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June 17, 2019

My Writer's Backstory / Vlog + Tara Tyler's Windy Hollow Release Day!

Hi, everyone!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I have something different for you. I've been making and posting videos on my YouTube channel, and I just got the brilliant idea to post some of those videos directly on my blog as posts. *face palm* I will mix a few older fun or informative vlogs with new ones and try to put up vlog posts 2-3 times a month here on Write with Fey.

I've been trying to find some way to make blogging (for me) more fun. Ever since my worst case of depression a couple of years ago, blogging hasn't been the same for me. Then BAM! I got this idea (moments ago from typing this), and I think this may motivate me. I do really enjoy creating my YouTube videos, so this just may be the answer. Or, at least, a step.


How I Started Writing 

Length: 5:59

How I Came Up with My Author Pen Name

Length: 4:27

The Story Behind My Author Tagline

Length: 5:44

Total Length for All 3 Videos:


Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on the videos on YouTube. To go to each video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

QUESTION: How did you start writing?

Thanks for watching!



Beast World MG Fantasy Series, book #3
by Tara Tyler
Available NOW!

In BROKEN BRANCH FALLS, Gabe and his friends go on a quest to save their school, blowing up all the rules, and discover their origins.

Then they go to CRADLE ROCK and meet some real live humans, scaring them into attack mode. The Beasts realize they have to spread the truth ASAP.

Now, school's out, and Gabe is ready for a break from all the drama...

Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings. 

Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!

Author Bio

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

How to find:
twitter: @taratylertalks
Instagram: taratylertalks
newsletter: tara tyler news

Please leave Tara some love!


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to Tara!

You chose a good pen name. The magical still fits though because you look a little like an elf (in a very good way!) and elves are magical.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Neat idea, Chrys! I don't think I'd be very good with making videos of myself - I like to hide in my shell too much! - but never say never. :)

Congrats to Tara!

The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to Tara on her release!

I've seen some of your YouTube videos before and you have a lovely on-screen presence :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great idea to post on YouTube but I'm not sure I would be good at it. Awesome how you got into writing. I didn't get into it until I read Harry Potter when my daughter was younger.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys ... congratulations on the videos - they're great ... you come across so relaxed and comfortable - you're a pleasure to listen to.

Good luck to Tara ... and to you both going forward with your publications - cheers Hilary

Sherry Ellis said...

That's a fun idea to post videos. You did a nice job with them!

Sandra Cox said...

Wishing Tara much success.
Great idea to post your videos, Chrys. You're very photogenic:)

Chrys Fey said...

LOL! I actually had someone at an event once say that I looked like an elf from Lord of the Rings. :D They are gorgeous, so I'll take that as a compliment. :D

Chrys Fey said...

I used to be terrified to make videos, but now I actually enjoy doing them. It took a while, though. And in the beginning, many redos. lol

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! I hear that a lot, and it never ceases to amaze me, considering how much of an introvert I really am. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Harry Potter sure sparked so many people's imaginations and created many writers. Harry Potter influenced me as well.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! It took a lot of practice to get that way. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! I have fun doing them. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! Since I was little, I've heard that I['m photogenic, but being shy, hearing that would make me wanna hide. lol I'm getting better at not hiding. And actually enjoy making these videos. :)

Birgit said...

You must love pumpkins! I see that in the background. You have an excellent voice and you are very pretty. In fact you inspire me to create a fairy card with the green and purple that is on your chair. I love it that you got your inspiration from an old rusty, dirty screw. OK...that does sound right but you know what I mean:) It's interesting how life can redefine what one writes. We had creative writing in grade school which is how I started and always got great marks

Chrys Fey said...

I DO love pumpkins! I'm glad you noticed that.

Aw. I am so happy to inspire you to make a fairy card.

HAHAHA!!!! I know what you mean.

Tara Tyler said...

yes she does! elegant and adorable! very similar to Tauriel!
and thanks, Diane

Tara Tyler said...

Yay for your videos! I subscribed to your channel. I'm trying to do more videos myself, to the chagrin of my youtube-watching teenage son, I'm so embarrassing! if you ever want to do one together, let me know! always looking for brave souls.
And thanks for posting my WINDY HOLLOW release info! loving all the support!
virtual cartwheels!! (esp since I can't do them irl anymore...)

Tara Tyler Talks

J.L. Royal said...

I've put a few videos on my blog from time to time. The last one was where I read a book I had written in 2nd grade. It's really fun to do and a nice way to shake up blog content.

Juneta key said...

Nice idea to post the videos on the blog. I have always written in a journal since a kid about 9, and then notebooks sometimes would have a story idea. I wrote the idea but never went back and wrote the story. Then I had some story dreams I wrote down that I still have that had lots of detail for story ideas I might write in the future.

I took a couple of snail mail writing courses from Children Institute of Writing and then Writers Digest before we had access to internet like now. That was the early 90's.
I started reading and buying every writing craft book I could find and reading it too.

It was when I started writing story in Star Wars RPG (role playing game), the beginning of 2000, that I really started writing, writing, and then in 2011 I decided I wanted to try to write books. I bought Holly Lisle's course How To Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers. I started and set up my blog as a writing platform too. In the beginning of 2014 I joined IWSG and have not missed a post yet.

2019 I have my first publication in Grumpy Old Gods anthology plus doing lots more that will be published because I partnered with another writer to create themed anthologies and offer opportunity to other writers who like short stories. I am also working on something of my own rather with a group of writers which I hope to publish soon, but no date set yet, and there you have it.

Great post.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Big congratulations to Tara!
You know, I've never come up with an actual tagline for my writing.
Super Girl - Wonder Woman. Same universe though.

Liz A. said...

Congrats to Tara. I'll have to come back and watch the videos when I have a bit more time.

nashvillecats2 said...

Excellent videos Chrys. and congrats to Tara.


Jeff (Sage) said...

My first attempts at writing, that I remember, was when I was 4 or 5 and my father was away training for a new job, and as mom wrote him a letter, I decided to do the same, but the only words I knew were gas stations: Esso, Shell, Sinclair, Texaco, etc. Good idea about your videos!

Sandra Cox said...

Fun to learn how you got your pen name.

SpacerGuy said...

I've come up with a new trekkie word Fey, Trekamaniacs! What you think? Its a fun way of high fiving trekker pals, :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Tara!

I love your videos! How courageous to put yourself out there. You have a very quiet but powerful presence, if that makes sense? Also, I totally get why you use a pen name. I do it for the same reason. I have people out there that I don't want to know what I write about. I'm still the same exact person on here that I am in the "real" world. Just a different name. Sorry the pen name didn't quite work out for you but I'm glad you kept it.

I'm doing a podcast now to help keep things fresh and fun on my end too. I'll be announcing it on my blog next week. Thank for sharing "you" with us. This was a lot of fun. :)


Jacqui Murray said...

Good videos, Chrys. I do a lot of webinars for my other persona (tech teacher). They're nice, aren't they?

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Whatever it takes to bring back the magic! Or spark...

I used to love to blog and Facebook, etc. But then someone told me it was a good platform and suddenly my social media was work and hence, no fun. I've tried to stop worrying so much about making it part of "work" and start enjoying it again.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much for subscribing to my channel! Yay!!!

I've never done a video with someone. How would that work?

Chrys Fey said...

Oh...that's a good idea. I may have to steal that idea some time. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for sharing your story with me! You might've joined IWSG around the time I did. I'd have to go back and look at my posts. But I haven't missed a post yet, either. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's very true! I never thought of that. :)

Chrys Fey said...

No problem. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Yvonne!

Chrys Fey said...

You only knew gas stations? Was that because your family traveled a lot? (I can't recall.)

Chrys Fey said...


Chrys Fey said...

I like it! :D

Chrys Fey said...


Yikes. Yeah, that can sure kill the fun.

Chrys Fey said...

Absolutely! I'm starting to do some that are like tutorials. I'm using the PowerPoint presentations I make for writer's meetings.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! And it does make sense...probably because I am naturally shy and introverted.

Yes. It bothers me when people start to say that writers who use pen names are trying to hide something. Or they are fake or scammers. It's just not truw.

Enjoy your podcast!