Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pop Tara (like pop tarts only less toaster burn)

Today, I’m excited to have Tara Tyler, author of POP TRAVEL, on the blog for an interview! (Tara’s in bold). Welcome, Tara, pull up a chair and pick out some baked goods (I recommend the chocolate chip cookies, baked them this morning).  As you know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNo). Are you participating this year? 
Chocolate Cookies are my absolute favorite - no kidding (brownies are a close second)

I am not doing Nano this year - I'm slowly but surely editing the sequel to Pop Travel (first draft is done)

As many readers know, I’m a big fan of the “just get it down” draft. Followed by the edited forever and ever draft. Was POP TRAVEL one of those novels with a million different drafts, or did you nail it in one? 

I think like you. I started with an outline, but then I write the scenes, just getting it all down, and they develop as I write. First draft usually gets most of the best points - the meat. Then with the editing, I cut it up and add gravy, maybe some mashed potatoes as a side story!

Tell us a little bit about your publishing experience with Curiosity Quills (LOVE their slogan!). How did you find them? How did they acquire POP? 

I was submitting queries like crazy, no bites at all. Then I sent my query to THE Janet Reid and she gave me the kick my query needed. As soon as I spiced it up, I entered a contest through Unicorn Bell and one of their editors was a judge. He loved it, requested a full, and that was all she wrote!

What is your favorite part of being published with Curiosity?

Being published! Ha ha. CQ is a small, but growing, family and does its best to take care of the authors. They are growing and don't have the big pub experience, but they are learning and doing their hardest to work with us. I ask and usually get quick feedback.

I know a lot of writers get to the part of their journey where it seems like everyone just says “No.” Do you have any words of wisdom or inspiration to keep other writers going?

Finding an agent/publisher is like finding your soulmate. You may not find that special someone who clicks with you and your work right away (usually not!) I believe when you and your work are truly ready for that step, the right situation will arise. My advice: Do it for yourself. Ask for help from a new source. Write something new if you are tired of working on one thing and come back to it later if you miss it. Don't get stuck in a rut! But don't give up either!

And because it is NaNo, do you have any advice for our writers struggling to get their word count down? 

Dedicate a certain amount of time and hopefully have an outline to guide you. If you can do that, mathematically you will be able to get the words in. I did Camp Nano last year because August was better for my real world schedule and I finished my first draft of Broken Branch Falls.

If you get stuck, write character bios or settings or history - I think anything you write during nano toward your MS counts! Just don't edit anything! Add only for Nano, edit later!

BTW, why is NANO in November? It's too busy for me! Travel for Thanksgiving and my bday and all! Good luck to all of you taking the challenge! May your work count ever rise!!

 Ha! Why is NaNo in November? I think it's so the procrastinators can use Thanksgiving weekend to send a hail Marry to their word count. Clearly not thought up by the mothers in our communities!
Thanks again for stopping by, Tara!

Thanks to you, my friend, for having me! Great questions!

For all you NaNoers, just remember that reading a book counts as writing research, so it’s completely allowed in the month of November, so go read Tara’s book.

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Tara Tyler started out as a math teacher. After having a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering and living up and down the Eastern US, she finally found some roots, writing and teaching in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. In addition to her novels, she has published short stories and poetry in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Humor. So many stories to tell!

In 2080, technology has gone too far for J. L. Cooper. He is happily hidden in his simple, secluded life as a private detective in a small town, far from any pop travel laser teleportation stations. Until he takes on a client who insists pop travel made his fiancé disappear.

When Cooper investigates, he finds evidence of pop travel's deadly flaw, sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother. He’d like to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?

The only way he can save his brother is to fool his observers while looking for a way to expose the problem. He decides to go to the source and confront the Creator of pop travel. On his way, Cooper meets Southern siren, Geri Harper (an undercover FBI agent) who tags along despite his protests. When they reach the Creator, he has plans of his own and leads them on a wild detour.


  1. Great interview! And Pop Travel sounds awesome and right up my alley

    1. Thanks! Pop Travel combines some of my favorite elements of SF and hard boiled!

  2. I KNOW!! Let's start a NaNo revolution. NO NANO IN NOVEMBER!!! ;) (Hi, Tara!) Great interview.

    1. Well, they do have other NaNo times, but I really think all of it is just for the thanksgiving weekend. If you're not cooking, that could be a major boon to finishing.

      If you're the one cooking, cleaning, entertaining the masses, yeah, not so much.

  3. Fantastic interview! I know it's a bit frustrating to have NaNo in November. Yet I can't miss it! I want a cookie now for some reason....

    1. Sorry about the cookie craving. I'll go eat some leftovers for you...

      And like you, I can't miss NaNo. It's my siren call.

  4. Tara is always smart. Love the meat and potatoes true.

    Rena, we procrastinators should declare January our NaNo!

  5. Hmmm gravy! Great interview.Don't get stuck in a rut is great advice.

  6. Sarah, great! thanks!

    Crystal, i'm with ya! but thats why i do the lesser known camp nano

    Christine, cooooooookie!

    Carol, thank you, lady!

    Elizabeth, jan sounds good to me too! my long term sub job will be done by then!

    Annalisa! long time no see! thanks for stopping by!

  7. And Rena, thanks again for having me!!

  8. Rena + Tara = perfect post. Loved this, you guys. Definitely inspirational and fun. Thanks so much for the great read. :)

  9. I really love Tara's advice for getting out of a rut -- shake things up a little. Sometimes you just gotta take a different course or focus on something else for a while.

    I'm editing through NaNo too!

    Thanks for the interview. :)

  10. Great interview, ladies. I like your mashed potatoes analogy. ;)
    November is a crazy month, but I can't imagine a month that would be a good time for Nano! Lol. It's got to be crazy hard no matter when they do it.

  11. I think you're smart not to do NaNo, I wondering why I'm even trying this year, haha. Good luck with those edits! :)


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