T I Wade was born in Bromley, Kent, England in 1954. His father, a banker was promoted with his International Bank to Africa and the young family moved to Africa in 1956. The author grew up in Southern Rhodesia.
Once he had completed his mandatory military commitments, at 21 he left Africa to mature in Europe. He enjoyed Europe and lived in three countries; England, Germany and Portugal for 15 years before returning to Africa; Cape Town in 1989. Here the author owned and ran a restaurant, a coffee manufacturing and retail business, flew a Cessna 210 around desolate southern Africa and finally got married in 1992. Due to the upheavals of the political turmoil in South Africa, the Wade family of three moved to the United States in 1996. Park City, Utah was where his writing career began.
To date T I Wade has written ten novels. The Author, his wife and two teenage children currently live 20 miles south of Raleigh, North Carolina.
What inspires you to write?
The creativity of writing excites me. Always dreaming of stories and far away places as a child, I believe getting those dreams, thoughts and stories down on paper is the best thing I can do.
Tell us about your writing process.
I spend many months thinking up a story. I often discuss the potential story line with my son Alexander who is a middle school student. I try to stay away from dystopian ideas, I prefer to make readers smile and laugh more than make them scared, but most of today’s stories I think up, are to do with current-day topics, and most of those aren’t happy stories.
Once I start, I decide on how many books in the series, the beginning and end, and then get to work allowing my thoughts turn into story line. I often don’t know what I’m going to write that day, but believe in my creativity to give me the words. I prefer to write in the mornings, write between 2,000 and 6,000 words a day, and then rest over weekends. I always plan to write one book in 8 to 12 weeks. Longer, and the story goes stale in my thought patterns.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to converse between characters, often allowing my sense of humor to have carte blanche. It is important to get your hero or villain to react in correct ways, to their own thought patterns. Friends and partners will react in different ways. Men answer to men differently if it was the opposite sex. Most good men respect females, and answer more politely with more respect than a male buddy. Females often tend to talk down to men, thinking that they, the women, are the superior species. These small but necessary details often seen in humans must be portrayed to make any story three dimensional. Different types of people react in different ways. So important.
What advice would you give other writers?
Live life to the full. Once you have experienced life, only then I believe your writing will be rich with relevant, real information and as realistic as real life.
I tend to only write about ideas and places I have been to, or have experienced. Write the way to want, don’t let reviews control your writing.
You can please certain readers some of the time, but you can’t please all readers all of the time, and most inexperienced reviewers will fault you for not writing for that reviewer’s beliefs alone.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For a decade I tried to market hardcover books at $5.00 a pop to produce. I sold 17,000 books over ten years and sweated to sell every one. Now with Amazon, and eBooks I sell the same amount every year. Today it is far easier to make a living as an author.
My favorite saying is “An overnight success is usually 20 years in the making.” My 20 years is nearly up and I hope to be an overnight success very soon!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The believe that with the high numbers of authors trying to make a living writing; 80 percent will not make it, or just give up, and the rest will continue and one day succeed. I want to be one of those, to succeed, and I live my writing career day by day. I can’t do anything more.
I promote myself daily on the usual social media sights, don’t see much success with my promotions, but believe that it must work, or I would end up in the 80 percent, not a place I want to be.
I do believe thought, that my writing gets better with each novel, and if I write enough novels, they should pay me a pension for the rest of my life. i hope!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Action adventure, science fiction, thrillers, humor
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print