November 15, 2013 4 Comments
November is upon us and so is another wonderful author interview. This month I bring you Pavarti K Tyler, award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature. Her latest novel SUGAR & SALT is the first in a new erotic series that begins December 2nd.
So let’s begin…
I was born in New Jersey, raised in Virginia, studied in Massachusetts, made mistakes in New York and now live in Baltimore Maryland. I’m an East Coast Gal through and through, but have travelled the US from coast to coast, most of Europe, much of the Mediterranean, all of Scandinavia and a smidgen of Russia. I’m dying to go to India someday and would love to be able to wake up in the morning and just GO wherever the muse takes me.
Usually, I write Literary Fiction. Although Two Moons of Sera is a Fantasy/Romance, I believe it’s still rooted in Lit Fic. Even my upcoming erotica series has shades of Literary in it! Right now I’m working on a Sci-Fi piece which is a lot of fun
2. With all the risks and uncertainty around publishing, what was it that drew you to a career in writing?
There was a choice? Well, crap! I should have done something else! 🙂 I’ve always been an artist. When I quit theatre and focused on my family and career, it was a hard time for me and I never felt fully myself until I began writing. The fact that this art is something other people enjoy and get excited about and that I can make a living at is nothing short of a blessing.
3. With all the places you’ve travelled, has any aspect of them appeared in your novels?
Strangely no, not so far. Unless you consider how much of a role culture takes in my books. I’m always fascinated by the things we invent that separate people instead of bring us together. Culture, religion and language are huge issues there. If we can’t communicate, how can we understand each other? These are human constructs and have nothing to do with what kind of person you are or how much love and empathy you are capable of, but they are the fundamental cause of almost every war and conflict. I spend a lot of time in all my work breaking down the base human instincts that drive us and looking at how culture has either enhanced or perverted them.
4. How do you find writing as a career in comparison to the theatre?
Writing is an extremely solitary endeavor, which for me is great. I’m not an introvert, but I do require a lot of alone time. Between being an only child, always being more studious than social, and a pretty severe panic disorder, being alone is my natural resting state. To get lost in a story has always been my passion. That’s what I loved about theatre, to dissect and analyze stories and the cultures they came from. In my professional career though, I spent more time in Union negotiations and worrying about payroll. Writing is the one place I’ve found where I can really languish in the art of it.
5. Let’s talk a little about your latest project. What was the inspiration (if any) behind this story?
My newest project will be available on Dec 2nd. You can find more information here: http://evolvedpub.com/product/sugar-salt/. It’s my first venture into erotica and I’m really excited to get it out to readers. The inspiration was an idea that struck me one night watching re-runs of West Wing. I thought about how to make the idea of a brothel setting relatable. What if the Madame goes to speed dating. The idea set me into a fit of giggles and I knew I had to explore it.
6. What books (if any) have influenced you over the years?
Anais Nin’s work has always been a huge influence to me. I am strongly drawn to her refusal to leave any stone unturned, and thought or desire unexamined. While doing this, she always manages to find the beauty in even the most repugnant of situations, be it the turn of phrase or the emotions behind it.
7. Had you thought about writing an erotic piece before, or was this just out of the blue?
This is the first time an idea came to me that was fitting for the genre though. I call myself a genre-bender and don’t like to smoosh stories into a style, but write them as they are. So while I’ve always loved erotica, nothing has ever spoken to me like this before. I love the idea of Sugar & Salt and hope readers do too! I’m already working on the second book, Protecting Portia, and it’s even dirtier 🙂
8. Some authors tend to stay away from certain genre’s/categories. Myself, I can’t write YA. Is there one you know you can’t write or would have a difficult time trying to write?
I agree with you, I don’t consider myself a YA author. However, my novel Two Moons of Sera is often called YA. There’s a sex scene, but that doesn’t seem to matter any more for the genre. I think what I can’t write is something that’s fade to black on sexuality/violence. If I’m going to write it, I’m going to go for it. So while 2MOS ended up fitting into YA I didn’t set out to write it that way.
9. Most writers have manuscripts that will never see the light of day. Do you have a few of those or will they eventually come out?
Oh I have a ton of manuscripts and ideas squirreled away. DEVOUR was my first project, I had a cover and everything and rewrote it at least 4 times. Right now I’m not feeling it, but I may come back someday. I have one idea that has almost 30k written which I’d love to finish at some point, it’s a fantasy which I think is really different and fun. Like most authors I have a bunch of files with ideas or outlines jotted down which may or may not ever turn into anything. I’m always finding inspiration around me, staying focused on what I’m working on can be so hard!
10. If you were given the opportunity to write a fan-fiction novel, who is the author you would choose, and what would be the book?
I actually started writing by doing fanfiction. I rewrote the Twilight Books to make them have a different message. I’m a steadfast WolfGirl so of course I always have Bella end up with Jacob. I have 2 finished stories that come in at over 100k each and a number of shorter pieces and oneshots. I would never publish my fanfiction though. The whole point is that you immerse yourself in the world and celebrate the creations of the original author. It’s fun, it’s meant to be because you love something so much you aren’t ready to let it go. Publishing and making money off that is, in my opinion, unethical. If people are interested you can find my fanfiction on fanfic.net under the name Pavarti. Forgive all the editing and immature writing 🙂
Award-winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is usually found with Doc Martens strapped on over fishnets, and a girlish giggle as easy and likely as a throaty guffaw. She is an artist, wife, mother, and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director, and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry at several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters, and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity, and penning her next genre-bending novel.
Follow her at www.PavartiKTyler.com.