Book Nerd Interview
Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.
Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is hard at work as the Director of Publicity at Novel Publicity and penning her next novel.
Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
Not particularly. I always wrote to a certain degree and creative writing assignments were decidably my favorite. When I was in high school I dated a fella who was both smarter and more talented than me (he still is). I enrolled in creative writing so we'd have an elective together and found that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even when our relationship ended I continued to write.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I'm a tax accountant in real life.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
That I could talk just about anyone into anything, including talking professors out of assignments and into whatever project I was interested in instead.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Sometimes everything you write is crap, just keep writing, eventually you'll find your groove.
Can you tell us when you started Shadow on the Wall, how that came about?
I started Shadow on the Wall after a friend (that same fella from high school I mentioned above) put out a call on his blog for people to write a Middle Eastern Superhero story. After writing about 5000 words I realized I had a lot more to say then I'd realized. NaNoWriMo approached and I decided to go for it. Next thing I knew I had most of a book finished.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your characters?
I was surprised to find that I was writing a story about women. The Main Character is a man and most of the story occurs around his journey, but the point of the book, the real meat of it, is about the women characters. It just wasn't possible to authentically write the story I wanted to tell from a woman's POV. It had to be about the man, because it's his journey and realizations that the reader has to experience in order to get the deeper meeting.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
"How are you?" I've been suffering from a severe anxiety attack for about 4 months now. I'm functional to a certain degree from behind the screen but in person I'm a hot mess. If you meet me dropping my kids off for school and ask me how I am, I'm going to lie.
What’s your most missed memory?
Sleeping in a hammock on the beach in Mykonos Greece. Ahh I'd do that again in an instant.
What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
"Thank you for calling Glamour Shots, Springfield Mall. How can I help make your day more beautiful?"
When was the last time you cried?
Remember above when I told you about the anxiety disorder? You're lucky I'm not crying now J
Most horrifying dream you have ever had?
I have a fear of invertebrates. I have a recurring dream of said invertebrates wriggling into various orifices while I'm immobilized. I tried to phrase that sanitized as possible so I don't pass the dream on.
Where can readers stalk you?
My blog is all ages: http://www,fightingmonkeypress.com
My tumblr is 18+ only: http://pavartidevi.tumblr.com/
My Fan Page needs your likes: https://www.facebook.com/#!/FMPress
My Twitter likes friends: http://twitter.com/#!/PavartiKTyler
My Google+ is random: https://plus.google.com/?gpinv=JFSVnKSj7Uk:FdjR-3NCJW8#me/posts
Rape. Murder. Extortion. All in a day's work for the nefarious RTK, the brutal, self-appointed morality police controlling modern Elih, Turkey. In these dark times who can stand against their iron-fisted rule?
Enter Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?
Shadow on the Wall is Book One of The Sand Storm Chronicles, which tells the epic transformation of a complicated man from mogul brat to . . . superhero.
Pavarti K. Tyler’s Shadow on The Wall is the story of a very rich man named, Recai Osman. Everything changes when he finds himself buried in the desert barely living. He is rescued by a stranger named Hasad and with the help of his daughter, Rebekah, they take him to their home and take care of him. Soon, the very intimidating RTK “morality” police make their presence known in Hasad’s village. When they attack Rebekah, Recai promises to seek revenge.
The epilogue discusses Pavarti’s influence for the book and readers will automatically feel it. In a sense, Recai is like Batman except that he is hesitant about taking on the super-hero role. The Recai character is refreshing and real. He has weaknesses and struggles like everyone else. Although spiritually broken down, he is on a mission to reclaim his faith in Allah.
The story is unique and is written well. Pavarti expertly incorporates many themes that are not usually seen in this type of story. Themes such as cruelty and oppression towards women are covered in great detail. Pavarti’s writing is so clear and sharp that readers will feel their emotional pains. It is very evident that an extensive research on the Islamic religion was performed. It gave the book a very real and authentic feel. Shadow on The Wall is extraordinarily gripping and gives a detailed look into the lives of everyday Muslims. It combines an array of aspects with so many emotions and deep meanings that touches your heart and provokes your mind.
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