Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My name is Tori and I’m twenty one years old. I’m currently majoring in art education and am living in a small town in Georgia. My hobbies include singing, dancing, painting, writing, and studying foreign languages. I’m currently studying Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and French. I was inspired to start writing when I was suffering with depression at age thirteen. I used to have trouble expressing myself, and so writing helped me to better deal with the emotions I was feeling.
Tell us about your books.
I have written three books- Broken Souls, Christmas on the Beach, and The Skeleton Lady. Broken Souls is a paranormal romance about a young psychic named Alexander Damion who meets a beautiful ghost named Kristine Ann Smith, who was tragically murdered. The story follows the two as they fall in love and also deals with Alexander’s struggle with self-harm and depression. Broken Souls was inspired by a dream I had when I was thirteen as well as the depression and very brief experience I had with self-harm. Christmas on the Beach is about an artist named Aria who lives alone at Jekyll Island. Her life completely changes when she meets a handsome Korean man named Erik, whose parents were tragically murdered. The two come together by chance, but will true love last? This story was inspired by the depression I suffered as well as fond family trips to our favorite place in the world, Jekyll Island, GA. The Skeleton Lady is about a high school boy named Oliver Addams and his best friend, Kayte Westin, who are captured by a beautiful and torturous woman who goes by the name of the Skeleton Lady. The two must use their mental and physical strength to escape their tormentors grasp, but will they make it out alive? This story was inspired by the intense pain I felt during my depression when I was around fourteen years old. I had a difficult time expressing my emotions at the time, and so I created the Skeleton Lady to help show my emotions.
How did you go about getting published?
I decided to work with a traditional publisher because I was inexperienced with writing and getting things published, so I decided it would be better to work with experts in the field. I sent in my book to multiple publishers and it was more difficult for me because I did not have an agent and had never published a book before. Luckily for me, my current publishing company loved my book, and I’ve been working for them ever since the first book.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
As a full-time college student, I try to write any time I’m not busy with homework. During fall and spring semesters, I write in between, and sometimes during, classes. I always write everything on notebook paper first, because it’s much easier for me to carry around than a laptop. During the summer, I have more free time to write, and I’m looking forward to writing as much as I can this summer.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When I’m not writing, I enjoy singing, dancing, painting, modeling Japanese street fashion at local anime conventions, and learning foreign languages. I studied Korean at college for two years, Chinese for one and a half years, French for one year in high school and a semester in college, and I taught myself Japanese.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
My publishing company has always been kind enough to create book covers for me, so I think it’s easiest to work for a company who would do the same for you.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I would say just submit your review requests to as many people as possible and go on social media to help spread the word of your book.
What’s your favorite book?
The first book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
What are you reading now?
I’m reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
What’s your next book project?
My next book is a Christmas book about a dance teacher named Audrey who has been receiving gifts from a secret admirer every morning leading up to Christmas. It’s up to Audrey to solve the mystery of who this person could be. This book was inspired by a trip my parents and I took to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the scene is set in that town.
Author Websites and Profiles
Tori L Wilson Amazon Profile