Today’s interview is with Tyler Colins, author of Forever Poi.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My author name is Tyler Colins and currently I reside in Canada (Toronto, to be exact), but my aim/wish/desire/plan/intention/dream is to live in the great U.S. of A. 🙂
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My latest book is Forever Poi, which is the fourth in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series. The mysteries fall in the cozy realm—with grit.
3) What is the book about?
The three female private eyes—JJ, Rey, and Linda—set out to determine who torched two Chinatown art galleries (and left a couple of bodies in the rubble). They soon discover there are a sundry of potential culprits … with dark histories and not-so-nice secrets.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I had written a TV script (never sold) years ago about an insurance adjuster who solves mysteries/murders. Instead of letting it collect dust in a drawer, I thought, hmmm, why not take some of the scenes and create a “case” for the TTIA gals to solve?
5) How long did it take you to write it?
A year and some (I have a full-time job and Mom-care, so finding time to write can prove challenging).
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I did in terms of the research component—about insurance, arson, and the art world. I also “learned” that I really want to do this full-time.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My blog is A Writers Grab-Bag – https://thewritersgrabbag.com.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Success tips? Hmmm. I think the most important thing is to keep the faith—do what you love and let that passion guide you. There are so many ways to promote yourself now: blog tours, for example, are an amazing way to get your book seen by different people. I’d also suggest joining different author communities; there are some good (supportive) ones on Facebook.
Editors? LOL Currently, I edit 2-3 books for a publisher, so I’m biased (coz I think I’m pretty good). Because my books are with a publisher, I no longer have to worry about covers or finding an artist to do them. I used to have one, but she’s no longer in the business, so I can’t provide her name. For those in the market for a cover artist, I suggest looking at books to start. Get an idea of what you want. Reach out to the author for a name and/or advice (they’re quite accessible and many are very happy to help).
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love mysteries, of course, but intrigue makes for enjoyable escapism, too. I would definitely read new authors and happily do the odd review (given time constraints).
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I have a lot of favorites . . . hmmm . . . today, I’m going to go with To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a wonderful book that pulls you into another time and place. The twists and turns, and believable (well-crafted) characters make for an extraordinary read.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I used to have cats. I love animals!!! Right now, given Mom-care, it’s not doable. One day, though, I’d like to have a potbellied pig.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I don’t. LOL You know, I love books—the feel and smell of them. Turning pages is pleasurable. I guess that makes me rather “old school”. Ah well. So be it. 🙂
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