Today I would like to introduce you to Trinity Lemm! Thanks for participating in my Author Spotlight, Trinity. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Trinity Lemm and I’m a 20 year old indie author! I’m currently a full-time student at Western Michigan University, studying both business and dance while maintaining my writing career on the side. When I’m not writing or doing schoolwork, I like to hang out with friends and family.
What genre(s) do you write in?
So far, I am a poet and YA/NA contemporary romance author, but I plan on experimenting with thriller and sci-fi as well.
So you like to write a little bit of everything? I have that same wandering genre brain too! What made you choose the publishing path you’re on?
I’m an independently published author. I’d eventually like to try out traditional publishing someday though. The main reason why I chose self-publishing was because I was impatient to get my book in front of readers! With traditional publishing, it can take years until your book finally gets to readers, but I was way too excited to wait!
It seems common these days for authors to try out both forms of publishing. Why not?So,why did you choose to write in the genre(s) you’re in?
I chose this genre because it’s a genre I’ve been reading for years, so I’m very passionate about it and familiar with it.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I started reading a lot during middle school and started writing poetry when I was about 14. Ever since then, I knew for sure that I wanted to be a writer. I love the feeling I get from creating something unique, something that is solely my own. And even more so, I love sharing my work with others. My absolute favorite thing in the world is reading new reviews of my books and hearing reader’s thoughts!
I started writing about the same age, but it was short stories I would then force my best friend to read and critique. Tell us a little about your writing processes and your writing space
Quite honestly, my writing process is all over the place! I’m a mixture of a plotter and a pantser. I usually plan the baseline for my novels, including the plot, theme, and character development. But after creating the base and coming up with certain plot points/events that I for sure want to incorporate, I fill in the middle parts as I go.
I try to be as organized as I can with my planning for writing projects but then it always turns into chaos and then the story takes its own turns. I like to think that’s how the best books come about. What are your favorite books to read?
I’ll pretty much read anything with an intriguing plot, but my absolute favorite genre is contemporary romance. I love how raw and realistic the genre is. Two of my favorite authors are Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover. They are some of my greatest writing inspirations!
I have yet to read either of their books but I’ll have to check them out! So I like to talk a little about marketing since authors are marketers now more than ever. What does marketing look like for you? Are you an avid believer in social media or do you like paid advertisement more? Do you DIY or do you have someone else or a company handle it?
For me, marketing comes in all different forms. I am a huge believer in social media and occasionally partake in paid advertisements. My main focus is definitely social media though. I’m currently active on six platforms: Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube. I’ve found that the more platforms you are on, the better! I’m about a year and a half into my author journey and focusing on social media over this past summer has helped my platform grow immensely! It’s very beneficial to take a look at other authors in your genre and see how often they post, what their feed looks like, and how they market their work.
Social media is a huge, and most of the time free, way to market books, but it sure does take a lot of time! It’s like a second job usually. If you have to do any research for your books, how do you like to accomplish this? What is your organization of research like? How long do you usually spend on research?
For me, research is very important. Contemporary is a very realistic genre, so it’s important to get all the details right. Otherwise, readers will catch technicalities and the story won’t line up with reality. When I do research, I usually spend as much time as I think is necessary on that specific topic. I research until I’m confident that what I’m writing is scientifically correct, and if it’s something that requires a lot of detail, I usually write it all down.
Which of your books is your bestseller and why do you think it is? What do readers say they like about it?
I believe Forever Burn is my bestseller because it’s the first book in the series, so it tends to get more love. I believe this book is so loved by those who have read it because not only is it raw and realistic, but it deals with such heavy topics, all while bringing them to light. This has been mentioned in a lot of the reviews that I’ve gotten. Some readers also love the series because they say it has similar vibes to the “After” series by Anna Todd. Readers love the angsty college romance that’s centered around an alpha bad boy!
FOREVER BURN:Tatum Everley is a freshman at Western Michigan University. Due to an emotionally and psychologically abusive past relationship, Tate struggles from Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has been working on controlling her symptoms and flashbacks, but when she meets Axel Burne at a fraternity party, who is notorious for sleeping around and getting into fights, she tries her best to dodge the bullet. Axel starts to become intrigued by Tate, but she’s better off choosing Lucas— the sweet guy who has been trying to take her out since orientation. But even though Lucas is the better option, Axel keeps reappearing. Tate continues to try to stay away from him, but it starts becoming harder to, and as she gets closer to him, things start to get way out of hand. If Tate wants her happy ending and her sanity intact, then she has to push through the hardships and maintain control over her disorder.
FOREVER FROZEN:Tatum and Axel defied all odds and got their happy ever after— at least that’s what they thought.
Tate finally gained the control over her disorder that she always hoped she would. The symptoms and flashbacks have finally slowed, but was she strong enough to keep it that way?
Axel struggled to break his worst habits, but after losing Tate once, he knows he could never do it again. He’s determined to prove himself to her and to do whatever it takes to protect her. He may have finally succeeded in breaking the habits that used to define him, but was it possible that Tate hasn’t broken hers?
With a devotion to destruction, a relentless force is on its way to destroy the empire that Tate and Axel worked so hard to build together. And it’s not going to stop until someone pays the ultimate price.
Series starters tend to be the best for bringing in income. Everyone has to read it before they can move onto the next, right? Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My upcoming release is set to come out in December. It is the third and final book in the “Forever” series and I’m extremely excited to share it with my readers. I don’t want to give too much away or give any spoilers, but I believe (or at least hope) that this book is my best one yet!
Of all the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite?
Out of all the characters I’ve created, I’d say it’s a tie between Tatum and Axel. I just can’t choose between the two! They both have a very special place in my heart, hence why I have a tattoo dedicated to them!
Now that’s character love! Can’t say I haven’t considered it for my own character I love so much. Well, thank you, Trinity, for taking the time to answer all my questions and giving us a deeper look into your writing and books.
If you’d like to check out Trinity Lemm here are her links on social media and her website!