Thea is the final author interview for February—the fourth in the line of amazing Canadian females. She writes thrillers and has numerous novellas and novels available. Welcome the prolific Thea Atkinson, and take a look at her selection.
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Who is Thea?
Thea Atkinson is a writer of character driven fiction; call it what you will: she prefers to describe her work as psychological thrillers with a distinct literary flavour. As in her bestselling novel, Anomaly, her characters often find themselves in the darker edges of their own spirits but manage to find the light they seek.
She has been an editor, a freelancer, and a teacher, but fiction is her passion. She now blogs and writes and twitters. Not necessarily in that order.
Please visit her blog for ramblings, guest posts, giveaways, and more.
Find out where to buy all of Thea’s books on her site.
Inside Thea Atkinson’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? I think to be able to indulge without consequence or guilt. I have a great life with lots of friends and family to care about, who care about me. I’ve never lacked for love, warmth, happiness etc. So I always felt guilty about wanting more. So many people live without, that when I indulge I feel as though there should be some consequence. I’d love to be able to enjoy indulgence without guilt, I guess.
What turns you on creatively? I love music. I have not a musical bone in my body. I can’t sing. I can’t play an instrument, but I love music. It fills me in ways other creative things don’t. I try to write to music whenever I can and I go to as much live band shows as I can. I volunteer for bands. I photograph them. When I feel happy I listen to music, when I’m sad, when I’m angry. Each emotion is a spark of creativity. I know some musicians and poets who say they can only create when they are deep in an emotion; music can instigate that emotion if needed in order to spark that creative thing that we need to tap into. A pat answer, I know.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? He said, she said. From my nonfic days where it’s the most useful tag to put with quotes because it’s so invisible to a reader. Well, unless it’s overused. Like I use them.
What quality do you most admire in a man? I love a man who loves children. I love a man who won’t let a woman abuse him. I love a man who loves dogs. I guess it’d have to be authenticity over all though.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Someone who can be strong but soft. My mom would be this. She is strong in ways no one would know unless she’s pressed to show it. She is the most thoughtful and loving person I know, but she won’t let you walk over her.
What is your greatest regret? Being cruel to people. Sometimes I’m cruel without meaning to. Then I brood about it because I don’t want to be that kind of person.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be more accepting of others.
What is your greatest fear? That one changes day to day, but I’d have to say losing someone I love.
Which living person do you most admire? My mom. My dad. They count as one, right?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d love to be a singer. Well, if I could sing.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? My dog. She has the best life ever.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising my daughter, although that isn’t MY achievement; more hers. She makes me proud every day. She is what I’d always wish I could have been.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Bragging. Yeesh. It’s why I have a hard time marketing my writing.
What is your greatest extravagance? Great question: I’m frugal. Brought up with a Scottish grandmother so we don’t splurge often. Hmmm. I buy a lot of shoes that I don’t wear. I love shoes but after years of wearing flats, my feet protest each time I put on a beautiful pair of heels. So I don’t wear them often.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I want to touch old stone architecture: the pyramids, the treasury, the Parthenon. Stuff like that.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I rarely swear, but if I do, it’s the F word. Because I rarely swear, it’s never pretty. I just don’t know where to put the F adjective and end up sticking it in weird spots.
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