Interview with Tasha Van Der Hyde

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very rural area of Virginia so, I really enjoy the outdoors. Growing up, we spent summers in the woods finding hidden waterfalls and playing in creeks. It was always kind of magical and mysterious to me and it still is. I like incorporating that magic I find in nature into my stories.
When did you first start writing?
About six years ago. I started two different books but, I decided it was insane for me to spend time chasing a pipe dream. So the writing fell off for a while.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The first chapter of Tethered popped up in my head one day and I couldn't stop thinking about it. When I started writing, I pretty much had no idea where I was going with the book. The characters started to develop and then I got an idea of what I wanted from the book, what the characters were like, and how they would react to situations. I got so invested in them. It was an awesome experience.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
One of my good friends. We were talking one day about our mutual love of reading and I told her that I had written some stuff. She told me that she would beta read for me if I wanted. I didn't even know what that was at the time. She also told me that you could self-publish ebooks online. I didn't know that either. She and another of my good friends started reading chapters of Tethered and were extremely supportive. They are my motivation, my moral support.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on book 2 of The Avenlore Series, Unraveled. I am hoping to have it released in the next few months.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friend recommendations mainly, I glance at reviews from other readers to get a feel if I've never heard of it. I will admit I am awful about judging a book by its cover. I know, you're really not supposed to, but i can't help it. I am drawn to colorful, eye-catching covers. That's how I discovered Jennifer L. Armentrout. I saw the Half-Blood cover and was like, "Ooooh, pretty." And of course it was awesome and I loved it. Mind you I do read the synopsis and it has to interest me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, it was in the fourth grade. I can't remember what the name of it was but, it was about a unicorn and a rainbow and a waterfall. I'm not really sure how the story went. I've always liked fantasy though. I illustrated it as well, thank goodness I don't do that anymore because the characters would be stick people as I am not great at drawing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fantasy, young adult, basically anything that involves magic or a paranormal element and of course romance. I'm a sucker for that. I like the limitlessness of paranormal and fantasy. And I need a happy ending. Life is unfair and unkind and is filled with unhappy endings, so I need happiness in my books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle paper-white. No glare, I can read in the dark...its awesome.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading that really affected me was The Trouble With Tuck. It was about a little girl and her dog that goes blind and what she does to keep from putting him down. It's based on a true story and it was amazing. I was 10 years old and I remember being at summer camp and not being able to put it down. I looked forward to the time I could read that book everyday like I looked forward to going to Disneyland. I find for me it is rare to read a book that really sweeps you away. That's how you know its really good, when you can't wait until you reach the point in your day that you can curl up with it and get lost in the author's world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love so much about writing. I love the feeling of creating something from nothing. I love the way I get invested in the characters and how they kind of start to exist in your mind.

The best is when someone says they loved the book or they can't wait for the next one. That's surreal to me that I created this story and someone became invested enough to give a hoot. That's what you want, to create characters that people feel for, identify with. Getting someone else invested in the characters like I am...that's the best for me.
Published 2013-12-30.
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Books by This Author

Tethered (The Avenlore Series)
Price: Free! Words: 64,600. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Dani always did want a fairytale and now she's living one, only childhood bedtime stories were never so dark and nefarious and the Princess isn't drawn to two captivating men at the same time. The decision should be easy, because one is spoken for, but the heart rarely concerns itself with such trivial details.