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Trouble Triangle (Tyler's Trouble Trilogy Book 1) by Travis Casey is on virtual book tour. The romantic comedy stops at Reader...

Trouble Triangle (Tyler's Trouble Trilogy Book 1) by Travis Casey is on virtual book tour.

The romantic comedy stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card or an ebook bundle of some of Travis Casey’s books (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

How long have you been writing?

I started writing articles for a website in 2006. In 2009/10 I wrote my first book, which I never published. I started Trouble Triangle in 2011 and published it in 2012.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

I think of 2-3 main characters and start with them. Then I add characters as I need them. Mark was not planned when I began Trouble Triangle but I soon discovered that Tyler needed a friend to talk to. Especially writing in first person, I needed to get certain information to the readers. The only way I could do that without looking obvious was to give Tyler someone to talk to so details could be revealed through their conversation. Then halfway through the book, one of my writing partners commented that Tyler didn't display a lot of redeeming qualities. So I invented a homeless guy, Otto, that Tyler befriended and helped out. It gave him new depth and showed his caring side but it was totally unplanned.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

I wouldn't call it research, but when I'm about to start a new book I think of 2 or 3 main characters I want to write about. And I let then resonate with me for a few weeks without writing a word. I develop them in my mind—mannerisms, quirks, personalities, hobbies, attributes, annoying habits, etc. Once that's formulated, I go on the internet and find pictures of them. For example, for my current novel, I Googled "Cute, slightly overweight, 24-year-old girl" and found my Lisa Knolls. Her, and "40-year-old good-looking blond male" (now Chad Dixon) are posted on the bulletin board over my desk and will remain there until I complete the novel. If I ever get writer's block, I will stare at the picture and mumble, "Come on, Lisa, what are you thinking."

What do you think about the current publishing market?

The greatest thing about Amazon is that anyone can publish a book. 
The worst thing about Amazon is that anyone can publish a book.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

When I'm not writing I spend my time on, an online writing group that I've been a member of since 2011. It's alpha reading and critiquing other writers, many of them brand new. I enjoy helping other writers develop their skills as others had helped me. So it's not conventional reading but it does improve my skills as a writer examining the work of others. I can choose what to critique and it's categorized by genres. I zero in on the romance and suspense section. Most of the romance writers are women and they value my opinion in helping solidify their male characters.

You write a lot of romance yourself. Why's that?

It's the only time I can control what a woman thinks, says, and does.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise?

Dead silence. If anybody watched me write they'd think I was some kind of nut. Certain scenes I want to get the actions right. So I'm in my office placing imaginary headlocks on characters to accurately describe "I slung my arm around his neck, pulling my fist toward my ribcage with his big, fat head stuck in my man-made hoop of bicep and bone. His neck throbbed under my muscular contraction." And there I am sitting in my office with my arm hooped looking down at the empty hole I created with my arm.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

Come on, I'm a guy. I'm not a multi-tasker.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

I develop crushes on all my female MCs, so they're all fun to me. In my third book, Forbidden Trouble, I gave Tyler another friend—Billy Earl McClure from Kentucky. I can't tell you how much fun I had writing Billy Earl. In one scene his division officer threatened to send him on special assignment to the Marine detachment onboard the ship. "Is that what you'd like, McClure?" She asked. "To be sent to spend time with the Marines?" Billy Earl hand-ironed the front of his shirt. "Noooo, ma'am," he replied. "A handsome devil like me? They might try to do unnatural things with me."

That still cracks me up

What advice would you give new authors?

Learn the craft. It's not enough to be a good storyteller, you have to be a good story show-er. And that takes practice and tuition. I hate it when I see writers brag about "I break all the rules." Often times it's because they don't know what the rules are or they're too lazy to find out or abide by them. In the first place, writing is creative so there are very few rules to break. And creativity should test the boundaries. But the craft should be respected. If one chooses to write first-person POV, one cannot simply switch to third person to convey information because it becomes too difficult to get certain facts across. That's not only breaking the rules, it's also cheating and shows a lack of skill by the author.

Another example I've seen of "breaking the rules" is when authors recite song lyrics. Titles cannot be copyrighted and I often use songs myself to set the mood. In Trouble Triangle, Tyler walked across the dance floor as The Go-Go's sang "Our Lips Are Sealed." (I love that song, BTW) But once you write beyond that, the writer is infringing upon copyrighted material and must get permission from the songwriter to print their work. That's the rule! No exceptions.

Are you a natural-born writer?

There's no such thing. There are natural-born storytellers, but writing is an acquired skill that one must learn and practice. Again, learn the craft.

Describe your writing style.

I've been told this several times and it doesn't offend me—in fact, quite the opposite. I have a very simple style. I don't go in for lavish descriptions and I rarely send people to the dictionary. It's uncomplicated writing. I class myself as a beach read writer. I'm also a lazy reader, which means I want to author to take me by the hand and lead me through the story with little thought required on my part. And that's how I write. Let me do the work as the author. Your job as a reader is to sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Do you model yourself after any other writers?

I come across this type of question often when querying agents. "Who do you write like?" I hate that question. I'm original, dammit. I even answered one agent by reciting Elvis's answer. In his early days, a recording studio boss asked him who he sang like. Elvis replied, "I don't sound like nobody." Well, I don't write like nobody. But since agents don't appreciate snarky replies, I came up with my answer: Think Mark Twain meets Sophie Kinsella.

What makes a good story?


What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? 

I don't outline and shoot from the hip. The downside of that is I have a lot of rewrites and do 10-15 drafts of any given book. And I have to write chronologically. I've tried skipping around and just can't do it. I go chapter by chapter, 1-30 in perfect sequence.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Thinking they can get away without proper editing. Family and friends reading a manuscript won't cut it. Ideally, although expensive, there's no substitute for a professional editor. But failing that, there are inexpensive and even free beta readers. Every manuscript needs experienced eyes cast upon it, and more than once.

What's your writing process?

It's long. Depending on other commitments and how much time I can dedicate to a book, 6-12 months. I'll write 2-4 drafts posting some chapters in my writers' group for feedback. Then I send it to at least three beta readers. Based on their feedback, I'll do another 2-4 drafts then send it to a professional editor. Back from her and I'll do another 3-4 drafts before sending it to three more beta readers. A few more drafts, then a proofreader, then hit publish. I'll write 10-15 drafts before it's fit for public consumption. And that process has been developed. Earlier in my career, I was more impatient and didn't spend as much time crafting the story. I couldn't wait to hit the publish button. Nowadays, I take more time and develop the story more fully. I have always been a good storyteller, now I'm a story-crafter.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I work to be original and don't write to the market. The trends move too fast. By the time I finished putting the girl in whips and chains the world is riding unicorns. I want to start the trend, not ride it.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Be patient.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

When I write from a first person narrative it's pretty easy. Everything is seen through Tyler's eyes so he doesn't know what the girls' motives are or what they're thinking. He can only report on what he sees and how they act. Much of like real life. In my last two novels, I wrote in third person and I rely on some super beta readers to let me know when I haven't captured a woman's thought pattern correctly.

How far do you take the sex scenes?

I felt Tyler's Trouble Trilogy was unique as they are male-written, male POV romances. How far to take the sex was a difficult decision. Trouble Triangle and Oceans of Trouble are explicit but non-penetrating. That being said, I've had reviews on TT that have branded it porn and smut. When I got to the third book, Forbidden Trouble, I wanted to test myself. I had a great story and added the throbbing, pulsating erotica bits. I received good reviews, but eventually decided that it didn't fit the same parameters as the previous two books. And when a girl writes sex, it's hot. When a guy writes sex, he's a perv. So I edited out the parts when he actually, well, you know, did it. A few years later, after reading some female authors writing graphic sex scenes, I knew mine were just as good if not better. And mine came from a guy (no pun intended—okay, yes there was). I re-released Forbidden Trouble as an 18+. New cover, same great story, but with graphic sex. I've received great feedback but not many willing to put their name to a review. Still, if you want to know what a guy really thinks about during sex it's all in FT 18+.

Do you take notice of your reviews?

Of course. I write to entertain and it's nice to get reassurance that I am achieving my goal. But not all reviews are ego-inflating and an author must accept the good with the not-so-good and hope that he or she gets more positive reviews than negative ones. But I treasure some of the not-so-good ones as well. Here's a three-star on Trouble Triangle (I'm surprised it wasn't one or two stars). The reviewer obviously didn't like it and I'm disappointed they didn't get the humor. But … I loved it! They hit the nail on the head.

*** "I am speechless about the book. Too many themes running at the same time -deceit, guilt, lust, infatuation, back stabbing, etc, etc. I did not find the humor in it."

Trouble Triangle 
Tyler's Trouble Trilogy Book 1 
by Travis Casey 
Genre: Romantic Comedy 

Tyler Chambers finds that his luck has run out…almost. After several brushes with the law, he avoids jail by enlisting in the Navy. When Tyler gets stationed in Pearl Harbor all his troubles look to be behind him.

Life keeps getting better when smooth-talking Tyler lands a date with the base's hottest chick, Holly Knight, but things sour quickly when he discovers how controlling and annoying she is. As he is about to dump her, a revelation from his past comes back to haunt him and Holly is the only person who can save his Navy career and keep him out of prison. But what does she want in return?

He should be grateful, but is besotted with another girl. Debbie Meyers is sexually confused and has her own ideas for Tyler. She beds him easily enough and uses him in a vendetta against Holly. Tyler finds himself in a TROUBLE TRIANGLE when both women want him for their own needs.

A story of lust, love and blackmail.
But who's doing what to whom?

*Adult Romantic Comedy* 

**Get it FREE!! ** 

** He will also have a few other books for free this month! ** 

Forbidden Trouble 18+ 4/16-4/20 

Enemy of my Enemy 4/23-4/27 

Travis was brought up in Midwest America before embarking on a nine year Navy career that allowed him to travel the world and learn about life. He has ping-ponged across oceans moving from mainland United States to Hawaii, to Scotland, to Seattle, to England, to Minnesota, back to England, and back to Minnesota where he currently resides ... for now

He writes easy-reading, light-hearted fiction and "You couldn't make it up" true stories about his own experiences. Relax by the beach or curl up on the couch on a rainy day while Travis takes you on fun-filled adventures that let you forget about life for a while and have a laugh. 

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