New interview with paranormal romance author Maya Tyler

Novelist Maya Tyler is back in the hot seat
today to chat about her new paranormal romance, A Wizard’s Choice.


She was last
here in April
2017
to chat about A Vampire’s Tale.

During her
virtual book tour, Maya will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble
(winner’s choice) gift card to a luck randomly drawn winner. To be entered for
a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of
winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:
Maya Tyler is a
multi-published author of paranormal romance novels and blogger at Maya’s Musings. An avid
reader, Maya writes the books she loves to read—romances! She still believes
that “True Love’s Kiss” is the most powerful thing in the world. Her paranormal
romances come with complex plot twists and happily-ever-afters.

When she’s not
writing, she enjoys reading, listening to music (alternative rock, especially
from the 1990s), practicing yoga, and watching movies and TV.

Welcome
back to Reviews and Interviews, Maya!

Please tell us about your newest
release.
A Wizard’s Choice follows wizard apprentice Kurtis Warde,
a character introduced in A Vampire’s
Tale
. Although it is the second book in a series, it can be read as a
standalone.

Kurtis’
parents abandoned him as a baby, and his grandfather raised him. Becoming a
full-fledged wizard is more of an obligation to his grandfather than a true
career aspiration. He wants the freedom to choose his own path and perhaps find
love.

Other
forces—an ancient wizard-fairy feud and a secret from his past—are in play and
threaten Kurtis’ choices and his life.

What inspired you to write this book?
As children,
we owe a lot to our parents, but when do their dreams end and ours begin? When
do you break out from underneath their expectations and stake claim to your own
life?

In A Wizard’s Choice, I explore this theme
as several characters have conflicts between their familial expectations and
their dreams. Kurtis is becoming a wizard to please his grandfather. Another
character, Alina Lehrer, is contemplating an arranged marriage to please her
parents.


Excerpt
from A Wizard’s Choice:
Something sharp poked him in the arm. Keeping his eyes
closed, he batted the culprit—probably an insect looking for its
breakfast—away. It poked him again, jabbing a little deeper.

“Go away.” Kurtis plopped his pillow over his face.

In a sudden, fluid motion, his bedding—sheets, comforter,
and pillows—flew off his bed. He found himself laid on a bare mattress, staring
at a black magic wand, suspended in mid-air.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” He raised his hands, careful not to make
any sudden moves. Who owns this wand? Friend or foe? The wand had no equal,
finely made from black walnut tree wood with a smooth and plain handle
sandwiched between corkscrew-like carvings. The body tapered neatly to a dull
point. The wand turned in the air, and Kurtis saw the distinctive “W” of his
family crest engraved into the tip of the tenon. Waldor’s wand.

Like a compass needle, the wand pointed its desired
direction. Unsanctioned movement was highly unusual behavior for a wand. But no
stranger than anything else that happened in the last few days. He shrugged and
followed the wand. It led him into the basement to the Spell Laboratory.

After a quick glance around the room, Kurtis determined
nothing had changed. Nothing stood out as noteworthy. He glared at the wand.
“If this wild goose chase is your idea of fun, then I’m going back to bed.”

Ignoring Kurtis’ threat—as if a wand could respond—it
floated toward the far wall and rammed itself into a stone brick. An entire
section of the wall rescinded, revealing a hidden passage.

“What?” His mouth gaped open. “How did I miss this?”

The wand disappeared into the now exposed hallway.

“Wait for me.” I can’t believe I’m talking to a wand.


What’s the next writing project?
This summer,
I’m participating in a writing contest on the app Chapters: Interactive
Stories. My story is called Duet at
Midnight
. The premise is a reverse Cinderella story with an older brother
falling for a pop princess.

I’m posting Duet at Midnight one chapter at a time
directly on the app which is a new experience for me.

What is your biggest challenge when
writing a new book? (or the biggest challenge with this book)
My biggest
writing challenge occurs when I get so far into the story…and then I get stuck.
It’s a bit like writer’s block, except I’m only missing the piece in the
middle. I ask myself, “What can I add to move the plot forward?” My husband
often helps me brainstorm.

If your novels require research – please
talk about the process. Do you do the research first and then write, while
you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need to fill in the gaps?
My novels
usually require research. From street names to subway stops, I check my facts. I
do research before and during the writing process. I bookmark websites I’ve
used as references and make handwritten notes as well.

In addition
to fact checking, I also look up the meanings of my character names and often
select names based on origin and meaning.

What’s your writing space like? Do you have
a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us about
it.

In my house
full of boys, I needed to have a feminine retreat. A place to escape the Star
Wars shower curtain in the main bathroom and the Lego Star Wars battle scene hanging
from the rec room ceiling. My solution? I have a lovely purple office. It’s a
small space, but I’ve used every inch efficiently. I have three tall white
bookshelves, of varying widths, and a white cabinet with half-glass doors. Over
my desk, which is a white slab resting on white filing cabinets, I have two hanging
box shelves. Before we went shopping at Ikea, I hadn’t planned on buying white
furniture, but the end result is quite charming.

My office is
my all-season writing room. During the non-winter months, I also spend a lot of
time writing outside in my gazebo. About three years ago, we purchased a large
gazebo with netting and heavy curtains. We furnished it with a wicker loveseat,
chair and ottoman, and rocking chair. We added a fire table—that never
worked—at least it’s pretty. We bought a cedar folding table and chairs set. We
picked up a large rug and some wall hangings. And we called it the family room.
When it’s not my writing space, we play board games and eat meals there.

What authors do you enjoy reading within
or outside of your genre?
I love
reading, and I have so many favorite authors. I read mainly romance in the
subgenres of paranormal/fantasy and historical.

I recently
found a new favorite, based on the recommendation of a friend, Sarah J. Maas,
author of A Court of Thorns and Roses Series. When I read A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1), I could hardly put it down.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers today?
I love to hear
from fellow authors and readers! Please connect with me through social media
(see links below) or the contact form on my
website.



Buy
Links
A
Vampire’s Tale:
Amazon | Smashwords | Apple
|
Kobo | Barnes
and Noble
A
Wizard’s Choice

on
Amazon


Thanks for
having me here today!

Absolutely
my pleasure. Thank you for coming back to Reviews and Interviews!



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17 thoughts on “New interview with paranormal romance author Maya Tyler

  1. James Robert says:

    Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  2. Maya Tyler says:

    Thanks for all the comments!

    Bernie, thanks for your question. When I'm writing a book I don't intentionally base characters on people I know in real life. However, when I read the book later, I often realize that I've based a character, for instance the hero, on someone I know, like my husband. In A Wizard's Choice, I realized a lot of Kurtis Warde came from me personally—anger, conflicting expectations, complex introspect… I can't claim all aspects though… we had several disagreements over his coarse language. lol

  3. Maya Tyler says:

    Thanks for your question, Bea. I love reading romance—gotta have my happily-ever-after—but I do occasionally enjoy other genres, especially fantasy.

  4. Maya Tyler says:

    Hi Bernie, thanks for your question.

    I like to give myself a rest between books. I use that break to complete projects around the house or even do something writing-related. I'm always thinking of story ideas. Every time I get an idea for a new story, I write it down somewhere. When I'm ready to start a new project, I see if any of those ideas feel right.

    I published A Vampire's Tale (The Magicals Series, Book #1) in March of 2017 and started writing A Wizard's Choice about 9 months later. But I often work on multiple projects at the same time. Compile research. Write short stories. Promote my work.

  5. Maya Tyler says:

    Thanks for your question, Kim. A Wizard's Choice was the first book I've written using an outline. Despite following an outline… my story ended differently than I'd originally planned. My protagonist Kurtis Warde rejected the love interest I'd written for him. I pushed them together, but I couldn't convince him that she was "the one" for him. Another surprise… My heroes often resemble my husband, in some way or form, but Kurtis Warde was greatly (subconsciously) influenced by my personal experiences. When rereading my book, I realized I had been harbouring some anger. Understanding my character and helping him work through his issues was therapeutic for me.

  6. Kim says:

    Wow. That's a really interesting answer. I'm sure you feel a little better now. However, that must have also been challenging.

  7. Maya's Musings says:

    Thanks, Kim. The issue that caused my anger is still on-going, but I am dealing with it much better. When I realized I was angry, I was so surprised. I find out new things about myself every time I read my work.

  8. Maya's Musings says:

    Thanks for your question, Kim. Although my characters may end up resembling me in some shape or form, it is more of a subconscious result than intentional effort. I draw from myself and my experiences, but also from people around me.

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