Choices, My Secrets – author interview

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Paperback Writer is pleased to introduce our author interview with Thomas Wade Bounds, author of Choices, My Secrets.

Choices, My Secrets Synopsis:

Choices, My Secrets, tells the compelling story of Rachel, a teenager faced with confusing choices leading up to and during a summer romance that left her pregnant. Searching for hope things spin out of control. Does a chance encounter help her think clearly? Learn whether she finds more issues while leaving out the possibilities to talk with friends, family and God. Does she find her true self and gains the faith hope and courage to consider the best choices to guide her through her incredible journey.

Learn Rachel’s experience without having to live it yourself. A great book for teens, parents and churches, brings back the art of conversation, an easy way to talk about teen choices together and helps set expectations and family values and godly goals.

Read an excerpt!
My life changed so much in the moments that followed. The doctor and nurses have everything ready now. I am all alone and scared, not knowing what I will do or feel when this ordeal is through. It became very dark in the room; then suddenly, a bright light came over my body like I had never seen before. It was such a great feeling – so warm, yet so inviting. I wanted to jump up and ask for more and soon the pain and fear was no more. It was so powerful and beautiful at the same time. Angels seemed to come out from everywhere.

Hi Tom,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Thank you for having me, I am happy to be here with you and your readers.

PBW: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

TWB: Well sure, my oldest was approaching his first year in high school and I wanted to share with him some things he might come across. Relationships, parties and so on, so he could somehow know what to do or how to handle it with out being intimidated or reluctant to speak about it with us. This came to me one night while I was thinking of a way to speak to him about making those choices that he or his friends may face as teens and how I could get a message across without coming over too strong or even boring him to no response. This story it worked.

PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

TWB: This story all came to me at once. I wrote my first draft in about four hours. Then it took a while to get it ready for publishing.

PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

TWB: Yes, I knew the ending before I knew beginning. The difficult part was coming up with the twist. Once I had that, the ingredients just fell into place.

PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?

TWB: Kind of, I write all that I can down as quickly as I can, then I go back and develop each character as I want them. Then I add in details as I need them. This takes time to grow and develop.

PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

TWB: Yes, I believe I did do. I am a little bit like Rachel and how she is in certain parts of the story, mostly when it comes to raising a child. Billy’s childhood is a lot of mine. I worked fast and played hard and learned as much as I could from my elders. Rachel’s parents are very understanding and helpful. I learned that from my parents. Katherine and Gary are on their own.

PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?

TWB: There are many throughout the book. I like how each character makes choices and the way the story works shows how each one lives with or comes to terms with their struggles and the consequences of their choices. The life experience without having to live the journey out yourself and the understanding of that wisdom. Life, no matter how it came about, has a purpose from above.

In Chapter 23 when Rachel and Katherine speak again, she explains her choices and understands them. Katherine says, “I guess lots of choices that we make during the course of life have no process. We just make them and most do not affect us or someone’s life. It’s the choices that we make so carelessly and selfishly that do have major impact on life that we must really start to consider with more thought of the outcome.”

PBW: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

TWB: After I was done with my first complete draft I sent it to my sister and she wrote back saying you did it, publish that sucker! I went with Xulon Press.

PBW: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

TWB: Just to figure out what one had the best services that worked for me.

PBW: What has been the best part about being published?

TWB: A big smile and knowing that what I did came from God.

PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

TWB: I hope that they will take all the experiences that accrued and make them their own wisdom so they will not have to live out this particular path in their life. And that they realize the importance of choices; how they can impact your life and your families. Take it from Rachel, talk it out with your parents first. It is easier to do that then to try and fix it afterwards. Your choices as a teen can be life changing. Think them through clearly. You’re only young once.

PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?

TWB: Oh yes, I have already written several. “Choices” is a series for teens and parents. My next book has been completed as a draft and in now ready for the next step. I have also written a series for younger kids.

PBW: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

TWB: It has been a fantastic experience and I look forward to doing it again with the rest of the books that come from this series.

PBW: Where can readers find a copy of your book?

TWB: They can check it out at www.heritagevalues.com , or www.Amazon.com, xulonpress.com and at Authorsden.com Please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail to let me know what you think.

PBW: Do you have a website for readers to go to?

TWB: Yes I do; it is www.heritagevalues.com

Thank you, Tom for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

It has been fun and rewarding. I would like to thank you and your readers for your time. I hope that parents will gain the experience of this story and pass it along. Teens can achieve anything when they have the understanding and knowledge at hand.

CHOICES, MY SECRETS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on March 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Thomas’ tour, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March. Leave a comment on his blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of his tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this blog on March 31!

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