Thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today, Bryl. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Bryl R. Tyne. I currently reside in Upstate, SC with Sugar Daddy and the last of seven kids we’ve raised together. I’m an editor for Noble Romance. I’m a writer. I enjoy what I do.
When did you discover your passion for writing? Was there someone in particular who encouraged and inspired your love of storytelling?
The youngest was four at the time, and he and I were locking horns (as usual), when his answer to my question on how he thought he was so damned smart was, “I used to be this guy who carried the big sword and huge shield… So, I knew all this stuff already, a long time ago. Duh.”
Something in his words or maybe the way he’d said them with such conviction really sparked my creativity, and not two months later, I’d written my first 70+k words.
What was your first book and how long did it take for it to be published?
My first book was If I Were a Lady… and it took my nine months from the time I started looking for a home for it until it was published.
Is there a particular sub-genre in which you enjoy writing more than others? (i.e. paranormal vs. historical vs. contemporary)
Most of my works are contemporary.
Do you prefer writing in the 1st or the 3rd person? What advantages do you see in writing in one vs. the other?
It’s natural for me to write in 1st person. I simply prefer it over 3rd because I can get deeper into character in 1st person.
How long does it generally take for you to finish a manuscript?
That all depends on the circumstances. I’ve had 20k words flow out of me in two days, and I’ve also taken two months to write half that many.
How much creative input do you have in the cover design for your books?
Do you write full time? If not, how many hours per day do you attempt to dedicate to your writing?
I do not write full-time, and I’m lucky to get two hours each morning to write when I can.
Do you typically outline your plots before you begin the writing process, or do you write in a more freestyle fashion?
I always outline my plots, at least with a rudimentary outline. I need a roadmap to see where I’m headed. Once the characters take over though (and they always do) the entire story usually changes, and then I just go with the flow.
How much do your characters resemble you and the people you know?
You will probably catch my characters speaking like I do or using phrases I’ve heard before from others.
How much do you draw upon your own life experiences in your writing?
Reactions/actions, motivations, and all my dialogue comes pretty much straight from my life experiences and those around me. Safe to say that would explain the correlation between readers not resonating with my characters and not understanding me either.
What has been the most difficult topic you’ve ever approached in your writing?
Teen suicide. Forsaken started out as a single short story about this angel, Zagzagel, saving a gay youth from committing suicide. I’d based it on life experience from over a decade ago, but writing it, bringing that all back up, really took its toll. I went on to write 5 more stories in that series, each stemming from a topic I knew intimately… I wanted to write more but was afraid it would eat away at my insides until I had nothing left.
Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have one in particular who stands out among the others as a favorite? If so, who and why?
After three years, I’m still in love with my yet to be published PI from Daytona Beach, Jesse Wolfe. I think he’s my favorite because his character really resonates with me. He’s assuming but totally in the dark that his actions/reactions are hurtful toward others.
When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they take away from it?
It is always my hope that a reader closes his or her first book of mine with a smile and one thought, “Wow.”
Are you surprised by the ever growing female fan-base of Male/Male fiction? I don’t know. I don’t understand it, but then I never have understood most things from the female perspective.
[This question pertains to your female authors.]When did you begin writing in the Male/Male genre? What about it interests you the most?
What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received with respect to the art of writing? How did it change the way you approach your craft?
I think the best advice I ever received was on how to make my characters’ motivations real. It’s slowed me down actually, because now, before I write any action/reaction sequence, I stop and think whether or not I have it in the right order.
Will you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing since your first publication?
1. This ain’t as easy as it looks, nor as glamorous; 2. To keep up, you have to constantly write; and 3. Just because you’re published, doesn’t make you a writer.
If you were to offer a word of advice to a new author just starting out, what would it be?
Are you prepared to work you ass off like never before?
Do you generally have the titles of your work planned before you begin writing, or does that occur later on in the writing process?
My title usually comes first. I’ve only had one instance so far when that hasn’t been the case.
What is the question you’re most frequently asked by your fans?
Are you writing a sequel?
What is your most memorable fan experience?
Which one? I have many. Each letter or email I receive where a reader is going on about how much my book meant to them… they’re ALL memorable to me. I cherish each one.
When you have the chance to sit down and enjoy some quiet reading time, what sorts of books are you most likely to pick up? Gay fiction, m/m, or a mystery. Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
If time travel were possible, what time period(s) would you most like to visit? Why?
I don’t think I would take advantage of it were it possible. I hate flying.
If you had the opportunity to sit down to dinner with one famous person, either past or present, who would you choose and why?
Probably Daniel Boone, so I could ask him about my relatives who he trapped and explored with.
If we were to look around the desk where you sit to write, what would we find there?
How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?
I’m all about the satire. Come with your mind in the gutter and your hearts not on your sleeves, because I find humor in almost everything!
Do you have an all time favorite fictional character?
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Politeness for the sake of conformity. Putrid.
Do you have a favorite personal mantra, quote, or saying that describes your outlook on life and the way you approach each day?
Always expect the worst, then accept what you get. That way, you’re never disappointed.
Do you speak more than one language? If so, which one(s)?
I do speak some Spanish, but nothing impressive.
Of all the modern conveniences, which one would you most likely say you couldn’t live without?
Do you have any new projects coming up you’d care to share with us?
I’m currently writing a psychological Horror collection for Riptide. Not sure I can say much about it yet, other than it’s scaring the bejeezus outta me to write because it hits so close to events from my past.
Thank you again for spending some time with us, Bryl. Will you tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
Website URL: http://bryltyne.com
Blog URL: http://brylrtyne.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Bryl-R.-Tyne/e/B0034GBTZC
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2877215.Bryl_R_Tyne
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