Hola my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Ty Mitchell
Ty was born in Philadelphia, but raised in Atlanta by his mother and grandmother. He went to college to become an animator, but quickly found his true passion in writing when he took a screenwriting class. In 2009, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he would travel the world and network with people who also wanted to explore the world of writing. Since then, Ty has gone on to write several screenplays, relationship articles for publications like Elite Daily, and for his own blog the-vpf.com.
Book Sample: The Color of Love
Genre: New Adult Romance
Have you ever been in a relationship so mind-blowing that is was forbidden? Has someone so special ever come into your life that they could take your heart to a level it’s never been before or crush it all in the same breath?
This was the perfect storm that Daisy, a struggling artist, ran into when she met Mike. He was an agent with top-shelf connections in the art world, and she was willing to do anything outside of sex to get her work noticed.
So when Mike cozies up to Daisy, she doesn’t reject his advances. But both are surprised when ulterior motives fall by the wayside, and they find themselves entangled in feelings they never expected. The consequences ultimately test Daisy’s integrity, relationships, and life journey as she must decide where her heart is leading her and if she wants to follow
When did you decide to become a writer? When I was in college I was majoring in Media Arts and Animation. I was always a story-teller at a young age, but I never really knew what platform I wanted to use to tell my stories. It wasn’t until I took a class called Screenwriting for Animators that I knew what I wanted to do. So instead of doing the logical thing and changing my major, I dropped out of college completely and self-taught myself how to write screenplays. Writing novels came years later.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I was getting frustrated with the screen writing because I wasn’t where I thought I should be in my eyes. So one day my wife and I were laying on the bed and she said, “I think I want to write a book.” But my mind translated it into, “YOU should write a book.” And I thought to myself, “You know what? Maybe I should.” So I did the research about self-publishing and a year and a half later here we are. My wife still jokes with me about me stealing her idea.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I think I’ve gone outside my comfort zone. A lot of what I previously wrote was in the scope of what I knew. The subject matter, the characters I created, and sometimes the stories all banked on things that went on within my circle. Now I move towards more sophisticated plots and multileveled characters.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I definitely outline my work with the beginning, middle and end. Then when those things are set in stone, I put my plot points where they need to be. I also write detailed back stories for the main characters. Novels are a little different than screenplays because you have a little more freedom. In a screenplay, certain things have to happen at a certain point or it just won’t work. There is definitely room to play with in a novel and I love it.
Any advice for aspiring authors? Two things. Number 1, just start writing. When I tell people I wrote a book someone always tells me, “I wanted to write something, but (insert excuse)”. If you want to take writing seriously, just put something down on paper and do it consistently. And number 2, chase the dream, not the dollar. I had to learn that early because I’m very hands on when it comes to sells. To be honest with you I check at least 7 times a day. It’s not because I’m money hungry, it’s just I want to know what going on with my book like any other author. But I had to take a step back and really focus on putting quality work/time into building my brand. That includes blog posts, networking, marketing and anything else that comes with being discovered. If you’re doing it for the money and fame then eventually it will come as long as you’re being true to yourself and putting out quality material.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special? Daisy is someone that can get along with anyone. She has a sense of humor. She’s very loyal. You do have to earn her trust and it makes her friendship that much more valuable because she will never take you for granted. She has a way of making people gravitate towards her whether she wants the attention or not. And I think it’s due to her creative spirit. Even when she doesn’t have it all figured for herself, you can never tell her who she is or what’s best for her because only she can give you that million-dollar answer (inside joke from the book)
Where do your ideas come from? My ideas can come from anywhere. From personal experience, a story someone else told me, I’ve written stories from a dream, or just building a story from scratch. My ideas come from anywhere.
What is the hardest thing about writing? The hardest thing about writing is just getting started.
What is your favorite movie or TV show? I’m kind of all over the place. For TV shows I have: The Blacklist, Bates Motel, Modern Family, Archer, The Office (US Version), Lost, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones.
Movies: Django, Inglorious Bastards, Memento, I Saw the Devil (Foreign film) and plenty more that I can’t think of right now. I’m just a fan of amazing writing.
What is the current book you are promoting? THE COLOR OF LOVE. Right now I’m on a virtual book tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. Here’s the link for the schedule http://www.enchantedbookpromotions.com/deluxe-tour-schedule-the-color-of-love/
If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?
Daisy- Logan Browning
Mike- Lance Gross
Al- Donald Glover
Roc- Brian J. White
Alex- Scarlett Johansson
What is your next project? I haven’t decided if I want to do a sequel to The Color of Love or turn one of my other scripts into a book.
Do you have any fur babies to brag about? This is my angel Maya. She’s a beagle born in Germany and needs all of my attention.
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