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Author Interview – Pavarti K. Tyler

Saturday, August 10, 2013


What inspired you to write your first book? A friend of mine sent out a challenge to write a Middle Eastern Batman story.  So I did.  Shadow on the Wall

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Endings.  I’m terrible at endings.  I can keep going forever, writing about what people ate for breakfast for pages and pages.  But endings?  I always want to blow everyone up.  Strangely, White Chalk is the first novel I’ve written where the ending just came naturally.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Life is never easy, no one gets out alive.  What matters is how we treat others and how we care for ourselves.  Also, there’s nothing weak about asking for help.  Sometimes it’s the hardest thing you can do.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I already have!  Yay!

Have you developed a specific writing style? I think my readers would agree that everything I write is highly descriptive and emotional.  I’ve been told my writing is lyrical.  Since I write in so many different genres and I love to play with words, I don’t think there’s one style I utilize, but I hope all my stories provide a thoughtful and enjoyable read.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? My degree is in theatre, so I always bring a sense of the visual to a story.  I also think that my biggest strength is the ability to bring readers into moments in a visceral way.  This isn’t always fun, like in “Shadow on the Wall” there is a rape which is quite explicit.  It hurts, but you will feel it.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? No, when I get stuck on something, I just flip to whatever else I’m working on.  I’m usually knee deep in multiple stories in different stages of writing.  Right now I’m editing one, self-editing another, and starting to draft and third.

White Chalk

Chelle isn’t what most people consider a typical 13-year-old girl—she doesn’t laugh with friends, play sports, or hang out at the mall after school. Instead, she navigates a world well beyond her years.

Life in Dawson, ND spins on as she grasps at people, pleading for someone to save her—to return her to the simple childhood of unicorns on her bedroom wall and stories on her father’s knee.

When Troy Christiansen walks into her life, Chelle is desperate to believe his arrival will be her salvation. So much so, she forgets to save herself. After experiencing a tragedy at school, her world begins to crack, causing a deeper scar in her already fragile psyche.

Follow Chelle’s twisted tale of modern adolescence, as she travels down the rabbit hole into a reality none of us wants to admit actually exists.

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Genre - Literary Fiction/Coming of Age

Rating – R (15+)

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