#WOTR Author Spotlight – T.K. Carter

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T.K. Carter

About the Author

My name is TK Carter, and I’m genetically geared to have a sarcastic wit, awkward one-liners, and laugh at inappropriate times. Fortunately for me, I can tap into this phenomenon and create characters who often do the same thing. I write contemporary humorous women’s fiction (Chick Lit), dramatic fiction, and Dystopian Suspense. I tease that this is a way to accommodate my mood swings, but it borderlines on being truth. I still have a full-time career in logistics for an agriculture corporation based out of Columbia, Missouri, so I write in between working and raising my two children – ages fourteen and almost twelve. Needless to say, my plate is a little full.

When and Why did you start to write?

I used to write as a pre-teen/teenager – horrible poetry mostly – but I set aside everything when I got married and started a family. When I got separated/divorced in 2008-2009, I realized I didn’t have anything to do outside of my family. No hobbies, no interests, nothing of my own. It was quite the vacant feeling. I was given a journal and a pen as encouragement, then one day I started writing and couldn’t stop. The voices have been humming ever since. LOL

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Liz Schulte
Denise Grover Swank
Stephen King
Kristen Hannah
Jennifer Weiner
Pat Conroy – the man is pure genius
Wally Lamb

What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?

I never imagined it was possible to sit at a computer, completely disengage from life around me and get swept into a world in my own head. Okay, that’s not true. I never imagined I could do it while writing. 😉 When I’m writing, nothing around me exists. I ‘come to’ hours later with thousands of words written. I often tease that I need a decompression chamber outside my office so I can re-acclimate to life going on around me before speaking to anyone.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on two WIPs right now. (Writing cross-genre will do that to ya.) One is women’s fiction (mystery/drama), and the other is the third book in the dystopian suspense genre, The Yellow Flag Series. I haven’t released the titles or blurbs for these two novels yet, but they will be announced soon.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a pantser. I develop characters and a loose plot line but give the characters room to move/grow. As I get to know them, it’s easier to determine if what I’ve envisioned is true to character for them. If it’s not, I follow along behind them and see what they do. I had to learn how to plot more with my series and think more long-term, which was a huge challenge for me. But I still allow the characters to be who they are. In Collapse: Book One in the Yellow Flag Series, one of the characters did something so completely unexpected, it changed her whole story line and made for a much better book. I love it when that happens.

Social Links

Blog: My Ms. Adventures (http://mymsadventures-tami.blogspot.com/)
Website: tkcarter-author.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/mstkcarter
Goodreads- T.K. Carter (they make me use the periods between my initials over there…)
Twitter: @TamiCarter2
Instagram: tk_carter
Amazon: amazon.com/author/tkcarter

Buy Links

I’m Amazon exclusive, so you can find all my work here. Be sure to click “Follow” to receive emails when new books are released!

amazon.com/author/tkcarter

My latest novel, The Breakup Mix, can be found here:
http://www.amazon.com/Breakup-Mix-TK-Carter-ebook/dp/B00VR1ZICQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

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