Romancing September – Terry Tyler (Day 12)

We are now up to day 12 of Romancing September, it is such a fun tour to be part of and our guest today is Terry Tyler. You can also check out her discussion with Stephanie over in Georgia in a few hours time, about writing romance in today’s society.

TerryTwit2Let’s find out more about Terry and her book “Full Circle”

1) Where is your home town?
 I live in the North East of England though am a southerner, from Northampton, and I also lived in Norfolk for 9 years.
 
2) How long have you been writing?
 I first wrote a novel 20 years ago, though only started writing the novels published on Amazon in 2010.  I didn’t write at all for 10 years previously.
 
3) Where did the inspiration for “Full Circle” come from?
 Full Circle is the sequel to Dream On.  I got the idea one evening in 1995 when I was sitting in a pub in Northampton with my sister.  We started making up a story about two guys who were standing at the bar; I went home and turned it into a novel, which I re-wrote last year.
 
4) Tell us about the main characters in “Full Circle”
The main characters in Full Circle are:  1) Shane, a lovable rogue type womaniser.  2) Head in the clouds, wannabe rock star Dave.  3) The love of Dave’s life, singer-songwriter Ariel  3) Janice, who is Dave’s ex and the mother of his son.
 
5) There’s a love triangle going on in this book, are we likely to be taking sides as readers?
Ooh, there is more than one love triangle….  three and counting, I think!  But there aren’t really any baddies in this book – though obviously everyone has their favourites!
 
6) I’ve recently heard about the N/A (New adult) reader bracket, what is your target audience for this book?
This book could be and has been read and enjoyed by both sexes, and ages 22 to over 50 – it’s hard to say!  I know we’re all supposed to have target audiences … I’d say my average reader is a pretty groovy sort of woman in her late 30s; but then I could be hopelessly wrong…!
 
7) One reviewer said your strength is character building, where do you draw the inspiration for your characters from?
My characters all originate from people I have known or observed, I think – I’m not sure.  I don’t really think about it, they just happen.  I’m afraid I’m not very good about discussing the mechanics of how I write, as I just do it and don’t think about it much.  The phrase ‘I don’t know’ tends to feature heavily in all my author interviews.
 
8) “Full Circle” is set in the modern day, what challenging issues have you included?
 Challenging issues, hmmmmm….  the main one in Full Circle is, I think, alcoholism.  Janice’s husband is an alcoholic.  I have been the partner of one, so I know what it’s like and could draw on my own experiences.  I am sure many who have been in this position will recognise much of Janice’s story!
 
9) Readers enjoy relating to your characters, how do you make us fall in love with them?
Oh dear, this is another ‘I don’t know’…!!!  I suppose I have to fancy my male characters, or I can’t expect my readers to!  I’ve always fancied Dave, while my sister prefers Shane!  There is always one male character in each of my books who I really fancy – Mel the builder in You Wish, Nick in Nobody’s Fault, etc etc!
 
10) Does your next novel follow on from “Full Circle!? Or is it something different? This will be your 6th book, when is it due out ?
No, the story of Dave, Shane, Ariel and Janice ends very satisfactorily at the end of Full Circle!  It’s the first time I’ve written a sequel and wouldn’t want to do it again – it’s very hard to make it work as a stand alone, which of course it has to, but without repeating too much of what was in the prequel.  My new book, “What It Takes”, is a family drama – a tale of sibling rivalry, obsession, a bit of stalking, secrets and lies… it’s not as light as Dream On and Full Circle, more in the mode of my earlier novel Nobody’s Fault.  I am pleased to tell you that “What it Takes” was published last Friday.FullCircle_cover-finalFind Full Circle here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
I’d like you to join with me and Thank Terry for being our guest today and wish her Good Luck with the next book.

“Y” AtoZ Challenge- You Wish

As the end of this brilliant challenge draws ever nearer todays letter is “Y”.

You Wish by Terry Tyler, who you may remember featured very early on with the letter “D” for Dream On, here is a link to the post in case you missed it http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-hq

Today Terry returns with another of her books. If you want to catch up with an author interview of Terry click over to http://www.cynthiaharrison.com/?p=5590 Cindy’s blog.

PLEASE don’t forget, that as part of the challenge we are asking visitors to leave comments. Thank you.

Do we control our own destiny – or might it be determined by fate,
coincidence, luck…or even magic?

Ruth, an amateur psychic with a husband who smokes cannabis for breakfast, is haunted by a tragic event from her teenage years which, she suspects, was the result of a wish she made on an allegedly enchanted stone. Too embarrassed to admit her fears, she keeps her secret to herself for twenty-five years.

Petra is the perennial singleton amongst her friends, unable, she thinks, to fall in love. She comes across the stone at a Psychic Fair and makes a wish, just for fun. As the wish begins to come true she wishes she had chosen her words with more care.

Spoilt, weight-obsessed Sarah wants nothing more than to be “size zero”. As her life spirals downwards into the seedy world of drug abuse and addiction, she remembers the day at the Psychic Fair when she wished for her heart’s desire.

When Ruth learns of the fates of Petra and Sarah she is forced to confront her guilt and discover the truth about the Wishing Stone…

Terry Tyler’s debut novel is a quirky contemporary drama exploring the themes of family affairs, infidelity and guilt, incorporating jealousy, drug abuse and the obsession of a Facebook stalker, against a backdrop of secrets and superstition.

Here are Terry’s behind the scenes notes about her book;
You Wish… is about whether or not our lives are shaped by destiny, fate or our own personal choice – or if sometimes there might be mystical forces at work!  This is illustrated in a very down to earth way, though, in the stories of Petra (the girl who thinks she’ll never fall in love), Sarah (a spoilt ‘princess’ who is obsessed with getting to Size Zero) – and Ruth, a wife, mother and distinctly reluctant fortune-teller, whose own story, taking us back to the 1980s, links them all.

Many of my readers tell me they love reading about Petra’s growing obsession with Jay – and cringe away as they read it.  Haven’t we all, at some point, wanted to say to a friend, “Look, face it, he’s just not that into you, leave him alone, you’re making fool of yourself”?  Self obsessed Sarah was terrific fun to write – so many people have told me that they’ve hated her but loved reading about her!

One readers thoughts on the book were;

Just got a Kindle in my Christmas stocking and took the plunge with this offering by Terry Tyler. What a good choice! It held my interest from beginning to end with a very credible plot. The author expertly jogs the teenage memories of those of us of a certain age with lots of clever references to the fashions and fads of our yesterdays. I found myself thinking about the book between sessions and looking forward to the next read which surely is the sign of a ripping yarn. I’ll certainly be reading the next one.

Product Details

Here are the Amazon links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Wish-ebook/dp/B006423HGW/ref=pd_sim_kinc_5

http://www.amazon.com/You-Wish-ebook/dp/B006423HGW/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363612083&sr=1-3&keywords=terry+tyler

Here are links to more AtoZ Challengers;

http://www.franklycreative.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.honeyfromthebee.com/

http://mommysangelinheaven.com/

http://mycrazyfamilycircus.blogspot.co.uk/

http://settoncrew.wordpress.com/