Trish Loye and I met at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference a few years ago, when we were both unpublished and trying to learn everything about the craft and business of writing. The theme of the conference that year was “Heroes”, and Trish and her Alberta-based writing friends came to the Saturday banquet in thematic costume. As superheroes. Trish was Catwoman. In 2012, she also won the SIWC’s Writing Contest, in the category of Writing For Young People, for her delightful story “Career Day”. Is there any doubt that she made an impression?
Fast forward to today, and one of us is now published! (Hint: it’s not me.)
TRISH LOYE, bookworm and geek in the days before geekiness was cool, grew up in Kingston, Ontario reading fantasy and science fiction: books where women were the heroes. She never knew what she wanted to be when she grew up, so she has worked variously as dairy farmer, crew member on a tall ship, troop officer, electronic warfare squadron officer, apple picker, teacher’s assistant in university physics, medical researcher, seismic processor, and IT project manager. But her latest jobs — Mom and author — are the ones she loves best. She has two amazing daughters and an incredible husband who thinks it’s funny that she can tell when someone is speaking Klingon.
Tell us about your books!
Edge of Control (July 2015, Tough Girl Press) is the first in a series of romantic suspense novels about a covert international Special Ops organization whose operators have been recruited from among the best of the best, soldiers and spies, from all over the world.
Edge of Reason (August 2015, Tough Girl Press) is the second in the series, and the third, Edge of Danger is coming in early October.
What is this book about?
From the back cover of Edge of Control:
E.D.G.E wants to recruit Navy SEAL Jake ‘College’ Harrison but he’s skeptical of the good he can do as an E.D.G.E. operator. His trial assignment is a simple recon mission with the target being the Russian mob. The only interesting aspect of the job is the sexy IT tech, but Jake doesn’t want or need any trouble in his life and Dani has trouble written all over her.
No one knows who Danielle Everett really is, beyond the fact that she works as a simple tech at E.D.G.E. Security. The new hire who gets the operator job she covets frustrates her as much as he attracts her, because he digs beneath her carefully constructed identity and she has to fight the urge to run.
But when Dani’s best friend goes missing, she uses the hacking and thieving skills she learned as a child to find her, but in the process alerts her enemies that she’s still alive. Can she trust Jake to help her escape and save her friend, or will she push him to the edge of his control?
How long did it take you to write this book?
About 6 months to write and edit.
What led you to write this book?
I used to be an officer in the Canadian Army and while I know that women are different than men, I believe they are just as competent and strong. A hero is defined by inner strength and integrity rather than physical strength. I want to create stories where the female lead is as much a hero as the male lead; stories where the heroes work together to overcome the obstacles I throw at them.
I love stories where strong women are at the centre of an adventure. I also love military fiction and romance, so I combined the genres. I’m completely happy with how it ended up.
What is your favourite part of this story/book, and why?
At one point, Dani is being held hostage by a mafia thug and Jake has his weapon trained on the thug’s head. Dani doesn’t trust Jake’s shot and argues with him about the advisability of what he’s doing.
I also love all the action scenes. They’re so fun to write!
Where do you write from?
My desk is in the spare bedroom in our basement. I like to take my laptop to the couch upstairs sometimes. It’s nice to see sunshine every now and then. 😉
What is one essential part of your writing process?
I find it helpful to free-write before I start writing. It’s a stream of consciousness writing that lets me get out all my thoughts and worries. I do that for about five minutes and then I start writing about what I’ll be writing that day. I sketch out the scenes I want to do and work out any plot problems. It really helps me get more words on the page each day.
Where can people find you on the web (blog, website, sites where stories are published)?
And in real life (appearances, tours, conventions)?
Ha ha ha! None yet.
What is your favourite movie?
Sigourney Weaver in Aliens changed my life as a girl. It was the first time a woman was the real hero of a story. I also can’t resist Empire Strikes Back (Han Solo was my first crush), Galaxy Quest (funniest movie evah!), any Harry Potter, and Gladiator. (Told you I was a bit of a geek.)
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
‘Try to write every day.’ – a lot of people say this.
‘It’s good to write every day, but if you’re not learning your craft then you’re just making the same mistakes over and over. You must learn your craft.’ – James Scott Bell (paraphrased)
Name one person who has influenced your writing, and explain how they’ve influenced you.
Ilona Andrews is a writing duo whose stories I adore. They write urban fantasy and paranormal romance stories with strong female protagonists who have amazing adventures. They always have yummy men who help the women defeat the bad guys, rather than rescuing the women.
What’s something personal about you that people might be surprised to know?
People think I’m pretty tough usually, but I cry easily, especially when other people cry. I never used to cry…like ever. And then I had kids. Now, I cry at commercials. It’s horrible! My girls think it’s funny that at Christmas I can’t read ‘The Little Match Girl’ without bawling. It’s like all my years of not-crying are coming out now. *Sigh*.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on Book 4 of the E.D.G.E. series, Edge of Courage. I’m also working on a Christmas novella for the series, and I’m percolating on a YA series that I’d like to write next year in between E.D.G.E. books.
If you self-publish, how did you decide to self-publish and what avenues do you use?
I’m still very new to self-pubbing, but I have a great group of friends who self-publish or are hybrid authors, and I pick their brains if I have questions. Right now I am exclusive with Amazon, which means I’m in KDP Select and its subscription service. I will eventually take my books to all platforms, but for now this is enough to learn.
Who is your agent, and how did you find her/him?
I don’t have an agent and I haven’t tried to find one for this series. From the start I knew I wanted to self-pub these books.
What are one or two of your big learning experiences or surprises in establishing yourself as an author?
I think that social media isn’t as big a deal as we might think. Yes, we need to be accessible, but I believe the writing is the most important thing. I know I need more of a presence online, but I’m finding an audience for my books even without much of one. That is very reassuring for me. I love hearing from readers, but I think spending time writing is more important than posting funny cat videos. (Cat videos, by the way, are one of the best ways to get noticed on social media! Weird, eh?)
Is there anything I haven’t asked, that you’d like to tell our readers?
I want to be a superhero when I grow up. 😉
Many thanks to Trish for agreeing to be interviewed. Please check our her blog and her books!
If you know an emerging author or you are one, especially one with a book or other project to promote, let me know and let’s see if we can’t spread that word of mouth a little further!