Romance writer Tyler King and I share an agent, the tireless and wonderful Kimberly Brower, but because I am super shy and avoid almost all social interactions with folks I don’t know, we only met a month ago. When she reached out to me after reading an ARC of DUTCH.
Honestly, I didn’t even know she had an ARC of DUTCH. But her words couldn’t have come at a better time – I was in the throes of missing my book III deadlines and wondering whether the book made sense and my words mattered and sobbing as I wrote Dutch + Juma’s end – I totally needed to hear someone else say they liked what I was doing and thought I was kind of good at it.
She basically pulled me out of my head and out of my funk.
So now, probably unbeknownst to her, she’s kind of got this special place in my bones. Couple that with her way with words – I’m reading an ARC of her upcoming novel RIOT STREET and it’s sooo damn good – and I’m totally hooked.
Tyler’s new novel comes out April 30th – make sure to grab a copy and meet Avery and Ethan. Until then, get to know her a little better here, as she sits down and gets Proustian with it.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? Total freedom.
- What is your greatest fear? A violent death.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being self-conscious.
- What is the trait you most deplore in others? A lack of empathy.
- Which living person do you most admire? All nasty women.
- What is your greatest extravagance? Expensive dinners.
- What is your current state of mind? Contemplative.
- What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Temperance.
- On what occasion do you lie? When I don’t want to tell the truth.
- What do you most dislike about your appearance? Most of it.
- Which living person do you most despise? Given the current state of affairs, it’d have to be 45.
- What is the quality you most like in a man? Confidence and intelligence.
- What is the quality you most like in a woman? Also confidence and intelligence.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Fuck.
- What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband. And television.
- When and where were you happiest? I’m not sure. But I was probably too young to notice.
- Which talent would you most like to have? Drawing and painting.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be less self-conscious.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement? I hope I haven’t seen it yet.
- If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? President of the United States. Or the pope.
- Where would you most like to live? I’d like to spend a year in Antarctica. But no more than that.
- What is your most treasured possession? I’ve become indifferent to things. My engagement ring, I suppose.
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Slavery, in any form.
- What is your favorite occupation? Writing is a pretty good gig. At one point I wanted to be an actress. Also, rocket scientist.
- What is your most marked characteristic? I’ve been called bossy, abrasive, and bitchy. So, a woman, basically.
- What do you most value in your friends? Their individuality.
- Who are your favorite writers? I don’t have favorites (of anything except maybe ice cream flavors) but today I’m into Tana French, Chuck Palahniuk, and you.
- Who is your hero of fiction? Dana Scully.
- Which historical figure do you most identify with? I’ll let you know when I find one.
- Who are your heroes in real life? I don’t have heroes, per se. The idea of heroes, of too much admiration and adoration, puts me off.
- What are your favorite names? “Boy names” for girls.
- What is it that you most dislike? Willful ignorance.
- What is your greatest regret? I have a lot of them. But I probably should have done more homework in school.
- How would you like to die? Painlessly and unaware.
- What is your motto? Fuck it. Moving on.
Tyler King is the author of THE DEBT and forthcoming contemporary romance RIOT STREET (4/30). She was once an alternate contestant on the Emmy-winning game show Secrets of the Cryptkeeper’s Haunted House. Tyler would later grow up to earn an assistant director credit on the film Fetus Fetish, which isn’t what it sounds like. Other impressive claims to fame include appearing in a Madame Tussauds exhibit and performing as an opening act for comedian Louie Anderson. Tyler is a proud army spouse living in Virginia with her husband and a collection of guitars she can almost play.
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