Interview with Tyrean Martinson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
"The Black Hat" is a story I wrote in third grade that I loved writing. In my mind, it combined all the perfect elements for a story, an animated black top hat that could tap dance and an escape to an open horizon of freedom. In the classroom, I daydreamed often with my eyes focused on the sky, the horizon outside the classroom that seemed limitless. I didn't know I would be a writer then, but I did know that I liked to daydream. In sixth grade, I wrote a story about a pencil and eraser's escape from a classroom. That story gained me encouragement from a teacher, and the writing dream took flight.
What is your writing process?
Daydreaming, journaling, and random writing prompts all help me start the process. After that, I will write the beginning of the story, or a character introduction. I'll explore with small vignettes. Then I'll start asking myself questions: what is the character's heart's desire, how they can achieve that? what stands in their way? and what will the outcome be? how will their journey change them? After asking myself those things, I'll start a tiny four point outline: beginning, mirror moment middle, conflict climax, and ending. Then, I begin writing and fleshing out that outline as I continue the story and add characters and dimensions. However, this is all just for the rough draft, which I consider the fun part. Revisions take much longer, and I follow this process: wait, read-through, plot/character revision, word usage and grammar check, help from proofreaders, and several copy-edits. Revision is often the stage where I grow the most as a writer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mom read me stories from a very young age, along with the Bible, and the first story I remember loving as a read-aloud was about a lost puppy finding a home. As an early reader, the first two books that had an impact on me were: The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I checked them out from my town library over and over again, even when I had moved on to longer, chapter books. To me, they were both stories about freedom, beauty within, and love. The caterpillar's inner beauty is revealed as a butterfly. When Max returns home, he find his dinner waiting for him, and he knows that despite all his wildness, he is loved. These stories spoke to me deeply as a kid, and they still do.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm not sure I can pick only five books as favorites, but here is a starter list based on books that I've read many times:
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, for reasons stated in the first book question.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, for reasons stated in the first book question.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien because Bilbo's reluctant heroism and journey strikes a chord with me.
The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis because they transport me to another place and speak truths.
The Bible because it points the way.
(Bonus Books: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, and Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George)
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy and Space Opera Science Fiction.
Published 2014-05-26.
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Books by This Author

Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Nov. 29!) Words: 7,950. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 includes all the seasons from the hint fiction fantasy series. Following the lives of the three characters, the story takes place in a unique format of micro-fiction episodes. Wend runs a strange path to find a new future. Teresa hunts for the man she loves. Bryant blazes a destructive path to a new empire. Who will survive their methods?
5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Write!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Write! 25 Speculative Fiction Prompts within these pages will help new and old authors alike to fight the dark nemesis of the blank page. This book is broken into five sections for five different types of prompts: scenario, quote, question, book title, and simple. These prompts will help the writer defeat the blank page and write into new horizons!
"When Okay is Enough"
Price: Free! Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Nisa is having a bad enough day already when she runs into James. Should she help her old friend who doesn't talk to her anymore, or just walk away?
Flicker: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,240. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Flicker: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry includes an eclectic mix of types of writing, as well as subject matter, from light to heavy, from real world to speculative worlds. It contains forty-eight previously published works, and forty-two new works.
Study Guide for Champion in the Darkness
You set the price! Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Honored by a friend’s request to use Champion in the Darkness in her language arts classroom, I wrote this study guide with her small, private school class in mind. However, the lessons may be modified to fit larger classrooms and include lessons in theme, characterization, plot, and setting.
Champion's Destiny
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,730. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
The battle may be lost because of a family secret. With distracting attention from a former swan prince and her mentors both in harm's way, will Clara be able to trust her team with her family secret as they race to fight the Dark Sisterhood on their terms?
Summer Vacation Devotions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,000. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
In this book, you'll find fifteen devotions for families having fun on summer vacation. Included topics are: packing, driving, car games, maps, rest stops, sand, water, buckets of treasure, sunscreen, sunglasses, tent camping, campfires, flashlight tag, s'mores, and the summer night sky. Scriptures, devotional reflections, and prayers intertwine with these fun topics for sweet devotional time.
Ashes Burn Season 3: Banked Embers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ashes Burn is a hint fiction series based on the lives of three characters: Wend, determined to find a new future; Teresa, hunting for the man she loves; and King Bryant, a man on a warpath of destruction.
Dynamic Writing 1A First Semester
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 30,270. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Curricula
Dynamic Writing 1A includes 85 lessons on writing for Middle School students. Students will write over 30 journal entries, three book summaries, two descriptive essays, two narrative essays, and five short fiction stories. Dynamic Writing 1A is ready for home or classroom use.
Ashes Burn Season 2: Ashes Stirred
Price: Free! Words: 970. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.00 from 1 review)
Ashes Burn is a hint fiction series based on the lives of three characters: Wend, on the run from his past; Teresa, hunting for the man she loves; and King Bryant, a man haunted by nightmares and desperate to hold onto his throne. Fire drove them apart, but where will the ashes lead them?
The Bridge Snap: A Flash of Romance
Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
Is Elayn looking for the perfect picture, or the perfect guy? She isn't too sure herself. When she agrees to meet another photographer whose work she admires, will she find a picture worthy moment, or will she make a fool of herself like usual? "The Bridge Snap" was originally published in Sunday Snaps: The Stories
Story Addict: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Lane has readers to appease and stories to write, but she misses her family. Can she step away from the keyboard long enough to reconnect or is it too late? "Story Addict" is a short science fiction tale.
Seedling: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Dunnie has a secret: a power inside him that's gone wrong in the past. When it's time to introduce himself to a new teacher, what will he say? And, will his classmates ever accept the truth? "Seedling" is a flash fiction story.
Ashes Burn Season 1: Ashes Away
Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
ASHES BURN SEASON 1: ASHES AWAY is the first part of a micro-fiction series following the lives of three characters: Wend, Teresa, and King Bryant. Each episode in a 30 episode season is less than 30 words in length: a "hint" of fiction to spark the imagination of the reader. Experimental? Yes. ASHES BURN is a series of sparks.
A Jumble of 500+ Writing Prompts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,930. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
(4.00 from 1 review)
An E-book Jumble of 500+ Writing Prompts is a book full of simple writing prompts purposefully set out of order so that each day of writing starts fresh with a new idea. These prompts can be used for stories, poetry, journal reflections, art, or word play. Unlike some writing prompt books, these prompts entrust writers with creative freedom.
Champion in Flight
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,900. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
A year after she won the battle for Septily, Clara feels trapped in Skycliff by the Allied Council. As the last pieces of information about the Healing Caves fall into place, Clara is attacked by an assassin. Covert Drinaii mercenaries and the Council aren’t going to stop Clara from her quest to heal her broken blade. As Champion of Aramatir, she must act.
Champion in the Darkness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,720. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Clara is younger than most trainees, but she is ready to hold a Sword Master's blade. While visions and ancient prophecies stand in her way, they also offer a destiny unlike any other. Clara is aided by a haunted mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy Kalidess is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness.