We sat down with TK Thorne, author of Noah’s Wife, to get her take on books, her writing process, and more!
booknosh: You’re a retired police Captain who has since written screenplays, an award winning novel, short stories, and we hear you have a nonfiction book in the works. So, were you a policewoman who always dreamed of writing? Was this something you started after retirement? Or have the stories always been simmering beneath, since you were that ten-year-old girl writing about magical foxes?
TKT: A writer is, at heart, a storyteller. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories–from plot lines for the “lives” of my stuffed animals and plastic horses to elaborate enactments with the neighborhood kids. When I visited my grandmother, she read to me for hours, and I decided early on that I wanted to have adventures like the people in those stories. At an age I’m too embarrassed to admit, I cried when I realized I could never fly over the deadly desert to visit Oz! Then I started reading science fiction and wanted to be an astronaut and meet aliens, but I never thought about being a police officer–that was an accident (and a longer story). I loved it, however, because I never knew what would happen next. I didn’t get to meet an alien, but I did meet some strange people. That experience enriched my writing by exposing me to so much. My first novel came from fictionalizing true stories that I experienced or heard about in street patrol. I called it You Gotta Be Crazy, but an agent had me change the title to Partners. It wasn’t published, and I know it needs work. Maybe someday I’ll get back to it.