Hi Toni! Thanks for joining us on Night Owl Reviews. Thanks for coming. What is your current title and what is it about?
The Saints of the Lost and Found is a deeply emotional story about a brother and sister whose con artist parents exploit their unique abilities. Avery sees the losses of those around her, and her brother Latham is haunted by spirits of the dead. After years of running from the ghosts of her past, Avery is pulled back to her little Louisiana home town when a phone call from her father reveals her beloved brother is dying. To make it worse, a little girl has gone missing, and the abduction is tied to a killer Avery failed to help the FBI catch. With no time to spare, Avery realizes her curse might well be the only thing she can trust. Is it too much to hope that she might save her brother and find the missing girl before she becomes the killer's next victim?
What should readers expect from you titles?
SAINTS is a very dark Southern Gothic mystery/suspense, and is almost polar opposite the tone and shenanigans of my previous Bobbie Faye books (which were crime/caper, i.e., humorous thrillers)... hence the name change to T.M. Causey. Readers will find a very dark, twisty, heart-breaking, but ultimately, healing story here. (I hope.)
What's next for you as an author?
I'm working on another very dark mystery/suspense thriller, one told from a perspective that may be unique (it traces something horrific that happened to my own ancestors--the crimes, the fallout, the near-genocide of my early family). It's dark and twisty, too, and ultimately, the story is something that I've been wanting to write for more than ten years. It's time now, to give it room to breathe. Fingers crossed.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Reading. Reading. Reading. Watching TV (The Blacklist, HGTV stuff, movies I missed.) Reading. Photography (lots of shooting of photos, plus constantly learning new things in Photoshop). Reading. Walking around in the French Quarter where we live, visiting galleries, other photographers / painters / friends / music clubs. And a little reading.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
There are so many of these (because of fabulous readers attending conventions, or coming to book signings), it's hard to single out one. I do know that I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support of readers, and it's kept me going when life got very bleak with the illness and then death of my brother. I think the grief would have swallowed me whole sometimes, but there was often a lovely email from a reader who'd just discovered the Bobbie Faye books, and other beta readers for SAINTS which helped me keep writing. I don't think readers realize how very much those letters mean to writers like myself, and how absolutely essential their support and word-of-mouth is to their favorite author. They are, quite frankly, worth their weight in gold.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
Geez, this is such a difficult question, but it's one I loved thinking about. I can't name one... could you imagine, though, the hilarity of a table with people like Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, Jane Austen (whom Mark Twain loathed, and probably reciprocated the feeling), Eudora Welty, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Neil Gaiman (the only living legend in this group) and Terry Pratchett? I'd sit there, gobsmacked, taking notes furiously.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I'm an extroverted introvert. I absolutely dread ~going~ somewhere, because it pulls me out of my quiet time to write or work on my photography, but then when I get there, I absolutely ~love~ the people I meet, the conversations, the friendships. Then I desperately need the quiet again to find my balance. I'm a misfit--never fitting easily into one category or the other, and I've made peace with that after all these years; I'm not shy per se, but there are days when I have trouble initiating the conversations. And other days when you cannot shut me up. (grin) I am probably the Poster Child for the land of misfits (hence my blog title, The Misfit Chronicles).
Thanks for joining us Toni.
Thank you so much for having me! It's absolutely lovely to be asked to participate here, and I hope you've had as much fun as I have!