Thank you for agreeing to this interview! First, can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Well, I’m actually fairly new to this whole ‘being an author’ schtick. When I was growing up I really just wanted to be Indiana Jones so when I went to University I studied Archaeological Practice. I did a little volunteer work on a 3000 year old Lapita cemetery site – because skeletons are cool. That was a while ago, and last year over a bottle (cough* two bottles) of wine, I decided to try out writing (fermented grapes are an evil mistress). Once I’d drunkenly announced I would write a book I was sort of committed. The rest, as they say, is history, and my debut novel, ‘The Everett Files Book 1: Take You Apart’ was published 30 November, 2015. Since then I’ve released Book 2: Take You to Hell, and Book 3: Take You Home will be available this December. My series is primarily crime fiction with a side of romance – it makes for an interesting mix.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
-Eccentric – I mean how many people have a human femur beside their bed in lieu of a baseball bat?
-Happy – what’s not to be happy about?
-Hungry – always! I love potato chips!
If someone wrote a book of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, horror or science fiction/fantasy? What would be the title?
Probably a romantic comedy – I’ve had some interesting internet dating experiences! The title would be, ‘105 First Date Failures.’
If you could have unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
Wine. I love the stuff – red, white, old, new, corked or capped – just pour!
If you could have dinner with three people, past or present, who would it be and why?
Leonardo DaVinci – wouldn’t it be a blast to blow his mind with the internet! So many cats to watch.
Jesus – just to see if he’d show up (plus, if he performs the water trick into wine trick, then I’m up on the weekend.)
Lin Manuel-Miranda – I’m half in love with that man and his talent (I’m actually listening to the Hamilton soundtrack as I type this.)
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve done a little writing over the years but I only decided to take it seriously last year – it’s been amazing! The writing is fun but the people I’ve met are incredible. It’s a whole new world!
What draws you to this genre? Are you interested in writing other genres? If so what ones?
I have always loved crime fiction for the excitement and the whodunit angle – I like to be kept guessing. And I’ve always read a lot of crime as well as detective stories and anything with a P.I. Would I write a different genre? Yes … I am actually working on a YA fantasy with fellow author Montana Ash – very exciting!
What genre wouldn’t you write?
Erotica – I’m just not inventive enough! I’d probably make it weird!
If you could change one thing about this genre, what would it be?
Absolutely nothing, I just can’t write it ;)
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
When I researched Take You to Hell I learnt that if nobody puts it out, a body can sustain a fire for up to seven hours – fat burns like a wick to a candle – gross, I know (cool though)
What do you like to read in your free time?
I like to read everything but James Patterson is a regular – that man writes so fast and there is ALWAYS a new book out. I don’t know how he does it?! Also, if anyone knows James, could you put in a good word for me? I’d love him to read my stuff.
Which writers inspire you?
My fellow Indies – I’ve met so many amazing authors in the last year – they inspire me every day.
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
Robin Hobb’s ‘Farseer Trilogy’ – I read it when I was fourteen and I fell in love with it. Those early favourites definitely laid a strong foundation for reading, which in turn, led to writing.
Do you listen to music when you write? Is there a certain type you like to listen to? Do you put your playlists on Spotify for listeners?
Sometimes I listen to music but other times I need quiet – Hamilton was on repeat for much of Take You Home (can you tell I’m addicted?) I haven’t tried Spotify yet … I should probably move with the times!
If you could spend time with a character from your books who would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please ;-) )
I would hang out with Jack and visit crime scenes all day – that would be awesome.
What character in your books are you least likely to get along with?
Um, probably my sociopathic killers. I can’t name any unless you’d like spoilers ;)
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am just polishing The Everett Files Book 3: Take You Home, before its release in December. I cannot wait for you all to read it!
About the Author
T.J. Spade has two fascinations: Indiana Jones and the macabre. After trying to be Indy for a while and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeological Practice, T.J is now satisfying interest number two by plotting murder … on paper only of course.