Author Interview - G. Tyler Mills

Today I'm glad to share G. Tyler Mills' interview with all of you. Many thanks to him for his participation in my on-going effort to share and support writers. Feel free to post comments and/or questions for him in the comment section.

Brief Bio:

G. Tyler Mills was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in north Alabama. Graduate of the University of North Alabama. Member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Married to an amazing wife. He and his wife share one son and two dogs.
To read more about G. Tyler Mills and his writing, please visit his website.

1.) What made you want to be a writer?

It began with my long-standing hobby of reading. I’ve always enjoyed it and like most readers I usually wondered what it would be like to write a book of my own. I had tossed around a few ideas over the years but always came up with excuses. When my wife and I discovered we would be having our son I realized that life was going to move quickly from here on out. I’ve always told myself  that you have to make time to have time, so I started to make time. I started jotting down ideas and things I’d like to write. Soon stories began to form and before long I was writing.

2.) How long have you been seriously pursuing a career in writing?

I started writing my novel almost a year ago now. My first novel has been available on Amazon for nearly three months.
3.) If you had to choose three words to describe your writing nook/office, what would they be?
My Kitchen Table
4.) Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?

I began to write this novel when my wife and I found out we would be having our first child. I had wanted to write for some time, but I wanted something driven by a compelling emotion. I discovered the feelings gained when having a child can be an overwhelming joy and I knew this was an emotion I wanted to guide my character. The feelings I immediately felt would cause me to do anything for this child and I knew it was a something that many have felt. I chose this relationship to be the motivation for the actions of my protagonist.

5.) Give us a one sentence pitch for your first novel.
At less than 100 pages it is a thriller that will cause the pages to move quickly and each reader to walk away with something different. Visit here to read more about the novel.  

6.) What are some of the projects that you are currently working on completing?

I am currently thinking of another novel that follows the life of a man in the early 1900s. Only a few notes on the storyline have been made, but I have decided on the general theme. That’s about all I have now.

7.) What are some of your recent publications?

8.) Are you an outliner or a seat-of-your-pantser?

I’m a definitely an outliner. I try to create the entire story with central ideas I’d like to include in each chapter and paragraph.

9.) If you could only own one book, what would it be? Why?

It may sound a little gimmicky, but I would have to say the Bible. I believe that the text was divinely inspired, and it’s something is and will continue to be relevant to my life.

10.) Favorite childhood book/books?

One of my favorite books from childhood, and still to this day, is Lord of the Flies.

11.) If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

I would like to meet Cormac McCarthy. He is an author I’ve admired for a long time. His writing style is unique and his career spans several decades. He keeps his personal life very guarded and doesn’t do many interviews, which adds to the allure a private conversation with him would have.

12.) If you could meet one character in a book, who would it be? Why?

Atticus Finch. He’s a character that is both the stereotype of a loving father in his era and a model men still strive to be today. Completely fictional yet for many he is the face associated with the idea of civil rights and he was just the man to present it to a people that needed to be challenged. And above all that, he’s got arguable one of the best names ever created.

13.) Where do you hope to be as a writer in five years?

Still enjoying the process as much as the outcome.

14.) Favorite quote/personal motto:

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.” - Henri Bergson

15.) If you could give any advice to other writers, what would it be?

I guess the only advice I would give is to not be afraid of what others may think or say. Your only concern should be to make sure your thoughts are conveyed authentically and without omission. I’ve always liked the quote by Hemingway that “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  Seems to be easy enough.

Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Writer - By Christine Rice - Blog Tour

I'm excited to be a part of Christine Rice's blog tour for her new book. Many thanks to her for thinking of me and allowing me to show my support! :) Another interview with Christine can be found here. To purchase the Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as A Freelance Writer, visit here.

Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Writer is a helpful career guide that informs readers of the experiences the author had and what she learned during her first year as a freelance writer. The purpose is to educate writers who are considering becoming freelance writers, on what they can expect in the beginning of a freelance writing career, so that there are no questions or fear of the unknown. It covers ghostwriting, article writing, book reviewing, book writing, self-publishing, traditional publishing, business and finance topics, the lifestyle of a writer, income and types of pay, and many other topics.
1.) Give us a one-sentence pitch for your book.

Freelance Writing Guide is a career guide book for people who are interested in becoming freelance writers, which educates them on what they can expect in the first year of their career.

2.) What is your favorite chapter and why?

I would say my favorite chapter is chapter five, which is called “write a book,” because it’s one of the longer chapters that goes into detail about all you need to know about writing and publishing a book, and the different ways to do it. The chapter covers four aspects that a person requires in order to complete a book project, differences between print books and ebooks as far as cost and format, the traditional publishing process for both fiction and nonfiction books, what self-publishing a book entails, and information about print-on-demand publishing.

3.) Do you ever experience writer's block?

Years ago, when I decided to become a writer, I had a strong desire to write but couldn’t come up with any concrete ideas. So I wrote about my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with that in my poetry and essays. Around that same time, I started writing articles for Helium, and since the website already has the article titles picked out, I wouldn’t have to come up with that initial idea, and that made writing easier. Lately, I’ve been coming up with ideas entirely on my own and I have many! I have a couple books I’m working on and ideas for a few others that I’m planning to write.

4.) What suggestions would you give aspiring authors about editing/publishing a book?

If you put effort into the first draft of your manuscript, the proceeding drafts will be easier and will go quicker. Editing can be taxing because it’s harder to do than write, so the easier you can make the editing process for yourself, the better the experience. Most importantly, you’ll be publishing your book sooner after the first draft is complete than if you did a sloppy first draft. And all writers begin to look forward to getting their manuscript published after they complete the first draft.

5.) Where did you receive your inspiration for this work?

Before beginning the book, I thought back to when I began my freelance writing career and realized I had had a lot of questions about the field and wondered what the future would hold. Then, I reminisced about the experiences I had over the last year and could see I had learned a lot, and I wanted to share it with others so that writers who are contemplating becoming freelance writers can gain some insight into what they can expect in the beginning.