Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the past Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty five (65) books, all available on Amazon. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Black History Is American History: Should Black History Month Be Eliminated? Or, A Great Debate is my last book. It was inspired by the actress Stacey Dash, who famously said that Black History Month should be eliminated. A friend of mine from my high school days and I had a debate about the issue.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I always write what I know. This lets me be comfortable with the topic I am writing about.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Robert Louis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. These are all masters of the art and craft of writing, and their work has been very valuable to me as a reference to aspire to.
What are you working on now?
A romance about a girl who meets a boy while running. She doesn’t like him at first, but then he protects her from an attacker and she falls in love with him only to discover that there is a huge reason for the two of them not to let things go any further…
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My blog, and social media like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Find yourself a genre and a writer who is so good you think you could never write as well as they do. Read that author twice as much as you write. But whatever you do, don’t let anyone or anything discourage you from achieving your goal. Eventually, your efforts will pay off, sooner, or later.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up.
What are you reading now?
Someone Else’s Daughter by Linsey Lanier
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have many goals, three works in progress right now, and several nonfiction books in need of a second edition, so 2016 is quite a busy year for me.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible (for my spiritual needs)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (entertaining)
War and Peace by Tolstoy
(1,440 pages: I could start and finish it on the island)
How To Survive On A Desert Island (a practical book)