Tara Tyler, totally sweet and super organized blogger and author, is celebrating her newest book, Broken Branch Falls! She gave us some short questions to choose from and I had a tough time choosing one, so I decided to go with all of them, but kept my answers super short.
How do you know me(Tara)?
From your totally awesome blog!
How do you feel about MG and/or fantasy?
Love it! Fantasy of any age is my favorite. I love picture book fantasy, MG fantasy, YA fantasy, and most "regular" fantasy. I love falling into the imagination of another writer and seeing "truth" from a different angle.(I could write a post about this but I'll stop)
How do you feel about stereotypes?
Bad, ugly, sometimes a struggle to avoid.
How can kids stand up for themselves?
Laugh the bullies away (if possible), or get help from friends, family or adults. Different situations call for different approaches. The laugh part sounds odd, but I finally discovered in late high school that verbal bullies didn't know how to handle it if I laughed at them.
How do you like maps?-there's a cool map in BBF
Love them, wish I had included in my books.
Suggestions on getting kids to read/pretend/play more?
Limit screen time, read with them/in front of them, be willing to play and pretend too. Being serious and aloof is not "cool" or "adult." Encourage laughter, silliness, and play wherever you go. (Unless you're at a funeral - and even then, sometimes, laughter can ease the heart-wrenching pain of it. We found a few stories to tell that helped us laugh at the last funeral I attended just over a month ago and we still honored the memories and life of my beloved, great-aunt Edna.)
BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014 - TODAY!!
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Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.
Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They'll show 'em what different friends can do together!
Add it to your GOODREADS list!
Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!
Also by Tara Tyler, techno-thriller detective series,
The Cooper Chronicles, Book One: POP TRAVEL