How We Do It

Readers and writers alike have asked me, “How do you do it all?” Well, I don’t. Our homeschooling, writing, working, parenting…our breathing are blessings from God. Outpourings of our faith. And the end of our day never looks like its beginning. Yet, there is a method to our madness. But enough about me. This is about YOU.

This month, we’re talking to: T.I. Lowe

Describe “a day in the home life.” (family size, routine, etc.)

As most of the world, the Lowe’s home life has gone through quite a few changes in the past year. My husband hasn’t missed a day of work, praise the good Lord, but my children have been home a good bit. My son, Nathan, was home doing college online for half the year but is now back on campus full time. My daughter, Lydia, is now on a hybrid schedule for high school. We’ve had to adjust, but I’m grateful everyone has remained healthy, and that’s what’s most important in this time. I may get more work done the two days Lydia is at school, but I miss her when she’s not here. It’s wild how easily we’ve become used to our new norm.

 

Describe your work schedule.

The thing about my work schedule is that I really don’t have one. That’s the gift of being a writer, for me. I approach writing as my hobby/creative outlet, so that takes all the pressure off. It makes my writing time more productive. I think I’m playing a mind game with myself with this approach, but we know that saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

How do your family and work life affect each other?

I’m a mother and wife first and foremost. Since the very beginning of this writing career, seven years ago, I’ve kept my family my priority. I was scheduling a zoom interview the other day, and I had to ask to change the time so I could pick Lydia up from school. Thankfully, most folks are understanding. I’m blessed to have such a flexible job, but when I have a deadline, my family is respectful to give me that time alone to get it done. We are Team Lowe. We have each others’ backs.

Regarding what you do and how you get it done, what makes you bite your nails? What makes you shout hallelujah?

The most stressful part of this author life, for me, is the marketing aspect. I feel like a fish out of water when trying to figure out how to reach more readers. I’m like, “I just wanna write!” Lol.

On the flip side of that is the joy of finding those new readers and making connections with them. It’s so rewarding when a reader shares his or her personal story with me.

Any final takeaways for the reader?

Each time a reader takes a chance on one of my stories, it is truly a gift for me. My words are the most personal part of me that I’ve shared with the world. My latest book, Under the Magnolias, is all about stepping out of comfort zones to share your story with those around you. I hope the book will encourage y’all to do the same, because I can guarantee someone out there needs to hear your story.

Share a scripture that encourages or inspires you.

John 10:10 is my go-to verse: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

No matter how difficult circumstances get, I have the promise in this verse. God has my best interest, and I know He will take care of me.

T.I. Lowe’s Bio

T.I. Lowe is an ordinary country girl who loves to tell extraordinary stories and is the author of nearly twenty published novels including her debut, Lulu’s Café, a #1 bestseller. She lives with her husband and family in coastal South Carolina.

Learn more about her latest, Under the Magnolias!

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