Friday, April 1, 2016

Terry Tyler: Interview & Review of Round and Round + The House of York

About Terry Tyler


Terry Tyler's first Amazon publication, 'You Wish', won 'Best Women's Fiction' in the eFestival of Words 2013, while short story collection 'Nine Lives' and family drama 'Last Child' have won other small online awards. She's fascinated by the psychology behind relationships, which forms the background of her character-driven contemporary dramas; from the rock star aspirations of the lighthearted 'Dream On' and 'Full Circle', to the dark and complex psychological web of 'The House of York', it's all about the characters. And the plot twists... 

Her new novella, 'Best Seller' has just been released ~ it's a quirky tale of three writers trying to succeed in the modern, hugely competitive publishing world.

Terry has a blog on which she writes around many topics (social networking, writing, nostalgia, TV and film, astrology). The link: http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/ . She also has a book review blog, on which you can find her own reading choices and those she reads as part of Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. She loves Twitter (TerryTyler4) and can also be found on Goodreads and Facebook.

Terry lives in the north east of England with her husband.

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Interview

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Not sure where to start! I've have published 12 books on Amazon, having been writing novels for over 20 years, on and off. I love reading and history, and wish I had more hours in the day to read and write more, more years left in my life to learn and write about all the subjects that interest me so much. Youth being wasted on the young, and all that...;)

2. You wrote a blog post about the inspiration for Round and Round. I love the fact that you have put so much of your own experiences in your story. What made you think about an Angel tree?

Thanks, Suzanne :) I think that particular real life 'guardian angel' story was one that needed writing about! The Angel Tree - I don't know where that idea came from. It's hard to say how the ideas come, but I will say that I get my best ideas when I'm actually writing.

3. In The House of York you write about a twisted family history. What inspired you to write it and how long did it take you to research your topic?

I have written three contemporary novels that are based on a story from history ~ Kings and Queens and Last Child are based on the Tudors, and The House of York on the Wars of the Roses. I got the idea for turning history into the present when I was watching The Tudors, and thought what a brilliant story Henry VIII and his six wives would make! As for The House of York, I already knew the basics about the Wars of the Roses, because I am so interested in Plantagenet and Tudor history; I just brushed up on it a bit before I started to plan the novel. An ex-police officer friend helped me with the police procedural stuff. Generally, I tend to research as I go along, as things pop up that I need to know more about.

4. If you could do over something / anything in your life what would it be?

Oh my goodness, what a question! Who wouldn't like the opportunity to go back and get it right? I think I'd have to go back to my teenage years, and not muck around so much at school, take real care of myself physically, and not waste time on useless relationships - but, then again, if I'd done it all right to start off with, I'd have no experience to put in my books!

5. Who do you believe is your guardian Angel?

I don't believe I have one.

6. You are a history addict. Which period do you love the most and why?

Ah - already answered that. Definitely the Plantagenets. Such fascinating, colourful characters, so much intrigue, and so many examples of the folly of human nature and the ego. I'm interested in the life of the common man of that time, too - I have a book about everyday life in medieval England. Love it.

7. If you could choose to be at one event from the past or important moment in history which would you be?

Can I only choose one?! I'd love to have been at Court during the time of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Perhaps their first Christmas together, or something. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

8. You’re a successful self-published author. Do you have any advice for writers who want to achieve the same?

Oh dear, I'm not madly successful, just a bit! Okay, here goes: write really good books so that people want to read and review them, and read another. If readers don't feel compelled to keep turning the pages, all the marketing in the world won't help. Don't just churn out promo tweets via an app - interact with people and take an interest in their blog posts, their work, their lives; enjoy it, don't see it as a chore. Learn how to write blurbs that make people want to buy the book, and make sure they're error free. Get a decent proofreader—there is not a writer in the world who doesn't need one; it's impossible to spot all your own typos, missed words, etc.
 
9. You have an active blog and loyal twitter follower base. How do you come up with topics for posts and tweets?

Blog posts - I review a lot of books, and like to promote those that I love. My reviews are always sincere (by which I mean I only praise that which I consider worthy of it, and I enthuse madly over those I adore!). As for the other posts, on my personal blog, that's just random stuff that comes into my head. I often think about or talk about something, and find myself saying 'there's a blog post in that!' As for tweets, I mostly tweet about books. Or things I think are funny. Or beautiful pictures. Or interesting articles that deserve sharing. Or just odd thoughts I have! 

10. On your blog you write about your mother. It must be hard to deal with her having Alzheimer's. What is your fondest memory of her?

Too many to count, and it's still lovely to see her whenever I visit her, especially on the rare occasions when she still knows who I am.

11. What can we expect from you in the future?

I'm currently writing a psychological thriller, though it's still very character/relationship based; with the last two books (The House of York and Best Seller), I have moved into slightly darker territory, and I wanted to carry on with that. Then I intend to write another contemporary saga based on history, this time about Henry II and his wife and sons. THEN (or maybe before, or concurrently), I want to carry on with the post-apocalyptic story I began a while back. I've started it as a full length novel, but I think it might be fun to do it as a series of novellas, instead. I will take my own advice, though, and make sure two of them are written before I publish the first one. I've always got to-be-written list going on in my head; it's as bad as the to-read list, except that each one takes six months instead of a few days!

Review of Round and Round

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Review by Anniek

Sophie is almost forty and she is not completely happy with where her life is now. A long time ago she could choose between four different men. Sophie wonders if her life would have turned out completely different if she would have made another choice.

Confused about all the thoughts which are flowing through her head Sophie often visits her special place. This is the place where she strongly feels the connection she always had with her aunt Flick. Her aunt is deceased, but Sophie still talks to her and asks her for advice. Sophie craves to know what her life would have been if she'd have chosen another partner so many years ago.

Don't we all think back on our life and the decisions we make once in a while? I think that there isn't a person out there who's never considered 'what if'? I really liked the way Terry Tyler shows us Sophie’s story. It tells you that another choice doesn't always have to be a better one.

I was drawn into this story because of the fact that the subject really got me thinking about my own life. Would I do some things differently if I could go back? I certainly would, but I still like where I ended up very much. Round and Round is an easy read. This story will stay with you long after you have finished reading. It's different with a little touch of magic.

Review of The House of York
 
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Review by Suze

Lisa Grey falls in love with Elias York. He runs a successful business and she's a widow. She married young and lost her husband at an early age. She and Elias get married and now she's part of the rich York family. There are even York Towers, a place where Lisa doesn't want to go. Lisa and her mother have a bad feeling about them. The York family has a dark side, a side that comes to the surface more and more. Their peaceful life will be disrupted by family scandals, adultery, secrets and shady desires.

The House of York is a fantastic story about a family that has both a light and a dark side. It was really interesting to read about the members. Lisa is a wonderful and sweet woman who just wants to be happy. She likes having a family. She's pretty and she's everything Elias is looking for in a wife. They have their downs, but there are also a lot of ups. Elias has brothers who are less lucky in life and love. I had a fabulous time reading about the York family, about the business and the different members. Terry Tyler alternates between them and it was great to see one family through so many different eyes.

Terry Tyler knows how to tell a story and her sentences flow easily. She slowly builds the tension. I couldn't wait to find out more and was hooked from the start. The ending is surprising and absolutely fantastic. I liked the intuitive aspect of Lisa and her mother. It makes the story extra special and enchanting. The main characters are interesting. I was intrigued by some of them and disgusted by others, but they're equally fascinating to read about. I love that Terry Tyler found her inspiration for this story in the past and has translated it into a unique story set in the present. I highly recommend this amazing book.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you both so much, what a lovely surprise to see this here today! x

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  2. Lovely interview and great reviews. Round and Round was my first TT book and I adored it. Definitely a fan for life :-)

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    1. Me too, I loved every Terry Tyler book I've read so far :).

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    2. I've got it as a pdf ready to read!

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  3. You know you are going to get a great read with Terry's books.

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