Interview with Tommie Shea


Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Tommie Shea amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about his new book Marbles!
Please read on …


For Mila, life couldn’t be better; a loving husband and two wonderful kids. They recently bought a new house in the country and the last two years have been blessings. But her peaceful existence was about to end. An ancient evil was barreling toward her with one goal; destruction. She had to find out what it was, her only clue was an old rhyme found etched in wall of her son’s room.
If you open the door, you’ll let him in
He’ll stir you up from deep within
Up is down, Day is night
Swelling with you for his delight
Once your soul is nice and big
He’ll come for you ready to dig
Beware the black eyes, for a spell is cast
To take from you what GOD had last
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So Tommie, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

My name is Tommie Shea, I’m 33, and I am married to a beautiful wife and have five children. My biggest passion is writing, mostly poetry, but I have always wanted to write a novel. I guess I could never work up the nerve to do so until now. I currently work as a Systems Administrator (Fix Computers that run businesses) as a contractor for the United States Postal Service. Most of my free time is spent with my family; especially my children, who love to wear out dad every chance they get.

2.What brought you to writing?

Honestly, I was never “brought” to writing per se. It has always been a part of me and I have never struggled when it came to putting works on paper. The only thing that I found lacking was my confidence, and even with the positive feedback from friends, family, teachers, online readers – I’m still working to develop that.

3.How long have you been writing?

My first love was poetry, which began around 5th or 6th grade. My first submission was accepted into our school literary book for student writers. Following that, I submitted my work on various internet sites and received very positive feedback. I worked online, but unfortunately, I worked excessively and didn’t get the opportunity to really pursue my writing endeavors. I eventually enlisted, the United States Marine Corps, and moved to California to focus on my military career.

4.Which was your first literary project? Tell us something about it.

My first project – real project. I was a sophomore in high school. It was the first time I was tasked with putting my own works together for someone other than myself. I ended up submitting – I think – about ten poems and was immediately selected to be included in our literary book (containing stories, poetry, art, etc.). This was an integral point in my literary career, specifically because someone – not related to me – really gave me an impressive review. Our teacher was very critical and harsh, so you must understand the importance of any compliment coming from her. Not to mention, she was the first official person to encourage me to consider writing professionally.

5.Is this your new/latest project?

Yes, this is the first book of my series. I am currently working on the second book, The Beginning of Sorrows (working title), which really allows me to get into the fantasy aspect of this project.

6. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

Honestly, I dream of walking into my local bookstore (Barnes and Noble) and being to purchase a hard copy of my book. But, I am not naive to think I am that great of a writer – at least now without any credible reviews. But I will continue to dream. And no, I have yet to submit any of my works to a traditional publisher. I choose the eBook route to get my book out and hopefully receive some good feedback on whether I am “for real” as they say.

7.Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Yes,Here it is :
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

8.What are your hobbies? Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

Unfortunately, I have to say. I don’t have any. My life consists of work, my family, and my books.

9.Who is your favorite author?

I never really had a single favorite author. I had ones depending on the mood: Stephen King, Dean Kootnz, Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Dickens…

10.What is your favorite genre to read and also to write?

My favorite would have to be fantasy. Something about “going crazy” and pulling new ideas hidden in the expanse surrounding us; exposing them for the enjoyment of others.

11.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

No one in particular. I grew up very rough and poor, so I try to pull inspiration from anywhere that I can get it.

12.Where do get your ideas from? Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

Somewhat, they are definitely based on real world topics, but I like to use that as a way to launch into a new interpretation.

13. Do you have a pseudonym?

I am using my real name now. I would consider it; actually, it’s to early for me to say if I would ever use one or not.

14.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry? Positive or negative? Please share your experience with our readers.

For the most part, it’s been a lot easier than expected, especially for self-publishers: just pay a fee and have your book posted quickly. My only main complaint is I didn’t find any that would actually look at my book prior to publishing. And may had very weak descriptions as far as the ad campaign.

15.Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

I wish I knew. I will still be writing no matter what, but I hope to be a legitimate writer by then and hopefully profitable.

16.What motivates you to write?

Something inside that has been there since before I picked up my first pencil. That’s the best way I can describe it. It’s like an animal clawing, fighting to get out. The oddest thing is that I don’t plan out what I want to write. I just sit down, point myself towards a specific topic and let it go – very strange.

17. How important is good cover art for your books?

Not with my first book, because I was really determined to maintain a humble budget, but I am prepared to for my second book. I created a cover for my first book that mirrored a symbol I created within the story line, but I backed off. I’m not going to do that again.

18. Do you have a pricing strategy for your books?

To keep it cheap, but not too cheap. Maybe between $2 – $5

19.Why do you think readers should buy your book? What can you offer them through your book?

I can offer than unique insights into things they may have overlooked. In Marbles, I really pushed to be truthful on hauntings – in general – as well has how religion has changed over time. Overall, I offer a new way of reading by painting a clearer picture of what is going on. I strive to suck the reader into my world; instead of each one having to create one of their own.

20.Where is your book available? Any Buy Link for our readers?

It is currently available on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006M5L95C

21.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

I have an author site on Amazon:

I have a FaceBook Author page: Tommie Shea Facebook

22. What advice would you give to other writers trying to market themselves on their own?

The best advice I can give is be prepared to give a lot of one of two things: time or money. Either you will dedicate a lot of your time to visit different websites, blogs, eBook sellers, etc. or you need to pay someone to do it for you.

23.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

The one thing I would like everyone to know is. I am simply – a writer. I know that it may seem “corny” to some, but all I want it to let the world “see” what is trying to claw its way outside of me. It’s time for others to hear what bounces between my ears. Hopefully, one day I will walk up to my local bookstore, pick up my book, set down on a new “Shea” sofa to read, sipping on the coffee I endorsed, ensuring I keep my hat low, so I may finally be lost between the pages again – one can only dream. A parting thought:
“It isn’t in the successes and failures that our joys and sadness dwell. It is in the maybes and should haves.” – Tommie Shea
God Bless and thank you for this opportunity.

  • Thank you Tommie Shea for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Marbles By Tommie Shea

    CHAPTER 5: NURSERY RHYME
    Scrolling through old newspapers, Mila found very little information, or deaths – the cause of the recent apparitions, linked to her new home. The most recent death, occurring in 2000, was when a twenty-four year old man, living alone, somehow hung himself while trying to get out of the bathtub. The police reported that a bar of soap was found in the tub and he was getting out and must have slipped. Hitting his head against the tile wall and knocking himself out. He was found hanging in the shower curtain with it wrapped tightly around his neck. The original investigating officer did state that he felt it was staged, but no evidence was ever found to support his theory.
    Following his death, the house stood vacant for nearly ten years before she and Jake purchased it. She continued to scan back through the old periodicals and stopped on the year 1982, which happened to be the same year her parents died in a car crash. The headline read, “Tragedy at the Redland ranch.” She skimmed through the article, “A husband and wife murdered…..appeared that the husband interrupted a burglary in progress… Husband found smashed against kitchen door and small child found under the lifeless body of her mother…..Police searched premises, but found no suspects…Child placed with child protective services…Case remains open and investigation is pending.” A follow up to the murder was written a few weeks later. “Eerie message found on bedroom wall of Redland home.” The article stated, “Police described the rhyme as scratched into the bedroom wall…A black substance was found embedded within the letters…Forensics was unable to determine origin. The bizarre “Nursery Style” message read:
    If you open the door, you’ll let him in
    He’ll stir you up from deep within
    Up is down, Day is night
    Swelling with you for his delight
    Once your soul is nice and big
    He’ll come for you ready to dig
    Beware the black eyes, for a spell is cast
    To take from you what GOD had last”
    The message sent a chill down Mila’s back. It was too similar to the attack she experienced earlier that day. She pulled out a piece of paper and jotted down the mysterious message. Her finger flicked the mouse and continued to scroll down the old headlines. There wasn’t anything listed about the house.
    About to give up, she came across an article written on June, 10th, 1956. The victim, Marianne Westmont – seventy-two, was found face down in the upstairs bedroom. The coroner confirmed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the back of the skull. When the police originally arrived, the house looked like “Someone had gone into a rage tearing apart everything in sight.” The old woman’s clothes were shredded and blood covered every inch of her skin. One of the officers noted that she had put up, “One heck of a fight.” The perpetrator(s) were never found and it became another of Red Hollow’s unsolved murder cases. They thought it may have been someone that knew the woman since her husband had passed eight months prior due to “suspicious circumstances” and the woman stated that the devil had come for him. The police speculated that maybe one of her relatives, realizing that she was crazy, may have setup or participated in the murder to seize her assets and finances. The actual murder had taken place a number of years prior to the article, but a reporter kept an eye on the estate to see what her family did about it. The article noted that after ten years, no one came forward to claim the house so it was seized by the state and sold at public auction. Further reading uncovered nothing in particular. A few suicides in the early and mid-twenties regarding some deaths regarding a property dispute around the turn of the century.
    “I’m sorry ma’am, but we’re closing up for the night.” She turned and saw Joyce. Looking around, she felt a little embarrassed realizing she was the only one left in the building. “I’m sorry,” Mila said, “I didn’t realize it was so late.” I’ll get my things and be out as soon as I can.”
    “No hurry,” Joyce replied. “I still have a few things to do before I leave.” She smiled and walked back to the counter in the middle of the north side of large room. Mila grabbed her pen and took some notes about what she read. Then stood up, gathered her things – thanked Joyce – and walked out of the building.
    Jake was in the living room watching television when she got home. Jordan and Kyleigh were upstairs as usual. Everything seemed fine, but her heart was pounding so hard she was sure that Jake could hear it. The house was scary now. The large beautiful home was decrepit, cold. A doorway to death. She could see the old woman upstairs, in her mind’s eye, watching her. Mila imagined her standing in the hallway waiting for her to return home. As hard as it was, she walked over to kiss Jake and proceed upstairs to check on the kids. The climb up the wooden trail was longer and more terrifying than normal. She had to fight her emotions all the way up.
    At the top of the stairs, she stopped. Rubbing her hands to calm the shaking, she stepped into the hallway and – with a jerk – shot a look down the hallway to Kyleigh’s room. Empty. All was quiet, for the moment.
    Peeking in Jordan’s room, he was lost amongst the gory body count of some new teenage guest. Approaching Kyleigh’s room, she could hear her talking. Her stomach was tightened and her throat burned when she gulped down the massive lump. Stopping at the doorway to listen, Mila grasped the wooden frame. She needed something solid to hold on to, something tangible; something part of the real world – this world. Straining she listened to Kyleigh.
    Mila pushed out a welcomed groan listening to Kyleigh asking teddy if he wanted something to drink. Relieved, she entered the room and found Kyleigh quietly playing with teddy and her other little dolls. Her body relaxed, it felt like jelly compared to how stiff it was while she stood at the door. Content with the normalcy of the evening, Mila went back down the hall to her room.
    Part one was done, getting inside, now she had to deal with Jake. She chose a large dingy – dirty- looking pair of sweat pants and faded beat up t-shirt. Marching directly to the bathroom she made sure to make her hair a little messy. Hopefully this will send a signal to Jake to not try anything tonight. She couldn’t risk him seeing her like this. He would insist on answers that she knew he wasn’t ready to hear. A few more minutes to inspect the grungy look and she headed downstairs sitting next to him on the couch. Luckily, he was engulfed in one of his shows and paid little attention to her.
    She dazed out while they sat quietly in front of the television. The old woman from the newspaper must have been the one she saw the other night. The tattered clothes and blood dripping down to her ear was a near perfect match to the details of the article. The screaming was probably from the little girl lying underneath her mother, but the identity of the girl who spoke with Kyleigh was still a mystery. Still, she found out a lot of information tonight. It helped to ease her mind; at least by reassuring her that she wasn’t going crazy after all. However, that horrifying beast she saw in the car window is what really terrified her. More than anything else, it actually tried to harm her – kill her. As far as she knew, ghosts scared and threw things around. Sometimes they might push or unleash a scratch, but death. The thought was unheard of.
    It would have succeeded if she hadn’t fought back. Certainly, she didn’t destroy it, but maybe, if she’s lucky, it found her too much of a problem and moved on to torture someone else. But then again…that awful rhyme. “He’ll come for you ready to dig.” That is exactly what he tried to do to her. He was digging something out of her, something deep. This didn’t feel anywhere near close to being over. She may have won the day, but she was sure the war was just beginning.

    Buy Marbles by Tommie Shea On Amazon Kindle >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006M5L95C


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