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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Paige Tyler

Please welcome Paige to our blog today!
What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Paige Tyler, and I was born and raised in New Jersey, then after getting married, hubby and I moved all over—South Korea, Louisiana, Atlanta, and Washington State. Now, we call the Florida coast home.

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
I’d love to! The X-OPS Series centers around the Department of Covert Operations, a super-secret organization within the Department of Homeland Security. They get impossible missions done by pairing the very best soldiers, law enforcement officers, and spies together with shifters—humans that possess special animal attributes because of what's locked in their DNA. Think of it as pairing one of them with one of us.
In the first book, HER PERFECT MATE, the heroine is a feline shifter named Ivy Halliwell. The DCO teams her up with yet another soldier—and she isn't thrilled. With good reason. Her previous partners hated her because she was different, and she figures this new guy will be the same. But Captain Landon Donovan is Special Forces, so he's used to impossible situations and takes them in stride. He’s also hot and hunky, and smells absolutely delicious.
HER PERFECT MATE is a paranormal shifter story that blends romance, action, suspense, and military elements into one exciting package that will keep you up all night reading—I promise.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Chicken. Yeah, I said it. I get my inspiration from chicken. PF Chang’s Spicy Chicken, to be precise. Whenever my hubby and I (he’s my able-bodied assistant) are about to start a new writing project, we run down to our nearest PF Chang’s and order our favorite meal (with brown rice). Then we sit there and brainstorm ideas for an hour or two. It never fails—if we’re stuck, chicken unsticks us. Not really sure if it’s the chicken or the spicy coating—could even be the rice I guess. Regardless, we come away completely full of ideas, then run home to get them down on paper before we forget them. It’s practically down to the point where we schedule runs to the restaurant to coincide with our publisher’s deadlines.

How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
It’s not too hard. I just imagine the kind of man that I swoon over. He has to be big and strong (six-pack abs never hurt), capable and confident (not arrogant), cool under pressure, alpha (without being an a**hole), and strong when the situation dictates (but gentle with his woman).
While it sounds like I’m describing an impossibly perfect man, the one area that I haven’t mentioned is that the swoon worthy man needs to have his faults and his vulnerabilities. Maybe it plays into a woman’s need to nurture, but those faults are what makes an otherwise perfect man approachable, sexy, and lovable.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
If I couldn’t write (which would be horrible), I’d want a job where I take care of animals. Maybe a rescue shelter or a zoo. When I look into the face of a cute, cuddly animal—and just about every animal falls into this category (except bugs…eeek!)—I see a person looking back. And not just any person, but one who needs my help.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?

That’s a really tough one. It’s like asking a mother which of their children is their favorite. But I guess, for the sake of the question, I’d say that right now at least, my favorite character is Ivy Halliwell. She’s the heroine in HER PERFECT MATE. She’s a little different than a lot of the other people around her, and because of that, she’s been looked down on, disrespected, and mistreated. But she’s strong in body, mind, and soul, and she keeps getting up no matter how many times she gets knocked down. When she finally gets partnered up with the right person, the world (at least the covert part of it anyway) gets to see what they’ve been missing.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Because I spend so much time sitting around writing, I like to get up and move some for my relaxation.  We do yoga and P90X, and try to get in a long run once or twice a week. I love going out with my hubby and our fur baby and doing a couple miles. The rhythmic slap of my shoes on the pavement, the beat of a favorite song on my pod, and the little fur baby keeping an eye out for squirrels and rabbits is the ultimate relaxation.   

What’s your greatest weakness?
As a writer, I have a serious time giving myself permission to write crap. Most people would say that must be a good thing, but for a writer, it isn’t.
There’s a basic rule for writers—you can’t edit a blank piece of paper. The theory goes that if you get words down, even if they’re not perfect, then at least you have something to work with. Maybe the words you write will prompt you with a new idea, or a new direction. Maybe you’ll realize that some of the stuff isn’t as bad as you thought. Heck, maybe the words will tell you the most awful truth—that the scene you’re contemplating sucks.
But I have a hard time writing crap. I guess I’m a perfectionist. I’ll go over a sentence or paragraph ten times, trying to make it just right. Or I’ll spend forever looking for that one “perfect” word.
Of course, when I find that perfect word or combination of words it’s beautiful. By sometimes I wish I could just do that “thousand words in an hour” or “ten-thousand words in weekend” thing you’re always hearing about. But that’s just not me, I suppose.

Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Well, since I’ve written about cat shifters jumping off a balcony five floors up, a woman falling in love with a part-time zombie, and multiple-partner erotic scenes involving Goldilocks and three bear shifters, I have to admit that most of my writing comes from my imagination.
But that being said, there’s a little bit of me (and my hubby) in every book I write. Life experiences are what come together to give a writer their distinctive voice. The places we’ve travelled, the things we’ve seen, the wonderful people we’ve been fortunate enough to meet along the way, the experiences we’ve had all shows up in my stories somehow.   

Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
Well, I mentioned that I run for relaxation, right? Well, some readers might be surprised to know that sometimes I take those relaxing runs to the next level. I’ve completed probably about a hundred 5k running events, twenty or thirty 10k’s, four half marathons, and three marathons. In January, hubby and completed our first Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World—a 5k one day, a 10k the next, a half marathon the next, and a full marathon the next. Needless to say, I was very “relaxed” after that. In fact, I think I slept like a rock.
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He's a High-Octane Special Ops Pro

When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is chosen for an assignment with the Department of Covert Operations, he's stunned to find his new partner is a beautiful woman who looks like she couldn't hurt a fly, never mind take down a terrorist.

She's No Kitten

Ivy Halliwell isn't your average covert op. She's a feline shifter, and more dangerous than she looks. Her feline DNA means she can literally bring out the claws when things get dicey. She's worked with a string of hotheaded military guys who've underestimated her special skills in the past. But when she's partnered with special agent Donovan, a man sexy enough to make any girl purr, things begin to heat up. He doesn't think she's a freak-and he's smokin' hot. Soon they're facing a threat even greater than anyone imagines...and an animal magnetism impossible to ignore.

Excerpt:
Landon expected Todd and Kendra to take him to another conference room, so he was surprised when they led him into what looked like a workout room. Mats covered the floor and a heavy bag hung from a hook in one corner. Weights and workout equipment filled a good portion of the room. A woman was seated cross-legged in the center of it, her eyes closed, her hands loosely resting on her knees. At their entrance, she gracefully uncurled herself from the floor and got to her feet.

She was wearing a pair of black workout pants like his ex-girlfriend used to wear when she went to yoga class, and a form-fitting tank top. He couldn’t help but notice her curvy, athletic body, expressive dark eyes, and full lips. With little makeup and her long, dark hair pulled up in a ponytail, she looked like the girl next door. Only more exotic than any girl he’d ever lived next door to, that was for sure.

He didn’t care how tired and irritated he was, this was a woman he definitely wouldn’t mind stopping to appreciate. Hopefully, one of his new training officers would introduce them before she left to give them the room.

“Landon, meet Ivy Halliwell, your new partner,” Kendra said. “Ivy, Captain Landon Donovan, Special Forces.”

They were going to have to pick his jaw up off the floor because Landon was damn sure that’s where it was after hearing that announcement. No way this walking wet dream was his partner. She looked like she couldn’t hurt a fly, much less do any kind of covert ops. They had to be messing with him.

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Paige Tyler is a USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.
She is represented by Bob Mecoy.

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me!

    *hugs*
    Paige

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  2. Awesome interview, thank you for sharing... I love Paige Tyler's books!

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  3. Brenda - Thank you so much!

    *hugs*
    Paige

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