Hello everyone and welcome to the third installment of the Interviews segment for Here There Be Dragons.
Today I am honored to welcome minister, professor, author, and my dad, Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree. Thanks for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us sir.
Let’s get started:
- What name do you write under?
I often write under the name Bible Chair. The name is above the door and I write under it. The name I use to identify my work is Dr. Wilson J Tyree
Nope, that’s the name they gave me at birth, including the title. They knew I was special.
- Do you use more than one name when you write? No
- Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.
In reality, my writing grew out of a need to organize and recycle my teaching. Sermons, Bible classes, etc. Seem to beg to be put into written form, organized and shared with audiences I might never meet.
To be fair, he recycles the material far more often than this lets on. Ask him about The Woman at the Well sometime when I’m not around.
- What genre(s) do you write in, and why?
Religion and spirituality are my main fields of endeavor, as they are my areas of expertise 😊
He also has a children’s book out, writes poetry (some of which is available in Ministerial Musings) and works well as a backboard to bounce ideas off of.
- What genres are your favorites to read? Why?
I rarely read full volumes, but occasionally read articles concerning biblical studies. My eyesight is poor and my attention span minute.
- Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.
I am intrigued by St Augie, a character from one of my own short stories (Found in the volume Ministerial Musings). As for characters created by others, I’m partial to Nancy Drew.
Notice it isn’t one of my characters? Not sure that he’s read any of my books in their entirety…not even the short story ones!
- There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?
Can’t imagine a scenario where that would make any sense at all. For the record, though, I would rather see a book brought to life in 2 hours or less than to invest the weeks of squinting and concentration needed to wade through the printed page☺
His children’s book, Monsoon McKreel and the Rose could be made into an animated picture with ease.
- How do you handle writer’s block?
I write as a sideline, so I can often move to another project and come back later. For items with a deadline, (I write a weekly religious column for the local paper) I tend to retreat to commentary on current events in my own life.
Faith, Hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love (Paul). I enjoy that moment when someone “gets it” because I’ve been able to organize the material in a way that makes sense to them. Keeps me coming back.
- How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?
I’m minister. I’m pretty used to that face. The one that gets me is the fake face when they say they would love to read my stuff. 😃
See, he lives in the same town I live in. All of you that are telling me you’ve never had that ‘face’ show up…come visit.
- Finally, tell us where to go to find you
My blog is a bust. I rarely remember to post. Best spot is Kindle. My goal is to give away about 1000 books per year, so check the kindle free list on just about any given Monday or Tuesday. If you’d like to help me in this quest, like us on Tyree Tomes and share the freebie announcements. I appreciate your time.
He regularly has free e-book give aways, which we always post on the Facebook page. You can also find updates for his work here on Here There Be Dragons, since the Tyree Tomes blog hasn’t had a post updated in months (MONTHS…*sigh* I remind him…)
Thank you for participating in our Interview Segment, Dr. Tyree! Good luck with your new books, your new semester, and that weird kid you have 😉
Remember, if you would like to be featured in an interview on this blog, please just drop me a comment or message and let me know. I’ll get you set up with some (hopefully) fun questions and a little bit of free exposure.