Tara has been kind enough to answer some questions for us:
1. Where did the initial idea for Broken Branch Falls come from?
Broken Branch Falls is an MG adventure about fantasy creatures in high school - I teach high school math and my boys play football. Watching football practice, I appreciated little guys holding their own , and I matched some fantasy creatures with the stereotypes in high school - had to write it!
2. Which part of the publishing process was most surprising?
I was most surprised by the marketing - it's so hard to put yourself out there!
3. If you could give yourself any piece of advice before you started writing, what would it be?
Be prepared to be rejected, a lot. But don't give up!
4. Plotter or panster?
Plotter all the way. Idea, plot points, outline, notebook rough draft, type, edit............
5. Quiet room or noisy room when you're writing? How quiet do you need it? What sort of noise?
QUIET! I love to write on my back patio, away from the noise, but i write in my car waiting for my kids' activities a lot, too. i guess i'm a one track mind, i need to concentrate and other things easily distract me.
6. Your writing area/desk: a place for everything and everything in it's place or if anyone ever straightened it you'd never find a thing?
My desk is pretty organized, but my hub might disagree about that...
7. What is your current pop culture obsession (book, TV show, movie, webcomic...)? What are the rest of us missing?
Game of Thrones (finishing the last book), Chopped, and excited about working on an anti-princess story with illustrations and songs for youtube!
BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school, and though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.
Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things, threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save Broken Branch Falls. They'll show 'em what different friends can do!
Add it to your GOODREADS list!
Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!
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