Xlibris welcomes you back to Indie Authors Roundup! Today, we’re pleased to present self-published author Terryon (T. D.) Desso. Forgotten Labegeddi I, his first book, tells the story of Tabitha Douglas, an unwed teenage mother in 1920′s New York.
A student at Tarrant County College in Texas, Terryon was kind enough to talk with Indie Authors Roundup about himself, his book, and his plans for the future.
T. D. Desso, author of “Forgotten Labegeddi I”
Terryon, please tell us a little about yourself.
Born in the “country” town of Magnolia, AR, growing up, I enjoyed stories and eventually began creating my own. My favorite aspect of writing is that by it, I can share a few stories of mine without displaying my “country” accent. Such things about myself as this, I find humorous – my accent, my simplistic thinking and my old soul. Nevertheless, such factors are vital in my writings. Since I began, it has been my goal to tame such a personality into a unique style and mix it with Christian ideas to make the perfect story. Age fourteen, I discovered my love for writing, and though, perhaps, I still have not discovered my gift for it, if there, I continue to do it anyway.
Is there anything in particular that influenced your writing style, subject, or genre?
Historical accounts have been my preference; therefore, I create characters and place them in times past.
Could you tell us a little about your book?
It’s a fictional novel with a message of perseverance and gratitude to those who help us to persevere.
What inspired you to write your book and how long did it take you to finish it?
In my opinion, people in this modern time need a lesson in simplicity and gratefulness, traits I believe older generations possessed; therefore, I placed the story in the early 1920′s. From conception to publication took about 4 years (1 ½ years to complete the first draft and 3 years to revise it.)
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
God places many opportunities for growth in our lives, and He provides them through people.
What was your favorite part of your self-publishing experience?
The speed of it and the credibility of Xlibris to be able to deliver in getting my novel in major bookstores.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Receive as much education as possible and do not be discouraged in the editing process.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Yes, as of the end of 2012, I am 8 chapters into Forgotten Labegeddi II.
Are there any other marketing events or promotions planned for your book?
I am planning a book signing for the beginning of next year.
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