IWSG DECEMBER 7TH Interview MG Fantasy Author Tara Tyler
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Today I welcome Tara Tyler to my Author Spotlight on IWSG day for her newest release and her second book in her middle-grade fantasy series “Beast World.” The realease date is December 1st.
1) If you were pitching this book idea to a publisher what would that pitch be?
I actually did pitch this to several agents, even though I have a home with my publisher. But it’s still hard to get one, maybe harder since the series is already begun…I have the blurb below, but here’s my one-line pitch:
Teenage fantasy creatures discover humans, causing a village of trouble on spring break
2) What was your favorite part about writing this story?
I enjoyed expanding Beasts World and continuing their story, especially adding humans. But my favorite part was Gabe’s black eye scene. And I love writing the rough draft because I can use my favorite color pens, scribbling and doodling in my notebook, and I can do it anywhere!
3) Tell us about your main character in CRADLE ROCK, Gabe.
Gabe is a typical goblin. He’s smart and spunky, and definitely a nerd, but brave when he has to be. He’s barely five feet tall with olive skin and hair, average all the way around, except for having the biggest pointed ears anyone’s every seen. He’s also loyal, but very wary of new things. And clumsy, can’t forget clumsy, especially around his girlfriend Ona the ogress.
4) How much research did you do and what type? Include most interesting or most unusual.
My world is roughly based on earth, in the far distant future. So choosing the fate of humans and how beasts developed, I researched landscapes and climates in a future-cast. Fantasy is probably the easiest in terms of research because we get to make most of it up!
5) What was the most significant thing you learned writing this story?
Each time I enter Beast World, I remember what being a teenager was like. It’s fun to setup awkwardness, teasing among friends, and do or die attitudes. It’s also fun to see them grow up. I try to pass on lessons in my stories too. In CRADLE ROCK the beasts have to learn to accept one another and compromise rather than resort to violence out of fear of differences – very relatable to our own society!
6) What’s next for you?
I alternate between my two series, so the next one I’m finishing up is DISPOSAL for the Pop Travel series. But I’ve also started on the rough draft of WINDY HOLLER, the next Beast World book.
7) What is the hardest part of being a writer?
Patience. I want it done yesterday. It’s such a long, time-consuming process. I deal with rejection. I have energy, ideas, and perseverance. I just need to work on my patience!
8) Anything you would like to say to the readers before we close?
If you like a book, give it a quick review. It doesn’t have to be long and detailed, just a statement that you liked it and will be back for more. Authors are always in need of reviews. Especially for sequels!
Thanks for having me, Juneta. I enjoyed answering these fun questions, reflecting on the process!
by Tara Tyler
Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, Pop Travel (techno-thriller detective capers) and Broken Branch Falls (fantasy adventures). To squeeze in writing, she economizes her time aka the Lazy Housewife. Make every day an adventure!
I’ll also be giving away signed copies of Broken Branch Falls and Cradle Rock, some Beast World swag, and a $20 GC!
IWSG DECEMBER question is –
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
In five years I see myself as a published author of several books. My plan is to get serious about Write, Publish, Repeat & Change my Mindset. I know what you’re thinking, but you were already serious. No, not serious enough. I allowed myself to be distracted by life, and I’ve let doubt rule my long-term actions and fan my fears.
- I need to write. Every day. Rain or Shine or the Apocalypse.
- Get out of my way. I need to stop worrying about what I cannot control or do in the process now and finish what I can control and do. The one thing totally within my power alone is to write. I can also edit and revise.
- Take small steps of ACTION daily, set deadline goals and work toward them as if my life depends on it. Create structure around my work day and stick to it like glue–habit-routine is key to success as the quote below says.
This year I am narrowing my focus and changing my habits.
“When the world changes around you and when it changes against you — what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind — you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy.” – Jeff Bezos
- Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) (The Smarter Artist Book 1) by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
- “Read Iterate and Optimize — the sequel to Write. Publish. Repeat.” Available NOW.
- Business For Authors: How To Be An Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn
- The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook For Surviving The Writer’s Journey by JoAnna Penn
- Inspired Writer: How to Create Magic With Your Word by Bryan Hutchinson
- Free Read on site-Killing the Sacred Cow of Publishing Dean Wesley Smith
- Self-Publishing Podcasts
November’s Author Spotlight was on another IWSG community author Lynda Young
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