Interview with T.J. Mines, author of Siege

09 May 2018

What can you tell us about your new release, Siege?

Siege is the continuation of the story started in Du Bois. The town has been saved from covert attacks, so now the rivaling town of Al Bari wants to take Du Bois by force. The President of Al Bari sends his most feared general: The Butcher.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have a writer in the family and we have had a family newsletter for more than 25 years where my father wrote children’s stories for us kids. I, too, wrote a story there, but thought that earning a living as a writer was not for me. Now, with the digital age of publishing, I find that I can do things my way and feel that I do have a chance to write good stories and get them out to my fans.

What fictional literary world would you most like to visit?

I would love to be able to do what Ender does in the books by Orson Scott Card. In the later books set in the story, Ender was able to travel through chaos space. That sounds very cool. I’d visit all the countries in the world if I were able to do so.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt (and David Wright , but he won’t come). I want to ask them how they plan to continue their incredible synergy and what they have planned for the years to come.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Experiencing the story first hand. I plan my books ahead, I have most of the Frozen Apocalypse series planned out, but only in high level. I love that when I write, I surprise myself with cool new plot twists. I get all excided when something happens and it gets me into a writing frenzy where I go off in a direction I never thought possible. Even if it alters the rest of the story.

BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?

My superpower would be that I am proficient in every language that ever existed, written and spoken.

What scene in Siege was your favorite to write?

The one I called “World of Goo” while planning. Ismael and Jo-Ann, the main characters in Siege, investigate a terrorist attack on the food stores of Du Bois. I used the video game “World of Goo” as an inspiration.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I like the live by the philosophy that if you do something, you do it right.


T.J. Mines is the author of the new book Siege

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