From a very early age, T. L. Haddix knew she wanted to be a writer. After learning to read on her grandmother's knee, she devoured books, a necessity that continues to this day. Having been fairly prolific in her own writing throughout her school years, T. L. grew distracted by the realities of life and put aside the thought of becoming an author. After training to be a medical transcriptionist and working in that field for several years, she came to a crossroads in her career. Deciding to take a chance and put pen to paper, she produced her debut novel, the self-published paperback and e-book "Secrets In The Shadows" in early 2010. According to one reviewer, "This book is not a genre mystery (though there is a mystery in it). It is not a romance (though there is plenty of romance). It is not a psychological thriller (though the psychology is as twisted and creepy as any you might read about in your most lurid of true-crime exploitations). What you have here is an honest-to-God literary work that deals with the secrets of people that could very well be your next door neighbors. Secrets masqueraded beneath the thin skin of normality, that take us all by surprise when they erupt in sudden and dispicable violence. And it is pulled together by a newly published author who is only going to get better. The prose is sometimes lyrical, but the dialogue is as rough and real as the every day America. You never have the feeling she is putting words in her characters' mouths."
Her major influences have been authors such as Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, Kay Hooper, Tami Hoag, Sue Grafton and the like. While T.L. does read mainly mystery fiction, she also has a deep affection for Regency romance, with authors such as Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn and Mary Balogh being among her favorites. She has also recently discovered fiction authors such as Jennifer Chiaverini and Sarah Addison Allen, and appreciates their abilities to take ordinary people and turn them into magical characters.
With a series of books planned, "Secrets" being the first, T. L. is excited to look to the future. "I never dreamed I would be able to produce a book that would be so well received. If I can help others through situations with my work then it will have been worth it."