I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Author Stephanie Tyler to the blog to answer a few questions about her new book DEFIANCE which releases TODAY!
DEFIANCE is a New Adult title and the first book in the author’s new series of the same name. When I read the book’s description and the short excerpt, which is included below, I just had to make it my first New Adult read. It sounds so deliciously dark, with a fierce heroine and a bad boy or two.
But it was the “post-Chaos world,” “near-total anarchy” and the Motorcycle Club that made this book a must for me. Well, that and a quote from the excerpt – “You’re going to undo me,” he murmured finally.
As I did ask quite a few question… again… and there are all sorts of awesome details about the book and author to check out, I will skip the long intro.
But just one thing…
Be sure to check out the DEFIANCE page on the author’s website for an awesome image of the MC’s logo and for a longer excerpt from the book.
… or two.
Title: DEFIANCE (Defiance #1)
Author: Stephanie Tyler
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Genre: New Adult (futuristic/paranormal)
Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.
Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home…and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough–and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.
Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response…and the inevitable fallout.
Stephanie Tyler was a Secondary Ed teacher for grades ranging from middle school to college while she pursued a PhD in English Literature, all while trying to convince herself that she would get back to her dream of writing as a career eventually. When her daughter was born with serious medical problems, Stephanie found inspiration in the fighter her child proved to be—and found her own way back to writing.
Today, Stephanie writes what she loves to read — romantic suspense with military heroes. Stephanie also co-writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell under the name Sydney Croft. Stephanie is a member of RWA and NINC, both professional organizations for authors. She lives in New York with her husband, children, and Gus the Weimaraner, and she is always working on her next novel.
She loves hearing from readers, so please feel free to peruse her website at www.stephanietyler.com.
Hi Stephanie, I’m so happy to welcome you to the blog for an interview/Q&A. Your new adult novel DEFIANCE grabbed me immediately. It sounds a little bit dark, dangerous and sexy and totally kick-a**.
Thanks for having me! And yes, those are great words to describe Defiance — and especially Caspar.
Q. As my blog has largely focused on YA, my readers may not yet have had the pleasure of “meeting” you. If you had only 25 words or less to describe yourself, how would you do so?
I’m a voracious reader who loves bad boys, alpha males and tattoos. I’m a writer who gets to write the stories I like to read.
Q. And if twenty-five words just weren’t enough, what one other detail would you like to share?
If I had to pick another career, I’d be a singer in a rock band. (This could only happen if I was granted a wish that made me un-tone deaf.)
Q. You have an impressive number of successful and enticing titles to your name, but DEFIANCE is your first novel in the new adult genre. What made you decide to take the leap into this genre?
I don’t really have enough control over my characters where I can sit down and say, I want to write a New Adult book. For me it was such a natural progression of the way I already write — I think exploring a character’s past, especially those years between 18 & 25, because they’re so fraught with angst is so important and I realized that I could actually write about characters at that age now instead of making them older and going back and describing their past. I can show them living it.
Plus, Tru and Caspar just arrived in my mind – they are who they are, you know? I couldn’t change their ages anymore than I could change the fact that they’re part of an MC.
Q. How has writing a novel for the new adult genre differed from writing paranormal romance and romantic suspense? Were there any changes to the process? To the plot? To the characters? Did you find it easier? More challenging? Did you keep a different audience in mind?
This book has fewer POVs — I typically include lots of subplots in the suspenses and the PNRs. But this book found me shifting to mainly the hero and heroine’s pov, with several of Mathias’s scenes. And nothing about this book was hard. I got the spark of the idea when I was on the treadmill (I tend to plot and talk to myself while I’m walking and listening to music, which is why I can only do it in my house and not at the gym — or they’ll cart me away) and I went to the computer and within three hours, I had the first several books mapped out plus the first five chapters written. When a book and its characters shout that loudly at me, I tend to pay attention.
Q. While it may be too early to tell, what do you like most about writing new adult?
For one thing, it was my first time writing in first person — not the heroine or hero, but a secondary character whose voice came through that way. I absolutely loved it, and his book will definitely see me writing more first person pov. But also, I simply love that timeframe between the ages of 18 − 25. They were such an amazing time in my life — first time freedoms as well as mistakes.
Q. You mention on your website that you pitched DEFIANCE as “Sons of Anarchy meets the apocalypse.” Without revealing too much, what can readers expect from this first book in your new series?
In Defiance, you’ll learn about the Chaos, a series of massive storms following a meteor hit close to an active volcano. Picture hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, but all happening at the same time. The world’s struggling to rebuild three years later, but the Defiance MC was really in a perfect position to thrive. They’re built on violence and chaos and anarchy and they’ve always been tough enough to survive most anything.
But Caspar, the head enforcer of the MC, doesn’t know if he’ll survive Tru’s return. She’d got the power to ruin all his plans, and he’s got a tough choice to make — claim her, or kill her.
Q. Characters are such an important part to the story. In DEFIANCE, your leading characters are Tru and Caspar. What can you tell us about each of them?
You’ll meet Tru Tennyson — former princess of the Defiance MC. Her father was the head enforcer, which entitled her to a lot of privilege in the club. Before she ran away, she was dating Silas, the son of the head of the MC. But she’s really in love with Caspar, Silas’s illegitimate brother. And Caspar’s my favorite kind of character — a true bad boy who respects the woman he loves.
Q. Did you have a favorite scene to write in DEFIANCE? If so, what made it your favorite to write?
I had a lot of favorite scenes, but a particular favorite was the fight and party scene when Tru first comes back. Mathias asked Caspar when they’re going to be allowed to finally have some fun (although he asks far more colorfully than that!) and it was awesome to watch the younger generation of the MC dance and party and go wild, even in the face of the Chaos. They still had some normal in the face of all the adversity.
Q. What is it about romantic suspense/paranormal romance that appeals to you as a writer? Do you prefer creating the relationships or writing the action sequences?
My books begin and end with the characters — they’re the driving force and so they yank me all over the place. I follow their lead and try to keep up, whether they’re doing relationship stuff or fighting for their lives.
Favorite writing spot… Bed.
Favorite writing tool – mac, pc, pen, pencil, etc… Mac or Clairefontaine notebook and Pilot Precise V7 Fine.
Favorite time of day to write… Between 11PM and 2AM. Always been a night owl.
Favorite way to write – silence, with music, etc… Music, the louder the better.
Favorite book you wrote… Always the last one I finished
Favorite character you created… It’s a toss up between Jake from Hard to Hold and Caspar from Defiance.
Favorite book you read in 2013… I don’t know if either of these are 2013 releases but it’s a toss up so far between The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Labon and Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.
Favorite writing snack… Chocolate. Any kind.
Favorite moment as a writer… Hitting the New York Times Bestseller list was pretty cool
Favorite source of inspiration… Everywhere. But reading and TV are top choices.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all those questions for me and my blog’s readers. I, too, am a fan of bad boys, alpha males and tattoos and cannot wait to discover them all in DEFIANCE.
I love that the story and characters screamed at you to be written. And that Tru and Caspar are exactly who they are and there’s nothing you could do to change them. Those are the best kinds of stories to read. Everything connects, makes sense, flows naturally.
And I really cannot wait to learn more about the Chaos and what Caspar decides to do about Tru. It sounds like he doesn’t have an easy decision ahead of him.
DEFIANCE sounds incredible and its characters are ones I can’t wait to get to know. Thank you so much for sharing just a little bit more about them, your book, yourself and your writing.
“You can’t give up on me now.”
“I already did that, a long time ago.”
“I don’t believe you.”
“You didn’t know me, Tru. Never did.”
“But you know me. And I’m not giving up — I won’t give up enough for both of us.”
He muttered — mainly curses — under his breath. She ran a fingertip over his lips. “You’re going to undo me,” he murmured finally.
“And then I’ll put you back together.”
“You have no idea what you’re asking.”
“I do. You want someone to stand by you while you try to fix everything here. You told me.”
His eyes flickered, a little surprised. “You were too drunk to remember anything that night.”
She smiled, trailed her hand along to cup the back of his neck. “I remember everything about the time we spent together.”
He waited a beat, a muscle in his jaw twitched as he clenched it, his eyes searching hers. Looking for something that she knew she could give him. “That was before,” he told her finally.
I am offering up for giveaway a Kindle eBook copy of DEFIANCE to THREE (3) winners.
The giveaway is open to anyone, 16 or older, who can accept Kindle eBook gifts from the Amazon US store.
Just leave a comment about what most appeals to you about DEFIANCE and enter in the Rafflecopter, below.
(There are a couple of extra entry opportunities for following the author on Twitter and liking her Facebook page.)