Interview: TK Rayford



Please tell us a bit about yourself and your book.

Well, I’m definitely a reader before I am a writer.  There’s nothing I enjoy more than losing myself in a good story.  I have been into books since my older sister started teaching me how to read when I little.  The writing came hand-in-hand with the reading for me, but I started out with short stories.  Abstrus is my first full-length novel.  It follows 17 year old Lexi Lee as she uncovers the truth about what she is… and that’s not necessarily human.  She has to deal with a missing mother who hasn’t been honest with her, a father who is barely functioning, and an entire group of otherworldly teens that may or may not be out to kill her.  And to further complicate things, she is not only dealing with a love interest that she does her best to ignore, but also a group of hunters who have the sole purpose of destroying her for being something she didn’t even know she was.

Where you a big reader when you were growing up? What was your favorite book?  Oh definitely.  From the moment I learned to read words on a page, books were my best friends.  There haven’t been many times in my life when I wasn’t in the middle of a read.  My favorite book when I was younger was Where the Red Fern Grows.  It’s an amazing book that gets me all emotional even still.

What type of research did you do while you were writing this book?  I found myself reading tons of NASA articles while I was preparing to write Abstrus.  Yahoo! News was my friend too.  I was glued to anything I could come up with about space travel or theories about life on other planets.

Who is your biggest supporter and what do they do to support you? It’s hard to pick just one person because there are so many amazing people in my corner cheering me on.  But since I have to pick just one, I’d have to say my seven year-old son is my biggest supporter.  He is truly excited about Abstrus and keeps me on my toes by constantly asking me questions about it.  He talks to everyone we meet about the book, which makes me feel like maybe I’m doing something right.  There’s no validation that feels better than that.

What are you reading right now?  I just started reading Marked by Kim Richardson.  I’m still in the very early stages of the books so I can’t say much about it at this point.  But I really am enjoying it.

Describe you book in 5 words.  An intense, otherworldly thrill ride that’s full of surprises.  That was more than 5 words, but I never claimed to be able to count.


Thanks so much for having me!

By TK Rayford

When 17 year old Lexi Lee’s mother disappeared six months ago, her world was turned upside down. Just when she is coming to terms with her new, motherless life, she meets Farah, Ferdinand, and Liza, a strange group of teenagers. She quickly finds out that they are not at all what they seem.

Lexi finds that although she is human, that is only one part of what she is and people are after her for it. She has to figure out who she can trust… and fast. She learns that her mother has known the truth all along, but disappeared before she could explain things to her. She believes that she has no hope of survival if she doesn’t find her mother, and trusting the wrong person to help her could prove fatal.

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About the Author:

TK Rayford was born in Chicago, IL with her four siblings. She later moved to Memphis, TN. She fell in love with writing in the second grade and has been writing ever since. Her teachers would always say that she would become a great writer, but she would insist that she would be a neurosurgeon. She proved herself wrong and her teachers right when she decided to pursue her passion, which has always been writing.





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