I’m thrilled to have Tara Tyler with me today, for this edition of Behind The Scenes. Her latest release, Broken Branch Falls, is an MG Fantasy-Adventure filled with teenage goblins, vampires, ogres, dragons, and more, as they embark on a quest to find the Book of Ages before it’s too late.
1. Tell us a bit about your writing journey. How did you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?
I wrote my first real story in my twenties. I never intended to be a writer (I’m a math teacher!), but I wanted to remember the awesome fun and friends I had at that time so I encapsulated it into a one night story. I put it aside when work and family got serious, but came back to it when kids got a little older and thought why not publish? After researching, more writing and editing, and blogging, here I am!
2. Anything you would’ve done differently if you could do it all over again?
Nope! I needed all my experiences to be here enjoying what I have.
3. What advice would you give to new and aspiring writers?
Perseverance is key. Research, learn, watch, listen. Don’t be afraid of rejection or putting yourself out there. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
4. Is there any book you’ve written that is particularly special to you? Which one and why?
They’re all special – I love developing my characters and seeing where they go. POP TRAVEL – futuristic detective action adventure in the age of teleportation. BROKEN BRANCH FALLS – teenage fantasy creatures break the rules in high school and have to go on a quest to fix things.
5. Who would you say is your favorite character(s) from your books, and why? What is it about this character that makes him/her tick?
My favorite character to write was Gabe the goblin, from BBF. He’s a scrawny nerd who doesn’t like conforming to his allotted stereotype. He doesn’t realize what a leader he is as he stands up for himself and others.
6. Tell us about your new book. What can we expect from it?
BROKEN BRANCH FALLS is full of high school antics – pranks, bullying, sports, crushes, and awkwardness! Gabe and his friends end up going on a quest where they meet more kids of different species. These brave teenagers discover that they are tough and can do anything they set their minds to. Lots of good lessons and positive thoughts!
7. Are you self-pubbed or traditionally published? What made you go for this model? What advice/tips can you share with writers working towards the same goal?
I’m happy to be with my small publisher, Curiosity Quills. My books incorporate a mix of genres, mainly sci fi and fantasy, so we are a perfect fit. My advice is to research who to query – when you read bios, hear their voice and pay attention to their favorite things to read. And don’t get discouraged, keep on!
It’s a great pleasure to have you over in my blog. Thank you!
It was wonderful to be here! I’m so glad you invited me!
Author Bio: Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She’s an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!
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