With: Maya Tyler
Life is all about timing. When I was a student, I had all the time in the world, but no money to do anything. When I graduated and got a job, I had money, but no time to go anywhere. Timing is everything.
Thank you, Just Paranormal Romance, for hosting me today. It was no accident I signed up to visit on this particular day. Today I celebrate my 6th month book birthday. My debut novella Dream Hunter was published on December 30, 2014.
It was a triumph for me, the culmination of a lifetime dream coming true. I should be enjoying this pinnacle; instead, I am dealing with one of my greatest struggles.
I’m a writer. With a little imagination, I should be able to plough ‘write’ through every issue I face, emerge as the victor, and write about my accomplishment. I wish it were that simple. Nothing is as simple as it should be. When did life get to be so complicated? Your guess is as good as mine.
I think about the Queen song “Who Wants To Live Forever” and the following lyrics:
There’s no time for us,
There’s no place for us,
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us.
It seems whenever I reach a point in my life where I should ‘have it all’, I encounter another obstacle. In a book, these events would be carefully orchestrated turning points, but in real life it’s a completely different story.
I graduated from university with a business degree twelve years ago. My husband, who I had dated since high school, and I got married that summer. My first few jobs weren’t at all glamorous, but my third job gave me a nervous breakdown as a parting gift.
My husband and I decided to make a fresh start, he had an opportunity for a promotion, and we moved to a different part of the country. Life was good. A few weeks after the birth of our first son, my husband became sick leading to a disability. This was devastating news. But we carried on. We became stronger. We had a second son. When my husband was stable and the boys were ages 4 and 2, I returned to the business world. We were doing well. My husband’s health remained stable. The boys were in school, kindergarten and pre-school. I was promoted at work after 8 months.
You know the ‘but’ is coming. Still, it blind-sided me. I began having issues at work which led to a decline in my health.
Just as my dreams of becoming a writer were coming true, I became sick and unable to write. Over the next few months, I focused on promoting my book and blog and polishing my website. I couldn’t concentrate on anything… let alone writing my next book. Whilst I couldn’t concentrate on writing the book itself, I was still productive because I needed to promote everything first anyway. Getting a website up and running takes time, whether you’re talking about hosting it on Sydney servers or building the theme, and so on. When promoting my blog and website, one of my friends told me that search engine optimization could be worth looking at. She said that would help me to increase website traffic and boost my blog on Google rankings, this would mean that more people would be able to find my website and blog. That was a good idea. She told me that companies like Victorious (https://victoriousseo.com/seo-company-san-francisco/) would be best to contact for SEO techniques. That was useful advice.
If this were the end, it would be a terrible story. It’s not the end. I believe everything you experience truly has the potential to help you grow as a person. From my ordeal, I have learned much.
1. In time, I will heal and everything will be okay.
2. I am happy with my life.
3. There is no right time to write.
Life isn’t perfect. There will always be bumps along the way. If you stumble, it doesn’t stop and let you catch up. It keeps going. If you want to make your dreams come true, you have to seize the moment. There is no right time. The time is now.
I’m a writer. I express myself best with words. I wrote Dream Hunter in the midst of my issues at work and I realize now how much of my ordeal influenced my story. My heroine Cynthia, like me, was working toward a promotion at work. Then trouble arose at her office which put her in danger. Sound familiar? My book was inspired by a dream I had. Cynthia’s dreams, in the story, help protect her from the unknown danger.
Writers process their thoughts and feelings through words. Writing is part of my healing process. I took my experience and turned it into a book.
Cynthia’s dreams are so real, they are actually coming true – complete with the prerequisite dream guy. But things are not as they seem.
Who said dreams are sweet?
Chicago businesswoman Cynthia Courtland is completely focused on her career when a sensual, reoccurring dream disrupts her orderly life. Then a threat against her workplace forces her to take time off. She is lost with nowhere to go–only her empty apartment.
Work is Gabe’s life too; he takes it very seriously and will do whatever it takes to succeed. He’s been watching over Cynthia for a long time and he has her best interests at heart, but can he protect her from the danger she is blind to? When Cynthia insists on investigating the threat so she can get back to work, it makes Gabe’s job all the more difficult.
When things settle, will there be more for them than a life filled with work? Will she give her dreams a chance to come true?
Maya Tyler is the author of Dream Hunter, her debut novella. Being an author is her lifelong dream. Her day job is in Finance, but she spends her free time writing paranormal romance novels and blogging at Maya’s Musings. She loves visitors and you can contact her anytime at www.mayatylerauthor.com.