My mathy, organized side makes me a plotter. When my ideas strike, I write them down and see if I can develop a story. If I can make an outline with events/scenes, then I move on to the rough draft phase. I’m very methodical.
Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?
My go to CP is a steady constant, but I do have other backups and they vary from book to book. I like to get different perspectives and call on those who write in the same genre, and a few who don’t.
What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer?
Not having enough time to devote to it. Darn that housework.
What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?
Don’t give up. Take breaks. And stay true to you.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Good reviews!!! Whether from my CPs or friends or strangers. Someone else likes what I wrote!
Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?
Yes. Oh, you want to hear them? Okay. (hee hee)
1) print it out and mark it up
2) read it out loud
These alternatives to staring at the computer will highlight mistakes or give you ideas you might not have thought of before.
What do you think is the most important element a story should have?
I never realized this before, but I like a story to have a moral. I love a happy ending, but that’s not always necessary. Character arc is essential. Someone has to learn something after going through the journey. And I always like to have some humor, life isn’t always dire straits of serious drama. We need tension release sometimes.
Do you have other stories in the works?
Always. Want to know what they are? Great, I’ll tell you!
SIMULATION – next volume of the Cooper Chronicles (after POP TRAVEL) Clone androids are illegal for a reason.
CRADLE ROCK – next adventure in Beast World (after BBF) Do humans still exist?
JOLISSA – an anti-princess story. Working with my illustrator and composer on some storyboards for a youtube animation. Very excited about it!
If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie version?
BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014 (NOW!)
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.
Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They’ll show ’em what different friends can do together!