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Open a book, slip into the comfy seat of a movie theatre, turn on your favourite show or play your favourite video game and you will be transported to another world where you can escape from the day to day stresses of being human.
However, once that story or game has ended, you will slip back into the day to day grind of the real world.
Imagine being stuck in the world of make believe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because the outside world is too confusing and painful.
This is how the real world feels like for Christian Traverse.
Inside you will be introduced to the world of one extraordinary boy, who at first glance, you w
This world we live in is confusing, overwhelming and painful because he has a condition known as autism.
First of all, let me say how thrilled I am to have Tina on today. We are all in this to sell our books, that’s a given. However, Tina has a higher purpose – her son, Christian. Not only to, in a sense, “get it off her chest” about the many years she and her family spent dealing with Christian’s difficulties, but also to educate the rest of us on exactly what it means to have an autistic child.
TR: Tina, gooooood morning! I’m so excited to have you on today!
TT: Thank you Thomas, it’s a pleasure being here 🙂
TR: So, let’s kick this puppy into gear! How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
TT: I was eight, that was many, many moons ago, a dogs age, a…. okay I think you get the idea.
TR: Hah…I do, indeed. What was it, and in what genre?
TT: It was my personal twist on the Good Samaritan, a bible story.
TR: Very nice. How did you come about writing that?
TT: Jeez, my memory is a little spotty from that long ago, but I do remember it being my favourite bible story as a child and wanted to put my own spin on the story.
TR:I see – very nice. Well, what have you been writing since?
TT: Well, since that was ah, ….. years ago, many, many stories, some short, some long, some in between, some written for the queen. Oops, sorry slipped into a rhyme then.
TR: Cute 🙂 So, now you have a book out about your son, Christian. Let me first interject that I read this, and it’s very well written, and extremely poignant. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to get a taste of what autism is really like, and I’m going on Amazon today and give it a review that reflects everything I just said. That being said, Tina, please tell our audience a little about it, and where it’s available.
TT: When my first son, Christian was born, I knew there was something terribly wrong with him, not by his appearance, because his appearance was flawless, like any baby, but with his behaviour. Christian developed quite normally, hitting all his milestones, and most of the time he was a very happy baby. But it is when he get upset, that is what set off the parental alarms. His screams would be ear splitting screams, he will hit himself over and over, he did not like to be touched and attach himself to only me or his father. This continued to get worse over time with the symptoms increasing. Certain noises became painful for him, something simple as a hair cut would become a trial.
Finally, after not being able to process his grandfather’s death, he tried many creative ways to be with his grandfather in heaven like the most drastic, asking if he used a razor blade to cut his wrists would he be with his grandfather in heaven, we finally got help and over time, he was diagnosed with high functioning autism. It took nine years. I wrote Forever, Christian documenting that long, frustrating and heartbreaking journey at first, as a way to deal with my feelings and when I published it on a website, I got many comments that I should publish it in book form so every parent…everyone could read it. My labour of soul bearing love is available at in both paperback and kindle at:
and Amazon kindle:
TR: There you go, thanks. So, is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
TT: No, no particular place or setting where I get my writing ideas, but usually I am at home when an idea will pop into my head, be it watching tv or even in a dream. wooh!
TR: I know. Helps to keep a notebook around, huh? Now, what made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
TT: I chose independent publishing because I spent years going the traditional route with no success. Tired of my ideas not being shared and read by the masses, I decided to go the way of the indie publishing route where I am in control. I have not looked back since.
TR: Good for you! Okay, if you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
TT: Hmm…let’s see, the most important element in an author’s platform, well, first make sure that the platform is sturdy so you do not fall through…he he he….sorry, I stick to writing, being a stand-up comic is not my cup of tetley or red rose(tea). Seriously, is that an author wants to gain readers(duh) and interest for his/her book, they must remain true to themselves write what they feel passionate about, what they know, instead of what they believe others want to read, or that is mainstream, because the reader will see right through it, know it is forced.
TR: Absolutely! I couldn’t agree more. Now, to my favorite question – What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
TT: Mistakes? Oh God Thomas, how much time do we have, cause to list them all will take us to the next doomsday. However, when I published my first work, it was not edited well, I had no direction to the proper format, etc. I did (and still don’t, much…) not have a clue about proper marketing and I have a real problem with self promotion because I always feel that I am annoying people. That is why I would never make it as a salesmen living on commission because I starve. Now that I am a part of this amazing group known as ASMSG (http://asmsgbooks.wordpress.com/) who all help each other with all aspects of the writing world. With the help and support of my fellow writers in the group, I am learning the importance of proper editing, formatting, cover design and marketing, among other things, which I am using and continue to use for future works.
TR: It’s a splendid bunch, isn’t it? I’ve actually been a member since there were 15 of us, and it’s truly incredible how much it’s grown. So, do you have an idea for your next book?
TT: Yes, several, so many I am dizzy and befuddled! But now, I am working on book 2 of Destiny of the Vampire, a three part series. Funny, how things come about, I only intended for Destiny of the Vampire to be a stand alone book, but then my main characters begged me to continue with their story, so here I am!
I am also working on another story, based on the life of a really good friend of mine, named Elena I will not say much right now, since it is only rattling around in my brain, but trust me, my friend’s life is so interesting and tragic it begs to be written.
But, I bored you and your followers enough for one day with my ramblings, but thank you for having me…again.
TR: Excellent! I’ll be on the lookout for your new work. Until then, Tina, it’s been a true pleasure, and the very best of luck with “Forever, Christian”.
That’s a wrap, folks. “Forever, Christian” beckons. It’s only $1.99 on Amazon…how can you go wrong?
Tune in tomorrow when I talk with my good pal M.S. Fowle and her new novel “The Sire“!