Welcome to next edition of AUTHOR ALERT & SPOTLIGHT. Today’s guest is…
I ‘met’ Tyler online about two years ago through our blogs. I found her style humorous and her comments friendly… you could say we hit it off! Tyler read one of my books, and I read one of her books. After a few months, we found ourselves chatting away from time to time… and then… Tyler connected with my publisher and joined the team at Creativia, which is changing its name to Next Chapter Pub this summer, as well as adding several new imprints, audio books, foreign language translations, and tone of other great features and options. Tyler and I are both thrilled about what’s coming down the pike… but today, this post is all about her! Not only has Tyler read several of my books, she took the time to participate as a beta reader on the last one to help me fine-tune character development, dialog, and tone. Today… we’re gonna learn what makes this amazing woman so special!
About the Author
(in her own words)
I’m primarily a writer of fiction and blog posts, and a sometimes editor and proofreader of books, manuals, and film/television scripts. Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are skills and joys (I love playing detective and creating structure). My fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries. My genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and helpful “affirmative” non-fiction.
So-o, here I am, staring up a new blog for aspiring and established e-Book writers. The plan: to share the (long) journey of getting to this stage, and impart “learnings” and “teachings”. There’s a lot I hope to accomplish with this blog, but it may be a while before that happens. There’s a lot on the ol’ plate currently – taking care of Mom, working full-time, and attempting to get another book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series written (never mind blog postings and other writing projects).
It’s very challenging and it’s all good. As I like to say: teeny focused baby steps are just as effective as long forceful strides. It may take a little longer, but we will get there.
- Facebook (Triple Threat Investigation Agency)
- Facebook (Author)
- This Is My Truth Now Blog (Permanent Page)
The four books in the series we’re spotlighting today are part of “The Triple Threat Investigation Agency” series—revolving around three feisty female P.I.s, living on Oahu. Click the link to get to each one on Goodreads to read reviews, mark them as To Be Read or learn more. Hurry up and read them before the 4th book gets so popular that you’re behind: Forever Poi.
Interview: Questions & Answers
- What are your real, author, and/or pen names?
- Tyler-Addison Colins is it. 🙂
- What is your location? (City, State, Country, or whatever you are comfortable sharing)
- Toronto, but my heart and soul belong to the U.S. (God willing, one day, I’ll live there).
- How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.
- I was first published on Smashwords in 2015—starting with The Connecticut Corpse Caper, and later followed with Can you Hula like Hilo Hattie?, and Coco’s Nuts. All are now with Creativia.
- Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
- Honestly, I’d love for my books to reach a wide audience, to entertain, to be “recognizable”. If I make good sales (and maybe acquire a television series or film deal), hey, that’d be awesome. 🙂
JJC COMMENT: We should have our own TV channel at Creativia with all our books turned into movies or shows… hmm… I’m getting some ideas about bigger and bolder marketing.
- What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
- People who like cozy mysteries with a touch of grit . . . who enjoy a little humor . . . who want to totally escape.
- What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
- Never give up. Learn all you can about the art of writing. Have a blog. Join communities. Reach out—constantly.
- What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?
- Given I went with Smashwords, I didn’t have many; finding a formatter and cover designer were the two biggies.
- Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?
- I belong to various Facebook writing communities, such as Creativia Street Team and Journeys.
- What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
- Given Mom-care and a full-time job—up and above writing/blogging/editing—it’s very difficult presently to embrace hobbies or interests. But it’s all good. J
- Some authors like to make an argument or address an issue when they write. Is there an issue that you’re addressing with your book? If so, what is it?
- Sometimes I like to slip in an issue without putting it in anyone’s face—for example, the drug epidemic a few years ago (Hula) and the homelessness (Hula). I’d actually like to spotlight the latter in the next book, but given the characters write the books, we’ll have to see how that transpires.
- What gave you the idea for your book?
- The ideas simply pop into my head; I can’t say I’ve been influenced by anything or anyone.
- What are the most important things about you that you would want prospective readers to know? (Personal challenges you’ve faced that influenced you while writing this book, funny stories about the writing or research, etc.)
- No matter what the odds, follow your dream/love. If it’s writing, do what you can when you can. Time and life’s circumstances may not always be your friends, but stand strong and persevere. It will come; somehow, in its own sweet time, it always does.
- What’s the craziest/funniest/most enjoyable thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
- The most enjoyable—visiting Hawaii and getting to learn it intimately (so descriptions are more “real”).
- What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
- I love writing; my toughest challenge is finding time. I’m now getting up for 2:00 a.m. to make it happen, before seeing to Mom’s needs and heading to work.
JJC COMMENT: I don’t think I could ever do that! I tend to wake up for two hours in the middle of the night, but I like to stay in bed until about 7am…
- What do you like about writing in your genre?
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
- I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was quite young. As an only child of older parents (they didn’t have much time or interest for yours truly), I had to create my own fun. That was done through—what else?—writing and drawing.
- With so many books being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
- I’d like to believe the quality makes them stand out—solid writing, interesting plots, and fun/funny characters.
- Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
- My characters lead the way.
- Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
- Yes, I read reviews—and I’ll respond, sure. Yes, I do learn from reviews; reviewers provide some very solid/useful feedback.
- What advice would you give to your younger and/or older self?
- To my younger self I’d have given a good swift kick in the as—uh—butt and gotten out in the writing world sooner. Being introverted and shy, and super UN-confident, held me back. A lot. Still does.
- Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?
- Covers do make a difference. Most people seemed to (really) hate my old TT Agency covers. Creativia designed some simple, but effective ones that I find quite eye-catching.
JJC COMMENT: I thought the old ones weren’t as complimentary as the new one… they weren’t bad, but I didn’t think they properly represented the books. I do like the new ones a lot more!
- Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?
- They’re all unique with distinct personalities. JJ, the narrator, is calm, mature, and thinks things through. Her cousin Rey is brash, impetuous, and melodramatic, and won’t take “no” for an answer. Rey’s BFF, Linda, is smart and little “nerdy”. Together, they meld well.
- What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
- That I know exactly what I want as an author . . . that I have a ton to learn about making it happen (I truly suck at promotion/marketing) . . . and that I have a little confidence now to see it through to wherever it takes me.
- Do you write full-time or part-time?
- How about here-and-there time? 🙂
- What do your plans for future projects include?
- Right now, getting the fifth book in the series written. Down the road, having a website, writing a “self-searching” book (still have to give that one some thought).
- What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?
- The hardest part for most is the commitment—sitting down regularly and actually writing. The easiest, for others, seems to be the promotion and marketing components once the writing is completed.
- What type of books do you like to read?
- Who are some of your favorite authors? Primarily mysteries—Reichs, Kellerman, Evanovich . . . Cudney. 🙂
JJC COMMENT: Oh, wait… that’s me! What do you think, should I believe her or is this just our humor?
- What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you? Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
- <LOL> Read my books—please.
- Name 3 influential authors on you and tell us why.
- The three aforementioned, particularly Evanovich. She makes me laugh (which is not an easy feat).
- Which other authors and/or books do you think are similar to your own books?
- I’m not sure, to be honest.
- Do you blog and share book reviews of other authors? Tell us all about it.
- I post twice a week on my blog—about editing, a book, my books, whatever strikes my fancy at the time. I will review books whenever possible, given time constraints.
- Who are your own least and favorite characters?
- My favorite character: Rey. She’s a hoot (maybe a little bit of what I’d really like to be). My least character: Cash, JJ’s sometimes boyfriend. He’s hunky and arrogant, and everything a romance hero should be (I believe) . . . and he’s a pain in the butt.
- What are you afraid to write about?
- My feelings about me / my life and situation. Let’s leave it at that. J
- If you could co-write a book with a famous author who would it be? If it was another writer you admire but isn’t well known, who would it be?
- Great question. A famous author? Hemingway. Bradbury. Joyce. Brontë. (You didn’t say they had to be alive.) 🙂
JJC COMMENT: Oh, she thinks she’s so funny, huh? Rule breakers… what can you do about them?
That concludes today’s author alert and spotlight. I hope you enjoyed getting to know Tyler… I’ve read three books in this series, so you need to hurry up and finish the first three… maybe we could buddy read the fourth one together later this summer?
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