Okay, so I had a bit of fun with the blog title. Terry isn’t posing for a centerfold or anything (sorry guys!), but she is sharing some things about herself and her book. As I promised yesterday, we’re talking about her very awesome novel Dream On. If you missed yesterday’s review, just scroll down to the post below this one. Now let’s meet the woman behind the words:
I have six novels on Amazon, which I describe as contemporary fiction, as it’s a nice broad genre! They all deal with very current issues, featuring all sorts of relationship stuff, not just romance. I have just finished a short story collection which I hope to publish later in the autumn, and am about to start work on novel number seven, which I am terrifically excited about – it’s contemporary fiction, again, but so much more…. to be revealed!
I write a blog on a regular basis, in which I feature articles about relationships, nostalgia, and all sorts of other bits and bobs – and a fair few humorous posts, too. I also write for the UK Arts Directory about self-publishing, on a weekly basis.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4 or @TerryTyler4
I’ve actually written a whole blog post about this, on the blog of Behind Blue Eyes – it’s probably best if I just refer you to it! I wrote it before the sequel, Full Circle, was published.
The backstory: http://behindblueeyes.ca/blog/category/the-backstory
Your characters are incredibly realistic and multi-dimensional. Even the minor characters have a lot of depth. Please tell us about your process for creating them.
I am often asked this and I am sad to say I have yet to come up with an answer. The only one I can give is “I don’t know.” I don’t think about it, I just write them. I don’t make character plans, or anything like that, they’re just in my head. I’m very careful to stay ‘in character’ when I’m writing the point of view of each person, but even that is a subconscious thing. I will say, though, that I make sure the secondary characters are as well defined as the main ones. I realised the importance of this when I was reading books by John Boyne, who is one of my favourite authors; I wrote to him to say how much I liked this feature of his work, and he said that in his opinion it’s what takes a book from good to really good – I have to agree, and always bear this in mind. Also, the secondary characters are a chance to have a bit of fun; take, for instance, Glynis Tooke in Dream On. You wouldn’t want to read a whole novel about her, but her two or three appearances really added to the humour of the novel as a whole.
Did you always know how the book would end, or did some of the characters’ choices surprise you along the way?
I always change my plots slightly as I go along; I have the basic plot before I begin, but I have better ideas along the way, sometimes whole subplots. In Dream On, for instance, I decided to develop Shane more towards the end, as I thought as a character he had much potential – so much so that in the sequel, Full Circle, he has star billing along with Dave, Janice and Ariel! In Dream On, he was originally just going to leave Thor to join a Jon Bon Jovi tribute band, but then I came up with the whole Kerry/Jeremy Kyle sub-plot!
If you could bring any one of your characters from Dream On to life, which would you choose and why?
Oh, Dave, definitely! He’s one of my favourite of all my characters. Perhaps I would have liked to bring him to life for the me of 20 years ago, though, so that he could be my fella! (note to husband – that’s a joke!). Glynis was taken from a real life character anyway…. I really did go to that Creative Workshop…!
Music is obviously a big part of Dream On’s plot. If you were giving the book a soundtrack, aside from the band’s original songs, what would be your five top song choices?
Hard one – would obviously have to be Aerosmith’s Dream On for the main one. Probably Lynryd Skynryd’s Freebird for the Shane bits, along with Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer, and something ballsy like The Pretenders’ Brass In Pocket for Ariel! Maybe a nice bit of Miles Davis for Janice and Max.
You’ve recently released Full Circle, the sequel to Dream On. I’m looking forward to reading it! Do you have more planned for this series?
No, Full Circle wraps it all up nicely – though I’ve left Shane on a bit of a cliff-hanger…. Hmmm!!!! Well, his philandering ways have to get the better of him….. maybe I’ll write a novel with him as the main character, one day!
What do you find the easiest to write; the beginning, middle, or end? Why?
Probably the end. All my novels have lots of threads running through them that all have to tie up, and I work out the continuity very carefully. I always have the twists in the end all worked out, too, so it’s very nice to actually get to them, and be able to start work on them all. I’ve already thought about them a lot by the time I come to write them, even down to the exact wording.
Do you edit as you write? Or do you write an entire rough draft first?
I used to do it in 3 chapter sections, but now I write the whole thing first. I do this because by the time I go back to the beginning again it’s at least two months later and I can see it all with fresh eyes, so it becomes easier to edit, and I also make notes all the way through of other bits I want to add in, etc.
Do you have a specific writing routine? (Time of day/night, certain item of clothing you wear, music/silence, etc.)
I always start first thing, as soon as I’ve done my morning Twitter session, as I feel at my most lively in the mornings. I do sometimes have a little burst in the early evening and go back to it, though. When I am at home I wear pretty terrible clothes, loose tops and old pyjama trousers, but I imagine most writers do that! I have to write in complete silence.
Are you an introvert or an extravert?
Another hard one. Probably an extrovert as I am not slow in coming forward and am not scared to say what I think (too much, sometimes), but I have become less sociable as I get older and prefer to just be at home with my husband than go out. I used to always be out and about, and have a huge circle of friends I’ve amassed over the years that I try to keep in touch with as much as possible, but I find that, more and more these days, I can’t much be bothered to go out and about and talk to new people. As one of my friends put it, I’ve got enough mates now, I don’t need to make any more! But then of course you just do, don’t you? I’ve made so many online friends since self-publishing, and I love that.
Are you spontaneous or a planner?
Work-wise, definitely a planner. Socially, I like to do things on the spur of the moment, though, again, less so as I get older.
What personality trait(s) do you most admire in others?
Being able to resist cake and ice cream!
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