TM Smith: Open Book or Serial Killer At Large? You Be The Judge.



It’s a great day whenever I get the opportunity to host  a wonderful author such as TM Smith on my blog, so in celebration of the fact she’ s finally at my mercy, I dusted off a few questions I’ve been dying to ask her. (How little did I know at the time what a risky proposition it would be.)

– LE Franks


The Interview

How well do we really know the people we blog with? TM Smith may seem like an open book, but is she really? You be the judge

I’m not as interesting as you guys think. But then, serial killers usually hide pretty well amongst the ants of society.


What is the strangest thing you’ve put in your own (or someone else’s nose)?

A pair of tweezers. When my oldest son was 5 or 6, he to an eyeball from the game ‘cootie’ stuck in his nose. He says his sister did it, she says he did it, he said she said, regardless, momma had to pull that damn thing out!


If I read all your books, one after the other, over a long caffeine soaked weekend, what catch phrase, or theme would I notice in your writing? (I’ve done this btw).

Lots and lots of cussing, I cuss like a sailor and feel that my characters should as well.


Most writers I know have always written in one form or other, from the time they were children. But there’s always that triggering moment when they decide they can write a book for publication. What was yours?

An Author I wrote a review for told me that my review read like a short story and asked if I’d ever considered writing a book. I thought; what the hell? The worst is it will suck and that will be that. 8 books later…


Not that you were voted ‘Most Likely to Kill’ in high school, but what’s the best death scene you’ve either written or read?

It’s not an LGBT story, it’s a YA series I read and absolutely loved. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laina Taylor. It’s about Chimera, reincarnation, angels, demons and so much more. But the way the scenes are written when there is death, good or bad, is very detailed and yet, not overly gory or wrung out. There is something poetic about the deaths in the books. 

And Part II…


If it’s you splayed across the marble floor tiles of an Italian palazzo, your life force seeping out… tell us who’s the hero and who’s the villain, and what do you have clutched in your left hand?

Oh fun! Lemme think… Hero, Harley Quinn. That bitch is cra-cra, I would definitely want her on my side. Villain, what was James Vanderbeek’s character on Dawson Creek? Lord but I wanted someone to cut out his liver and put it in a mailbox much like what happened to Drew Barrymore in Scream. Clutched in my left hand would be a glass of Vino darling, not a drop spilled.


What is the first sentence of your favorite book of all time?

Favorite is a very broad spectrum for me and books. ONE of my favorites though the first line is “What the fuck are you doing?”

I know, that gives you nothing.


Many of us have pen names that we use and there are an infinite number of ways and reasons behind them, but I doubt many of them reflect the names we wish we’d been born with. If you could micro-manage the ultimate do-over, what birth name do you want? What nickname?

I love my name. My mother will tell the story of my name and smile. She grew up watching the Tammy movies with Debbi Reynolds and says she always knew that one day, she would have a little girl and she would name her Tammy. My dad loved The Beatles and wore out the album with the song “Michelle” on it. So my name is one part of something each of my parents adored, just like me! LOL

If anyone is curious, that is why I use the pen name TM Smith, because it is the name my parents gave me.


What’s your favorite Monty Python skit? Can you recite it from memory?

Not a Monty Python fan. Now if you want to talk Mel Brooks (blazing saddles, spaceballs, Robin Hood Men in Tights) or In Living Color (two snaps up in a circle!) I’m game! Back to men in tights though…


We’ve wiped Starbucks off the face of the earth, (those cosmically selective meteors can be such a bummer), taking the rest of the coffee crop with it. What will you do and can you even bring yourself to write?

Buy stock in Kahlúa! I’d keep writing, everyone would wind up dead, but I’d keep writing.


Thanks TM!

Anytime LE! Now, can we talk about men in tights?

1-Dare to Hope



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TM Smith

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A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!






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LE Franks lives in the SF Bay area and writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE Franks is a best selling author Published through MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press and Wilde City Press and is a a 2014 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Can This Be Real, and a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Prodigal Wolf co-written with Sara York, available at MLR Press, Amazon and online bookstores.


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