Interview with Tyler Cook

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I'm impacting people's lives, whether it be through writing, or through my day job.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Before writing, I used to read a ton. Now, I'm unable to do that. If I'm not working, I'm usually at my day job, or relaxing with family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot come from random searches on Amazon. Others come from recommendations from family and friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. I was in the 2nd grade. It had something to do with finding buried treasure. Our school had computer with "fancy" writing programs for our age. I suppose that started the writing fire in me.
What is your writing process?
I start out with writing a partial or complete outline of the story. I don't follow the outline completely, but because I write in chronological order, I have to have something to work with.
How do you approach cover design?
For "The One", I had the cover imagined from day one. It inspired me to write the story. But for the others, I let the cover designers/painters use their imagination.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Something Like Summer by Jay Bell- This book made me feel things that I never felt before. The sequel to it did the same thing. Talk about ripping out your heart then stepping on it.

Any book by Eva McCall- She is my great-aunt, so I'm biased. Murder on Haint Branch is the book that got me into the publishing/writing business. I owe Eva everything.

Harry Potter series- No explanation is needed, is there?

Star Wars Expanded Universe- Before LucasFilms decided against using the books as the new canon, these books were out and told us what happened to our favorite SW characters. I've read everything that had been set after Return of the Jedi.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite
When did you first start writing?
It started January of 2014. I had just finished the release of Eva McCall's Button Box. I had to come up with an idea for my senior project at Western Carolina University. So, I decided to write a book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Aluria has a mix of Batman, Pokemon, Yugioh, Star Wars and Game of Thrones-like themes. Yes, all of those things make for an interesting story. It's complicated for sure, but I feel like I made it all come together nicely.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Eva McCall. She's my great-aunt, who has went through the process with a publisher. She did very well, but barely made any money off of it. Now, she (and I) make 4 times more than what she made with a publisher.
Published 2015-12-26.
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Books by This Author

The Aluria Adventures (3 Book Collection: Aluria, Vigilante & Disciple)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 204,390. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Aluria Adventures: 3 Book Collection includes the first three books in The Aluria Adventures.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,070. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Disciple is the third installment in The Aluria Adventures and explores deception, friendship and unbearable loss.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,220. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
It’s been a year since Aluria appeared as the hero of Canton, and a new evil has risen. Vigilante is the second book in The Aluria Adventures and will expose readers to secrets, lies and heartbreak.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,070. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Aluria is the first in a series that tells a story about heroism, love and hope.
The One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,790. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Eli Cooper never expected love to be this difficult. When someone from his past suddenly reappears, he can’t help but notice the attraction between the two of them.