Make your writing richer and fuller with more body by using conditioner, ha ha ha. Just kidding. What I mean is use all the senses in your writing to swathe the reader with sights, sounds, smells, touch, and taste. Draw them in to completely experience the scene.
Thanks for letting me spend some time at your blog today, Elsie!
Elsie and I are both published through the wonderful Curiosity Quills Press. When folks ask me about my publisher, I tell them we are a small but growing force and we specialize in Speculative Fiction. Most people just nod and smile when they hear that and don’t have a clue what Speculative Fiction is. Well, that’s what I’m going to talk to you all about today!
Speculative Fiction is a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements. The popularity of the term is sometimes attributed to Robert Heinlein, who referenced it in 1947 in an editorial essay, although there are prior mentions of speculative fiction, or its variant “speculative literature” -.Wikipedia
Movies and Books that popped up for Speculative Fiction were: A Handmaid’s Tale, Lord of the Rings, Brave New World, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, and Farenheit 451
TV Tropes said Speculative Fiction was also a “backronym” for SF. They define it as science fiction and fantasy and everything in between. I like that one best and I hope I made it clearer what it speculative fiction means!
Elsie and I fit right into CQ Press. She writes about a teenage grim reaper and my two series are a futuristic sci fi thriller and an MG fantasy.
Thanks again, Elsie for helping me show off POP TRAVEL’s new cover – it’s hot! And the re-release has a sneak peek at the first chapter of SIMULATION which comes out Sept 14th!
by Tara Tyler
Re-released July 1, 2015
In 2080, technology has gone too far for private detective J. L. Cooper. He thinks he can avoid pop travel teleportation, until he stumbles onto a video of a pop traveler who turns to dust.
Sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother, Cooper wants to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?
With help from the neurotic genius “Creator” of pop travel and a beautiful Southern charmer, Cooper must expose the deadly glitch and shut it down or die trying. No problem.
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!
Welcome to the Forest!
It’s time for the highly anticipated, most spectacular cover reveal of the day!
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014
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. Gabe’s closest friends are goblins like him, but Gabe is tired of being a goblin – he’d like to try other things. And he has his eye on the new ogress at school. It’s against all beastly rules, but there’s just something about her.
When a prank goes wrong, Gabe is forced to join the football team as punishment – but finds a way to make it work. Soon the whole school is getting in on the fad of mingling with other species. Too bad the adults have to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. And Gabe is their scapegoat. With help from friends, old and new, Gabe sets out on a quest for the Book of Ages, which holds the laws of all beastkind and hopefully the key to saving Broken Branch Falls. After all that trouble, it better work.