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Author spotlight: TM Clark

14 March 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with TM Clark, author of five books, in the genres of thriller, adventure, and suspense. She will be attending ARR2019 in Brisbane.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

When I finished school, I hand wrote about three chapters of a Mills & Boon, but then life interfered, and I never got any further. Only once I was in my early thirties, and I had my kids did I begin to write down the stories I told them. And then the bug bit big time …

Why romance and not a different genre?

Technically I’m not a true romance author. (I kill heroes and heroines and often don’t have a typical HEA …) BUT the romance people are my tribe. The romance community is where I honed my craft and learnt a lot about story construction, and I have run with this pack for almost 20 years, I’m not about to go lone wolf on the community, as I still essentially tell LOVE STORIES.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I read a Harlequin Romance Desire book first when I was 14 or 15 years old, and not only did it open up the whole world of reading for me, but it helped my dyslexia. This was a style of book that I could actually read, didn’t have difficult words in it, and when the ‘white spaces ran all over the page’, it didn’t matter, it didn’t make a big difference. The words still made sense. I could also read along, skip if there was a difficult word, and still understand what was going on. I fell in love with reading and story in words, and after reading a whole bookcase full of them, I progressed onto other bigger-style books, and devoured any and everything.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

Not to give up. The path isn’t easy, but it’s rewarding when you finally hold your book in your hands.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Character creation

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

Allow yourself time to work out and work through your problems, be they emotional, physical or ‘manufactured’ that are causing your fear/anxiety and come back stronger. Do not allow fear to destroy your dreams you have worked so hard to achieve.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

Strong women have always had a huge influenced on my life. In my own way, I aspire to be like them, strong when they need to be, but always feminine too, loving and putting their families first. I will just have to keep trying …

Tell us about your latest release, Nature of the Lion, in 100 words or less.

1986. Chloe and her invalid father, Mike, once wealthy Zimbabwean landowners, now have little. When a violent confrontation puts Chloe in danger, Enoch, her father’s best friend, steps in to help—with inadvertent fatal results. With increasing pressure from a right-wing group on the police in South Africa to charge Enoch, this mismatched family have no choice but to flee back to Zimbabwe. With help from Nick, formerly a soldier under Mike’s command, now a professional game ranger, the fugitives might have a chance of making it home. But crossing the border will be dangerous, and their route stalked by a shadowy ring of hunters—whose trophies are taken from more than animals …

What else will you be working on in 2019?

Cry of the Fire Bird, due out in December 2019.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you’ve read recently

Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.

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