Book Title: Romancing the Darkness (Book 1) by Tyler R. Snyder
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 260 pages
Publisher: Crystal Publishing, LLC
Release date: November 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is no sex, but it is implied. The violence is typical for this genre (attacking monsters and a war). The language does include light profanity (hell, damn, ass).
Monsters of Mythical Proportion
Worlds of Magic and Power
And DEATH. DEATH is the consequence…
When Tristan defies Ambion’s only law—royal and common blood cannot mix, he discovers the consequences are real. The young guardian finds himself in a world where love and hate, war and peace, duty and betrayal blur into darkness. As his world devolves into a battle for survival, he learns only an Angel can save Ambion from the destruction wielded by the Dividers. Is Tristan the Angel destined to save the world or will he succumb to the wiles of a dark goddess?
“Boy! Hey boy, let me show you the end.” Tristan looked in horror as tens of thousands of men and women were hooded figures. Explosions erupted everywhere, and the black sky spewed red lightning all around the warriors. A ground shaking roar forced Tristan to cover his ears. When he looked up, a massive golden dragon breathed fire upon the world: fire engulfed the horizon. “The end will begin with ash.”
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Tyler Snyder was born in 1984 in Medford, Oregon.
As a child, he was captivated by movies, video games, and Dungeons and Dragons, along with the worlds these activities created. The original spark that ignited Tyler’s imagination was when he wanted to see a movie similar to The Legend of Zelda, but the closest film at the time was The Dark Crystal. That itch, to this day, has still not been scratched. This led him to books and stories like the pastimes he adored and gave him exposure to a much grander well of ideas and possibilities. Meeting like-minded friends who shared the same hobbies, Tyler developed a passion for creating new worlds. In Romancing the Darkness, Tyler explores his world, Ambion, and the countless decisions confronting his characters.
Mr. Snyder currently lives in Wyoming with his wife, Sandra.
Exclusive Author Interview with Tyler R. Snyder and Books, Tea, Healthy Me!!
How long have you been writing?
I started writing when I was in the 6th grade. My stories made my classmates laugh so much I started writing a bunch of short stories. I put them all in a little blue folder I have from school. I labled it Tyler the great writer. But I took my writing more seriously when I got into my twenties when I decided this is what I wanted to do with my life.
How did you do research for Romancing the Darkness?
Research for a fantasy book, for me, was a lot of trial and error. What worked in my world and what didn’t. One of the bigger challenges was keeping the creatures in my world on a theme. Making sure they make sense. No matter how cool I thought some fantasy beasts would be in my world. If they didn’t fit I couldn’t use them.
Do you ever get writers block and how do you overcome it?
I used to. Not so much anymore. One time it lasted six months. One thing that helped me get over this is just forcing myself to sit and write. Write something. I have so many scenes for my story tucked away in my head that I’m dying to get on paper. When I start writing them I actually have a hard time stopping. So if a block ever does occur, just sit down, time yourself. Give yourself an hour and just do what you can. Do this everyday. For me the writing usually starts flowing after the second or third day of this.
Do you snack while writing? What’s your favorite snack?
So I require caffeine while I write but I can’t imagine a lot of writers who don’t. Either some kind of iced coffee or a cherry flavored soda. I work for pepsi so I can’t actually name brands. But I also enjoy mountain dew. As for food food. Chips. Potato chips, either something barbeque flavored or doritos. I love doritios. But they gotta be like snack size bags or I will snack more than I write.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I’m a big Disney nerd. Every other year or so since I was in the second grade, my family and I have gone to Disney world and Universal studios. To this day I still don’t get tired of going. We recently discovered Halloween Horror nights at Universal. It was so much fun we no longer go on this trip in the summer. We take our Disney trip on Halloween. For me, I love the rides and the food. I can be a bit of an adrenaline junky when I want to be.
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