Stephanie Tyler is the best-selling author of several romantic suspense series, as well as a veteran series romance author. Her brand new paranormal romance series, The Eternal Wolf Clan, kicks of with Dire Needs. Stephanie recently dropped by the virtual offices for a chat – check out what she has to say!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Stephanie Tyler] Wife, Mother, Writer. Lover of Weimaraners & wolves. Sydney Croft co-author. Currently looking 4 sum1 2 go find Big Ang’s bar w/.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about DIRE NEEDS and your new Eternal Wolf Clan series?
[Stephanie Tyler] The Eternal Wolf Clan series is all about the last surviving Dire Wolves and how they’re tasked with helping Weres and humans alike, saving them from evil – and sometimes, from themselves. Dire Needs is Rifter’s story – he’s the reluctant leader of the Dire Wolf pack and he believes he’ll never find a mate, as no female Dire wolves survived the extinction. But when he meets Gwen, a dying human doctor, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to her, and refuses to let her go.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Stephanie Tyler] The concept came from several places – my daughter and her medical issues are always a source of inspiration for me, as odd as that may sound but if I tell you more I’ll give some of the story away. And the wolf thing, well, hey, I read Twilight and couldn’t understand why Bella wouldn’t pick the wolf! I mean, come on, the wolf was the obvious choice and he got screwed at the end of that series!
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Stephanie Tyler] Balancing the beginning of a series, talking about the world so the reader understood things without giving too much information. The first book is always hard when you’re introducing a large cast of characters, but it was necessary. These wolves work as a team so the reader needs to meet them all.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Rifter would never have in his bedroom?
[Stephanie Tyler] A cat, a book on dream symbolism and a witch.
[Manga Maniac Café] Why do you think paranormal romance is so popular?
[Stephanie Tyler] I think for the same reason romance in general is always popular – it’s the ultimate escape. With the paranormal aspect, it just adds to that feeling of, this could never happen but OMG, what if it did? What if supernatural creatures really do exist around us? And I think most of us do tend to believe that there are things out there that go bump in the night – so it’s taking something that might have once scared us – or that still might – and making it exciting instead of frightening.
[Manga Maniac Café] Which of your characters is most like you?
[Stephanie Tyler] I’d have to say Isabelle, from Hard to Hold, the first in my Hold romantic suspense trilogy. She’s solitary, needs a lot of time alone but she’s not lonely, per se. I can relate to her. But I really never base my characters on me or anyone I know – they kind of arrive in my mind, fully formed, so it’s really one of those, any resemblance to any person living or dead is merely coincidence…
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Stephanie Tyler] I don’t know what exactly they are – it’s just there. It’s always been there – and I guess I’d believe it’s a muse. I really was born a writer. I’ve always had this internal urge to create, to tell my stories. They’re always in my head. It’s something a little magical and mystical and it’s just really cool.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Stephanie Tyler] My music (I make soundtracks for each book), a Clairefontaine notebook (I write about half my book in longhand and I adore this paper – it’s smooth the ink never bleeds, even with markers) and my MacBook
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Stephanie Tyler] Wow, I had to go back and search for some of the first books I remember reading over and over – The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin comes to mind (I have a copy on my shelf still) – I remember reading that one over and over and that’s something I still do with favorites.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Stephanie Tyler] Spending time with Zoo (husband) and the kids – watching bad reality TV. Reading. And inevitably, thinking about writing, because it’s not something that ever really turns off. Which is okay, because I adore my job.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers get in touch with you?
[Stephanie Tyler] I love hearing from my readers! You can find me at:
My website: www.StephanieTyler.com (I have a contact page & a blog)
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
Dire Needs is available now! You can order a copy from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the widget below. You can also purchase the The Eternal Wolf Clan novella, Dire Warning, which is available exclusively in eBook format.
Feared by humans and envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures.
Rifter leads the pack, and his primal instincts have led him to claim Gwen, a woman seeking solace from the chronic pain that has wracked her body her entire life.
But whatever future Rifter and Gwen have is threatened by an enemy of both humanity and the Dire Wolves…