Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Interview with mystery sci-fi writer Tara Tyler

Today is the ninth interview in a series with the authors of

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

About the anthology:
The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
- Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter.

So far, we’ve had C.D. Gallant-King (on April 19), Gwen Gardner (on April 26), Jemi Fraser (on May 2), Christine Clemetson (on May 11), Rebecca M. Douglass (on May 15), Yolanda Renee (on May 23), J.R. Ferguson (on May 31), C. Lee McKenzie (on June 7) , and now Tara Tyler is here to chat about her sci-fi mystery short story called “Reset.”

Tara Tyler is a math teacher by day who writes to inspire others to enjoy reading. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with a yellow lab, three sons, and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Welcome, Tara. What do you enjoy most about writing short stories?
My stories usually start out short, so I can usually fit a lot of action into a few words

Can you give us a little insight into a few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
One of my favorites is THE COMEBACK (it's in the Curiosity Quills anthology: CHRONOLOGY) – it's a zombie love story where a young man dies but his girlfriend finds a way to bring him back – but there are always consequences when you mess with the natural order of life and death. Another is a humorous horror story called HARRY – he's obsessed with his receding hairline and seeks a way to restore it, again watch out for dire consequences of the hairy kind!

What genre are you inspired to write in the most? Why?
I mostly write action-adventure and usually in the sci-fi/fantasy realms. I love inventing new worlds and not being limited by normalcy. And I usually include humor & sarcasm in my writing.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I usually have 2 or 3 projects going on at once. My latest novel is FARTHER ALONG, a Christian YA story about a downtrodden girl who is chosen to help change the world through her magnificent singing.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I realized I could write once I won a couple of contests and some of my stuff was published. It was more recently that I gave myself a chance at it. I've been writing for about 9 years now.

How do you research markets for your work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
I go out and find venues to sell my books, like writing conferences, book fairs, literary events, and since I'm a sci-fi/fantasy writer, sci-fi cons. Local bookstores are also friendly!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write anywhere and everywhere – from my sun room or patio when it's nice out, to my sons' baseball games or restaurants or waiting rooms. Any free moment is usually dedicated to writing!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher – I teach math because it's easy for me and I want to make it easier for others to understand! Don't fear math, embrace it, then set it free (hahaha)

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Keep reading! And share your thoughts about books with others by reviewing them!

I enjoyed answering the questions. Thanks for having me!

My pleasure, thank you for being here.

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Gwen Gardner said...

I wish I could write anywhere. But no, I always have to have things just so. LOL. Excellent interview!

Thanks for hosting, Lisa!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love Math and teaching Math too! It's so much fun helping students realize Math is NOT scary!!

Tara Tyler said...

Thanks so much for hosting all of us, Lisa!
And thanks for stopping by, Gwen & Jemi! I appreciate the tweets too!

Tara Tyler

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Great interview!

I, too, can write nearly anywhere. Unfortunately, I can only edit in a pretty distraction-free environment! And since most of it is done on the computer, I get kind of tethered during that stage.

Yolanda Renée said...

I too can write anywhere, as long as I have a pen and paper. You never know where inspiration will hit. I wanted to be a history teacher. Should have, would have, could have! I'm glad you followed your heart!