I come from generations of storytellers, and I don’t remember a time I didn’t love books. Throughout my teenage years, I filled notebook after notebook with stories or story ideas. In college, I sought out the campus newspaper and wrote for them all four years. Then, I did technical writing for IBM. But it wasn’t until I had my first daughter that I tackled writing my first novel.
What inspires you to write?
A love of the written word. I can’t help myself. Plus, I love exploring all the questions I have about life through the lens of made-up characters.
When did you find yourself taking your craft seriously?
Again, I’m lucky because I always knew. But I guess I didn’t fully commit until I wrote my first novel. I can’t imagine my life without writing.
How many books have you written, and what are their titles? What literary projects are you working on today?
I will publish my seventh book on 1/7/16, which I find so cool (seven must be my lucky number). My first book, Depression Cookies, is a coming-of-age tale co-written with my mother. Then, I have a four-part Tala Prophecy series, a young adult shapeshifter series. Finally, I have two books I’ve co-authored, Fractured Glass and Seven.
Who is your favorite character from your book(s), and why?
Reagan from my Tala Prophecy series. At only seventeen, she discovers an ancient prophecy that details her destiny, but she’s determined to forge her own path and embrace believing in the unbelievable. Even more than her bravery and strength, I admire her ability to love and accept what life throws her way.
Where do you get your story ideas?
Almost anything can inspire me. However, most of my ideas come from dreams or talking about books with reader friends and my daughters and husband. They love to help me brainstorm.
Can you give us a picture of your writing journey, from the beginning to now?
My first book was accepted by a small publisher, but just before publication, the owner passed away suddenly. With everything ready to go, I jumped headfirst into the Indie world. I’m so glad I did, because I love this community. Plus, I’ve learned so much. Now, I’m about to publish my seventh book.
Do you have any events, book signings or readings coming up?
Not until 2016. I will be at Roanoke Author Invasion (April 2016), Utopia (June 2016), and Penned Con (September 2016).
What genres do you write in, and what would you like to write in the future?
So far, I’ve written women’s fiction, young adult paranormal, young adult sci-fi/fantasy, and adult historical fantasy. I’d like to experiment with other genres. Maybe I’ll even try contemporary romance one of these days. Horror and erotica are two genres I don’t see myself ever writing.
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
Perseverance in a very demanding and every-changing industry. I feel blessed to be able to do something I love, but it also takes faith and never giving up.
So far, the biggest challenge has been conquering my own fears and self-doubt. They rear up every now and again, but I’m blessed to have some awesome friends in the writing community who keep me going.
How do you deal with writer's block?
I deal with “time block” more than writer’s block. Some days, I just can’t seem to find time to sit my butt in the chair. But usually if I sit down to write, I write. Some sessions are more productive than others, and when I struggle, I write out ideas or bullet points until I feel inspired to write more.
How do you handle marketing? What has worked?
Marketing is an ever-changing target, or at least that’s what I’ve found. What seems to work one time might not work another. I believe the best marketing it word of mouth. Readers love to hear that other readers love a book. So, I very much believe in getting early reviewers to help spread the word. Also, I think blog tours and Facebook parties work, especially with the right lineup of participants.
What hasn't worked for marketing?
So far, I haven’t found Facebook ads/boosts very successful, but I still have a lot to learn about them.
What's next for you?
Seven, as discussed above, is due 1/7/16, and I’m writing the last book in my Tala Prophecy series, Chasing Eternity. I hope to release it sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
What do you want readers to know about you?
I am someone with a lot of emotions and questions about the world, and I explore those through my writing. Every two to three years my whole life, I’ve moved. I love meeting new people, and I feel blessed that I’ve been able to be a part of so many lives. I love to meet new friends, so please reach out and get to know me. I’d love to get to know you!
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for having me, and a huge shout out to all the readers out there who support Indie authors. We appreciate you!
About the Author
Tia Silverthorne Bach has been married to her college sweetheart for twenty years, has three beautiful girls, and adores living in sunny California. Her daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is an avid reader and rabid grammar hound.
She is an award-winning, multi-genre author and an Editor for Indie Books Gone Wild. From an early age, she escaped into books and believes they can be the source of healing and strength. If she’s not writing, you can find her on the tennis court, at the movies, reading a good book, or spooning Jif peanut butter right out of the jar.