Interview with Tyler Colins

How does it feel to publish your third book?
Still awesome.
What are you working on currently?
Forever Poi. It’s the fourth in the mystery series featuring the gals from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency: JJ, Rey, and Linda.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Visualizing storylines and scenes. Having the dialog flow ever so smoothly . . . in my head.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Transcribing/describing ever-percolating mental dialog and storylines. <LOL>
How do you feel about your writing these days?
I’m more comfortable and confident as a writer than I was a decade ago. And ideas/stories certainly abound. The biggest challenge right now is finding the time to take them from the cerebral to the tangible. <LOL>
What would you like to see happen with your Triple Threat Investigation Agency series?
In all heartfelt and humble honesty, I would love to have the books developed into a television series.
What have you done to promote yourself?
Sadly, I haven’t—yet. I do, however, realize the value of promoting and marketing; as such, I intend to focus on that going forward. Yes, I write for the love of it, but I’d also love it if others read my work—they won’t, however, if I don’t somehow brand and publicize myself and my budding detectives. I’ve also come to realize that there are a lot of options and opportunities out there. And just because you e-publish on one site doesn’t mean you’re limited. Do your research . . . and get yourself out there!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The routes to agents and publishers are difficult to navigate. Most publishers won’t take on un-agented writers and most agents have chockablock-full client rosters that prevent them from accepting new clients. Consequently, I opened up to new possibilities: e-Book publishing. I’m so glad I did.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The impending sunrise. Caffeine and Red Bull jolts. The gym. A new hope-and-faith-filled day. Visions of my Hawaiian home and this Canadian attaining the American dream.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Free time is fairly limited due to a full-time job and caring for Mom; whatever there is, is usually spent writing. I get to the gym for 5:00 a.m. and walk daily for 30-60 minutes (it’s a great stress reliever and allows for creative thinking). Other things I’d like to and will do: volunteer (I believe in giving back), reside in Hawaii / become an American (a lifelong dream/goal), stay fit, become a Pet Rescue Mom, and continue to develop spiritually.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ontario Canada for the most part, but spent a few years in Quebec. I’ve always wanted, however, to be an American. My home’s filled with US flags and I can sing “God Bless America, “The National Anthem”, and “America the Beautiful” without a prompter. I may not reside there yet, but setting stories in American locales allows me live there vicariously (for the interim).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It would have been a Nancy Drew mystery when I was eight. I couldn’t get enough of the teenaged sleuth. I guess it’s fairly obvious how Nancy impacted me—now, I get to play sleuth, courtesy of my non-teenaged characters.
Published 2016-08-04.
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Books by This Author

Coco's Nuts
Series: The Triple Threat Investigation Agency Private Eyes. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,950. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The Triple Threat Investigation Agency rookie private eyes strive to uncover a killer amid yet another cast of curious and unconventional characters. Along the perilous trail, the gals meet up with gamblers, debt-collectors, and old acquaintances who may—or may not—have their best interests at heart.
Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie?
Series: The Triple Threat Investigation Agency Private Eyes. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,160. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Novice sleuths JJ, Rey and Linda bumbled their way through The Connecticut Corpse Caper with winning results. The trio go professional and the Triple Threat Investigation Agency is born. Their first case, to uncover a secret, soon involves murder, with any one of a cornucopia of curious persons being the potential killer. Can the trio unravel the intriguing twists before the twists ravel them?
The Connecticut Corpse Caper
Series: The Triple Threat Investigation Agency Private Eyes. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 96,760. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Seven quirky inheritance recipients gather for a week-long stay in a creepy mansion replete with hidden passageways and disappearing corpses. Although the will of Mathilda Moone stipulates that no guests may leave early, one does—permanently—just hours after arriving. Enter novice detectives Jill, Rey, and Linda. Soon, amateur sleuthing—and resulting mayhem—begin!