Author T.L. Higley talks about her explorations in different countries, savoring the feel, the smell, and the atmosphere of its sites and people. Below, you will find more little treats including her new project.
Erica: How do you concept your novels? Is it before, or after you visit the historical sites?
T.L. Higley: I do preliminary research on the locations I choose for books, and put together a basic plot. I love to travel to these exotic places, and try to plan my trips so that I can explore and get inspired before I actually start writing the first draft. When I wander around the country, I look for intriguing places in which to set scenes, and I absorb as much as I can of the wonderful sights, smells, and sounds of the country.
Erica: I enjoyed your 7 Wonder series. They completely transported me back in time! In City of the Dead, Hemiunu was a complex character as far as his mind; he was so detailed and rooted in math, but that’s what it took to build the tombs. How did you feel when you first walked into a tomb in Egypt?
T.L. Higley: Mesmerized! There are all sorts of tombs in Egypt – some buried beneath the desert sand and hidden, like in the Valley of the Kings, and some built into huge pyramids or under flat-topped stones called mastabas. Each one was an adventure in itself, from wandering the Valley and slipping into tombs with still-brilliant paintings, to climbing a chute-like passageway up into the massive Great Pyramid.
Erica: You seem to travel a lot. Do you have a favorite place you visited? Okay, maybe two?
T.L. Higley: I really loved Egypt – the Nile, the tomb sites, the pyramids, and even the people. I also was greatly impacted by my trip to Israel.
Erica: Who are your favorite authors to read?
T.L. Higley: I love authors who effectively take me to another world, no matter the genre. Stephen Lawhead and C.S. Lewis, to name a couple.
Erica: Okay, here’s a little word game. When I say ‘sphere’, what do you think of?
T.L. Higley: Hmm. I think “globe.” I’d love to write a story set in every country around the world, if I could. And I love learning about global cultures.
Erica: I understand that you have children. What ages are they and do they have any input in your books?
T.L. Higley: My children range in age from 7 to 17, and they help with everything from brainstorming to giving me opinions on covers, but mostly they help by respecting and supporting Mom’s “writing time” and encouraging me along the way.
Erica: Will there be more books in the 7 Wonders series?
T.L. Higley: Yes, I’m starting on the next one now, working title Garden of Madness, on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Fun!
So there you have it. T.L.Higley is hard at work writing and her kids are awesome for allowing her time to write these great books. Check her out at: www.tlhigley.com.
Below you’ll find places to obtain her books:
The Norfolk Public Library
Barnes and Noble