We have a wonderful treat today... Pavarti K Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall, Two Moons of Sera and Consumed by Love has stopped by
Tell me, were you a reader before you were a writer? What do you enjoy reading?
Oh my goodness yes! I’ve been reading my whole life. My parents were divorced when I was very young and my Dad and I would bond over books. We would read the same ones and then talk about them on the phone. It gave us something to connect over. Because of this, I was reading adult books at a very young age and always being pushed to analyze and discuss what I read. Its made me a critical reader and a real lover of the written word.
Is Two Moons of Sera the first book you’ve written
No. My first published work was Consumed by Love which is a novella. 2MOS is a serial novel, so I’ve been releasing it in parts since November of last year. In the midst of that Shadow on the Wall was released. I guess I’m always up to something and have really varied interests, so one book at a time just isn’t enough
Where their some particular inspirations for Sera’s development or character traits for Two Moons of Sera?
With the character of Sera, I really wanted to explore the idea of isolationism. What affect would being raised in exile have on a person? In order to solidify her isolation, I’ve also created a back story and genetic situation which makes Sera the only one of her kind. Completely unique and susceptible to hatred from all sides.
What kind of person would survive that? It could easily make you angry and bitter, or afraid and timid. In Sera’s case though, her mother’s unconditional love and sacrifice have taught her to embrace who she is. The question then is, what happens when she’s confronted with the very people she was hiding from?
There are many roads that lead to becoming a published author, each one littered with its own potholes. What was the most challenging aspect of writing Two Moons of Sera?
Two Moons of Sera is a big story. When I began working on it, the ideas and characters were very clear and laid out. I had it somewhat plotted and was sure it would be a decent sized book but nothing overwhelming. And then I started writing. I’m now well over 80,000 words in and only ¾ of the way done with what will be the first book. Since it’s been released as a serial novel, Volumes 1-3 are available now and Volume 4 will come out soon.
I had no idea that the characters would take on such a vivid life of their own when I started. Now it’s like I can’t stop! I’m planning on a second book and perhaps a pre-quil.
How did you tackle this challenge?
I threw my plans out the window and went with what the characters and story demanded. Its always better to trust the voices in your head, they’re way smarter :)
Being an author is so much more than just writing a good story. Besides the “pen and ink,” what is one of the most difficult things you’ve encountered on your journey as a published author? What helped you get a handle on it?
The constant need to figure out how to talk about my book in new ways and not let my answers to questions like your become either stagnant or give too much away!
It sounds like you’ve come quite a distance. Thank you, Pav, for coming today and sharing a little of your experience with us, for helping us avoid a few potholes on the journey to becoming a published author.
Two Moons of Sera
In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother's water-borne line Serafay will have to face the very people responsible to discover who she really is. But is she the only one?
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