Born in Germany in 1976, Toni Cox moved to South Africa in 1991. Although she has spent much of her working career in the timber wholesale business, she is also an accomplished horse rider, has a diploma in project management, photography and nutrition, and has a passion for books and all things fantasy.
From an early age, her dream had always been to put her imagination into words – give the stories life. When she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013, she decided life was too short not to follow her dream. So, with the support of her husband and three children, she began writing book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy in January 2015 (read more at the end of this article). See her book launch from 2017 here.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Sian B. Claven (of The Butcher Book series) is my #AuthorBestie and we continually learn from each other, motivate each other, and are simply there for each other even during the “writer’s block” moments. There are so many other Indie authors that I know and am friends with, that I can’t mention them all, but every one of them has helped me in a way to get me to where I am. The indie-author community is incredibly supportive. However, there are two other authors I have to mention by name, for they have invested more time in me than any other. Ashleigh Giannoccaro #BookMama, and Erika Bester #MentorMaster. I have nothing but praise for these three ladies.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I am building a WORLD; an entire universe of stories. Almost all my books are linked in one way or another.
If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?
Don’t wait! Write your stories. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Get professional editing from the start!
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Before I published, I was unsure if I could do it and it showed in my style as an author. Once I had published and met with other authors who had gone through the same, my confidence increased, and this started to shine through my writing.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Scrivener… and Photoshop. I use both on a daily basis. I use Scrivener to write in and to format my books and I use PS CC for all my marketing graphics.
What do you think you cook or bake the best?
I don’t if I don’t have to. That doesn’t mean I can’t. My mom is a cordon bleu chef, and I learned from her. My favourite dishes to make are Hungarian Goulash, Zuericher Geschnetzeltes (Zurich Sliced Meat), and German Potato Salad.
If you could change your first name what would it be?
I did… it is how you know me 🙂
Can you hula hoop?
Have you considered running for president?
Not on this planet
Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?
At home with my family.
The Elemental Saga is a fantasy story spanning over 35 books. These stories all take place on the various Life Planets of the Milky Way galaxy. The first 4 books were published between 2016 – 2017, with 5 more books coming in 2018.
The Andromeda Saga takes place in the Andromeda galaxy and will be a mix of sci-fi and fantasy. Hopefully, by 2020, we will see the first books of this saga published.
Toni Cox also writes dystopian fantasy, and her first novel, Resilient, is due for release in 2018.
FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/toniselementals
ER kindle: http://mybook.to/ElementalRising
ER Book: http://mybook.to/ElementalRisingPB
EB kindle: http://mybook.to/ElementalBetrayal
EB Book: http://mybook.to/ElementalBetrayalPB
FE kindle: http://mybook.to/ForbiddenElemental
Elemental Box Set: http://mybook.to/ElementalBoxSet
OF kindle: http://mybook.to/OnFireTC
OF Book: http://mybook.to/OnFirePB
MT kindle: http://mybook.to/MidnightTales
MT Book: http://mybook.to/MidnightTalesPB
JIL kindle: http://mybook.to/JasmineInLove
JIL Book: http://mybook.to/JasmineInLovePB
Luke kindle: April 2019
HH kindle: http://mybook.to/HappyHolidaysTC
HH Book: http://mybook.to/HappyHolicaysTCPB
Amazon Author Page: http://author.to/ToniCoxAuthor