T. P. Boje is a mother of two, a stepmother of another two and a hardcore cartoon lover, Tim Burton enthusiast, and enjoys any movie the Coen Brothers have made (with the big Lebowski being her favorite strongly followed by Burn after Reading).
She is also a Y/A fantasy and mystery-writer. She is originally from Denmark but currently living in Florida, USA. Her books are translated into several languages.
Meghan is 16 when she dies. She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle. She meets Mick who helps her through a difficult time in a different world filled with heavenly magic. One day she finds a mirror in the cellar of the school and goes through it. She ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan knows something important.
Soon she will have to choose between the two worlds.
The one she belongs to now, and the one she left.
The Academy is a Y/A paranormal romance and the first book in T. P. Boje’s Afterlife-series.
Welcome T. P. Boje to Marilyn’s Romance Reviews. Is there a back story to The Eye of the Crystal ball?
This story is inspired by stories my dad used to tell me. I have always had an interest in gypsies and loved the stories my dad would tell about their music, dancing and fluttering skirts. Actually he used to tell me that I was really a gypsy. That they had found me on the doorstep at our house with a note and that one day my real parents would come and get me. It was just for fun and I didn’t believe him (he also told my brother that they had bought him at the zoo – from the monkeycage) but some part of me wanted that to be my story. I wanted to be different than the regular middle-class girl that I was. I wanted to go to exotic places and dance like he told me they did. I wanted an adventure of my own.
How long have you been writing and what was your call story?
I had a teacher in the fourth grade that really got me inspired. He loved to hear my stories. Ever since I was a small child. I have always told stories to whoever would listen. In school I remember sitting in class during recess and telling stories to my friends making them forget that they were about to go out and play. Then my teacher would often listen in as well. Later on he encouraged me to write them down and he would read them and comment on them. I kept writing short-stories in highschool and then I became a journalist. For many years I worked at a Danish TV-station, and it was then I came up with the idea for my first novel. A Danish truck-driver had been found dead in Poland and I was sent there to cover the investigation for the TV-station. Two years later that story became my first novel.
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Have you had other jobs along the way?
I was a journalist for a couple of years working in television. I was actually an anchor as well for a few years. Suddenly I was laid off because of cut-backs and then my husband said to me to go make my dream come true. So I did. For several years I have been writing mystery-novels in Danish. Two years ago we moved to Florida and I started writing in English. I have always wanted to write fantasy so I started doing it for fun. First came “The Eye of the Crystal Ball” and now I have just published “The Academy” which is more of a romance-story.
Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?
I always have the plot in my head before I begin. But sometimes the characters surprise me by doing things I didn’t expect them to do.
Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?
Abigail the ten foot giant snail is one of my favorites. She is so clumsy and people are scared of her but she has a heart of gold.
What are you currently working on?
I have just started writing the sequel to “The Academy”. The first book in the series is about Meghan. She is 16 years old when she dies. She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school that is run by Angels on a big marble castle. She has to graduate from this school to get into Heaven. One day she walks through a mirror in the cellar of the school and goes back to the world she left. Here she meets Jason and soon she has to choose between two worlds.
What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?
The best thing is that I get to do what I really want to. I have all these characters and creatures in my head and they want out. Now I can spend time with them and the worlds that I create daily. I love that. The hardest thing is not making that much money.
If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Inspiring books that gives us hope and make us use our imagination.
Describe a day in the life of T. P. Boje.
I get up at 7 and get the kids ready for school. At 9.30 I have dropped them both off and I am home and ready to begin writing. I write till noon, eat lunch with my husband and then write for a couple of hours more. Then I run or swim in the pool until my husband brings the kids back home at 4.
What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?
That I am Christian.
When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?
I don’t think I will retire at all. I am going to write until my fingers and brains won’t work any longer. I hope people will remember by books as inspiring.
Who is your favorite author?
Jules Verne, C. S. Lewis and Michael Ende.
What are you currently reading?
I am rereading Jules Verne’s five amazing journeys.
Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?
I really love writing and I hope that everyone will enjoy my stories. I often think about how I used to sit in front of my friends at school and I now know that is what being a writer is all about. Spellbinding your audience so they will forget everything else around them.
T.P., thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!
Where you can find T.P.
Other: You can also find me on Goodreads