Interview with Tyne O'Connell

When did you first start writing?
I was told by a teacher when I was nine "you will be an author" - and that lodged in my mind. By the time I was 11 I was winning poetry and short story prizes. I think this speaks to the power of having inspirational teachers as I attribute my tenacity and determination to be an author to that teacher. She filled me with absolute confidence that my future was in literature. I often wonder if I would have been so single minded had she not made that pronouncement.
1) How do you come up with the inspiration for your books?
1) How do you come up with the inspiration for your books?

The basis of drama is secrets, not necessarily nefarious secrets, just secrets. My first two books are set in London’s Inns of Court; the secret world of barristers. Walking behind the walled secret gardens of the Inns of Court is like entering a secret society in another century. The barristers running around in their wigs, gowns and ribboned collars clutching their pink ribboned briefs seem so out of step with the bustling of the streets outside.

My next book was set in Hollywood in LA, again a world so far removed from most people’s reality that they can’t read enough of it in the tell all magazines that fly off the shelves in alarming numbers.

In my teenage series I explored the world of the English Catholic all girl’s boarding school where England and Europe’s oldest and grandest Catholic families send their daughters to be educated in much the same way as they have been for centuries. I am fascinated by the sweetly naive nuns wandering about hand in hand while girls chat on cell phones, listen to ipods, post You Tube clips and generally push out the envelope like teens everywhere.
Even Mayfair and St James’s in London where I have spent most of my life are a secret world within a world full of private member’s clubs and secret societies. The average tourist would have no idea about the worlds that exist behind the doors and private garden walls of Mayfair & St James. I would love to write that book.
3) How Do You Create your characters?
3) How Do You Create your characters?

I start with a tiny aspect of myself or someone I have known well enough to make a study of them. I then think, “what if this happened” and from then on my imagination takes over.

I use my friends and family as sounding boards for ideas and propose situations to them to see what other people might do in similar situations. In this way my characters take on a life of their own and in doing so they take over my life.

While moving them around the chess board of my story, it is inevitable that my characters become real people to me. A writers life is incredibly solitary but inside a writer’s head it is always a very crowded house.
4) Who would you most like to sit down to dinner with?
4) Who would you most like to sit down to dinner with?

I admire women who combine determination, practical sensibility with feminine charm, a romantic spirit and wit. I’d invite Nancy Mitford for her fine skills on the ukulele, and I wouldn’t mind if she brought Evelyn Waugh along with her to sing along.

And I’d invite Hypatia the ancient Greek scholar for her wisdom and Gertrude Bell – to whom I would refer to as “Queen of The Desert” all night long as it has such a ring to it. I have always been fascinated by Gertrude; a Nineteenth Century explorer and nation shaper and one of the few representatives of His Majesties government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection.

A party wouldn’t be a party without Eleanor of Aquitaine. I long to ask her about her medieval Court of Love. When King Henry II went off to war she remained in Poitiers holding what became known amongst scholars as the Court of Love. Eleanor and her daughter Marie de Champagne taught matters of chivalry and courtly love to a rapt audience of troubadours. Bring back “the Court of Love” I say. Bring back chivalry.

I’d also invite the adorable Blessed Teresa of Calcutta so I might ask how she went so long without sleep in her pursuit of rescuing the poor and unloved. At times I toy with the idea of inviting my good friend Edward de Bono but he’d only spend the evening making blonde jokes so I think my ideal night would be a girl’s night in.
1) How do you come up with the inspiration for your books?
The basis of drama is secrets, not necessarily nefarious secrets, just secrets. My first two books are set in London’s Inns of Court; the secret world of barristers. Walking behind the walled secret gardens of the Inns of Court is like entering a secret society in another century. The barristers running around in their wigs, gowns and ribboned collars clutching their pink ribboned briefs seem so out of step with the bustling of the streets outside.

My next book was set in Hollywood in LA, again a world so far removed from most people’s reality that they can’t read enough of it in the tell all magazines that fly off the shelves in alarming numbers.

In my teenage series I explored the world of the English Catholic all girl’s boarding school where England and Europe’s oldest and grandest Catholic families send their daughters to be educated in much the same way as they have been for centuries. I am fascinated by the sweetly naive nuns wandering about hand in hand while girls chat on cell phones, listen to ipods, post You Tube clips and generally push out the envelope like teens everywhere.
Even Mayfair and St James’s in London where I have spent most of my life are a secret world within a world full of private member’s clubs and secret societies. The average tourist would have no idea about the worlds that exist behind the doors and private garden walls of Mayfair & St James. I would love to write that book.
Published 2013-09-17.
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Books by This Author

Deportment for Dukes & Tips for Toffs
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
First published in 1900 as a satirical spoof on the early Victorian books on Etiquette, Deportment for Dukes & Tips For Toffs is the original comportment guide for the aristocracy.
Stealing Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,310. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
This is the second book in the internationally successful Calypso Chronicles series. Calypso begins the term facing a dilemma: who does she fancy? Freddie (the prince) or Billy (the fit older boy who rescued her from a dog attack) - or both! While text-flirting with them over the summer break was fun, she knows she has to choose and decides to make the big decision before the La Fiesta Ball...
Pulling Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,780. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
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When Calypso returns from Los Angeles to her English boarding school for the summer term, she is determined to fit in with the popular crowd. Her plan is to pretend her mother's gay assistant back home is her boyfriend. And to her surprise, the trick works...at least at first.
Manners for Millionaires
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
First published in 1900 as a tongue-in-cheek self help good manners guide for the growing throngs of nouveau riche millionaires crying out for instruction from the grand old families of Debretts. Along with the truly newly wealthy the book also found a market amongst those who were merely aspiring for a Park Lane Flat or Piccadilly views.
Dumping Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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4th in the series following the hilarious antiques at St. Augustine's, a British all-girl's boarding school & the nearby boys boarding school of Eades in Royal Berkshire. Everyone is titled (the Horrible Hon.’s) or rich.
The Mayfair Cook
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,160. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Entertaining
The Mayfair Cook is a guide to entertainment for chaps and chapesses who while confident they have a kitchen in their flat, penthouse, palace, chateau or villa, are not entirely sure where it is situated. The Mayfair Cook focuses on the memory created for her guests. Originality and the spirit of Mayfair Eccentrics past and present are her guide.
Duelling Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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Funny, fast-paced third book chronicling the life and times of Calypso Kelly's 'dramaramas' in a posh English boarding school.
That Girl-Boy Thing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,310. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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The race is on for every girl to achieve the perfect body the perfect career the perfect boyfriend and ultimately, all being well, a husband and baby. The trouble is we are all racing against our biological clock. No one wants to hit their 40th Birthday and realise - Whoops! How exactly did that happen?
Sex, Lies & Litigation
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sex Lies & Litigation is the first installment of a three book series tracing Evelyn Horton’s adventures in and out of court as she takes on London’s criminal world with a dash of panache and more than a pinch of Ab-fab madness. 
 A fun and irreverent novel, full of laugh-out-loud one-liners.
Latest Accessory
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,280. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Evelyn Hornton, the criminal barrister with a penchant for Mulberry Handbags, Louboutin shoes & unzipped-oneliners is back. Having successfully found her place as a barrister at Pump Court, Evelyn’s bought a London loft conversion - sans the conversion bit in Clerkenwell & discovered a whole new line of accessories including a team of Irish builders.
What's A Girl To Do?
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
'Crucial Reading’ Cosmopolitan UK “A fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, mis-matched romance, with lashings of fashion, celebrity & insight into the world of LA’s un-reality. You’ll be placed right in the heart of the action with a front row suite at Chateau Marmont and a poolside lounger for all the celebrity antics.” Time Out 2001
Making The A-List
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,970. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
A hilarious bitchy romp set at the heart of the trendy London art scene. Saskia Williams' life is a series of comic scenarios. But now she's about to turn 30 and looking to achieve some of her goals, when in walks one of the richest and most attractive men in the world and buys a whole show... 'Crucial reading' Cosmopolitan