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Genre Bender by Day, Drag Queen by Night – Interview & Recipes

Meet Pavarti K. Tyler, one of the “MAKE MINE AN ORANGEBERRY’s” Nine Women of Indie

Drag Queen.. or not

Best Tucking of the Junk ever! © Kat McDonald Photography

Welcome to the 2nd victim Guest of Orangeberry’s Trick or Treat 2012

MAKE MINE AN ORANGEBERRY sprung up when I asked if anyone wanted to be interviewed, these Nine Women of Indie bravely took up the challenge and dove in, not even checking for depth, just took the plunge assuming they would be safe. What did they hit? Oh just a wee bit crazy hippie gal chilling out up here in Alaska.. Who lives in an isolated cabin with a cat and a ManBeast to keep her warm. What does that mean for you guys? A recipe for… FUN *cackling*! Join me as I welcome my second victim guest as we discuss, her book, her secrets, her passions, and after you read it, you will know never to turn your back on her! Plus what special here at Cabin Goddess would be festive without a recipe or two!

Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)

Hello, I’m Pavarti K Tyler and I’m actually a drag queen trapped in the body of a 34 year old house wife.  You can tell because of the glitter.

Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?  Romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics?

No, no genre specifically, since I’m a genre bender by nature I feel like they’re all free game.  I have projects in erotica, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, lit fic, contemporary fiction, romance.  The only genre I don’t dabble in is YA and that’s because I like to talk about sex too much!

OH wait let’s make this fun! *maniacal yet bubbly laughter comes from deep within the woods from a snow-covered cabin surrounded by darkness* Let’s do some #FlashFiction!

You have 20 minutes, up to 500 words, the prompt is “darkness”

No! No more genres! I keep adding on. I still have to come up with something? Okay, fine… finding a genre I haven’t written in yet? Not an easy task. I picked a  Sc-Fi/Fantasy/Horror blend that I call…

“Darkness”

(btw she put for Kriss, I am going to Blackwork this into a wall hanging.. yep, I sure am, when I have some time I am!)

The night is my lover; it fills every pore and crevice of my body, my soul, filling me with its eternity. There’s a reason all epic romances happen at night. Only under the magical veil of darkness can true love be free.

But those love stories pale in comparison to mine. Because Night not only illuminates the depths of my love, it is my love. Night whispers to me, singing to my soul with its poetic caress. Each day when the sun rises, I mourn, separated from destiny, we are hidden from each other.

The great star in the sky thinks she knows what love is. She beams down on humanity with her radiance, illuminating the world with her smile, but in her desperation to win their hearts, she overplays her hand. No, it’s Night who draws the mysteries from the depths of men’s souls. It’s Night who allows the baser desires to take control. It’s Night who offers freedom.

A full moon shone bright in the sky when I discovered the truth. I stood atop my home, ready to throw myself to the ground. Love had abandoned me, taken everything I had offered and devoured it, leaving nothing behind. I was a shell, emptied out and left only with regret and devastation. But I couldn’t hate, it takes love to hate, and I had none left.

When I jumped, Night embraced me. I was enveloped in the dark caress of infinity and with the full moon looming above, I looked into the face of darkness. When it saw I was not afraid, it claimed me as its own. You see, to be afraid, you must have something left to live for. And as with my love, heartbreak had taken my will as well.

Night seduced me with its cool caress. Stars sprinkled kisses upon my lips and darkness draped my body with its passion until I writhed and begged for more, until all which had been empty opened, ready to be filled. Night filled me with passion, with power. Night took my broken bloody heart and filled me with its own darkness. I was coated, inside and out with the black of the eternal sky and still, I begged for more.

Now, I roam both the light and dark, but the blackness within me throbs with need whenever Night and I are parted. I am no longer tied to the rules of my father, to the bonds of love. There is only one path for me, and it will eternally lead me back to the dark.

I seek out others like me, others who know the complete evisceration of a love abused. I sing to them, to the broken and betrayed. I sing to them until my song fills their minds and hollows out their souls. I sing to them, so they will follow me to Night. I give them the power, the passion and I send them out to wreak their revenge.

I send them out to share my Banshee Song, while I wait to again meet my lover’s embrace.

Can I just say… WOW! She set a timer with hers this much I know for sure! It makes me again, want to put in some Soul Sisters and SING loud and proud!

 

When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing? (yes I can actually ask a serious question)

Hardboild Wonderland and The End of The World by Haruki Murakami is one of the best books I’ve read.  He tackles metaphysics as well as tells a really engaging story.  This one makes you think while you’re laughing and  believe in unicorns, love and the power of the human mind.

Under A Glass Bell by Anais Nin is a collection of short stories and poems. While Nin is primarily known for her erotica, this work shows a depth to her that is often unappreciated.  Beautiful, heartbreaking and utterly unlike anything else, Under a Glass Bell is a must read for any bibliophile.

Stranger in a Strange Land (The Uncut Edition) by Robert A. Heinlein explores essential human questions of sexuality, community, identity, philosophy and religion.  While the originally published version is worth reading, the additional 1000 pages included in the uncut edition allow Heinlein the room to let his story breath and take on a life of its own.

The Mists of Avalonby Marion Zimmer Bradley is the first feminist retelling of a book I ever read.  Predecessor to such important books as The Red Tend and the Veiled Series, Mists of Avalon takes what we think of as an iconic female character and gives us a completely new perspective.  Instead of the villainous Morgan Le Fay we grew up hearing about, suddenly she is a passionate, strong and sometimes misguided woman who we can all see a little of ourselves in.  Redefining the roles of women, from Iocasta to Mary Magdalen to Michelle Obama is one of the amazing powers we have as authors.  The Mists of Avalon hit it out of the park and set the literary cannon on it’s ear.
There are so many more, Dune by Frank Herbert, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, Seed to Harvest by Octavia Butler, I could go on and on for days.

If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (some have a huge cast, so say no more than five, I am thinking many would be able to do at least one, you do have one character right?)

Hugo: Adam Beach – because he’s hella sexy, of the First Nation which fits the character and a phenomenal actor.  If I could hear him say a line from the book it would be at the end, when he speaks to Bree in  Abenaki:

Write one line you would love for him/her to read or say from 

“Nizwia,” he growls, his voice no longer soft and melodic.

“Yes, my love?”

“Mili gagwi…N’gadopi.” His head hangs limply from his shoulders; the days are passing quickly; the time between each is shortening.

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Call my Dad.  He’s a bibliophile too and inspired my love of reading and writing from a young age.

Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80′s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off doing anything but attending to you)?

I LOVE Writing Challenges. (she really does, she has inspired me to do NaNoWriMo with the advent of the WC she introduced to The Indie Exchange. It was so fun!) When I’m stuck or having trouble staying motivated the best thing for me is to find someone else who’s writing, set a timer and do a little G-Chat or Facebook challenge.  I find that being accountable to someone when I’m writing makes a huge difference.  Where I could only get 250 words by my self suddenly I’m churning out 3-4 thousand words!  I also listen to a lot of music :)

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love to read, not surprising, but unfortunately, that’s become a bit like work lately.  I really enjoy hiking with my family, being at my mom’s place at the beach, camp fires.  I love to sing and was a professionally trained Opera Singer.  Mostly, I love stories.  Books, TV shows, Movies, Plays, Operas, anything.  I adore a good story.  Some of the best are the ones my kids tell me.

OK now for the REAL fun and this will make it a Cabin Goddess “MAKE MINE AN ORANGEBERRY” official interview

Create, divine, cast for or you can (if you want) rename a drink (with our without booze) representing your book in the OB Trick or Treat Event… a theme drink, if you will, please and thank you!

 

Oh, I’ve already got this one set!  I call them, Zombi-tinis

  1. Brain Freeze Ice Cube MoldGet a Brain Freeze Ice Cube Tray
  2. Fill with Pomegranate/Cranberry Juice and let freeze
  3.  Mix together:
    • 2 fluid ounces citron vodka
    • 1 fluid ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
    • 1/2 fluid ounce lemon juice
  4. Shake and pour over two of the now frozen Juice Brains

Now you have your very own Zombi-tini!

Do you accept the challenge to “MAKE MINE A MEAL”? (We need something to absorb the alcohol!) It can be a  recipe for a dish, an appetizer or a dessert themed as above, to go with ”In the Dark.

Soilent Green

  1. Bring A large pot of water to a full boil.
  2. Next stick your head in the pot for about 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes pull your head out of the pot and stab yourself in the face with a fork. If you can stab yourself in the face with a fork this means your not fully cooked. Stick your head back in the pot and keep stabbing yourself every few minutes. When you can’t stab yourself any longer you are done.
Stabbity Stab stab, am I done?

Stabbity Stab stab, am I done?

 

  • Cooking time varies with elevation.
  • Bon-appetite!

Errr ummm…. right! Got it (looking closely and not turning my back on this sneaky woman) Now I know why her husband sleeps with the light on!

Consumed by Love by Pavarti TylerConsumed by Love

Consumed by Love is the story of a couple who must face one partner’s supernatural transformation. This short piece is written in the style of a classic horror story with a dark take on the addictive nature of love.

Erotic/Horror short – 18+ Only

Available on Amazon.com for $0.99

Consumed by Love by Pavarti Devi is a wickedly twisted short story filled with perverse love and sadistic carnal desires. – By A.G. Dow

  • Genre – Erotica/Horror short – 18+ Only
  • 18+ ONLY
  • Kindle Edition approx. 35 pages & only 99 cents
  • Published February 27th 2011 by Fighting Monkey Press

I want to throw in my 2 cents here, I would gladly purchase the short for the first 5 commenters who answer the question:

What would you sacrifice for the one you love?

Then  read it, review it or send Pavarti your thoughts. Come back here and tell me I need to be sent to hell, (there is a freaking warning!) It is not for those that only do the wild thing in the missionary position, it is marked Erotic AND Horror Add DARK and twisted and you got this puppy wrapped up tighter than a scalloped wrapped in bacon. This is a book for people who can, will and like to take chances. So take a chance and read it. (No she is not paying me in Zombi-tini’s this story was wowza!) It is DARK very dark, but there is so much more. Every lady here this unique & wonderful talent. I am witness to it as their answers roll on in. This tale  still haunts me, in a good way. Not the images, but how she was able to make me go “oooooh” for 35 pages… short and sweet and tasty pages! Please add the email I can contact you to the email in the comments. I am the only one that sees it.

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She lives in the Washington DC area with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. Upon graduating from  Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms.   When not busy working as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity she spends her time penning her next novel.

Addendum from the Cabin Goddess: When not penning her next piece of brialliance, be it about a Muslim super hero or a beautiful girl underneath two moons, she is a consummate supporter, friend and outright warrior in the world of words and quality of life here in the Indie Revolution. If you are not already following her blog with reviews, helpful articles and opinion pieces,  you are truly missing out. Her work electronically along with her own writing and again her consummate support of her fellow authors amazes me. I call myself lucky to have shared some laughter, tears and writing frenzies. She has lit a fire under my ass that I best pay attention too!

You can stalk find her at the following places around the web:

Fighting Monkey Press BlogFaceBook Page | Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest! |

Make Mine an OrangeberryORANGEBERRY TRICK OR TREAT is a Special Event happening from October 15th through November 15th over at Orangeberry Tours.  Check out the other great books from 50+ amazing authors. Best of all? I have 8 more women of indie coming to visit me at the Cabin! Keep a watch for more from the NINE (ominous music begins) for MAKE MINE AN ORANGE live and entering the dimension of “Spectacular ..SPECTACULAR!” here at Cabin Goddess!

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8 Comments

  1. lmao I love the recipe but I don’t see myself making Soilent Green Pav version. Great job on the prompt Pav and when do we get to hear you sing? I want to hear that also where is this giveaway bacon butt? I totally wanted to come over and call you a big suck up but then no giveaway. Good thing you love me lol totally teasing chicky
    Show me some love!

  2. You found my old avatar! Did you pinch that from my tumblr?? I used to use that image EVERYWHERE, but now I’m all like a dignified branded author and shit and have to use my picture. I still love that one though. You bring back good memories posting that one.

    This was an uber fun interview and I’m so glad you enjoyed the flash fic – I wrote it just for you my love.

    Pav

  3. Okay I’m an idiot this is the post with the giveaway I didn’t see that and as I already own the book cause I bought it like the good girl I am I will simply encourage others to enter because they should because the book is super cool out of the box tasty in more ways than one.
    Show me some love!

  4. Make mine a zombitini – shaken, stirred and put through a wringer please :)
    Show me some love!

  5. Great interview by both of y’all. How did I miss this opportunity?

    Oh, yes…I’ve been wrapped up in the insanity of my everyday.

    Given that, when I am done with Kingdom (it will happen…don’t know when I became such a slow reader), I am now intrigued enough to put Consumed by Love next in line.

  6. Oh, is that what the glitter means? I used to regularly cover myself with glitter before going to work, if I was feeling particularly festive on a given day… :-) I love glitter…
    Show me some love!

  7. Great interview! I also use NaNoWriMo to get me to write more. I work much better with a deadline. Oh, and there is a lot of glitter in my house too. :)
    Show me some love!

  8. Love the recipe at the end! too funny!

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