Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Paige Tyler for a Spotlight Interview!!
What is your most current work out?
My most recent release is WOLF TROUBLE, which is Book 2 in my Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) Series. It’s published by Sourcebooks and it released on August 4th.
Tell us a little about Wolf Trouble.
Senior Corporal and Squad Leader Xander Riggs of the Dallas SWAT team is worried. They’ve been ordered to add a female member to the team—ASAP. All Xander can foresee is the team’s alpha werewolves going crazy from being exposed to female pheromones all day. Worse, how are they ever going to be able to use their werewolf skills again? But his boss, Sergeant Gage Dixon, tells him he intends to hire a female werewolf. Xander didn’t even know female werewolves existed. Now, he’s worried how the team will handle that.
Things go from bad to worse when Xander meets the newest member of the team—female alpha werewolf Khaki Blake. To say he’s stunned is putting it mildly. He definitely didn’t expect the gorgeous, dark-haired female werewolf who smells like heaven in a uniform. He isn’t sure how the other guys on the team are holding it together. Wasn’t she driving them just as crazy? How can Xander possibly be her squad leader when he can barely think every time he’s near her?
What Xander doesn’t know is that Khaki is having problems of her own ignoring the attraction she feels to her new supervisor. She just got out of one workplace romance, and she doesn’t want to get into another one.
Action, adventure, and romance collide as Xander does his best to try and train Khaki to be the best SWAT officer he can while they both fight the growing attraction between them. But what they want takes a backseat to the reality of what happens when two werewolves destined to be together finally meet.
What inspired you to write Wolf Trouble?
Well, the whole SWAT Series was originally going to be an erotic series with each book focusing on the different departments in the Dallas PD (not only SWAT), but after writing tons of outlines for books, I couldn’t get the balance between lots of sex and police procedural stuff right, so hubby (who’s my writing partner) suggested we should go paranormal instead. He wanted to go with zombies, but I had to put my foot down and say no to that. Instead, I decided to go with werewolves. It just seemed like a perfect concept—cops who are werewolves. That’s how Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) came about!
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
When I first started writing, I was a pure pantser. But over the years, I realized that didn’t work out too well for me. These days, I plot out everything before I start writing. A lot of people don’t realize it, but write I co-write with my hubby, and when we’re getting ready to start work on a story, we run out to our favorite restaurant—P.F. Chang’s—and brainstorm the plotline for the book right there over a big plate of Spicy Chicken. We basically talk our way through the entire plot, discussing each of the major scenes in the story. We really focus on those sequences that supports the action plotline, the character developing plotline, and the romance plotline. He puts that into a very rough draft with all the basics, then I take that and write the finished, polished manuscript.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
That would have to be Jayna Winston. You haven’t met her yet, but she’s the heroine in Book 3 of the SWAT series called IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, which releases Dec 1. 2015. She’s the very complicated woman Becker falls in love with. There are events in her past that affect everything she does, as well as current loyalties and obligations that keep her from necessarily following her heart. Everything comes together to create a woman who can be fragile in some ways, yet hard as nails in other ways. Definitely a challenging character to get just right.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
My husband is retired army, so I got a chance to meet a lot of his friends and coworkers. They were some amazing people, and a lot of the characters I write now are composed of different parts of many of those people.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
If you ask my hubby what the hardest part for me is, he’d say I’m too much of a perfectionist. If I had my way, I’d edit and tweak until the cows come home. Even if I’m supposed to simply do the final read-through for typos, it’s hard not re-writing parts that catch my eye.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’m not sure how surprising it is since a lot of writers do the same thing, but I don’t read much within my own genre (paranormal romance or romantic suspense). There are exceptions, of course, but I’m far more likely to read YA or NA romance.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, but I don’t really feel guilty about it. Eating chocolate it one of the inalienable rights described in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty, and the pursuit of chocolate. If it was good enough for Thomas Jefferson, it’s good enough for me.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
I don’t get as much time to watch as I’d like, which is why the DVR is always full, but as far as addictions, it would be Supernatural and Teen Wolf. Hot guys who take their shirts off frequently? Enough said.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
I really make time for exercise—power yoga, jogging, ballet barre work, P90X,you name it. Writing is a sedentary job, and with all the deadline and competing demands, it can be stressful, too. So I make time to get a little exercise each morning, even if it’s just running up and down the steps a dozen times. On the weekend we go running, and once a year we do the Disney marathon or half marathon. We figure that if we pay registration fee, we’ll get out of bed to train for it.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
Even if I’m just going to hang around the house and write all day, I still need to have my morning glam session of straightening my hair and putting on make-up. While I’m doing those, I let my mind wander, which is great for coming up with new story ideas as well as working through scenes from whatever book I’m writing.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Not really. Sometimes I’ll listen to music when I’m writing in a place that’s kind of noisy just to focus, but the music doesn’t influence my writing.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
When hubby and I plot out and do rough drafts for the stories, we’re working on outlines way beyond the book I’m actually writing on. With the two complex series we’re writing (SWAT and X-OPS), we really have to think ahead. There are characters being introduced in book 5 of a series that become the H/H in book 13, or pivotal events in book 2 that drives the outcome of book 10, so you need to have a good idea where the series are going.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
As far as my first New York contract, I was at home writing when my agent called and told me he had an offer from Sourcebooks for HER PERFECT MATE, Book One in the X-OPS series. I freaked a bit and did the Snoopy Dance, then called my hubby and squeed!
Where do you want to be in the next ten years career wise? Do you have any specific goals?
I still want to be an author creating amazing books that my fans really love. I know I want to reach even more people with my stories than I am now, but beyond that, it’s hard to have specific goals. The industry changes so quickly.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was about twelve or fourteen when I read Gambler’s Prize by Valentina Llewellyn. I absolutely loved that book! It was the book that led to my romance addiction. Unfortunately I don’t have the original copy anymore, so I always keep an eye out for it on Amazon, hoping someone will be selling it.
What is your all-time favorite romance book?
Into the Sunset by Shelley Thacker. I think I read it around 1998, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s a historical western, which is totally not my normal genre, but the story is so amazing. And the hero is a hot U.S. Marshal. What’s not to like?!
What author causes you to “go fan girl or guy”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
The first RT I went to (in News Orleans), I ran into Suzanne Brockman, and I think I really did squeal. She was so great and easy to talk to. We sat in the lobby and just chatted about the whole writing/conference process. It was amazing!
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
Thankfully, I can be full-time writer. I never realized how much I hated the 9-to-5 kind of job until I was able to follow my passion and start writing. Now I would never want to do anything else.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
I absolutely love animated movies (Disney, especially!), so my most favorite recent movie is Inside Out. It was so clever! My all-time favorite would be The Little Mermaid, also a Disney movie. It was the first animated movie my hubby (boyfriend at the time) went to see, so it holds a very special place in my heart.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m working on final copyedits for SWAT 3 and edits for X-OPS 4, as well as writing X-OPS 5. SWAT 3 (IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES) RELEASES in December 2015, and X-OPS 4 releases in March 2016.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
I would love to write with Suzanne Brockman! That would be so amazing! Hubby wants the story to have a zombie in it, but I don’t think Suz would be too open to that idea. Troubleshooters – The Zombie Edition…maybe?
Where can readers find you _________? (Include all links you want, Facebook, Twitter etc….)
Facebook Profile Page: http://www.facebook.com/paige.tyler.9
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/PaigeTylerAuthor
X-OPS Series Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/XOPSSeriesbyPaigeTylerAuthor
SWAT Series Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SWATSeriesbyPaigeTylerAuthor
Paige Tyler’s Groupies Central on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Paigetylersgroupies/