Feb 8, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Stephanie Tyler plus giveaway

For my sixth Authors After Dark Spotlight, I present Stephanie Tyler!  (If you look on the AAD website and don’t see her, don’t worry.  I’m not lying and she will be there.  She’s listed as Sydney Croft, the pseudonym she shares with Larissa Ione when they write together.)

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

I’m a total virgin!  Heh.  I’m so excited to be going – especially because it’s in New Orleans – I already figure the ghost in the hotel will bunk with me.

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

Besides the ghost?  Everything – I really love going to meet readers and have time to hang out with them.  I hear it’s a whole different vibe than say an RWA which is more of a writer con.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

Alexandra Ivy and Joey Hill!

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

I was on the treadmill 🙂  I got off and found a WHERE ARE YOU email from my agent – my parents were actually here watching my daughter and I called my agent and she told me the news and I was just so damned excited.  I didn’t cry – I was more…floaty.  And we were having friends over for dinner that night anyway so I don’t think it sunk in right away.

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

I have different favourites for different reasons.  Coming Undone and Night Vision are favourites because I actually felt my writing change – move to the next level – and those are what got me pubbed in the first place.  Hard to Hold is very special because those characters have been with me forever – I couldn’t wait to tell their story.  In The Air Tonight is another favourite because I started writing that around the time I wrote Coming Undone – sometimes books have to wait their turn.   Unleashing The Storm by Sydney Croft is a hands-down fav for both me and Larissa because that book honestly wrote itself and that does NOT happen often, if at all.  Hasn’t happened since.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

I had to think about that – no.  Is that bad?!  I really love writing sex scenes because to me, there’s so much reveal in them.  It drives me crazy when people say they skip them because for me, sex scenes are character development.  Emotional growth happens during those scenes – they’re crucial…and fun!

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

Jake from Hard to Hold.  He’s just so unapologetic, although Vice from the Eternal Wolf Clan series is a very close second.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

I don’t really reread my books once I’m done with the galley stage.  I think for this I’d have to say Paige from In The Air Tonight – she had such a tough past and I loved to watch her emerge stronger from it.

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

I laugh when I see a reader talk about not wanting to have sex in the jungle because of the bugs or whatever or how they couldn’t picture that happening.  I want to take them, put them in a dangerous situation with a hot SEAL and see what happens 🙂

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

LOL – I was always a reader.  I used to go to the library and take out like 20 books and the librarian would say to my mom, she’ll never read them.  I’d usually read them twice by the time I brought them back the next week for my refill.  I even went to grad school for English Lit – I like a wide variety of genres, so I was okay with the ‘school’ books, you know?  Reading fast helped a lot and the whole symbolism / theme thing fascinated me.  Probably because I started writing / knowing I wanted to be a writer at a young age.  Having an amazing 8th grade English teacher (I love you, Mrs. Anson!) helped a lot, too.  She made boring not so boring, if you know what I mean.

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

Brideshead Revisited for an independent study with the brilliant Sister Monica.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

Toss up between Road House and The Big Easy.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Peanut butter & chocolate from Baskin Robbins.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl all the way!

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

It’s such a good question – and I have no idea how to answer it.  I have tattoos?!  Some people are surprised at that…

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
Your novella, Dire Warning, released YESTERDAY !  *throws confetti* Dire Warning is kicking off your new Eternal Wolf Clan paranormal romance series.  Tell us about your new series.

YAY!!! I’m so excited for the new series 🙂  The Eternal Wolf clan centers around the last surviving Dire Wolves and the Weres and humans they’re tasked with helping.  They’ve got lots of enemies – weretrappers and witches – and it’s going to take an army to defeat them.

Dire Warning was a lot of fun to write – it’s an intro to the world and the men, so there’s no love story in there.  So it’s mild on the steam factor compared to my other books – but Dire Needs will kick the steam level back up 🙂  But there’s plenty of fun alpha interactions and a bit of suspense and ghosts so I think it’s a great way to meet the Dires.

The first full-length book, Dire Needs, is releasing March 6th.  This will be Rifter and Gwen’s story.  What can readers expect from this book?

It’s sexy and suspenseful and angsty – all the things I love.  At the heart of it, it’s a love story, because I love those HEAs.  It’s a story of brotherhood – of redemption – and I love it when the characters surprise me.  Gwen was such a strong character – she was simply perfect for Rifter from day one.  But watching them get to their happy place is a rollercoaster!

I love the names of your main heroes from your new books.  Rifter, Stray, Vice, Jinx, Rogue and Harm.  They sound so alpha and so…yummy!  Did the names just pop up into your head one day while you were doing laundry or have you had them in mind for a while?

I’d been mulling over doing a wolf series for a while – I actually had a different name for Rifter and it wasn’t working.  And then all of a sudden, all the names arrived – complete with their wolves J  That’s how it happens for me – the hero’s just kind of walk on like, here I am and this is my deal.  It’s fun!

Thank you so much Stephanie for taking the time to answer my questions.  It’s going to be great to meet you in person in New Orleans! 

You too!!! I’m so looking forward to it – thanks for having me here, Julie 🙂

As a giveaway, Stephanie is offering a copy of Dire Needs to one commenter.  Now I bet you’re thinking “But Julie, Dire Needs doesn’t come out until March 6th 2012 and today is not March 6th 2012″.  Well, you are definitely right about that, so what will happen is Stephanie will send you one of her author copies as soon as she received them.  AND she will send you some swag to go along with it!  AND it’s open internationally!  To enter, just leave a comment below before Sunday February 12th 2012 11:59EST.  Good luck to all who enter and THANK THANK THANK YOU to Stephanie for the great prize!

Here’s where you can find Stephanie –

Here’s where you can find Sydney Croft –

  1. I don’t know why but I haven’t read anything by Mrs. Tyler, I think I need to remedy this as soon as possible. I’m adding Dire Warning and Dire Needs to my TBR.
    Great interview and I can’t wait to me you and Mrs. Tyler in NOLA. Is it August yet?

  2. Kathy Webb says:

    I am gonna read this series…I have read the Sydney Croft series and OH MY 🙂 but I am excited about the wolf clan!! would love to win a book!! I will be there in August too and I can NOT wait!! Please make it hurry…LOL

  3. Stephanie is one of my favorite authors (yes, she writes AMAZINGLY gorgeous angsty, action-filled, sexy books…LOVE THEM) and I am so excited about her new series!!! This was so much fun to read!!! Love all the insight! smiles…

  4. I love the ARCO series that Ms. Tyler writes with Larissa Ione, so I’d love to read Dire Need. Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

  5. I love your work Stephanie, nice to read interview. Your answers are refreshing.

  6. Sue Sattler says:

    I am so looking forward to this series. They are already on my list of must reads.

  7. It’s a new discovery for me, but i think i will love this serie

    thanks you a lot for opening this gievaway to international

    all the best

  8. Irene Jackson says:

    Great interview. I’m looking forward to the new wolf series. Love the names! These are going straight to the wish list.

  9. I’m not entering, I won a copy already. Just stopping by to say what a GREAT read Dire Needs is! Love the interview too. Congratulations Stephanie!

  10. I am really looking forward to this release! Cant wait. Thanks for sharing today.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  11. I haven’t started your Sydney Croft books yet but I will have to try them soon. I love shifter stories so Dire Warnings and Dire Needs sound perfect for me. Congrats on the release of the prequel novella!

  12. Love, LOVE the Sydney Croft series and I can’t wait for Dire Needs!

  13. This series sounds like it will be great. I love PNR so I am very eager to read this new series. Thank you so much for the chance to win an author’s copy of Dire Needs.

  14. I’ve loved reading all your other works and I’m so so excited to read this new series! Thanks so much for taking the time to hang with us!

  15. Awesome interview! This is a new to me author and I’m really interested now 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Congratulations on your upcoming book! The book sounds very good. I enjoyed the interview.

  17. Hi Stephanie, this sounds like a really great new series, I already know I am going to love. Congrats on the new release!

  18. What an awesome interview. I would love to win this book. It sounds like a great series. I have just committed to going to Nola for AAD. This will be my first. It’s going to be a blast!!

  19. Allison Hickman says:

    Somehow the idea of getting an author copy makes this even more exciting!

  20. LadyVampire says:

    Oh wow! I would so love to win your book. Ever since I’ve found out about this book, It’s been on my wishlist here. Reading this post just makes me all the more dying to read it. That it’s an author copy is just icing on the cake. Congratulations on this newest upcoming release of yours and thanks for celebrating with us.

  21. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    My were boys in there? LOL. I really cannot wait for this book! And I am finally using the last of the chapstick I got with the Acro. I loved how the one with Larissa’s name had that pina colada scent and taste and the one with Steph’s name was mint.

  22. Oooh I would love to read Dire Needs. It sounds awesome! I’ve always been a reader as well, though when I get 20 books from the library I usually never end up finishing them all because I get distracted by other books, or am just kinda busy. Thanks for the giveaway!


  23. More shifters. Yay! I love those growly alphas. I haven’t tried any of Stephanie’s work because I don’t usually read romantic suspense, but if it’s shifters, I’m all over it.

  24. I havae not read anything by this author and that is such a mistake. I am going to AAD NOLA this August and it is my first time, scary! But I am totally excited about this because threw this con. I have been exposed to some awesome authors that I did not know. So I am really excited to meet the authors and the readers that love the stories.

  25. Excellent interview! I never thought about what you said about sex scenes being character development. That’s pretty interesting. I just gave away Taken By Fire on my blog.

  26. Great interview. Stephanie is a new author for me, I have the Sydney Croft books on my list to read and now I am adding this new series (it sounds awesome).
    Thanks for the great giveaway. Can’t wait for NOLA to finally meet some of these great authors.

  27. Raelene Kretchman says:

    Dire Needs , I would love to get an advance copy, but it is Sunday, sigh so perhaps I am too late. Kretch1@att.net

  28. Nancy Goudreau says:

    Fantastic Interview Julie. Stephanie, I love your novels and can’t wait for the next one. Enjoy AAD!


  29. Mary S. Clemens says:

    Julie I hope you have a great time at AAD. Such a great interview. Stephanie, can’t wait to get my hands on your last novel!

    Happy Valentine everyone!



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