Tymber Dalton has written over forty books in a wide variety of genres and romantic pairings. We duct-taped her to her chair…eh, sat her down for a few minutes in her busy schedule to ask her a few questions.
Q: Tymber, your writing tends to range across the board in terms of genres and romantic pairings. Why is that?
A: I follow the characters. Sometimes, a certain set of characters will start screaming more loudly than others, and I end up writing their story next. I am very much a character-driven writer. If the characters tell me their story is a mystery, or contemporary, or paranormal, that’s where it goes. The same goes for their romantic dynamic. I’m not a plotter—I’m definitely a pantster. When a given set of characters get their hooks in me, I go with them, even if it’s not the next book I planned to write. I write what I enjoy reading, and since my reading tastes are diverse, from m/m to m/f to m/f/m and m/m/f and all sorts of variations, it’s just a natural extension.
Q: Do you think m/m is harder to write than other pairings?
A: Not at all! I love writing m/m stories. I love seeing what happens when two Alpha guys butt heads in a romantic relationship. I think it’s a huge turn-on, personally.
Q: So when are we getting our next m/m story from you?
A: Along with everything else I have going on, I do have plans to write more books in the Placida Pod shifter series, as well as write both the prequel and sequel to More Than Make-Believe, among other things. I have plans for another couple of standalone m/m stories churning in my brain, too. I’m also going to be writing more books in the Good Will Ghost Hunting series, in which Aidan and Jeff are a featured m/m romantic couple. That’s more of an ensemble series.
Q: Dolphin shifters (Placida Pod)? Really? How did that come about?
A: I wasn’t feeling good one weekend and I was lying on the couch watching TV and there was a news report out of Sarasota talking about some dolphins there, and—here’s a perfect example of the characters yelling at me—I suddenly got this idea for a pod of dolphin shifters. And the shifter hero was the son of the pod’s Alpha, and was expected to get married and take over, but he was gay and met his mate when the guy ran into him in a boat. Literally. The first two books wrote themselves in my head in less than an hour, and the next two books started to form as well. So I had to write the first two to “shut up the voices.” LOL. It hits me that hard. Sometimes I have to drop whatever I’m working on, write to quiet the voices, and then get back to business.
Q: So where do you get all your ideas?
A: Getting the ideas isn’t a problem. My “idea” folder on my computer is huge and growing nearly daily. My problem is finding time to write them all. And I have stories in all genres and pairings on there. Sometimes just a snippet will come to me, sometimes a very fleshed-out idea.
Q: How do you manage to make your men sound so “realistic?”
A: I spent a lot of years working in male-dominated professions (auto repair shops, a marina, auto parts). And I was a tomboy growing up. Most of my closest friends were guys. When I read a book and read a line of dialogue said by a male character that doesn’t sound realistic, it pulls me out of the story. So I strive to make my guys talk like guys.
Q: Lots of guy friends, huh?
A: Yes, I’ll admit, writing m/m scenarios is definitely one way I can rid myself of some idle fantasies of watching things that likely would never take place in real life. LOL. But I don’t see a problem with that. If everyone’s a consenting adult, who cares what form love takes? That’s why it’s great there are so many authors out there writing so many different kinds of stories. Everyone can find something to their liking, and authors can all write what they enjoy. I’m just lucky enough that my imagination bounces all over the place and allows me to write everything I enjoy reading!
Q: Do you have any advice for new writers?
A: Focus on building strong stories and characters first and less on the sex. If the story and characters are strong, then the sex scenes in your stories will naturally and easily flow from those elements as an integral, sexy part of the story. Also, never stop working on honing your craft. Read fiction, read books on writing, watch movies, read books on writing screenplays, go to workshops, network with other writers. And don’t give up!
Tymber Dalton lives in Florida with her husband and too many animals of various species. She lives in her own little world, but it’s okay, because they all know her there.
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