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Author Tonya Snow-Cook

Author Tonya Snow-Cook

About Tonya –

Although “Marti” is Tonya Snow-Cook’s debut novel, her first experience at writing a novel came in her junior year of college when she wrote “Love You Like A Sis (LYLAS).” Suffice it to say, that manuscript remains in a box in the bottom of her closet–she suspects…collecting dust. The one thing she learned from that whole experience was that she was a writer, and if she could write that novel, she could write another.

Her love for creative writing, naturally, prompted her to try her hand at poetry. And in January 2008, Snow-Cook also released her first poetry book called “Wandering Places,” which boasts a collection of poems inspired by the physical and emotional journey of life, as can be expressed through “wandering” and “wondering.” 

Snow-Cook received a B.A. in English from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a M.A. in English and Technical Communication from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She currently resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband and daughter. While she works professionally as a technical writer, in her spare time, when not writing poetry or fiction, she also enjoys golf and motorcycling, singing/songwriting, web and graphic design, animating, speed painting, photography, and social networking.  

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Questions –

1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
I’d been writing a long time in some form or fashion, but it was not until undergraduate that I decided to tackle my first novel. It was then that I knew that I wanted to be a storyteller, someone who could share her tales with others. 

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?

It takes anywhere between 3 to 6 months to write my books nowadays. 

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?

For me, it’s the other way aroundtrying to balance writing with my work schedule. I’m a full-time Technical Writer by trade, so I have to work really hard to make time to writing my novels. Sometimes that means long hours on the laptop after work, and when I’m in a zone, when I’m feeling my muse, I can have very productive writing sessions. 

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Well, I never liked to force the words, so I’ve been prone to step away from the creative process, not touch a manuscript for a while. A while can be a few days. A while can even be a few months. It seems to work for me, and when the story is done, it’s done. 

5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

Well, I want to keep my stories fresh. I like to think out-of-the-box when I’m telling a story, so sometimes I pull ideas purely from my own imagination. Other times, the ideas are inspired by touches of my own reality or that of someone else’s. The ideas can come from most anything, really. For me, I like to challenge myself to write something I’d never done before, so I chart my course and follow it. 

6. When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first book either my sophomore or junior year of my undergraduate studies.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?

Quite a few to name. Let’s see, I enjoy web and graphic design, digital art speed painting, singing/songwriting, antique shopping, and photography to name a few. Creativity runs deep for me. 

8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?

My family and friends are all very supportive and very proud of my accomplishments as a writer. They are my biggest cheerleaders.

9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?

Publishing my first book just reinforced for me that persistence does pay off. It took my several years to write and publish my first novel. I kept going back to the drawing board, hoping to flesh out the story…to get it right. I’m very pleased with the finished product. 

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?

Let’s see, how should I answer this question? Well, I’ve written two full-length novels, one of which is published. I’ve written the first of a novella/novel series. I’ve published a short story and have written and published a collection of poetry. I currently have four published works. As far as my favorite, well, it’s a tossup between my very first published novel and my newest release. 

11. What do you think makes a good story?

To me, a good story is compelling; it’s riveting. It can be told in as little as two or three pages to as many as two or three hundred. A good story has captivating characters and wonderful development and rich backstory. A good story is immortal. 

12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?

I write my books in my home office. It’s my little sanctuary away from the outside world

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Thank you Tonya!!