I am happy to be talking today to Tyler Macneill who, before writing her debut novel, mainly wrote poetry which has been published through The American Poet Society. She has also written song lyrics for a few of Paramount’s musicians which is up for grabs in their country catalogue. Currently she is working on four other manuscripts, including the sequel to The Darkest Side of the Moon. She describes herself as a versatile writer with many plans for future books.
Could you tell us about yourself?
Sure, my name is Tayler Macneill. I am 45 and I have 2 kids. I started writing The Darkest Side of the Moon in September 2016, I finished it by January 2017. I have spent the last year and a half dealing with publishers but decided last minute Indie is the way to go. This year I have written and completed The Crack of Evil, which I am proud to say it will be out at the end of August. I love animals, art, books, music and nature.
How long have you been writing?
I started September 2016 but took a year off in between my books. I really missed writing during that time, so I won’t be doing that one again.
Tell us about one of, or your most recent book?
My latest book is The Crack of Evil, this one is a scary one.
Brandy moved to New York three months ago and is living in an apartment with Cindy, Derek and Ben. They are young and life is exciting, things should be easy. Their apartment is old and haunted, leaving it a little on the creepy side. The landlord says it has history and history creates character, but how much character does one apartment need? The foursome decide to throw a party, something small and quaint. One the day of the party they pull out a ouija board, to see who has been causing trouble. Satisfied they move forward with their plans.
A storm brews outside the window but this storm is different. It’s Friday night, the music is up and the guests have arrived. There are extra guests, who invited them? Derek and the girls discover the spirits have invited themselves, but Ben the sceptic doesn’t believe them; until nobody gets to leave.
A deranged murderer and his killer mistress, they like to play with their prey before the kill. A night of Psychological games and murderous intentions
Trying to decide what is real and whats not is a dangerous game, especially if it can kill you.
What do you love about writing?
I love getting lost in the worlds I get to create and getting to know all the characters. That would be my absolute favourite part but to be truthful there is nothing I don’t love about it.
Do you have a specific writing process?
I like to write more then one book and switch back and forth.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t ever give up, your dreams are worth it. I would also like to say that thre is no right way to write a book, you need to just go for it. Don’t worry about editing or formatting, there are people who are good at that and are willing to do that for you.
What are you currently working on? How long before release?
I am working on a sequel to The Darkest Side of the Moon, a Psychological Crime Thriller and a Supernatural Fantasy thriller. They will be out in the next few months, I am working hard on them.
What are you currently reading?
I haven’t started a new book yet, I just finished The Champion of the Golden Queen by Austin Belanger.
Which authors and novels would you recommend as must reads?
Austin Belanger – The Champion of the Golden Queen
Kris Goldston- Gallegos – BlackHeart
Laura Birzulis- Fractured Soul
Do you have any favourite fictional characters?
I love Charlie and Jack from The Darkest Side of the Moon, Brandy and Derek from The Crack of Evil and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.
Which of your books would you like most to be made into a movie?
Omg that is too hard to choose, I think The Darkest side of the Moon would make a good series but The Crack of Evil would make a wicked movie.
Film casting – which actors would you choose as your main characters?
In my first book, The Darkest Side of the Moon, I have 8 main characters. If I had a chance to pick who played them then my choices would be:
Charlie ~ Jessica Chastain @jes_chastain
Nick ~ Matt Cedeno @MattCedeno
Jack ~ Alex O’loughlin ( Aussie actor couldn’t locate on twitter)
Julie ~ Odette Annable @OdetteAnnable
Franny ~ Jennifer Aniston @JenniferAnnistn
Carl ~ Chris hemsworth @chrishemsworth
Billy ~ Ashton Kutcher @aplusk
Loretta ~ Amanda Seyfried @AmandaSeyfried
If you could choose one person (dead or alive) to have a chat with, who would it be and why?
Stephen King, he has been someone I looked up to my whole life.
Any fun facts about you that you would like to share?
I absolutely love writing novels, lyrics and poetry
I am an animal lover
Before writing I was a bartender and a trail guide
I’m an autism mom
I am not a beach kind of girl but I love the ocean
I believe in authors helping authors
My favourite authors are Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Nicholas Sparks
If I could make a difference I would help the homeless and the animal shelters
My favourite genres to read is sci-fi/thrillers/psychological
My favourite writing snack is bbq chips.