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newauthorpicI’m a novelist, a publisher, a poet, a graphic designer and sometimes-musician. I grew up in Washington State among the deep forests and low-hanging clouds; clouds so thick, they became a dense canopy, immobile for months at a time, casting valleys and mountains into pensive, rain-drenched silence.

Since I was 10-years-old, I have lived in Los Angeles, CA. It is a land of sunlight, smog, cement and rainbow haze. Needless to say, it’s grown on me. 😉

I have a deep and abiding love of the world. I believe in a direct path, one that was laid out in my heart from the moment I was conceived; something embedded in the DNA that you just can’t fight. DNA. Destiny. Isn’t it all the same?

Either way, this writing thing, it’s in the blood. I am set on living my dream, not waiting for someone else’s permission to do so. Life is short. It is fragile. It is so very, very priceless, and I will not live with regrets.

I also love to help those I meet along the way. I am very much a philanthropist, and I am happy to hear from other authors, readers, bloggers and writers. I am very thankful for my writing career and humbled by the success I have experienced so far. I am excited to share my journey with you, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Jung/Briggs Myers personality test: I score INTJ or INFJ, usually within 1% or 2% variation between Thinking and Feeling. As a general rule, I don’t take personality tests very seriously–people are far too complex to be summarized by a series of letters–but for those who are interested, those are my results. You can take the test yourself here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are you working on now?

Ferran’s Map is finally finished and I am working on the 5th book of The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, Krait’s Redemption. The fifth book is fully outlined and will be epic! I am very excited about continuing the series. There is a lot to Crash and Sora’s story that is not yet resolved. I’m also writing several short stories to add to the world. I’ve also started a new series called The Dragon Pearl. You can check out the website here.

Have you considered writing a typical fantasy story? You know, with elves and dwarves and such?

Honestly, it doesn’t really interest me. My imagination is a little crazier than that, and I think elves/dwarves have been overdone. However, I do write a series about dragons, dragon hunters, dragon riders, etc. It’s a lighter, faster read than The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, though just as rollicking of an adventure, if I daresay myself! You can find out more information here.

How long have you been writing?

I finished my first book when I was 13. It was about 800 pages long, and I’ve been writing ever since, so that makes 13 years now. It’s amazing to say I’ve been writing The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, in one form or another, half my life.

When did you decide to become an author?

I’m not sure a “decision” was ever truly made…it was my dream for years but I denied it for a long time. I started writing very young and won my first award when I was 13. But when I went to college, I felt obligated to pursue a more lucrative career. I changed my major several times and finally went into Creative Writing, because it was the only thing I felt good at. I’m glad I made that choice. It definitely gave me the tools to better my writing and further my career. Looking back, I’d say I was always destined to become an author, whether I acknowledged it or not. I can’t imagine my life without writing.

Who are your favorite authors?

I grew up reading Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Brian Jacques (Redwall!) and J. K. Rowling. Today, my favorite authors are J. V. Jones, Robin Hobb, George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, to name a few. I find myself not reading quite as much as I used to. Full-time writing consumes a lot of time!

21 Comments

  1. T.L Shreffler,
    I am 12 years old and you are my most fave author in the WORLD!!!!!!!!! I love how you embellish your stories with so many details so that we may grasp the meaning. The Cats Eye Chronicles is my fave series, I LOVE the idea of Crash and Sora :-). I’m so sad that Dorian was killed though!! I was wondering about the Cats Eye necklaces that you hand make ( they are GORGEOUS!!!! ) I don’t have a credit card to buy one but I REALLY want one!! So I was wondering if I could send money through the mail and if you could send me the necklace.Thank you SO SO MUCH!!!
    Your biggest fan,
    Cristi

    • Cristi,

      Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words, I am so very happy to share this world and the characters with you! I wrote the very first draft of Crash and Sora’s story when I was right around your age. :) The story is certainly close to my heart. Can’t wait to share the rest of their adventures with you.

      As for the necklace, payment through the mail can be arranged! I will email you at mimigirl14@yahoo.com with more information. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~T. L. Shreffler

  2. Hello miss Shreffler,
    I am a 51 yr young man. I just wanted to drop you line and tell you I think your is great! I think I have a problem though. I got the first Catseye installment on my Kindle and have now read all of the available stories. My problem with this is same trouble I have with ANY story. It takes much longer for the next book to be written than it does for me to read it!! Anyway, I am looking forward to the next release and will try to remember to breathe in the meantime.
    Larry.

    • Larry! How very wonderful to hear from the younger crowd. 😉 Thanks for reading and following the series. I will do my best to write quickly so you do not asphyxiate! ~TLS

  3. T. L. Shreffler,
    I am 15 years old and I absolutely love this series! I just wanted to thank you for making these books CLEAN! You are proving that it is possible to write amazing stories with clean romance.

    • Thank you Holly! I love romance, but I love a good plot too. I’m glad I can bring both together in The Cat’s Eye Chronicles!

  4. Hi I am 13 years old and I just have to say I love your stories. I love Crash and Sora I’m kind of sad Dorian died he was one of my Fave characters. I was wondering were you intending on turning the cat’s eye chronicles into a movie because that would be awesome. I am also wondering if you decide to turn them into a movie when I’m a bit older 9 between 14 and 17 I am I am only 13 but I look 15) maybe I could audition for Sora. If not that is perfectly fine by me but I am starting to want to get serious in an acting career and that would be a great start because almost everyone loves the books and all of my friends (wimps) begged me to ask you about it.

    • sorry not 9

    • Hi Autumn!

      Of course you’re welcome to audition for Sora if The Cat’s Eye Chronicles ever became a movie. And if you’re passionate about acting, you should definitely pursue it, it’s a fun and creative career! :)

      For authors, it’s not easy to get a book made into a movie. It’s usually not the author who makes the movie, but a big company like Warner Bros. or Disney who “buys” the production rights to the book, then they hire a director and screen writer and a big team of people to film the movie. Authors don’t have a lot of control over the movie after that. But I am hopeful someday The Cat’s Eye Chronicles can make it to the big screen. It would be a dream come true (for both of us.)

      Keep acting and stay cool!
      -TL

  5. Hey TL,

    I have been following the cat’s eye chronicles since it was posted on fictionpress and you were known as ‘crystalmaiden’. I recently went looking for it again and found out you actually were able to publish it! Congrats! I read the free e-book of Sora’s Quest and was delighted to find it was just as good as I remembered it, not many of the stories I read in my teens live up to my standards now that I am in my mid twenties so I was really glad that this one did.

    When I first read Cat’s Eye, it inspired me to create my own Cat’s Eye pendant, and seeing your version made me smile, ’cause we were definitely on the same wavelength. my pendant is a marble (though mine is clear green with a black sheen) and some steel fishing wire wrapped around it on a leather cord. I still wear it constantly (hopefully it won’t kill me if I take it off though)

    Looking forward to (re)reading the rest of the series.

    Rori

    ps. BTW, if you haven’t watched Captain America: the winter soldier yet, you should, Crash (as i picture him) makes an appearance

    • Hi Rori! Wow, the fictionpress days seem so long ago but I feel like that’s where it all began. Quite a few readers from FP have kept in touch over the years. It’s great to hear from you! The new Cat’s Eye Chronicles has been revamped from its original version and I’m continuing the story past Volcrian’s demise…we get to see a growing cast of new characters, particularly in Book 3. Pretty exciting!

      I’d love to see a pic of that Cat’s Eye pendant you made, it sounds just like how I imagine Sora’s. Ironically, a reader gave the book a sour review because they said the “necklace on the cover didn’t match the necklace in the story. It’s not a stone, it’s an amulet!” And I thought to myself…but I designed the cover and I’m the author…I’m pretty sure that’s what the necklace looks like! Haha.

      Glad you’re enjoying the series the second time around. Thanks for stopping by!
      -TL
      PS. At your prompting, I went and saw Captain America (I mean, if Crash makes an appearance, how can I resist?) I have to say you are so, so right. That scene in the bad guy’s house when “he” just sits in the shadows without speaking…perfect.

    • Rori,

      I’ve received 2 emails from you and each time I try to reply, the email bounces. Just wanted to let you know. The Cat’s Eye necklace is gorgeous and would love to get some better pics to share with readers. Take care! ~TL (email: therunawaypen@gmail.com)

  6. So, is it just me or do you have a thing for tall men with green eyes and black hair! The Cat’s Eye Chronicles has Crash and Wolves of Black River has Gareth “six feet tall, green eyes, black hair to die for…” I think I know your lil secret 😛

    • Omg, I know right! XD I read the Wolves of Black River too, and I was like… looks like SOMEONE has a thing for tall, dark, and handsome. XP No worries. So do I. ;p

  7. T.L…Let me tell you, from the moment I first opened this book I was in love. You are easily my favorite Author, and I’ve read a lot of books, and none have come even close to how good this series is! I’ve introduced it to my best friend and now it’s her favorite series too.
    I’m all about romance, but you have got a perfect blend of adventure, fantasy, and romance. It always surprises me. :)
    You deserve, like, 13 million thumbs up, but unfortunately I only have two hands. :p

  8. So because I LOVE the Cat’s Eye Chronicles, I was thinking about doing a Sora cosplay. Any ideas on where to start for that?

  9. Dear Mrs. Shreffler,

    I am a very big fan of your books, in fact its my favorite series. I was wondering how to pronounce garrolithe though. I always think im pronouncing it wrong but, i just wanted to make sure. Thank you.

    • Hi Menolly! Thanks for reading and stopping by the site. The correct pronunciation is “g-air-o-lith.” Should roll off the tongue like monolith. Hope that helps. -TL

  10. I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!! you are my favorite author in the world, and your stories are so well written and an amazing read! This is my go-to book series if I ever have a stressful day, and feeling down, or I just want to read my favorite books. I have shared your series with all of my friends, and everybody I know, and everybody loves it! I am 13, so i’m in seventh grade, and all of my friends share the series with their friends, who share it, etc. We can create our own clubs at the school I go to, so I started a cat’s eye chronicles fan club, and so far we have 67 members- all of which love your books! I am super excited to read Krait’s Revenge as soon as it comes out, and I love love love how Sora and Crash’s characters are written!!! I was wondering if you have an idea of when the next book will come out, but it’s completely fine if you don’t. Thanks again so much for making this amazing series!!!! I have been reading these books since last year, and I read them a bunch! Fingers crossed that Krait’s revenge will be soon! Your awesome!!!!!! :)

    • also I absolutely love the ending of Ferran’s Map

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