Today I have an interview with G Tyler Mills, author of several short stories, including the recently released Gather Sticks Along the Way.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I began to write this novel when my wife and I found out we would be having our first child. I had wanted to write for some time, but I wanted something driven by a compelling emotion. I discovered the feelings gained when having a child can be an overwhelming joy and I knew this was an emotion I wanted to guide my character. The feelings I immediately felt would cause me to do anything for this child and I knew it was a something that many have felt. I chose this relationship to be the motivation for the actions of my protagonist.
I think ebooks are great. I’m a huge fan, but that wasn’t always the case. I didn’t think I would like the format at all. I thought it would feel like reading notes posted from a college professor. I think a lot of companies knew this would be the case with eReaders and made efforts to keep the elements we all like about books alive. I think in a few years ebooks will become even a greater part of our daily lives. Books will be to ebooks what vinyls are to iTunes. The things you really like will hold a place on your bookshelf, but the rest will be downloaded.
I didn’t base entire characters out of people I know, but I definitely used qualities of a lot of people I had met. Some of these people I may have only met just once but something about them left an impression on me. I think it would be hard to write something without incorporating your own experiences. Those experiences help create a better narrative and something that a lot of readers can relate to.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
My favorite part of writing would have to be the challenge it presents. I like having the idea or concept in my head and typing it out. I really enjoy reading something that doesn’t tell me what’s going on in a book, but instead shows me what is happening. That’s the same way I approach writing. I like to present the reader with elements they can visualize and allow them to create their own scene.
About G Tyler Mills:
I was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in north Alabama.Graduate of the University of North Alabama. Member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Married to an amazing wife. We share one son and two dogs.
Gather Sticks Along the Way by G Tyler Mills
When God commanded Abraham to carry Isaac up the mountain, the boy was told by his father to gather sticks to build an altar. With each piece he gathered he unknowingly contributed to his own sacrifice. But before the blade would fall an angel of God would appear. The entire parable hinged on Abraham’s faith in God’s plan and his determination to carry it out with his own hands.
Charles is an average man. He has a loving family and is solid in his own beliefs. But his faith is soon tested with the loss of his son and Charles becomes a man driven by the need for answers. He needs to know what happened to his child and is prepared to do anything to find out. As simple actions by multiple individuals begin to unfold, a tragedy is formed and Charles is caught in the middle. Throughout it all he knows he is not alone. He knows God is with him. As Charles begins to see signs of what he believes to be the truth behind his son’s disappearance, he’s unsure if these come from God or if they are just coincidences. Is it his vengeance that propels him or is he just doing God’s plan? His faith will either see him through this catastrophe or cause him to lose all he has left.