Using her degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English, Tyrean homeschools her two daughters and teaches writing and literature classes at Harbor Christian Homeschool Co-operative.
Tyrean has been published in e-zines like Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction and Mindflights, and a few print anthologies like Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew, The Best of Every Day Poets and Sunday Snaps: The Stories. Champion in the Darkness is the first book in The Champion Trilogy, and Dragonfold and Other Adventures is her first published collection of short stories and poetry.
What inspires you to write?
An overly active imagination, a tendency to daydream, a love of books, the world around me, my family and friends, and my faith in Jesus all inspire me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I try to write daily, but honestly, I am a bit sporadic. Some days I get in a few paragraphs, and other days, I sit and write for two to three hours. I’m a reformed “seat of the pants” writer, and I use a small outline. I like the outline system used in Save The Cat!, but I use a much smaller outline that includes the introduction to my main character, an introduction to the villain, an introduction to other secondary characters, and then the introduction of the problem, the climax point, and the afterword. After that, I fill in some spots in the middle of the outline with scribbled ideas and world-building ideas, and then I start writing. After getting in about 10,000 words, I usually stop and force myself to create a logline for the whole plot, and then integrate that into a revised outline. So . . . technically, I’m a hybrid writer – switching back and forth between the seat of my pants and an outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I write letters to them, send them to places like the Golden Arches and a coffee shop and see how the interact with the “real” world, and then I put the into a white room and see how they react to that. Sometimes, I think my characters don’t like all those exercises very much, but if I’m having a tough time understanding them, they get the Golden Arches and the White Room writing exercises.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day, even if all you can get out is a sentence or two. Believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who encourage your writing habits.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took a class in Commercial Fiction writing many years ago, and I learned a great deal about traditional publishing and small press publishing. As a writer, I’ve had short stories and poetry published by e-zines and magazines. I kept looking around at the marketplace and noticing that other writers were self-publishing. I knew that the traditional route could take years, and I also knew that most authors don’t start making a living from their writing until they have five to ten books on the shelves. So, I decided I had been waiting long enough, and I tried self-publishing. In the future, I might send out something to a small press or two, and maybe even an agent. For now, I’m content with being an indie author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m excited to see small presses popping up all over the place. I think that small presses and authors often work well together. Plus, I believe that authors and readers need a variety of options to get the best books.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Poetry, Christian, Faith, Contemporary
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print