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T.C Archer for Lost in Romance

by Louisa Klein

1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
Evan: I was chosen by it. I met Shawn in a writer’s group. We collaborated on a silly story as a challenge and ended up selling it to a digital publisher. She wrote romance and I wrote various other genres. The next project we collaborated on was our recent release, For His Eyes Only, a Ms. Bond type romantic thriller. Shawn had written the first few chapters and I took over, drafted the rest, then she fixed it, then I fixed her stuff, then she strengthened out my draft. We’ve been writing together ever since.
Shawn: I did inch Evan into writing romance, though we also write suspense and paranormal suspense. He was already writing paranormal in the form of horror and, of course, as we all know, good horror employs a great deal of suspense. The move was an easy one for him, and unexpected for me.
 
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
Evan: Shawn does. She edits all my writing.
Shawn: ROFLMAO. I think Evan’s delusional.
 
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
Evan: Shawn, you do the honors.
Shawn: Our most recent book, as Evan mentioned, is the romantic thriller For His Eyes Only.
Jesse Evans is the most wanted woman in the world. She must prove she didn’t sell out the elite Special Ops team she sent into a Columbian village to rescue a little girl, or her sister dies. Only one man can save them both. But he isn’t who Jesse thinks he is.
For His Eyes Only was inspired by Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne. Our heroine Jesse Evan is the female Bourne. We took a cue from the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock in his movie North by Northwest in keeping our readers guessing as to who was who and why they were doing what they did.
We’re currently deep in edits for our next release the alternate history/paranormal romance Chain Reaction, coming from Silver Publishing February 18.
For love of country and a woman, Jordan Pierce must sacrifice his humanity.
Have you ever wondered how America kept the most crucial secret of World War II?
 
Chicago Pile One was the secret lab at Chicago University where scientists observed the first nuclear chain reaction. And where the Nazis sent their most dangerous spy.
 
This book is the first in The Phenom League Series set during WWII. In our version of history, the war wasn’t fought only between the axis and allied forces, but by super-humans and nonhumans who have battled one another for centuries.
 
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
Evan: I’ve wanted to be a writer since junior high school. I must have been a dopy kid because I didn’t realize people made a living doing that. No adult I know made a living doing something they loved. I had to pick something, so I went into engineering. I kept on writing after I finished my Ph.D. dissertation because I was compelled to write. Writing a textbook didn’t do it for me, so I started a novel just for fun. Ten years later, I got serious and joined a writers group. I found it hard to find an agent or publish. I’ve never gotten a personal rejection letter. Some publishers and agents never bothered to get back to me. I laughed one day when I received a form rejection letter that was a half a sheet of paper. It had obviously been a full sheet with two rejections that someone in their office had cut in half with scissors and mailed me the top half in my SASE to save paper. Someone else must have gotten the bottom half. Writers get no respect.
Shawn: Evan and I did have an agent. Unfortunately, due to the fallout in publishing two years ago and changes in her personal situation, we had to part company with her. Since then, we have sold one of our novels, self published another, and have two more novels under consideration with publishers. We’ve been playing catch up, but things are coming together.
 
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
Evan: I love it. Shawn and I have five digital books published with small presses. We’ve recently published For His Eyes Only ourselves, so yes, we’ve already gone the indie route on that novel, and we’ll be publishing a novella soon.
Shawn: Ditto. The E-book revolution is a win/win for everyone. There’s lots of talk about the quality of indie books and the concern over how a reader can know they’re getting their money’s worth. But digital distributors all allow excerpts, so a reader can sample before buying. Sometimes a reader has to kiss a few frogs before finding the prince, but as more and more professional authors self publish that’ll keep the bar high.
 
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts? 
Even: Gone is the day when a person can simply write—unless you are very well known. Any method of promotion is good. Social media, interviews like this, reviews, contests, anything and everything.
 
Shawn: Right! All promotion is good. As far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as digital trivialities. Well, ok. When I hear folks talk about a stubbed toe, or how they burned their dinner, that could be called digital trivialities. 
 
Info about the author:
T. C. Archer is comprised of award winning authors Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey. They live in the Northeast where long, cold winter nights require a roaring fire and a companion of the hot blooded persuasion. 
Evan puts his Ph.D. to good use by writing about alternate realities, and Shawn channels the mythology and philosophy she studied during her wasted youth into writing about exotic places and times.
Space travel, time travel, past or present, love (and lust,) transcend place and time. And Evan and Shawn will go where no man—or woman—has dared go before.
To buy their latest book, simply click on the cover below:
 

 

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