Thursday, April 9, 2015

Author Spotlight - Tyler Omichinski

For a few months now, I've been promising to do some spotlights on fellow writers and authors.
Today I have the opportunity to share not only a Q and A with the talented author, Tyler Omichinski, but also the cover reveal of his upcoming novel, From the Desk of Elizabeth Cooper.

I first met Tyler in the online writing community Den of Quills, and have enjoyed connecting with him. Tyler will be on a blog tour in the upcoming days and weeks leading up to the release of his book, and we are kicking it off today.

So, without further preamble, here is the short description and advanced cover to From the Desk of Elizabeth Cooper:
"The world is fully of labyrinths and mysteries. When your world is made up of corporations and contracts like Elizabeth Cooper's, it is easy to stumble into a maze of transactions and purchases, each bringing her closer to realizing that one of her biggest clients is doing more than they say."
From the Desk of Elizabeth Cooper by Tyler Omichinski

Now that you've gotten a look at the cover, take a look at the Q and A to get to know Tyler a little better.

1. How and when did you discover you wanted to write fiction?

I don't think there was ever a time I didn't want to; I had some things published in High School, I had a short lived webcomic in like 2008, and I just sort of wrote alongside whatever else was in my life for a long time. It sort of hit me recently that I'm pretty sure I can actually do this for a living and make money at it, and that's what I'm shooting for right now.

2. What genre do you enjoy writing? Reading?

Just about everything honestly, which is such a non-answer. At the moment I'm reading Fall on Your Knees which is Canadian literature, Legacy of Ashes which is nonfiction about the CIA, and the collected works of Ian Fleming for a secret project.

3. Your writing style- is it more gardener or architect?

Haha; I've always heard this as plotter versus pantser. It definitely depends on the piece. I've written tons of short stories, most of them were by the seat of my pants. Lately I've been writing a lot for game companies and stuff and they demand a pitch and a plot/outline. The result is that I've been making the transition. For writing a novel or novella length creature, I think that its basically a requirement if you want to save your sanity and work on editing later on.

4.  Of your created characters, who is your favorite?

Right now its Eugene. He's in the novel I've been working on and I have a total crush on him. He's just super sad and dealing with not only his own demons, but then his external situation is just terrible. Alternatively, Caroline, from The Banks Job which is going to be published in an Anthology later this year. She's wonderfully sassy and fun, but I don't know if I'll get to come back to her anytime soon.

5. Talk through your writing process. On average, hour long does it take you to write a novel?

Wow. What a question. Lots. On good days I can tear through 3000+ words because I'm weird, but I have to spend so much time on other small projects to keep me in the black while the novel gets slowly chipped away at. By the math I just said, I could, in theory, get through one in about 50 days? That seems crazy. Most days I'm lucky to get 500-1000 on the novel and then the rest goes elsewhere.

6. Where do you find your inspiration?

Here's how I explained it to my fiance recently; I feel like in the back of my head, hiding in my subconscious and behind some memories from high school, there's this crab thing. It is slowly trying to build pearls in the shadowy recesses of my mind, inside of its stomach. Every once in awhile, I come across an interesting fact, or a quote, or an idea, and the crab thing skitters out of the darkness and grabs the thought, beats it into submission, then drags it back into the darkness to consume the pieces of it that it wants. Then, when I sit down to write, the crab comes back out and vomits everywhere. Sometimes it vomits terrible garbage, other times I get those pearls that it has been working on. Most of the time it is somewhere in the middle.

7. What do you think makes a good story?

There actually being a story and narrative instead of just a lot of scenes back to back. That's one of the things about a lot of movies and games is that they often seem to be just a series of things that happens with not much holding them together at all. That being said, it also needs a lot of things. You should have good characters doing interesting things

8. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write. Learn about the business. Write. Create a strategy for yourself. Write. Read and read and read and read. Also, don't forget to write.

9. What occupies your time when you are not writing?

At the moment, writing and building a writing career is the only thing I have going. I recently quit my day job and all I'm doing for the next little bit is writing and doing freelance work. Just this.

10. Fantasy cast your book- who would you like to see direct and act in an adaption?

Ooo. Let's go with the next one for publication; From the Desk of Elizabeth Cooper. There's only a small handful of characters in it, but I'm thinking Bob Odenkirk would make an amazing casting choice for the villain, Tatiana Maslany would be a great Elizabeth Cooper I think (she's so damn talented), and I think Ryan Michelle Bathe would be a very good choice for Shawna.

11. What did you leave on the cutting floor with your final draft? Was it difficult to cut?

So, my next publication is a novella that is almost Lovecraftian, sort of. I joked with someone else that it was "corporate horror," whatever that means. This one is a bit weird in that not much has been cut in the terms of scenes.

12. Do you write yourself into your stories?

In the sense that every one of my characters has a little bit of me in them. But they usually have bits of other people in them too. Elizabeth Cooper, for example, is made of little bits of me, then also some aspects of quite a few different friends of mine. I haven't yet written myself into a story. That being said, in my big file of "ideas" there is totally a short story idea that is based on me and my dog and the long meandering walks we go on through a nearby neighbourhood that is way too nice for us.

13. Outside of writing, what other passions do you have?

I paint to an acceptable degree. I love gardening and have this weird penchant for homesteading/survivalism. I'm also an avid gamer; I would love to be able to write for someone like Ubisoft some day. That would be awesome. Also trivia; I'm actually putting together a new trivia team to try to take over the Toronto Trivia scene. I tend to aim high.

14. You run/own Bushmead. Talk a bit about that endeavor and your goals.

Actually; my fiance does. Her dream is to work with or managing a publishing house. She has a rough time seeing works like 50 Shades make it as really successful novels when there are so many amazing writers out there who are writing intelligent, passionate, and great books. She wants to support more writers who are politically-aware, and writing about big issues. Like a lot of science fiction and other writers seem to used to. I help out on the business side of things because I can do "law magic" in that I understand contracts, and some other aspects of the business side of things.

15. How can readers connect with you? Social media, web, profiles...

I'm @Tyler_Roi on twitter, I write for AND, on Facebook, and then I have for my personal website and stuff. Then I'm really active on Goodreads.


I really appreciate Tyler taking the time to share his cover here and answer some questions. Please take some time to visit his links and share some of the love on his profiles. If you are a writer come on over and join us at the Den of Quills and connect with writers like Tyler and myself.

If you want to read more from Tyler you can also check out his guest posts over on the DoQ website.

As always, thanks for reading. Please share, like, +1, etc…