Author Spotlight – T. B. Markinson
Meet Lesbian Fiction Author T. B. Markinson
Our reviewer Valden had this to say about T. B. Markinson’s work:
T.B. Markinson has written several romances over the last few years, many of which are in short series, and many are a little HOT in places! Most are set in her home country of the USA.
For me, the tell-tale signature in most of the books by T.B. is the quick-fire dialogue between the characters, the back and forth between them, filled with double entendre, subtle nuance, and often using wit and precision. It is like bullets from several machine guns, bursting through, dipping in and out of each other, and ensuring your observation and concentration.
T.B. has a sound knowledge of politics, history and literature and it comes through in her writing when she tells you small nuggets which have been woven into her stories.
T. B. Markinson has signed paperbacks of The Miracle Girl and The Fall Girl to give away to two lucky readers – the draw is open to readers worldwide.
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We spoke to T.B. Markinson about her books and her writing plans for the year.
(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book.
My last book, The Fall Girl, which is the second book in The Miracle Girl series, was written while I was in exile. Not really, but sorta. My partner’s company moved us to Dublin, Ireland for a year, which turned into a year and a half. During that time, I was unable to publish anything new.
The Fall Girl involves social media and online bullying. I love research. This is one of the reasons why I don’t write historical fiction, even though I studied history in college and grad school. I fear I’d never stop researching the time period and actually write the book. While studying social media and online bullying, which is fascinating, it scared me enough not to fall too deeply into the rabbit hole.
(b) What got you into writing?
A few things.
First, when I was a child, after reading one of my short stories, a teacher encouraged me to become a writer. Before this, I hadn’t considered it. I always loved to read, but I never connected the idea of enjoying stories and becoming a storyteller.
Second, in my mid-twenties, I found out I had Graves’ disease, a treatable illness but one with no cure. After years of battling the illness, I went into remission, and there’s a possibility of lifelong remission.
Learning I had a disease that wanted to kill me put life into perspective. Slowly I started to make changes. I stopped driving my car and rode my bike or walked when possible. I went hiking more. Read more. I spent more time with friends going to dinner and to the movies. My life became peaceful. I felt wonderful. Being diagnosed with Graves’ disease may have been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. If it wasn’t for that, I may still be a person who has dreams but doesn’t chase them.
Third, in 2011, my partner’s company moved us from the US to London. I suddenly had a lot of free time on my hands to chase my writing dream.
(c) Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m a pantser, mostly. When an idea strikes for a new story, I let it marinate for a bit. Sometimes for weeks or even months.
I’ve always been a thinker. So, if you talk to me in person, don’t be surprised if you ask me a question and I stare blankly for several seconds. I’m processing. While I don’t plot out a story, I do have a general idea where it will go and who will star in it. When I start putting words on the page, I’m amazed how often my characters hijack the story and it ends up in a different place.
(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
With writing or life? Yes, to both. And, no to both. While it’s nice to think of all the things I would do differently, I’m also a realist. Every step, in life and writing, has brought me to this point. There’s nothing I can do to change it. I can only learn from my mistakes and try to build on the positive.
(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?
Oh gosh, this is a difficult question. I have several projects going in various stages. Although, my life has taken a bit of detour, so I’m dealing with that at the moment. Currently, I’m writing a Christmas novella to be included in a lesfic collection. It’s a bit weird, penning a Christmas story while wearing shorts, a T-shirt, and flip-flops. But I have a pine-scented candle burning, and I’m doing my best to channel the spirit.
VALDEN’s REVIEW of CONFESSIONS FROM THE HEART and THE FALL GIRL
Confessions from the Heart is the prequel to the Confessions series, and we meet Cori for the first time. She is on a summer break from a creative writing course at Harvard, and supposed to be writing, but is struggling with creating her writing identity. Her mother is a famous author and Cori is well known as her daughter.
When we first meet Cori she is with her friend with benefits, Annie, who we soon realise has feelings for her. Annie is offered a job in Ireland, and it brings things to a head. The story revolves around their relationship and Cori meeting Kat, an artist who encourages Cori to let go and be a little different. If you have read the rest of the series, this story is pretty much standalone so go buy it!
The Fall Girl is the second book in the Miracle Girl series. It is possible to read it as standalone, but you will miss so much so I would suggest reading the Miracle Girl first.
We pick up the story with JJ and Claire who after twenty years apart are now together, but living at separate addresses on paper, and creating a family. But nothing is smooth in JJ’s world, and her business partner seems to be hanging her out to dry. It has a little bit of mystery, a search for a serial killer, blackmail and worries about money. In my view, it has one of T.B.’s best storylines yet.