Complementing my interviews, the Author Spotlights are now running every weekday and this week features five authors from publisher Apostrophe Books. Today’s spotlight, the one hundred and ninetieth, is of TL Spencer.
Though writing was always a passion, from a young age TL Spencer had always harboured a desire to become a doctor, wishing to help and care for others. Born in the seaside town of Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire in 1992, but living in many places due to her father’s work, TL has had a full and energetic life.
While living in Germany, aged eleven, TL was diagnosed with epilepsy, effectively altering her outlook on life. At that point, her passion for writing became a way to cope and she threw herself into her studies.
Though her illness caused her many problems throughout her school and college years, TL Spencer has thrived on the challenges her illness has presented, producing her first novel Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three, published by Apostrophe Books.
She is currently at university, studying for her degree and hopes to one day become a teacher.
And now from the author herself:
Keep on going…
Writing is something I have always enjoyed; I have a firm belief that in order to produce good writing, your heart and soul must be poured into every word that is written down. When I write, I’m not just writing a story about two or more characters. A part of every story will have an essence of me within it. Yes, I write to entertain, I write to inform; but I also write for me.
That’s what writing is about. Joy, escapism; all those good things that people need.
Though I never set out to be a writer, I have always loved writing. There is something cathartic to picking up a pen or opening a word document and letting words simply flow through your mind and as the paper or screen fills up with sentence before you, you can’t help but feel this kind of rush of joy. As if to say, ‘I did that!’
The entire process, and indeed the success, is so much more gratifying in my opinion, because I have a personal demon trying to stop me. My epilepsy can feel, on occasion, like my own personal hell.
When I began to write my first novel I was in a very bad place, both physically and psychologically. At that time, my illness was extremely bad, almost unmanageable. For some strange, unfathomable reason, most people assume that epilepsy is quite an easy thing to deal with. Well, it isn’t. Mine became so bad, I could hardly walk without having a seizure; I couldn’t go to college.
It was mind-numbing.
But I didn’t want to sit there feeling sorry for myself. I wanted to keep my mind active. And therein lies my achievement; the real achievement for me. Because underneath the novel, the writing, all of it: I never gave up.
Which, in essence, is true for anything that takes hard work and dedication. I love what I do and I do what I love. So, that would be my advice for anyone wanting to be a writer. Never give up and always, always, keep on fighting.
You can find more about TL and her writing via…
- TL Spencer’s blog: http://terrispencer.blogspot.co.uk
- Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three is available here: http://apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy
- Follow TL Spencer on Twitter: @terrilspencer and @apostrophebooks
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/TLSpencer and www.goodreads.com/apostrophebooks
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/apostrophebooks/blood-prophecy-the-fated-three-by-tl-spencer-publi
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