I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post by author TK Thompson, who shares her answer to my question...
ELF: What scares you the most or makes you the happiest about writing?
TKT: I wouldn't say that it scares me, but at times I am shocked when I go back and read my books. I didn't ever expect to be an author. It was considered more of a hobby and not a traditional path to follow, but when I finished my first book and self published. I expected flack. I expected to be ripped apart and told to go back to the drawing board. Especially, (in my own mind), with my lack of grammar skills I expected to be put down. But I wasn't and this of all was surprising to me. I received great feed back from several professionals that told me I had a unique voice. Which was something that couldn’t be taught. It gave me the strength to believe that it was possible for me to have a writing career. A scary or hard part was being vulnerable and letting my art go out into the minds of other people. I had to believe in myself, come to terms with my talent, and accept it all as it was. Even though I now have three books out and another on its way this has still been a struggle. I have gotten better at cutting the string and letting go of my books. I know that it never will be perfect and I just have to trust in my stories, which I absolutely love! I find myself captivated by my stories and find myself wanting to just sit and read instead of editing. The characters and their journey have become a separate world to me that I am HAPPY to experience over and over. I hope those that read it have the same experience and can enjoy the epic journey as well.
The Dark Eve: A New Recruit
by TK Thompson
Young Audim Basile hates life dominated by his cold, controlling father. But his dreams of fortune and adventure are turned upside down when he runs off to weigh anchor with the toughest, most barbaric band of pirates the criminal underworld has ever known.
Together with their dark, mysterious female captain, Acantha – who’ll run her sword through anyone who looks at her the wrong way – Basile and his fellow swashbuckling bandits sail the globe, fighting hordes of terrifying supernatural creatures that would make even the hardiest buccaneer quake with fear.
Together with his newfound crew mates, Basile must help with finding Acantha’s sister – who’s been missing for over a year – while being consumed with trying to solve the mystery of Acantha’s illusive past – before the evil Wraith King sends all of them to a premature watery grave.
Will Basile survive the fiercest test of his young life? Will Acantha sacrifice her own ship and crew (including young Basile) just to save her sister? Will young Basile come to terms with the price of the high-seas way of life and fortune?
In her stunning debut novel, T.K. Thompson launches readers on the most exhilarating ocean journey since Pirates of the Caribbean. Only time will tell if Acantha, Basile, and their hardy shipmates will live to tell this heart-stopping tale and fight another day.
Cornelius leaned over the bar, his voice wispy and deep. “They say she was born with the mark of darkness, killing her first man at two.”
The bartender’s voice grew louder. “A vixen and horror of the seas, she is. She’d be the rarest beauty ever to fall upon any man’s eyes, but dare you gaze upon her, and your eyeballs would be plucked from your skull with her twin blades at her side. Her only love is the darkest parts of the sea where sharks follow her like babies to a mother. The Dark Eve, her ship, be stained red with blood, and sirens sing at the helm, estranging men from their souls. And treasures,” Cornelius paused, his voice straining, “mountains of gold, cursed by her blood, hidden.”
Hurly lifted an eyebrow in response as Cornelius continued.
“I tell you, be careful!” he warned, his voice rising. “She’s not to be messed with. Her heart is black!” he stressed, spitting out the words. The air of the tavern had grown thick with the influence of the old man’s speech.
The Dark Eve will be $0.99 during the tour. The sequel to this book series is also available. The second book is called The Dark Eve: A Witch's Curse.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born in Provo, UT and raised in copper mining towns in-between Arizona and New Mexico. I can be compared to a lizard. The warm weather makes a great home, but I have always had a love for the rain and overcast skies, extremely contradictory from my given habitat. That’s how I see myself sometimes, a lover of opposites. I would consider my childhood to be groundless when it came to my imagination. I was trapped inside my own mind and I believe I learned the world in small harsh but necessary truths, like a slow awakening. My little stories had their encompassing place along with underdeveloped drawing skills. But rationality whispered in my ears through my upbringing. I sought out what I felt to be important, the events of graduating high school, Silver City, NM 1999. I went to a safe community college in Thatcher, AZ. They say that college is a large defining time in a young person’s life. It’s where they start to wonder about who they are, what they know as truth, and far away from those that defined it for them. I was of course set with innate knowledge and experience and given power with irrational brain resources. My heart had plenty of stitches and I gave many to others. But I could not find peace in a single person. My ideas of life, love, and the world that I wanted to exist in felt unattainable. Having the whole picture felt like an impossible task. I went on a mission for my church in Washington, where I happily got my rain and clouds. Spending eighteen months dedicated to serving others and not yourself is a mind-opening task. It set me up to find the true roots within and be ready to insult my future husband Dustin Thompson when he walked through the door. I am as plain as I want to be. I have three crazy children to help fuel my life and since have received my Bachelors Degree in business management, UOP. But most of all I have tapped back into my imagination, pushed aside all rationality, and finished one of my best thoughts so far. Every day I continue to face my vulnerabilities.
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