Interview with Laura Tyler

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My life is filled with reasons to get up each day. These reasons include my family, friends, dogs, and my faith that each day brings both great challenges but also great rewards.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach high school science in my free time and I love to read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Some books are written by authors that I adore, others just sound like a good read, some are recommendations from my students, and others I spot on pinterest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. My mom still has it. It was a Halloween story about a pumpkin written when I was in grade school.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a specific process. I can be inspired to a story line by someone that I meet, a place I visit,a I song I hear, and many other things. Once I get inspired, I just let the ideas come and run free. I can't bend the characters to my will, they truly take on a life of their own.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first book that I ever read. I have read many. Some of my read reads that shaped me were "The Pumpkin Smasher," "Anne of Green Gables," and "The Dark is Rising."
How do you approach cover design?
I try to image what the main characters experience in the book and keep that theme central to the cover. I like covers to hint to what the story will be about, but I don't want it to give away the twists and turns that the books will take. I just want a tease to hook someone into stopping and reading the blurb.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Pride & Prejudice - Undying themes of love, humor, and friendship
2. Harry Potter Series - Unique world with vivid details and gripping social struggles
3. The Mortal Instruments Series - I love the idea of good vs evil and MALEC was a modern day true love bonus.
4. Rizzoli & Isles Series - This cop and medical examiner team up gives me the medical and forensic themes that I enjoy.
5. Lockwood & Co series - This is a fun ghost story series that I can share with the youngsters in my family.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that interest me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
IPAD
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Positive Feedback and Support from readers
Describe your desk
I don't work at a desk. It is too restrictive.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Georgia.
When did you first start writing?
I have written all my life. I first began to bang out a full length novel in high school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have several in progress. The second book in the Deadly Secrets series continues the themes of murder, mystery,intrigue, and romance. My other manuscript is a historical romance involving magic and time travel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write and I want to share my stories with others. I believe that there are other people out there who will read my books and love my characters the way that I do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing who I am for others to see and celebrate with me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Sharing my dreams on paper is an intimate thing. The fans who share my dreams are special in that they at least for the pages of my story traveled from stranger to friend.
Published 2016-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Deadly Secrets
Price: Free! Words: 75,010. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00)
Newly divorced, Miranda Hannigan, steps out of the courthouse hoping for a new life and is nearly run down by a hit and run driver. Does someone want Miranda dead? Her mother thinks so and worse yet, she believes that Miranda is being hunted by the same people who killed her Grandmother. What is a woman to do but face the danger head on with humor, an old flame, new friends, and a ghost or two.