IRWYW- How do you define success as an author?
TA- Publishing a book is a success in its own right, whether you publish traditionally or self-publish. It took me until I was thirty-nine to publish my first book and I’ve been writing since I was about nineteen. I’m a member of a number of writing groups and I watch the progress of my fellow writers. Many of them are ready for publishing and they just haven’t taken the plunge yet. I was one of those people for years. I published my first book last year and that was the moment of my success. Having something tangible to hold in my hands made every bit of effort worth it. I wanted my name on the cover of a book and I made that dream come true.
IRWYW- What do you look for in a story as a reader?
TA- I want a book that will keep me asking questions. That goes for any genre. If I still have questions, I will stay hooked and have a need to continue reading. I also need to have some sort of connection with at least one character. It doesn’t have to be the main character but I want someone I connect with, someone I care about.
IRWYW- Who is your audience?
TA- I want to tell you my audience is anyone who is interested in my books. But my target audience is women, typically between 30-50, who love the psychological elements portrayed by my characters.
IRWYW- What has been your favorite reader feedback?
TA- All of it. I love feedback, good, bad, and in between. As long as the feedback is honest, I welcome it. The good is always a nice little ego boost. The constructive criticism gives me a place to focus on my upcoming manuscripts. No feedback is ever truly bad as long as it’s honest.
IRWYW- What difference do you see between a writer and an author?
TA- This is always a debate within the writing community. Personally, I see a writer as one who is in the process of drafting a book or one who journals or blogs. I see an author as someone who has published a book or has written an article or short story for a well-known publication.
IRWYW- What would the title of your autobiography be?
TA- Don’t try this at home: If it seems like a good idea, it’s probably not.
IRWYW- What advice would you give a writer working on their first book?
TA- Keep going! No matter how frustrated you may get or how often you fall into the hole of feeling like your writing is terrible and you question why you’re even trying, keep going. Every bit of time you put into your writing, every bit of energy you focus on your writing, it is all worth it. If you have a dream of being published or seeing your name in print, it is worth it to push through the hard times and see it out until the end.
IRWYW- What are you working on in the near future?
TA- So much. I am currently working on the second draft of my pride and Joy novel, The Puppet Hunter. Of all the manuscripts I have in progress, this is the one with my favorite writing style, my favorite cast of characters, and my favorite storyline. I’m so excited about it.
I’m also in the planning stages of two cozy mystery series. I’m hoping to have the first book of at least one of them out by the end of the year.
After I published my first book, Nursery’s Rhyme, I had a number of readers reach out to me asking if there would be a second book. I had no intention of writing a sequel, it was supposed to be a stand alone novel. But, after almost a year and having people still ask, I have decided to write a sequel. It’s going to be a while before it’s ready to publish, but if my readers want it, they’re going to get it.
IRWYW- What is your author spirit animal?
TA- A bat. Mostly because they only come out of hiding when they’re looking for food. But, in my case, I’m usually looking for coffee.
IRWYW- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
TA- Nothing. If I knew I couldn’t fail, I think it would take the fun out of whatever I was trying to do. There would be no achievement, no sense of accomplishment, and no talent or creativity involved.
by Trish Arrowsmith
March 28 – April 29, 2022
Virtual Book Tour
At twenty-six years of age, Kathleen has almost everything she needs: a fulfilling teaching career, a new car, and a recently purchased home. She dedicates her free time to her students, supporting them in a manner she never had growing up. Her days are filled with love and hope, but her nights are empty without a family to call her own. While spectating the first home baseball game of the season, she meets a man that she believes will change her evenings in the best possible way. With no children of his own, he committed his free time to bringing his young nephew to watch the game, hoping to encourage him to play. Kathleen is immediately drawn to him and sees him as a true family man.
Maxwell is handsome, successful, and charming. When he proposes marriage shortly after they begin dating, Kathleen is eager to accept as the desire to start her own family consumes her. Within months of their marriage, Maxwell’s sweet, doting personality gives way to a more sinister, controlling side. Kathleen quickly realizes that while she was looking for a partner, Maxwell was looking for someone who existed solely to fulfill his needs.
When he suggests a move to the country, Kathleen is hesitant to leave her job but believes the change of atmosphere will be an opportunity to bring them closer together. She soon realizes the isolation of the countryside only serves to enhance his power over her. It doesn’t take long for her to learn the devastating truth of who her husband really is, and she finds herself left with two choices: She can try to escape and hope he doesn’t find her, or she can stay and fight the battle in which all odds are against her.
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Trish recently moved across the country where she found her forever home, enjoying the desert sunshine and wildlife all year long. She was born and raised in a small town in northern Connecticut. Growing up, she was always fascinated by unsolved mysteries and true crime as well as the psychological elements behind them. As an avid reader, her go to books are thrillers, suspense, and true crime.
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