1/14: T. S. Rider


Welcome, T. S. Rider, to our Blog Tour. We’re about two-thirds the way through the Tour. Today’s visit with T.S. will feature several pictures of her fantasy-related craft work. Meanwhile, why don’t you tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?

T.S. : I have a Master’s of Science in Biology, and currently teach at a PicforFenConlocal University as an adjunct. I’m also an artist and crafter, and currently make wands from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede. I’ve lost count of how many manuscripts I’ve written. Most all are longer than 50K, and very few under 10K.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Most all of my stories are untitled until I finish them. As my current one is unfinished, it’s untitled. What inspires all my writing typically are my dreams. I usually wake up in the morning from a very vivid dream, really a single scene, and create a story around that.

I know what you mean although my ideas don’t come from dreams, but solutions to plot problems do come at that fascinating state of consciousness. Besides drawing inspiration from dreams, do you have any unusual writing habits?

FairyCostume2014I often make things from my stories. Whether it is the costume of one of the characters, or a sculpture of one of the creatures that I made up for the story. I do like to make up creatures where it is needed. XD

 What are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on my wands and wand shop. I have a couple of stories that I’m playing with writing, and trying to get one of my manuscripts ready for submission.


Do you listen to or talk to your characters?

I talk to them all the time, I just don’t do a lot of listening. The last time I did, the character decided to throw out the outline halfway through the story, then at the end decided she wanted to go back to the outline.


I make various types of artwork, including sculpture, costumeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA accessories, woodworking, and jewelry. I have been primarily working on selling the wands I make from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede. I also make boxes, stands, and pouches for the wands.

For blog tour

Where to buy work: Writing – http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-2010-Short-Story-Collection/dp/0982653743/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420046765&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=deadly+ink+2010+anthology

All proceeds go to charityOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArt – www.handmadewands.com




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