Saturday, December 19, 2009
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
That’s a tough question! There are so many points of joy along the journey, including marriage and the births of my children, and the moments of personal success like having books published.
How has being published changed your life?
Certainly it is validation that I have some skill with the written word, which is very nice. But more than anything, I would say it’s given me an even greater drive and desire to improve, to find creative and effective ways to share truth with people, to listen to what it is God wants to say through me. That desire grows with the readership.
What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading various books on Rome and Pompeii as research, The Apostle by Sholem Asch, and Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle.
What is your current work in progress?
I’m taking a break from the Seven Wonders Novels to write a few Lost Cities Novels. A novel set in the lost city of Petra will be out in September, and I’m currently writing one set in Pompeii, which was buried by a volcano in 79 AD. There is so much drama built into that setting, the research has been fun!
What would be your dream vacation?
How do you choose your settings for each book?
It’s actually the settings that fascinate me most, and are the place where I begin. I’m working my way through the ancient world, exploring each culture in turn, and the settings are choosing me!
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Maybe Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General for the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt. I am fascinated with ancient Egypt especially, and this man is so knowledgeable, colorful, and interesting that I think an evening with him would be very cool!
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Besides writing, I also run an internet retail company, selling craft and hobby supplies online. I enjoy working on the marketing, promotion, and analysis of the company, finding ways to improve. This year I’ve also taken up cycling, though it’s gotten too cold here to keep riding, so that’s on hold until spring.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I think the toughest part most days is getting started. There are so many things, good things, to distract or suck up the time. And because writing is hard, I tend to stall, trying to avoid the effort that it takes. Some days I don’t overcome this obstacle! But mostly, it’s the deadlines that drive me to “just do it.”
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Learn, learn, learn! There are a multitude of opportunities out there, from books to conferences to other writers, that can help you learn about the craft of writing. You may have been born with talent, but you have to learn how to use it well. Work hard at learning, put the knowledge into practice by writing, and you will make progress.
Tell us about the featured book.
Guardian of the Flame is the third of the Seven Wonders Novels, although each of them is a standalone book and they can be read in any order. This book features the Lighthouse of Alexandria as the “wonder.” The story focuses on Sophia, the reclusive keeper of the lighthouse, and Bellus, the Roman soldier instructed to overtake it. Also making appearances are Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, whose infamous relationship in Alexandria, Egypt, forms a backdrop for the story.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Please visit me at http://www.tlhigley.com/ ! I’ve filled this site chock-full with my travel journals to the locations of my books, plus videos and photos, lots of information on what’s fact and fiction in my books, and much more. My website also has links to my Facebook Page. I hope you’ll visit!
Thank you, Tracy, for spending this time with us.
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