Interview with Barbara Tyner

Who are your favorite authors?
This is a question with no end to the answers. Right off the top of my head, I am thinking of T.H. White, Kristin Hannah, C.S. Lewis, Fredrik Backman, J.R.R. Tolkien, and B.A. Shapiro. I've read a lot of James Michener and Dan Brown but those hardly begin to scratch the surface of books I've read and enjoyed. The one that has stayed with me from the very first reading, though, has been T.H. White's "The Once and Future King."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Revision, the time when I can weave in some Shakespeare, tie in events that already happened to what is now happening, and add some puzzle pieces to the story gives me the most joy as I write.
What are you working on next?
I am now working on Compass Point, a book that is more mainstream fiction edging toward thriller than Rhyaden - which is fantasy. Compass Point has some of my father's stories in it (he was an FBI agent in Western Colorado during the 50s and 60s and taped his favorite stories for me before he passed.) While I'm not a biographer, I was able to incorporate his character and those cases into this story of a man searching to find a new direction for his life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! It's what I do. I know there is a good cup of coffee waiting for me, but also I'll do a hike, or go biking, or kayaking, or snow-shoeing, or best of all see my grandkids. It's all good! Then of course, there is getting to sit down at my computer and be creative. My sister (she passed away at a very young thirty-one) was an artist. I try to carry on her art by painting with my words.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, as I mentioned in a previous question, I have several hobbies. Most important to me, though, is my family. I now have five grandchildren and time with them is most precious. I love our National Parks too. I've been blessed to visit nearly half of them now, and I'm still working on exploring the other half. A while back I quit trying to get to them all, just for the sake of getting to them. I began staying and truly seeing each park and all that they have that makes them a unique part of our history - as well as so incredibly gorgeous. The rest of my spare time is spent playing tennis, hiking, kayaking, and snow-shoeing. Oh, and I almost forgot my Book Club!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of my picks come from the voracious readers of my book club. We make suggestions to each other and I try to find time for as many as possible. It's not always easy!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a lot of poetry in high-school, but I don't remember any specific stories until one I wrote in college. I remember the professor singling the story out for an example of setting the scene. It was a long time after that when I began writing in earnest, but his comments always stayed with me. I believe his remarks were an ember waiting to be fanned.
Published 2018-06-19.
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Books by This Author

Rhyaden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,730. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Growing up in a land where stealth was Niall’s biggest challenge, an enthralling story unfolds as this young boy discovers the world he thought he was part of was not all it seemed to be.