It is a pleasure and honor to welcome to my blog a member of our club, T.C.Booth. Lets support her, share this page, and pick up a copy of her books. Congratulations on being selected as a Spotlight Author.
TC Booth is a teacher in the small Northeast Ohio town where she was born and raised. She lives with her husband, her four children (ages13-23), her dog Sammy, and two cats, Sheldon and Sasha.
TC Booth views books as the best form of entertainment and her favorite escape from life’s stresses. She prefers reading to watching movies and would rather write than do most anything else. When TC is not busy attending her children’s sporting events or running them from place to place, you’ll find her writing on her laptop, iPad, or maybe jotting ideas on one of her phone apps.
A self-proclaimed young adult fiction addict, TC finds the passion in which young people experience life to be contagious. That passion is the driving force of her writing.
My Writing Journey
By TC Booth
My journey in writing began at a young with the love of poetry. I won my first poetry contest in third grade and had my picture taken for the paper. It was a pretty big deal. Thinking back over my childhood, I realized that my mind was always geared to be a writer. My imagination stirred up interesting plots and characters even in play time.
As an adult, writing became my escape from reality. There’s nothing like getting lost in story I’m writing. I shared stories with my family and eventually began to write children’s stories for my class. I decided to give a try at publishing one of the children’s stories I wrote. It was published, and the feeling of seeing my characters come to life was unbelievable. Unfortunately, I was naïve in the world of publishing and didn’t have a positive experience.
Lesson learned, I did my homework when I decided to take the step into publishing of my young adult novella. I found a critique partner and paid someone to professionally edit it before I submitted it to small independent publisher, Clean Reads, former name Astraea Press. I was sent me book contract and Beyond Vica was published six months later.
Last November I took on the challenge of NaNoWrMo. A challenge it was! In order to try and reach the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month, I had to get up at four thirty each morning to write before school started. I didn’t make the goal by the end of the month, but managed to hammer out 43,000 words. I finished up the novel in December, had it edited and submitted it to Stephanie at Clean Reads in February. My first young adult novel, To Be Honest, came out in July of this year. I’m very grateful for Stephanie and all of the support at Clean Reads. Publishing with Clean Reads has been positive and professional in comparison to my first experience.
I publish my children’s story of Kindle after my contract was up with the first publisher and haven’t pursued anything further with children’s book writing. Right now, I feel my niche is young adult contemporary fiction. The topics I choose to center the stories around are relevant to young people today. I absolutely love to create the characters. There is nothing like seeing your work published and characters come to life. I’m truly blessed to be able to pursue my passion.