Author Interview w/ Majanka Verstraete
Today I’m interviewing Ty Mitchell, author of contemporary romance “The Color of Love”.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
It actually didn’t hit me right away. I always knew I wanted to tell stories, but I went through a journey to find the platform I needed. I started in Animation. Then I went to screenwriting (which I still do). And finally, about a year and a half ago I landed on writing a book. I have to say it’s the most fun out of the three because there’s a lot more freedom when it comes to author as oppose to being a screenwriter or animator.
What inspired you to write The Color of Love?
Well, The Color of Love started out as a screenplay originally titled The Shape of Love. From that perspective, it was loosely based off an experience I had when I was 20 years old. It didn’t play out like it did in the book, but I remember sitting at my desk and thinking about “what could have been”. From there a whole universe was born, structured, torn down and restructured again into what we have today.
What is your editing process like?
When I finish a project, I like to walk away from it for at least a week. This gives me some type of relief in my schedule. When I get back to it, I read it out loud front to back. I give it to my wife to read over and she makes her notes. After that I read it again then let it rest for some time. Even when I’m taking a break from editing I’m still doing what I like to call “offline editing”. That’s when I speak the scenes and dialogue out loud to myself. Sometimes it seems like I’m talking to myself because I’m going back and forth between two characters trying to get it just right. Finally, I print the whole manuscript to have a physical copy and read it from there. Even then I still find errors. Depending on what the project is I’ll stop there or send it off for a professional edit. I always feel like I’m never 100% done. There’s always something I can do to make it better.
What was the most challenging thing about writing this book?
The most challenging thing about writing this book was finding a voice for the main character, Daisy. She has so many layers that help define who she is as a person that I could have easily messed that up had I not done the research. As a man, I think it’s safe to say that I will never experience the things that she had to go through so I had to be cognizant of that thin line between authentic human being and just some stereotypical woman that’s characterized through the lens of a man. But in all fairness she was the most fun character to write also.
Are you working on something now?
Right now I’m just working of promotion for the book. When I started this, it was going to be a standalone, but as I got closer to the end I thought to myself this can’t be it for these characters. I invested a year and a half into their stories almost to the point where they’re real to me. When I read the last page I felt like there was something more. That’s why it ended on a question. So as I promote this book, I’m jotting down ideas for the next book, but it has to make sense. It has to be a storyline that challenges me as a writer.
Title: The Color of Love
Author: Ty Mitchell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Daisy, a struggling artist working as a bartender in Los Angeles, wants to use Mike’s connections in the art world.
Mike, not accustomed to rejection, wants to use Daisy to prove to his friends that he is man enough for the ultimate conquest.
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. Daisy must decide where her heart is leading her—and if she wants to follow.
Ty Mitchell is an American freelance writer who writes about life and relationships on his blog, The-VPF.com, and publications such as Elite Daily.
What-if moments inspire Mitchell’s writing, as he explores the different turns his life could have taken if he had made different decisions.
Mitchell enjoys drawing and writing short stories, novels, and screenplays. He happily lives with his Sicilian wife, newborn son, and German-born beagle.
Author: Ty Mitchell
I write books and help writers get through their literary journey. I am the author of The Color of Love. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity. Follow me on Twitter @Ty_Mitchell or on Facebook @the-vpf.