Interview with mystery sci-fi writer Tara Tyler

Today is the ninth interview
in a series with the authors of
Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

the anthology:
clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s
cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48
minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city
ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing
gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of
time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark
corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner,
Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser,
J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary
Hand-picked by a panel of
agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into
jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time
is wasting…
“Each story is fast paced,
grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
– Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
Founded by author Alex J.
Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and
authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly
blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly
So far, we’ve had C.D. Gallant-King (on
April 19), Gwen Gardner (on
April 26), Jemi Fraser (on
May 2),
(on May 11), Rebecca
M. Douglass
(on May 15),
(on May 23), J.R.
(on May 31), C.
Lee McKenzie
(on June 7) , and now Tara Tyler is here to chat about her sci-fi
mystery short story called “Reset.”

Tara Tyler is a math teacher by
day who writes to inspire others to enjoy reading. She loves dogs, coffee, and
is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with a yellow lab, three sons,
and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!
Welcome, Tara. What do you enjoy most
about writing short stories?

My stories
usually start out short, so I can usually fit a lot of action into a few words
Can you give us a little insight into a
few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
One of my
favorites is THE COMEBACK (it’s in the Curiosity Quills anthology: CHRONOLOGY)
– it’s a zombie love story where a young man dies but his girlfriend finds a
way to bring him back – but there are always consequences when you mess with
the natural order of life and death. Another is a humorous horror story called
HARRY – he’s obsessed with his receding hairline and seeks a way to restore it,
again watch out for dire consequences of the hairy kind!
What genre are you inspired to write in
the most? Why?
I mostly
write action-adventure and usually in the sci-fi/fantasy realms. I love
inventing new worlds and not being limited by normalcy. And I usually include
humor & sarcasm in my writing.
What exciting story are you working on
I usually
have 2 or 3 projects going on at once. My latest novel is FARTHER ALONG, a
Christian YA story about a downtrodden girl who is chosen to help change the
world through her magnificent singing.
When did you first consider yourself a
I realized I
could write once I won a couple of contests and some of my stuff was published.
It was more recently that I gave myself a chance at it. I’ve been writing for
about 9 years now.
How do you research markets for your
work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
I go out and
find venues to sell my books, like writing conferences, book fairs, literary
events, and since I’m a sci-fi/fantasy writer, sci-fi cons. Local bookstores
are also friendly!
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I write
anywhere and everywhere – from my sun room or patio when it’s nice out, to my
sons’ baseball games or restaurants or waiting rooms. Any free moment is
usually dedicated to writing!
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
A teacher – I
teach math because it’s easy for me and I want to make it easier for others to
understand! Don’t fear math, embrace it, then set it free (hahaha)
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Keep reading!
And share your thoughts about books with others by reviewing them!
enjoyed answering the questions. Thanks for having me!
My pleasure, thank you for being here.

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5 thoughts on “Interview with mystery sci-fi writer Tara Tyler

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    I wish I could write anywhere. But no, I always have to have things just so. LOL. Excellent interview!

    Thanks for hosting, Lisa!

  2. Tara Tyler says:

    Thanks so much for hosting all of us, Lisa!
    And thanks for stopping by, Gwen & Jemi! I appreciate the tweets too!

    Tara Tyler

  3. Rebecca M. Douglass says:

    Great interview!

    I, too, can write nearly anywhere. Unfortunately, I can only edit in a pretty distraction-free environment! And since most of it is done on the computer, I get kind of tethered during that stage.

  4. Yolanda Renée says:

    I too can write anywhere, as long as I have a pen and paper. You never know where inspiration will hit. I wanted to be a history teacher. Should have, would have, could have! I'm glad you followed your heart!

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