A.M. Torres author of the Child Series, is ready for your questions on anything from writing, publishing, and even my series. Ask me anything!

Ana Torres
Feb 7, 2018

In this AMA, author A.M. Torres will answer your questions regarding her Child Series beginning with Love Child the first novel of the series. 

If you love to read fiction you will enjoy Love Child a suspense story about Tommy Hulette the protagonist who fights to survive after the tragedy of his mother's suicide. Join me if you have questions about the novel, writing, publishing, promotions, or anything you want to talk about.

Here's a link to Love Child www.amazon.com/Love-Child-M-Torres/dp/149545634X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Learn more about the author in these links:  www.facebook.com/Author-AM-Torres-168878506580589/

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Do you add any personal specifications to the characters in your books? How do the characters resemble you?

Feb 13, 1:06PM EST0

How did you start writing?

Feb 13, 12:15PM EST0

If you had to choose a fictional character from a book to sit and chat for a while with, who would you choose?

Feb 12, 8:29PM EST0

Who is your favourite author?

Feb 9, 12:34PM EST0

I have quite a few from Anne Rice, Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, and S.E. Hinton, but if I have to choose a favorite it would be V.C Andrews. While I've always been writing it was her Dollanganger series that fully inspired me.  Her books were the kind of page turners I hoped to write one day. 

Feb 10, 1:57AM EST0

When does inspiration come to you the most?

Feb 9, 6:36AM EST0

Usually at night. I've always been an imsomniac so this probably plays a big part of that. I'm usually more awake at night.  Sometimes listening to my favorite music helps too. Reading my favorite books have also inspired me to get back to writing.

Feb 10, 2:06AM EST0

What is your number one tip for other aspiring authors?

Feb 9, 5:54AM EST0

Take time to write. Every day write something. I try to write at least three pages a day if I'm working on a new novel or at least 1-3 poems if possible. If you can't manage three pages write three paragraphs. Keep the goal realistic and start slow. Have patience for it can be a very slow process in seeing results.

Feb 11, 11:46PM EST0

Is your story based on real life experience or is Love Child purely fiction?

Feb 9, 3:36AM EST0

Both. The story was inspired by some real life events, but the story as told was fiction. It's fiction inspired by some real events.

Feb 11, 11:48PM EST0

According to you who are the authors with the same style of writing as yours?

Feb 9, 1:50AM EST0

V.C Andrews was such an inspiration and its her style I would compare my writing style too. While not the exact same style, her style did inspire mine.  S.E Hinton's style is also a bit similar. I learned a lot from these authors and I'm still learning even as I continue to develop myself as a writer.  Its been an honor to learn from such great authors. 

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Feb 11, 11:52PM EST0

Could you tell more about your other books? Any lin would be appreciated.

Feb 8, 8:53AM EST0

Yes Love Child is followed by Child No More, and Child Scorned. These books follow Tommy Hulette's story as he struggles to find himself after his life is changed so drastically in Love Child. Aside from these novels I have also published two books on poetry (Shadowed Tears) and (Turmoil) I have also published an annual Christmas poetry book (J and K Christmas) every year since 2012. This is the link to my website where all my books and their links are listed.  christmas1102.wixsite.com/mysite 

Thank you..

Feb 8, 3:48PM EST0

How do you write about sucide in a respectful manner?

Feb 8, 8:38AM EST0

Writing any suicide scene is challenging, and in this case; emotional. Tommy's mother went through terrible depression so it was important to allow her depression to play out in the story until that terrible day for her.  The best way to describe suicide in writing is to portray it as realistically as possible.  This was important for me. I also hoped that readers wouldn't dismiss it as just another suicide being written into the story just for the sake of writing it. It wouldn't be true. To write suicide in a respectful manner it's important to keep its realism, and purpose.

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Feb 8, 4:28PM EST0

How do you create your characters and choose their names?

Feb 8, 4:42AM EST0

I begin by writing the idea in a notebook, and think of names I like. I write a few down, but once I have a character in mind, and what their role is intended to be, I think of names that can suit the personality I have in mind.  I usually create my characters once I have an idea for the story.  The main character, supporting characters, and the ones popping in. Once I begin to write I explore more names should I need to introduce a new character. Of course novels will usually have those. 

Feb 8, 5:41PM EST0

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Feb 8, 2:13AM EST0

Fortunately writer's block doesn't come very often.  But when it does I like to turn to my favorite books for inspiration.  I read certain parts again, and that helps me a lot. By the time I finish reading I'm ready to tackle the writing again. Other times I turn to music and that helps too.  I try not to let writer's block upset me or take over because the more I fret it the worse it gets.  A day off from writing can do me wonders, and helps me stay focused.

Feb 8, 2:52AM EST0

Hello and good evening, I will get to your questions right away. Thank you for for posting them and joining the conversation.

Feb 7, 9:08PM EST0

What was the first thing you ever wrote?

Feb 7, 3:24AM EST0

I remember a Spanish poem I wrote when I was about 9 or 10.  It was a religious poem regarding the Virgin Mary. I don't remember the words but I do remember writing the poem. It was my first real effort.

Feb 7, 9:10PM EST0

How did you come up with the idea for Love Child?

Feb 6, 4:22PM EST0

I came up with the idea many years ago. The story covers many themes, but it's mainy the story of the protagonist trying to survive in the midst of hate while trying to keep he and his sister safe.  I was influenced by some of my real life experiences, and overactive imagination.  However despite some of the things the protagonist experiences it's a story of survival even when one is most isolated. 

Feb 7, 9:15PM EST0

How many books do you plan to write in the Child Series?

Feb 6, 3:09PM EST0

I have already written three books and I'm currently working on the fourth.  Child Game is the current book I am writing.  Love Child, Child No More, and Child Scorned are the current books already written. 

Feb 7, 9:16PM EST0

How do you find inspiration for your writing? How long have you been writing?

Feb 6, 2:56PM EST0

I have been writing since childhood.  It has always been something I've enjoyed doing but it took me many years to become disciplined.  I find a lot of inspiration from reading, and real life experiences.  In recent years as I've written the Child series and my poetry, I have found a lot of inspiration when I listen to music. I love the kind of music that tells a story. Like those from Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and many others who wrote their own songs.  I become more inspired when I listen to their music, and before long I find myself inspired. It helps a lot.

Feb 7, 9:22PM EST0

Do you have a set number of pages or chapters that you aim to complete each day?

Feb 6, 12:21PM EST0

I try to complete at least three chapters a day. When I can't manage that I just write whatever I can on that day. The goal is to write every day. By aiming for three chapters, I know what I'm working towards, and most times I try to write past that and sometimes do.

Feb 7, 10:09PM EST1

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Feb 6, 11:20AM EST0

It energizes me. The more I write the more it energizes me.  However after hours of writing, there are some mornings I wake up exhausted so it can exhaust me especially mentally, but for the most part it energizes me. 

Feb 7, 10:30PM EST0

What are some things that you are doing to promote Love Child?

Feb 6, 11:03AM EST0

Promoting is always challenging.  I've used social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and others like Linkedin. I am still trying to learn Snapchat, and I have a You Tube channel where I have posted videos of myself reading some of my poetry. I plan to read excerpts of Love Child, and I also blog. I have posted excerpts of Love Child among the other books. I have done a few interviews online and Blog radio.  I encourage my readers to leave reviews. Every little thing helps from book signings, and any appearance you can manage to grab. The library has been really good to host readings.

Feb 7, 10:38PM EST0
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