The Heroine’s Journey of Maya Tyler

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Flexible hours? Unless you count the times my muse makes me burn the midnight oil! Seriously, it’s an amazing pleasure to have the ability and opportunity to create my stories.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Contentment. The pursuit for happiness is a never-ending journey. If you are content with who you are and what you have, you will be truly happy.

What is my greatest fear? Losing a limb—I am quite attached to all my appendages. And ghosts. I am most certainly afraid of ghosts.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I wish I were more flexible.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I have so many favorite authors… too many to name… or count. I can honestly say I admire all authors. It’s a lot of hard—often fruitless—work. Yet, those of us who are drawn to the written word cannot stop. We pour our blood, sweat, and tears into our work for ourselves and readers we have never met. Writing is more of a calling than a profession.

What is my greatest extravagance? Hmmm… buying books?

On what occasion would I lie? I consider myself to be an extremely honest person—someone who returns to the grocery store to pay for the forgotten item left in the bottom of the cart—and I haven’t outright lied in at least a couple of decades. I would, however, lie to save my husband or children, without a second thought.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I love the writing aspect. Editing too because that process helps polish and perfect my work. What I dislike is tracking down review requests. I know how busy everyone is—especially book reviewers and book bloggers—and I hate to be a bother. But reviews are very important so I continue to send polite, touch base emails.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I received my first book offer. It was Christmastime. Seeing an acceptance in my inbox was the best Christmas present ever!

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would be more assertive.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Becoming a published author. It’s been almost four years, and the thrill is still there.

Where would I most like to live? Disney World. More specifically, Cinderella’s Castle.

What is my most treasured possession? Pictures of my kids.

What is my most marked characteristic? I look younger than I am.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I find inspiration in my backyard gazebo. It’s very comfy, with padded wicker furniture and a fire table.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Starbucks… or an all-you-can-eat buffet…

What books influenced my life and how? I am an avid reader. The books that have made the most impact on my life are dystopian—The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984—or inspiring to my own writing—Anne of Green Gables, Gone with the Wind.

Who are my favorite writers? So very many… Diana Gabaldon is up there… I recently discovered the Outlander series.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Anything from the year 1994.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She’s brave and passionate, with an amazing imagination.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My real-life heroes / heroines fall into the ‘everyday hero’ category. Heroes choose to do the right thing, often at the risk of their own detriment, without thought of glory or praise. Those who rescue strangers from burning buildings. Those who step forward as whistleblowers. Those who surrender their talents and treasure to help others.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? My favorite movie of all time—The Princess Bride—although Disney’s Enchanted is a very close second!

What role plays art in my life and work? I appreciate art. I enjoy visiting museums and art galleries. Beyond paintings and sculptures, I see my creative work as art.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Definitely my husband! It’s a total cliché, but so so true. We met in high school… more than twenty years ago… and we’re still going strong… he’s my soul mate.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? Not a person per se. I would love to work with a publisher who would produce my work in a physical book form, as opposed to an e-book. I love e-books. They make vacation packing so much easier. But a physical book, a tangible product, would be easier to promote locally. I could participate in trade shows or peddle to local bookstores.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017? Diana Gabaldon. With the release of Seven Stones to Stand or Fall in June, I had hoped she would be touring for book signings. Maybe when Outlander #9 releases…

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I’m currently working on a sequel to my paranormal romance A Vampire’s Tale that I hope to finish before the end of the year.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? This year I was interviewed by Night Owl Reviews, Life of Writers, and Dawn’s Reading Nook. I also had the opportunity to visit Red River Radio twice—February 22 and May 31. My latest novel A Vampire’s Tale released this year as well http://www.mayatylerauthor.com/a-vampires-tale.html.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That the muse never quiets.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? N.L. Gervasio and Kemberlee Shortland. The amazing publishers—and talented authors—who gave me a chance to prove myself.

How can you contact me? Through my website http://www.MayaTylerAuthor.com contact form or by email mayatylerauthor@gmail.com plus… Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MayaTylerAuthor/ Twitter https://twitter.com/mayatylerauthor

You can find my books on amazon.com: Dream Hunter (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00REOM11G) A Vampire’s Tale (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYBQUUZ/)

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