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Monday, January 16, 2012

Interview with T.R. Graves

Hello, I would like to welcome T.R. Graves to Wonderland. She is actually my first interview for Wonderland and I am very appreciative of the chance to help get the word out about her series.

Author Bio:T. R. Graves was born in North Louisiana. She currently lives near the coast in Texas with her husband of twenty-four years. Together, they raise their seventeen year-old daughter and seven year-old son.

Besides being the author of The Warrior Series, she counts her eighteen year career as a registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.

She enjoys embedding realistic medical emergencies within a world filled with paranormal fantasy

1. Being married for 24 years these days is quite a feat, do you have any advice for newlyweds or couples?
I firmly believe that life lessons and difficult challenges make or break marriages.  My relationship with my husband was made stronger during some very hard times.  The most important example happened eight years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer.  Since the day that the doctor gave me the news, my husband has taken care of me and supported me.  I'm completely cured now, but he still does everything he can for me.  Of course, the fact that I love him more now than I did when I married him makes our long marriage possible.  Imagine Brody and Clark (The Warrior Series) mixed together, and you will have my husband.  A man who is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside.

2. What is the most challenging part of raising a teenager, writing and being and RN?
Time (or lack of) is my biggest struggle.  I love my daughter.  She'll be going away to college next year, so I have to make sure and spend time with her before she leaves our very tight-knit family.   Writing is a passion for me.  It offers an outlet I can't get anywhere else...which means it is something I have to do daily regardless of what is going on.  Finally, my career is very important to me.  I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to help those who can't help themselves when they need it the most.  Because each of these parts of my life is essential to who I am, I make sure that I carve time out for each of them every single day. 

1. Which of the series did you have the hardest time writing?
Without a doubt, it was Guardians of the Cross.  The intimate scenes are so risqué that I broke out into hives every time I thought about people reading them.  Despite my hesitation, I knew they were important to the story.  Now that the book has been released, and I've had the chance to get feedback from readers, I'm glad I ignored my symptoms and hit the send button. 

2. I know that some things you see as a nurse can be quite graphic. Did being a nurse make it easier or harder to write for Allison and her gift?
My patients and their families inspired me to create the storyline.  There are few things more difficult than watching parents grieving over their dying children, children mourning the loss of their parents, and husbands or wives losing their life-long spouses. 

3. What made you want to meld the paranormal and medical world into one?
We all live in a world filled with things we can't control.  Because I was left to stand by and watch sweet babies suffer and wonderful people die, I decided to create a world completely within my control.  A world where those same people could be saved.

4. Some people have trouble finding the title for their book how did you come up with yours?
My family and I had a fun day where everyone created names, and the most popular was the one 'winning' the top spot as the title.  In the end, my husband's submissions were the ones picked as the titles. 

5. What advice do you have for writer's who find themselves struggling with writers block?
Keep writing.  You can always delete the unnecessary excerpts later.  You might even 'accidently' write one of the best scenes of the book.
1. If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be and why?
This is going to sound redundant, but I would give anything to be able to save people by just touching them.

2. What are you afraid of the most?
The Face Wall in Galveston is real and completely terrifying for me.  I had a friend who died there and another who almost died that same night.  Because of them, that site will forever be the most frightening place ever.

3. Do you have an unfulfilled dream and if so what is it?
To have all the books from The Warrior Series on a bestseller list is my dream.  It's the reason I spend 90-100 hours per week working, commuting, and writing.

Finally, I would like to thank you for stopping by Wonderland Reviews, before you leave is there anything else you would like to leave with our readers?
First, I would like to say 'THANKS!' so much for having me, and 'THANKS!' to anyone taking hours from their busy lives to get lost in The Warrior Series' world.  It really means a lot to me. 

Second, I'd like to share one of my favorite reviews of Guardians of the Cross.  I think it does a great job of summarizing the series and will help others know if they would like to read it:  'There is romance – sweet, gushy, butterflies-in-the-tummy romance. There is drama, even a little touch of a love triangle (or square?). There is mystery and suspense – evil stalking in the shadows, interesting new characters, new questions to be answered around every turn. And there is heart-stopping action! Every time I thought I’d relaxed in a valley, I was hit with another twist; another piece of the puzzle slid into place.' - gathering leaves.

Check out my reviews for the first two in her awesome series below!

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