Note: Book might be out in March or April 2017. Just to clarify.
1. First, tell me about you and how you made the decision to become a writer?
I have always liked to write. I remember attempting to write my first fiction story at the age of 12. Later on, when I was in high school. I wrote poetry. As an adult. the extent of my writing was in college for various classes. Later on in adulthood, I was encouraged by several friends to write a book because I was so good at storytelling. Once I got the idea of WFTB, I decided to try and voila! I became a writer.
- Was there anything that influenced or anything that happened in real life as a result of waiting for the beast? In other words, is it all made up or real life played a role in it?
To be honest no. I just had a freaky dream about a movie named The Conjuring and started to brainstorm from there.
- What advice or tips do you have for anyone who is new and wants to publish their own book?
Do your research, decide how you want to proceed, and implement your plan.
Most importantly stick with your plan. It’s not an easy process. You wear a lot of hats and it’s easy to get discouraged, but you can do it. Hundreds of authors do it every day.
- Are there any doubts that your book won’t sell? And if that were to happen, how would that make you feel?
I don’t expect it to. I am a very realistic person, too realistic at times. The author community is vast just like the actor or music field. It’s hard to break in and even harder as a self-published author. If it doesn’t sell, I will be okay with that because I feel like once book 2 and 3 and so on are out, sells will be good because readers love series and books that are already written. I think book 1 is the groundwork for what’s to come.
- Did you do research when you were writing WFTB? What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
Yes, I did. For the angels, I researched info about them. For Connie, I researched information about the pagan religion Wicca. I also researched names of characters like Constantiam also known as Connie. It took me about a week to research before I started putting the pen to the paper.
- Have you ever had readers express their concerns or views about the religious aspect of the story?
Heck yeah. I have had good and bad commentary. I have had readers that didn’t know anything about Christianity but was intrigued to learn more about it. I have had readers of different faiths that expressed the love of the story even though it didn’t coincide with their beliefs. On the other hand, I have had readers that disliked the story because they said it was blasphemy and the bible couldn’t possibly be wrong.
- What would you say makes your book unique compared to others in its genre?
I think the subject matter of a female being the Anti-Christ is unique in itself. Also we have the battle of nature vs. nurture in this Anti-Christ story; whereas in other stories about the Anti-Christ, he was predominantly evil.
- What was the hardest and easiest chapters to write?
The easiest chapters for me to write were the first 10 chapters surrounding Angelica’s birth and upbringing. And that’s because I had this vision in my head for exactly how I wanted everything to start and it was just a matter of writing it down. The hardest chapters were the intimate moments between Angelica and Michael. This is a young adult book so I had to constantly keep that in mind and not write things too steamy.
- What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I think the hardest part for me is capturing their feelings. Women and men are so different when it comes to expressing how they feel, so I struggled with that.
- How long did it take you to write WFTB? What was the process and procedures? Outlines or steps that were taken?
It took me a year and a half. First I figured out what the main plot was going to be about. Then I figured out who the characters were. Honestly after that I wrote by the seat of my pants. Characters and different scenes were added as I thought about them.
11. Do you have anything you want to say to your fans?
I love you guys so much. You are the reason why WFTB was published. If I hadn’t put WFTB on Wattpad I never would have thought it was any good. You all gave me the courage and push I needed to do this. Thank you so much.
For answer #6, how did you deal with the comment?
Answer: I would remind the negative commentators that it’s just fiction and that I’m not saying it is a fact.
– Did you start typing your book as it progress or did you handwrite it, and then type it?
Answer: I started writing first. I think I wrote the first ten chapters down then went to typing. Even now if I get stuck, I will brainstorm and write on paper, and then go back to typing.
You said you struggled with gender feelings (referring to question #9), did you overcome that or has managed somehow?
Answer: Yeah, I overcame it. I would just ask my fiance or my son what they thought about a scene and they would give me their input. For instance, Angelica and Michael’s first date and the guys were hitting on her. I was like, what would you do? And they told me so I went off of their response.
Comments: More reasons why mothers give birth to sons! Looks to me T. Hayden has got it going on and she has great support systems to keep her feet on the ground despite the fact that her feet just wants to stay up in the air with paranormal goodness – demons, angels and witches. But who can blame her. Check her out. Books available online such as Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Wattpad, Twitter, and the works. I’ve got my copy of the beast. Don’t YOU wait for the beast. Get your copy.