Interview with Shyreen Tyler

What is your writing process?
I first write the main plot, what the story is about, how it starts and how it ends. I define the characters and their back story. I usually do this first part by hand, in a notebook. Then, in my computer, I write the story from start to finish, without paying attention to the words or the structure as a whole. I just let the story get out of my head. After that, I read it again and make notes, by hand, on what needs to be changed, what can be improved and what can be deleted. Entire parts of the book might change at this point. A third reading takes place, where I take care of the details like grammar, words replacement and sometimes providing more context and color to the story. Once I'm satisfied with the final reading, I consider it ready for editing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: I read this story when I was in high school and through my life, I've read it a couple more times. The way that the story of the town, Macondo, and the story of the Buendia family are interwoven. How the mistakes of one generation affect the next. How the sins of the characters are inherited. The fact that they cannot escape their destiny regardless of what they do. The magic and spiritual world existing in real life. Everything about that book is just perfectly done.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling: Ms. Rowling is one of my favorite writers. Thanks to her I decided to attempt this art. Harry Potter might be intended for a young audience, but the story, the characters and situations are attractive to all ages. Of the seven books my favorites are Goblet of Fire, Half Blood Prince and Deadly Hallows. Her writing is very easy to follow. Scenes that seem completely independent relate to other scenes in other books, which makes you think if she made it on purpose or if it was a happy coincidence. What she did was truly amazing. Since I read Harry Potter I realized I was born in that world, I attended Hogwarts and, of course, I was from Griffindor.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel: Another Hispanic tale that I love. The story of Tita and how she poured her feelings into her food, affecting those who ate it, it's beautiful, sad, funny and tragic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction: Fantasy, Thrillers, Mystery.

I'm currently reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and after that I will dive into the whole Sherlock Holmes collection.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 10 years old, I started a diary, but I left it a few weeks later because I found it boring. I usually wrote the birthday cards for the members of my family. Whenever I needed to discuss something serious with someone I usually wrote it.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted to have writing as my list of hobbies and took some writing classes. That's when I started writing more frequently and when a couple of stories came to mind for me to develop.
One is Home by the Sea, recently published. The other one is in the works, and it's a series of short stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was listening to Home by the Sea, the Genesis' song, and like a movie, I saw the story of my book in my head. After carefully reading the song's lyrics, I realized that it doesn't have anything in common with my book. However, it triggered something in my imagination that made me come up with the setting, the characters and the plot.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It gives me the same pleasure than reading does. It allows me to live in different places, have experiences that are not available for me, be different people. It enhances my fantasy world, which is my favorite one.
What are you working on next?
It's a book directed to Young Adults. It's made out of short stories, talking about the life of different people with very peculiar characteristics. I don't want to give out much, but I expect to release it before the end of 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
JK Rowling is by far my favorite one. I can also list Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dan Brown, Stephanie Collins, Edgar Allan Poe, Patrick Ness.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being able to share another day with my family and friends and to do the things I love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full time job in which I spend 9 hours of my day. During my free time, if I'm not writing, I'm reading, watching movies, working out and with my hubby.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story that I read on my own, but I do remember one particular bed time story that my mom used to read to me and my siblings. It was about a hen and her little chickens. The hen was going to cook dinner and she asked for help to a dog, a cat, a pig and a duck. They all gave excuses to the hen, pretending to be busy. Once dinner was ready, it smelled so good that the dog, the cat the pig and the duck approached the hen's house looking to share her meal. The hen, of course, said no and ate dinner with her little chickens. I don't remember the name of this story or why it impacted me so much, but to this day I still remember the images that accompanied the story.
Published 2014-04-22.
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Books by This Author

It's About Christine
Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Vernon Kurchner and his wife Christine had been married for 20 years, until the day a terrible tragedy ends their love affair. In his mourning, he reminisces on his marriage and how Christine's illness made it interesting, or did it? A spin-off from the 5-star novel Home by the Sea, this short story will keep you questioning Christine's fate until the end.
Strawberries & Cream - A very short (love?) story
Price: Free! Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When desire is mixed with obsession, love can become a crime.
Victory - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,390. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Victoria lived in conformity as the rest of the country. The government had absolute power and a tight grip over the population. Food and jobs were scarce, crime ruled the streets and speaking your mind could land you in jail. When Victoria is asked where her loyalties are, she makes a decision that takes her on an unexpected path, which requires her to summon all of her courage and heart.