In toadys Author Spotlight, T.M. Franklin, the talented author of MORE, a YA Paranormal Suspense/Romance, discusses her novel and her many fabulous works.
What is your book about?
Ava Michaels used to think she was special. As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.
Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core. Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
She's a little bit more.
What inspired you to write this book?
Like many kids, when I was young, I was convinced I had secret powers, and if I could just concentrate enough I could fly or move things with my mind. Of course, like we all do, I grew out of it. But then I had the thought – what if it was true? What if someone did have those abilities, but they were locked away for some reason? That was the initial inspiration for MORE.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
In this book, I'd say Ava is my favorite. She's thrown into a crazy situation—people are watching her, they're after her, and she has no idea why. Then she finds out they have these amazing abilities. The world isn't what she thought it was. And she deals with it as best she can. Yes, she makes mistakes, but she's really trying to do the right thing.
My least favorite? Probably Tiernan. It's funny because in MORE, the first book in the trilogy, he's pretty much a bad guy. He's sent after Ava and he's big and mean and terrifying. But in the later books in the series we get to know him better and he actually becomes my favorite character in the trilogy.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I write what I love to read. I enjoy reading YA and I love stories about things like super powers and alternate realities and time travel—the things that get your imagination rolling. I do write in other genres. I'm working on a pirate adventure that I'm hoping will be out this fall. I write romance without the paranormal aspect. I write humor when the mood hits, and have a fun YA romance out called How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You. But basically, I write what I like to read.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
It is the first in the trilogy, and the trilogy is complete. Although I have had people asking for a follow up story featuring Tiernan, so that may happen at some point. But it will be a standalone story – not part of the actual series.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I've always written things—stories and poems and such. I worked as a journalist and it was during that time that I thought that I might try writing a book. I wrote my first novel while staying home with my younger son, and it was pretty awful. But one agent I queried encouraged me to keep writing and try to hone my skills. I discovered fan fiction and decided I'd give that a try. It was a wonderful experience and through the betas (volunteer editors) I worked with as well as through interaction with my readers, I think I became a stronger storyteller. It was through people I met in that community that I connected with my publisher. So in many ways, they changed my life.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Of all time? Oh, that's a tough one. It really depends on my mood. I loved Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite romances. Right now, I'm reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and I'm loving it.
Have you written other books we should know about?
I have three books in the MORE Trilogy, as well as a YA Romance called How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, about a quirky boy who makes lists for everything he wants to accomplish. Obviously, he wants to get Ainsley to fall in love with him, so he makes a list and sets out to show her he has a lot to offer. That's probably my favorite book that I've written.
I also have three short stories currently out: Window (about a girl who gets visions through the picture window in her living room) A Piece of Cake (about a supernaturally gifted matchmaker who doesn't believe in love) and Unscheduled Departure (about a girl who's thrilled when her boyfriend decides not to move across the country and gets off the plane at the last minute—or does he? Dun dun duuuunn…)
How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You
A Piece of Cake
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Just keep writing. The biggest hurdle to over come is actually FINISHING something. You can always go back later and make it better. So just keep writing. Get it done!
Where can we find your book?
The complete trilogy is also available as a single volume, at a lower price: