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Title: Dream On
Author: Terry Tyler
ISBN: ASIN – B0094WNOF8
Genre: Contemporary fiction/humour
Links for your book:
'Dream On' on Amazon UK
Can you tell me something about yourself?
I live in the north east of England with my husband. I have 4 novels on Amazon KDP, and will soon be starting the 5th, a sequel to the 4th. I like to write about real life, everyday situations; many of the characters and situations in my novels are taken from those I have known, experienced or observed. Of course, I embellish greatly, too!
What inspired you to write?
Loving to read, I think. Wanting, like CS Lewis said about The Chronicles of Narnia, to write the books I want to read. I like reading about love and loss and jealousy and obsession, lives that go down the pan then build back up again, about the sort of people who live in my world, about the idiosyncrasies of human nature, so these are the themes in my books. I wrote about 9 novels in the 1990s, too, in the days before Kindles, laptops, etc!
Who are you favourite authors?
I also love to read crime, psychological thrillers, observational humour and well researched historical fiction – my favourite authors are John Boyne, Douglas Kennedy, Kate Atkinson, Deborah Moggach, Susan Howatch, Norah Lofts, Dorothy Parker, Evelyn Waugh, Bill Bryson – to name but a few.
Can you tell me something about your latest book?
I’d love to! I’m delighted to say that it’s been very well received so far, with lots of excellent reviews. It’s called ‘Dream On’, and it’s about Dave Bentley, a small town guy with big rock ‘n’ roll dreams who starts up his own rock band, Thor. He has an on-off relationship with Janice, the mother of his son (Harley, David’s son), and is passionately in love with a beautiful singer-songwriter called Ariel.
Ariel has a friend called Melodie who is desperate to be ‘a celebrity’; the two of them decide to enter a TV talent show, and Thor go along, too. This event changes the lives of all of them; one member of Thor even ends up on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
The novel is funny (there are several secondary characters like Ritchie the misogynistic bass player, and barmy Glynis with her creative workshop, who were great fun to write about), but it’s about relationships and heartache, too – not least of all Janice’s pain at seeing her grandmother deteriorate into the clutches of Alzheimer’s disease.
This sounds really great... So how long did it take you to write it?
It took about three months to write the first draft, then another very concentrated six weeks for the re-writing and editing.
Can you tell us something about the writing process, do you have a set time for writing, did you do any research or anything else of interest that was involved?
As I’ve said, I write about what I know, which makes things easier. But I asked a friend who had a band in 2007/8 (the period in which ‘Dream On’ is set) exactly how a struggling band would have tried to promote themselves then; my knowledge of such things was a bit out of date. I was lucky when it came to the TV talent show; my sister used to work for a satellite TV station and, later, in the music business, and I have a friend who entered Britain’s Got Talent! As for when I write – all the time I can, when I’m writing a new novel. It comes before watching television, reading, social life – and housework, to be honest!
What do you think readers will come away with when they have finished your book?
A bit more knowledge about the lower echelons of the music industry, ha ha! I hope it will make them laugh, and that they will have read about people with whom they can identify; this is the factor that most people love most about my books – that the characters and dialogue are so believable.
Would you share a paragraph or two with us?
Here’s a bit about Dave’s fear that he’ll slink into a rock ‘n’ roll free zone of domesticity:
He couldn’t just be a normal husband and dad, eventually getting his hair cut and swapping his leather for some sort of casual jacket from Janice’s Littlewoods catalogue. Taking his lost youth to the pub, standing at the bar and telling the younger men that he used to play guitar and ride a motorbike, too.
And when Ariel agrees to perform at nutty Glynis Took’s creative workshop ‘open mic’ evening:
Jonah and Paulus, who together made up Barred of Stratford on Avon, had just completed their ‘hilarious and irreverent’ send-up of Hamlet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; this had been bad enough, but Glynis Tooke’s monologue in which she ranted in a style more amateur than dramatic against her violent husband was positively excruciating. Ariel was up next; as she waited at the side of the stage she could see Dave, Shane and Melodie laughing; oh dear, they’d started on another round of drinks. Was she imagining it, or were certain members of the rather earnest looking audience aiming disapproving looks their way?
Many thanks for asking me to feature on your blog, Diane, and I hope this interview has been of interest to your readers!
It has been a real pleasure Terry, good luck with your writing!!
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