Author Spotlight: TC Matson

Back To Me by TC Matson, TC Matson romance author, Ashley Gibson model, CJC Photography romance book cover photographer

CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?

TM: My story is anticlimactic. I woke up with characters as real as you and me telling me their story. I could see it. Feel it. Hear it. I told my husband about it and he told me to write it. I did. Once it was done, he told me to publish it. So I went through the avenues needed and here I am!

CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?

TM: My most rewarding are most definitely my readers. Receiving messages about how they loved the book, how it felt like I was writing about them, or how my books helped them through some of their darkest days… That is an indescribable feeling.

My most challenging part is trying to find a balance. I’m a mother of 3 boys who face their own difficulties and a wife to a husband who started his business not too long ago. I’m pulled in many directions and sometimes it gets very overwhelming.

CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?

TM: This is like asking me which kid is my favorite! I’ll tell you but you better not tell my other characters. It’s a tie between No Holds (my Fighter Series) and Reckless Rebel. With No Holds, I loved Ryker’s heart, his determination, and how when he loves he loves with everything he has. With Reckless Rebel—I fell in love with Asher’s broken soul and his strength.

CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?

TM: It all depends on what they’re in the mood for. I write different flavors for everyone’s different tastes.

o             Blindsided is MMA.

o             Broken Boundaries is an office romance.

o             Set Up is about two meddling best friends and three blind dates.

CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?

TM: Here you go asking me to pick a favorite child again. LOL I’ve had a lot people tell me they’d love for my entire Fighter series to be a movie. Roger Huerta (with hair) would be Levi and Patrick Stat (If you don’t know who he is, you’re welcome) as Ryker.

CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?

TM: Do it! And do it right. Write, read, write, read. Not particularly in that order. The more you write, the sharper your skills get. Get a professional editor, not a friend of a friend who made an A in English class. Get a professional cover designer. Don’t try this on your own. You’re attached to your words, your characters, etc. Your cover needs an unbiased eye. Last but not least, and this is the most important one—Grow thick skin. Not everyone will love your book and sometimes they’ll be very vocal about it. It’s okay. If everyone liked the same thing, the world would be very boring.

CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?

TM: I wouldn’t even know where to start. I’ve never thought about it.

CJC: Favorite motto?

TM: Don’t be a dick.

CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?

TM: The first thing I do is take a break. For one or two days, I don’t allow myself to think or write. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll interview my characters. Yes. Pen and paper and ask them questions. Usually, I find out that I’ve written myself into a corner or the characters hate where I’m trying to take them.

CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?

TM: Real.

CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?

TN: Hands down—blurb.

CJC: What is your writing process like?

TM: Beautifully chaotic. I’m a plantser—a mix between plotter and pantser. Usually I know the beginning, a few things in the middle, and how I’d like for it to end. Everything else, well, I’m just as surprised as my readers.

CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?

TN: I’m finishing up my Cameron Falls Series. I plan on releasing all four of them throughout the rest of the year.

CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?

TM: Thank you for being you! For loving words. For loving books. For giving authors of all sizes love. You have no idea how much you’re appreciated! Many readers ask what they can do to show an author that they loved their books? It’s easy. A review and tell your friends. 😊

CJC: Thank you so much TC for taking the time to answer my questions. I enjoyed getting to know you more.

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