BookBar Author Interview with Tiffany Quay Tyson, first time novelist on her new book Three Rivers

BookBar Thu, 07/23/2015 - 8:38am

This Saturday evening at BookBar, first time novelist Tiffany Quay Tyson will be reading from and signing her book Three Rivers that hit the bookstores this week. It is a  story of three characters and how their lives intersect and it has been called gothic, fast-paced, and redemptive. Tyson has entered into the author world in full force and has been so kind as to answer a few questions.

BookBar: Tell us about your first memory of reading or writing as a child.

Tyson: Gosh, that’s a tough question. Like most writers, I was a voracious reader as a child. I still am. I don’t really remember learning to read. I know they taught us to read in first grade, but I already knew how to read by then. I do have a clear memory of the thrill of discovering chapter books. The stories were so much more interesting than the picture books I was used to. And they seemed to last so long. It might take me a whole day or more to get through one. It was thrilling. I really liked books by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Those character seemed very real to me. Plus, they were filled with great humor.

BB: What was the book or who was the author that made you want to be a writer?

T: Little Women was a definite influence. I don’t know how anyone could read that book and not want to be Jo. Also, Louisa May Alcott packed so much into that book. There was humor and tragedy and romance and politics. Plus, it was just a great story. I admire it to this day. 

BB: Imagine your 12-year old self; what would she be most surprised by or excited about in seeing your life now?

T: She’d be very excited to learn about the book being published, and probably surprised that it took so long. She had no idea how difficult and time-consuming it is to write a novel. Also, she’d be surprised that I have a cat. I’m allergic to cats, but have discovered that the allergy is far worse with some cats than with others. My husband has always had cats and we managed to find one that I can live with. Our cat is enormous and very affectionate. He’s really not much like a cat at all.

BB: What’s your guilty pleasure read? (admit it!)

Oh it’s definitely YA fiction. I read it to keep up with what young people are reading. I sometimes teach youth classes for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and I find it helpful to be able to discuss current books with those kids. But the truth is, I enjoy quite a lot of it.