Sitting down with author Jules Tyler & Happy Release Day for Finding Peace

Snapchat-1039509978I met Jules through my boyfriend, who just happens to grace one of her book covers. So far we’ve only had online interactions, and I can tell you she is an absolute sweetheart. I am thrilled to finally meet her in Seattle for the Readers&Writers event this July! So let’s get on with it, shall we?

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I grew up in a small town outside of Boise, Idaho and met my husband while I was fairly young. We’ll have been married 4 years in June and have 1 daughter and 2 huskies. I started writing for fun when I was 10 and found a summer writing workshop that took place in the Boise area for a week. I had to write a short essay about why I wanted to learn more about writing and what I hoped to accomplish during the camp. From there I was hooked. I attended the camp three more times before high school and then had the opportunity to work with some fantastic teachers who could see my potential and worked with me to stretch my artistic mind. Mr. T and Mr. Brown were my absolute favorites! I took a short writing hiatus when I graduated, it seemed as though my muse had shriveled up and nothing I put on paper seemed to flow. Then 4 years after graduating, my friend Kati introduced me to P Jameson, and let me tell you, if there were ever anything that could spark my muse back up to life, it was her work! I started writing my first book, Burning Secrets in March 2016 and published one year later. I’ve been at it ever since!

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I am a very driven person and love setting goals. Recently I’ve been hitting a few of my smaller, personal goals, and now I’m focused on tackling some larger ones. Eventually, I would love to drop back to part-time at my day job and focus more on my writing. More time = more books = happier readers is my philosophy. I want to be able to write stories that touch the soul and enlighten the spirit like P Jameson, Moxie North, and Desiree Lafawn have done for me. Each of these authors have written something that reached in and grabbed ahold of my heart and won’t let go. I want to do that for someone else. I feel like once that happens that that will be the moment that I’ve truly “made it” as an author.

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Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

I can’t write in coffee shops or around people. I have to lock myself away from everyone and blast my music so I can focus and get everything to flow.

Which writers inspire you?

Oh so many…Right now my list consists of Moxie North, P Jameson, PA Vachon, Desiree Lafawn, Samantha McCoy, Grace Brennan, T Birmingham, Victoria Flynn, Darlene Tallman, Alyne Hart, & Teri Kay. Each of these women have inspired me in one way or another. Every single one of them comes from a different path in life and have grabbed life by the horns to show it who’s boss. If they can do this, why can’t I?

What have you written and where can we buy or see them?

I currently have 7 books out right now. You can find them all on Amazon. My Silver Creek Shifters series is the one I’m currently working on. Finding Peace released today with Mr. Jamie Walker on the cover and the ARC and Beta readers seemed to really enjoy it so I’m very excited about it. I’ll be publishing the final book in that series, Finding Strength, in early June. My Snake River Prison Camp series also has 3 books out, I’ve taken a step back from that series and look forward to diving back into it later this year after I rework some of the storyline. I also have a standalone out, Shifter’s Shield, that was written as part of Lisa Ladew’s One True Mates Kindle World last fall. That one was a lot of fun to write and I look forward to working on additional books for it in the years to come.

VISIT JULES AMAZON PAGE → https://www.amazon.com/Jules-Tyler/e/B06XS2Y3PC/

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Give us an insight into your favorite main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Stella from Finding Sanctuary, is in my first book of the Silver Creek Shifters Series. I admired her tenacity and strength. She got hurt in a very real and personal way and chose to save herself from a terrible fate. She gets doled out some of the worst experiences in life but keeps on going. In some ways I think that I wrote her not for the readers, but for myself, to remind myself that no matter how bad it gets, it can always get better with the right people in your life to help you.

What are you working on at the minute?

I’m working on a couple of things right now! I’ve got Finding Strength in the works right now for release in early June and that one is turning out to be really intense so it’s taking up most of my attention. But I also am working on a top secret project with a handful of authors that’s due to release in early August. I’ll be teasing more on that after Finding Strength releases in June for sure. I’m very excited about what we’re working on and think it will be devoured by our readership for sure!

What genre are your books and what draws you to that genre?

I write in the Paranormal Romance genre right now with plans to dabble in the Urban Fantasy genre at later times. I genuinely enjoy the idea of shifters. The idea that you can be this shy, timid person with a dragon wrapped up inside of you, or a bear, or whatever animal, truly fascinates me. Plus it makes for a lot of fun in a romance setting, it definitely gives a whole new meaning to being an animal in bed if you catch my drift. 😉

Why do you write?

I write for me mostly. It definitely helps me keep hold of my sanity and wash away my stress levels. I also write for the readers. I write with the hope that maybe someday I’m going to write something with enough impact that it may help someone find solace in a scary situation or help them calm their mind when the world becomes too much to handle.

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What is the hardest thing about writing?

Ha! Adulting while I’m trying to hit a deadline or walking away from the manuscript while I’m in the midst of a really intense part because my little one needs me!! I hate having to walk away from something mid-idea.

Do you ever get writer’s Block and how do you combat it?

Umm all the time. I have three fool proof plans for combatting my writer’s block. I either foolproof up my playlist 2- stuff my face full of fresh cookies or a bag of chips or 3- take my pooches out for a walk.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Boys are not as important as your school work! I was so boy crazy in high school that I wouldn’t focus on my studies as much as I should have. I let them rob me of my voice and put me through a lot of junk that I won’t get into here, but it was enough that I still struggle with self-love to this day. I wish I would’ve focused more on my books and writing and less on stupid teenage drama.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Never be afraid to put to paper the words of your heart. If you have a story, sit down and put your ideas out there. You never know where it might take you!

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Today is the release of Finding Peace, let’s take a little peek!

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Landon St. James is slowly losing control of the panther he has deep inside. The longer it takes for him to find his Intended Mate, the faster his spirit will fall apart, rendering the animal within controlling the man. If he doesn’t find his mate again soon, his family will be forced to do whatever it takes to keep them all safe, even if it costs him his life.
Kaylene Simmons, one of the best shifter midwives in the business, has it all together. If anyone has a plan and can work it out, she’s the one. But Kaylene has a secret: inside her perfect life, she is struggling to maintain control of her emotions. She knows she’s lost her chance at happiness, and there’s nothing she can do to fix it without risking the safety of the one person she truly cares about.
Yet time and love are fickle things. The answer for both of them is the one thing they’ve been hurt by before: each other. But when fate throws them back together, this could be the second chance they need.
Can Landon and Kaylene work together and leave the past in the past, or will the fire that burns within them blaze out of control? Will they answer the call of their hearts and fight for what they want or will they deny what they both know is destiny?

Grab your copy of Finding Peace → books2read.com/u/bWzjLM