I’d like to give a big welcome to T.I. LOWE to my blog.
rem: Thank you for joining us today, T.I. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
T.I. I’m a country gal from a little farm town in South Carolina- born and raised. I ventured out to Tennessee for college, but home called me to get back there after. My nosy neighbors are goats, chickens, and a few ponies.
rem: I’m not a native (born in Mississippi) and 16 years in Colorado, but after 26 years in SC, it’s my home too! So, at what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
T.I. I’ve loved reading and creating stories all the way back to my middle school years. I used to keep a spiral bound notebook for scribbling down my stories. I was hooked on the Sweet Valley High books back then.
rem: I remember Sweet Valley High stories! Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read?
T.I. I love the whimsical magic Sarah Addison Allen creates in her stories. I enjoy Janet Evanovich’s crazy whirlwind mysteries of Stephanie Plum. I feel inspired after reading the good ole boys Charles Martin creates in his books. I appreciate and can get lost in the Bronte worlds. I aspire to reach readers the way Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers accomplish. Really, I could write a book on all the authors I adore. I’m an avid reader.
rem: I’m always hard pressed to choose one single favorite author – or book – or song… LOL Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?
T.I. I daydream a lot and the stories come to life there. Hot topics intrigue me. I see domestic abuse victims, rape victims, people battling substance abuse problems and I image the effects on their lives from these serious issues. My stories are born in the midst of this.
rem: Pretty much the same for me – storied “come” to me in random moments. What is your Writing Routine?
T.I. My routine is having no routine. When a story begins nagging me, I have to let it free—middle of the night or in the midst of some chaos.
rem: Seems us SC gals have a lot in common! What are your Top Writing Tips?
T.I. Write what inspires you and not try to write what you think will please others. Your words are a very personal expression. Let them out and don’t tiptoe due to the critics.
rem: Great Tips! Very true words indeed! Tell us a little about your writing journey.
T.I. I’ve always wrote, either poems, church plays, school paper. But I never gave the dream a true chance until the last few years. I wrote my first novel as a creative outlet during my mom’s battle with cancer. She made me promise to share it with the world. Unfortunately she passed away before I fulfilled the promise. Four months after she died, I kept that promise.
rem: So sorry about your mom. I know she’s pleased and honored that you kept your promise. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
T.I. I love seeing a story unfold. And get absolutely giddy when in the midst, the story rebels and changes. I love that creative release! And of course the fans are awesome and so supportive. I’ve gained an abundance of new friends nationwide in the past year.
rem: What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?
T.I. The critics. People seem to enjoy being particularly nasty. I’ve learned quickly to not take those personally. I do appreciate constructive criticism and feel it’s helping me mature in my writing.
rem: Constructive criticism can be a mixed bag, but you are so right; when we keep it in perspective it is a positive force that helps us more than not. In Lulu’s Café, you write about extreme abuse. What piqued your interest in this tough topic?
T.I. I observed some women very dear to my heart struggle to free themselves from abusive relationships. I didn’t understand because I have been blessed with a gentle loving man, but I wanted to. So this story was born with me trying to understand as well as giving them hope and strength to seek out a better life.
rem: It is horrific indeed, and I know even if in some small way, your stories help by shedding light on the issue. If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?
T.I. Who wouldn’t want to be married to the sexiest most kindhearted Rock Star, Dillon Bleu from Goodbyes and Second Chances?!?! I would be totally fine being Jillian Bleu!
rem: Haven’t met him yet! But he’s on my TBR list for sure! LOL Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
T.I. Lulu, hands down. She rocks! That lady is the lady I want to become—strong in faith, wisdom beyond measure, and giving heart.
rem: Dynamite in small packages, right? Tell us a little about your latest book?
T.I. My latest book is Goodbyes and Second Chances. This book I wanted to explore the topic of self-worth. Society seems to think that is measure with thick wallets and social titles. But it’s not. It’s measured by your heart! Dillon Bleu gets that and needs to show the love of his life, Jillian, that point as they try to give their relationship and second chance.
rem: As many years as I’ve struggled with my own self-worth, I can testify to that! What is your next project?
T.I. My next book to be released is Coming Home Again. It is the first book in a series I’ve written. Three books are complete so far and are awaiting patiently for their turn in the edit chair. I’m so excited to share these, but am practicing patience. I am currently journaling three other book ideas-developing the characters and such.
rem: Ah, yes, that virtue patience! I look forward to this next set of stories. I’m sure they will be just as powerful as Lulu’s! One last question: what does “T.I.” stand for? Inquiring mind – mine! – wants to know!
T.I. Those are my initials. T – Tonya and I – Inez. J
rem: Beautiful name! T.I, thank you so much for joining us today! It has been my pleasure to have you here!
“I’m just an ole country girl from the boonies of coastal South Carolina.”
Ms. Lowe attended Coastal Carolina University and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Majored in Psychology but only excelled in my Creative Writing Classes. Go figure!
She is the bestselling author of Lulu’s Cafe and Goodbyes and Second Chances,
and is currently completing my series – Coming Home Again:
- Coming Home Again
- Julia’s Journey
- A Discovery of Hope
Ms. Lowe focuses on southern women’s fiction. She feels led to broach some serious issues that plague us all, but in an entertaining and readable way.
She is a member of the ACFW. http://www.acfw.com/
You can find her at
“I am running with patience the race set before me, looking to Jesus, my author, and finisher of my faith.”
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