Interview with Tom Hyland

What do you read for pleasure?
I'm one of those guys that can read just about anything, but 99% of the time you'll see me reading the classic Pulps. To me there is just nothing that beats the upbeat, swagger of the works of writers of that genre. L. Ron Hubbard, Ray Bradbury and Elmore Leonard really defined the genre for what it is today. That is where I get my inspiration from.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My IPOD Touch.
Describe your desk
The table in the kitchen or the living room of my house is where I set up shop in the mornings. I write at least a thousand words a day. If I go over that number then that's great, but a thousand is my minimum.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in L.A. County. L.A. of course is the city of the Angels where Chandler used as a backdrop for Phillip Marlowe and it's the home of Hollywood. It's not as glamorous as people think it is anymore, but I always wish I could go back in time to the 40's to see what the golden age of Hollywood was like. Everybody pretty much valued hard work in a way that isn't valued today.
When did you first start writing?
When I was twelve years old as a hobby for a number of years. It wasn't until college that I began to take my craft serious enough to consider the idea of publication.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Gift of the Apache is set in the Arizona Territory of 1865 just after the Civil War and deals with the idea of redemption and moving on. The main focus of the story is a bunch of guys trying to get their hands on a half a million in Confederate gold that is buried out in the middle of dangerous Apache Territory. Reading the Western stories and novels of both Elmore Leonard and L. Ron Hubbard inspired me to craft my own story essentially. If you're really into their work then this story should be right up your alley.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read an article about two years ago about Amanda Hocking. I thought it was amazing how she self published her work on AMAZON and attracted a following that essentially made her an EBOOK millionaire. That and several other authors who got onto the self publishing bandwagon when for years it was such a stigma for writers. I though what did I have to lose? If even just one person other than myself buys it then I'll feel blessed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to create your own worlds at your rules and no one else's. That to me is the greatest freedom behind writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
I recognize that for most people life is a hard thing to get by. If I could give them even at least one story that they'll enjoy to me that's a blessing. To me it's providing a form of escapism that gives them the opportunity for them to imagine what they would do if they were one of my characters or in one of my stories.
What are you working on next?
A horror story called Monster Alley. It is my take on the monster films of the 80's such as the BOOGENS that is a blend of comedy and terror.
Who are your favorite authors?
Elmore Leonard, L. Ron Hubbard, Ray Bradbury, Ed McBain, Alan Dean Foster, STAR WARS novels, INDIANA JONES novels and the GABRIEL HUNT novels.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading books or watching movies on Turner Classic Movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
ITUNES.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was my own sequel to the classic novel "War of the Worlds" in the fourth grade. I couldn't tell you what happened to it, because it was one of those things that you write to hone your craft. It wasn't a novel though. My first novel I wrote in college and I will not publish it. To me a writers worst job is always the first novel which serves as a training ground.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As far back as I can remember the first real story or rather book that I read was HAN SOLO AT STARS END. I've always been huge fan of STAR WARS and reading a novel about my favorite STAR WARS character really opened my imagination up to world building.
Published 2015-12-06.
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