Tyler Vance, the author of Silence, is a 19-year-old college student from The Woodlands, Texas. His current major is cognitive-behavioral therapy, and his two favorite shows are Dexter and Adventure Time.
What inspires you to write?
Honestly, sometimes I feel like it’s the only way I know how to connect with my emotions. I’ve tried shouting into my pillow like on TV, but that just feels frustratingly uncomfortable. Writing is the only real way I have of releasing aggression… besides being aggressive.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing is a balance of planning and improvisation. Like, I usually have to get the bigger picture all planned out, but the characters and their little micro-decisions make it sort of impossible to control (or even predict) some of them. Especially since all the characters are always unconsciously influencing one another. It’s hard to put into words.
But they don’t come chill with me in real life, like that one movie? Nim’s Island? Possibly?
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Haha! I was right here on my last answer!
Nope. I’ve tried, and sometimes I can hear their voices in my head. But from a character’s perspective, a writer would be there god. And most of my guys aren’t the… surrendering type. XD
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is just communication. So write like you talk and talk like you write. Trust me–you’ll get better twice as fast.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Man, I couldn’t get any agents into it, so I just threw it out into the world. It was, like, bliss to give up my desire to make money off of Silence.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the only future we should be planning for is the one we’re currently living, you know? Unless a person has a source in the actual publishing industry, there are going to be too many unknowns to predict much.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Speculative Fiction
What formats are your books in?
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