somewhere...Steven King was a newbie at one point. Just remember that if you ever get discouraged. If there's anything I can help with, just shoot me an email... If I can't answer your question, I'll do my best to direct you to someone who can.

I can be reached at .. I'm also on Twitter under @Trish73179 & on Facebook at .
My website is .

Thank you again for the interview, Kitty!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the interview, Kitty!

    May God bless,
    Trisha Wilson