Today we have the very talented author TP Keane as our blogger in the spotlight. It wasn’t until Trudy’s own two children were old enough to delight in the make-believe bedtime stories she told them, that she rediscovered her love of tall-tales. She delved, head-first, into her imaginary worlds again and, with much trepidation, took the first few steps into the publishing world where The Paladin of Naretia was born. Trudy also blogs at
Trudy is a published author and also blogs over at TP Keane where you can meet a variety of authors and new books. If like me you always have your head in a book, you may just find some inspiration for your next read.
Let’s put TP Keane in the spotlight
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
My name is TP Keane. I’m both a blogger and an author with my debut novel, The Paladins of Naretia, coming out Feb 28th, 2016. I’ve only been blogging for the last 3 months, but already I’m addicted.
How would you describe your blog?
I blog about all things literary. Everything from creating Hogwarts in my home and most recently interviewing authors. I’ve had a number of award-winning authors and bestsellers share their stories with me. They have been a true inspiration.
What inspired you to start your blog?
While I was building my platform to self-publish my novel, I saw there was very little in the form of authors sharing people’s works, helping them to get the word out. It frustrating to me because I came across some novels that were simply brilliant, but no one had ever heard of them. So I took it upon myself to start a blog and get the ball rolling. Little did I know how much work was involved, but I’m not one to shy away from hard work.
What topics do you cover on your blog?
I mostly do author interviews where they get the opportunity to tell the world about their books.
How do you want to improve yourself and your blog in the next year?
At the moment, I’m getting about 5,000 views a month. By the end of next year, I’d like to double that and really have some clout behind my blog.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
If I’m honest, a number of authors who responded to my single post was astronomical. But I don’t want to let any of them down. My motivation is to get to the end of my HUGE list, and then start the next one. I love hearing about different worlds too, and I often find a new read while I’m working.
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
My blog doesn’t generate income for me. I find that it takes up a lot of my day, and that’s seven days a week. Sometimes I wonder if I should blog about something else, something that will generate an income. But then I see the gratitude that some authors have and it makes it all worthwhile.
What is the most positive aspect about blogging?
Getting to help an indie author become more visible. I’ve had a few who have told me that after my week of pimping, their downloads went up about 30%. I love to hear that I’ve helped in some small way.
How much time do you spend blogging?
On average, I spend about 5 or 6 hours either blogging, generating blogs, or driving traffic to my blog.
Have you always blogged about the same content that you blog about today?
Yes, but that’s not hard because I’ve only been doing it for 3 months.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blog?
I would. It’s a very interesting way to meet new people, make new connections, and hear about different products/books you never normally would have heard about otherwise. For those who can make a living out of it, it’s not a bad way to do it too.
What is the best advice you could give to someone who is just starting their own blog?
Network. Be everywhere and research all blogging tips.
What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog and to engage with your readers?
By in large, I use Facebook, twitter, and google. Other people with household products will use Pinterest and Instagram.
Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
My profession is as an author. Blogging is a way of not only helping other authors like myself but building a platform that will help with my social media presence too.
A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online? Do you agree?
Absolutely not. I make nothing.
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