Hello again guys and welcome to another Blog Tour. On 11th January The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson will be published and unleashed in to the world for you all to enjoy. I am really excited to be promoting this book ( review coming soon). I was also able to interview the author and find out a little bit more about the man behind the words.
Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive.
Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive.
But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfil a destiny she never imagined.
If you enjoy reading books from the Dystopian Genre then this is definitely one I would recommend.
If you enjoy getting to know the person behind the pen as much as I do, I did a little Q&A that I have inserted below 🙂
- Where were you born?
- How many siblings do you have?
- Did you go to college/University?
I went to Seattle Pacific University and then got my MFA in creative writing at the University of California Riverside low-residency program.
- Where do you live now?
- Do you have any children?
Two. A four-year-old girl named Finnley, and a three-year-old boy named Lochland.
- What is your biggest fear?
Something happening to my family.
What do you feel are your biggest accomplishments so far in your career and in your life?
Publishing my debut novel and having/surviving two children thus far.
Now on to the bookish questions..
- What age did you start to write?
I have the same answer most authors have, which is: to some extent, I’ve always been writing. I used to write poems and little stories when I was a kid. While playing with my G.I. Joes, the storylines used to get so complicated that my dad couldn’t keep up. I’d ask if he was done playing with me so that I could be alone to continue my little dramas. More specifically, I suppose I began to write seriously in college.
- When did you know you wanted to be an author?
While getting my undergrad degree, I was debating going into marketing (oddly enough). Then I received high marks on an English placement test and it was like the most obvious light bulb ever. I knew I’d always loved reading and writing. Of course I was going to major in English and do everything I could to become a writer.
- What urged you to pursue writing as a career?
The voices inside my head. I’m kidding. Sort of. I think it’s simply the desire to write and create.
- Did you do any research about what genre was popular before you started writing?
No. I don’t think writers should. I don’t think your writing choice should be dictated by market trends. I think you should write what you’re most passionate about.
What is your favourite Genre to read?
I read a fair mix of genres, and my favorite novels tend to be ones that blend genres together. Thriller, literary, fantasy, science fiction? Put them all in a pot and stir.
- What is your favourite Genre to write?
Sort of the same answer as above. I like to mix and match. In my mind, my own novel is a post-apocalyptic literary-mystery-thriller with a dash of science fiction.
- Do you ever get writers block? If so how do you overcome it?
I don’t really get writer’s block as much as I just get stuck for a little while. There are two solutions to this for me. One is to simply write another sentence—even if it’s a bad sentence; even if I don’t know where I’m going—then write another sentence and another, and often, by that time, I’ll have an idea. The other solution is to get out, go for a walk with my dog, and let my brain relax.
- What inspires you to write? Do you have to take notes?
I sometimes make a crude outline that I barely stick to. I take notes if I’m not around a computer and come up with an idea—I’ll jot something down on my phone. My inspiration comes from a variety of external and internal sources. I wish I could pin it on one specific thing. I guess, really, the inspiration to write simply comes from the desire to create.
- I always ask this of authors and I am quite surprised at the response I get .. I am not a writer but when I get an idea of something to write (or draw) I have to do it there and then even if it is just a draft ( do i sound crazy?) Do you ever feel like that?
You do not sound crazy! I totally get it. I wrote The Wolves of Winter in a fury of four months. I had an idea that I was excited about, and I felt like I needed to get it out or it would leave me for someone else. Ideas are fickle, traitorous things.
- . What is next for you?
Hopefully another book! Maybe The Wolves of Winter 2? Nothing is written in stone yet, so I can’t say anything for sure.
Thanks so much for the interview!
If I could go around and interview authors and film makers as a job I would love it. People are so interesting to me and I really do enjoy discovering more about the authors behind the books I read. I may sound like a loon but I do sometimes feel it helps me understand the book better and how the characters develop and how the storyline progresses. It is always good to get a bit of background in my opinion.
I cannot wait to post my review and find out what you guys think about it.
What are you reading at the moment?
Any suggestions on what I should add to my TBR ?
Until next time Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You