Interview with Tyler Nicole Helms Thompson Clayton
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy about writing is that you can write about anything. You can write about only the things that you see in your dreams and put the thoughts and ideas on paper and make them come to life.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything and nothing to me at the same time. I write for them to enjoy and learn something from my books but they are not the reason I write, I write for myself.
Who are your favorite authors?
Susan Collins, Jenny Han, and Ellen Hopkins
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea of a new adventure and the thought of you never know what is going to happen next. The day is entirely new and its up to you to fill its empty blank pages with an original story, whether it be good or bad.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I usually spend time reading and researching ideas to write about. Or I am studying and doing school work. Its a busy life being an author and a student.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually just by searching for a book, I may read a book I really enjoy and I want to read something similar to it so I will search for books with the same ideas and concepts.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I honestly don't, but I can tell you that it was when I was in the fourth grade and first started writing. I had a black journal and I would write a new adventure every day and draw a picture to go along with it.
What is your writing process?
There is a very long process I go through when writing a book. First I start by getting and researching an idea I want to write about, which may take several weeks or even months. And then I write a rough draft of the book which can take months. I look back over the draft add things, take away things, make a few edits. Then after I edit the draft I send a copy of my book to a friend who reads over it for me and proofreads it for any typos or things that I may have missed. Finally I read over the book myself once more and then I publish it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read but I do remember one of the first books that ever had an impact on me. And that was Thirteen Reasons Why. Its a very sad story but I thought the story line was incredible and it also teaches you real points of life and gives you a look on how suicide effects the people left behind.
How do you approach cover design?
While I'm reading over my book, I usually get an idea or inspiration of what I want the cover to be, and then I either make my own cover, go out and take new pictures for my cover, or have a friend take the picture and me give them credit in the book. The cover is usually the last part of the book for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Thirteen Reasons Why - It has real life events and gives you a look on how suicide can effect the ones you leave behind. Hate List - Again it shows events that can happen in real life and effect the people around the situation. Summer Trilogy - It is an amazing love story and shows you how love can change over time. Selection Series - It shows how you can go from having nothing to having everything, that the popular girl doesn't always win and get what she wants. The Outsiders - Shows different sides of people and how we are all different and react different in certain situations.
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