Mama Diaries

Friday, December 4, 2020

Guest Author, Tyrean Martinson


Today, I have author, Tyrean Martinson at my pad. She's here to tell us about her new book, Lift Off. 

Hi, Tyrean. Your book, Lift Off is such a fun sci-fi read. 

What gave you the idea to have a spaceship in disguise as a movie theater?

As a kid, there was something about the way the little lights on the aisles lit up that made

me think of space ships. As a teen, I saw a theater that reminded me of a spaceship from the

outside, and the idea stuck in my imagination but didn’t have an outlet for decades until I wrote


You stated in the book that you hadn't planned on making a series, but that's where it's

heading. Do you have any idea of how many books will be in it?

I have five books generally outlined. The only problem is the outline for book five is

rather lengthy, and it may end up splitting into six books. My overall outline takes up over

twenty pages. Each book will be under 30,000 words because I want these to be fast-paced reads

for reluctant readers, and I am working within a length that seems to work for me.

This story was conceived in April during the pandemic. How long did it take to write?

I wrote the rough draft between the last days of March and the first three weeks of April,

so I guess it was actually started in March, but really took shape in April. I revised it, then sent it

to an editor. I was ready to say “done,” but during the revision process, I discovered more

questions I wanted to answer. In a way, the second, third, and fourth drafts really finished the

book, so it took around thirty days to get the basic book done, then another three months to finish

it during revisions and editing.

Who is your favorite character and why?

Out of all the stories I’ve written so far, Amaya is my favorite main character. She has

depth to her, and I want to make sure that comes across on the page in a way that works and

shows her character growth throughout the series. She’s fun to write because riding along with

her is like taking a walk in someone else’s shoes, even though she’s from my imagination.

My second favorite character is actually Tanwen, who we don’t meet until much later in

book one. She fascinates me with her other-worldliness. I really like my secondary characters so

I have to be careful not to go to far into Tanwen’s backstory in the rest of the series.

My third favorite character is Sol. At first, Sol was mainly a catalyst to Amaya’s journey,

and I didn’t have a good sense of what drove him as a character in the first draft. I did some side

scenes just for him to understand him more, and although those aren’t in the book, they informed

the way he acts in the book.

If you had a super-power, what would it be?

I used to always say flight or super speed, but right now, I really wish I had healing

powers, or the ability to build up healing powers in others so we could heal the hurts in the real


What's next for you?

My main focus is The Rayatana Series, Books 2 and 3. In Books 2-5, Amaya discovers

more about her past to make decisions about her future and the future of the galaxy. Of course,

the galaxy isn’t static, and in Liftoff, she made ripples that will bounce back to her in

unexpected waves.

My Review:

When Amaya spends a little time in a theater, relaxing with her friends, she doesn't expect to be taken in a spaceship to a far-off galaxy to deal with tensions between alien races. But that's exactly what happens in this fun, fast-paced space adventure.

When she discovers who she really is, Amaya has to adapt quickly and be everything the prophecies foretold. Not an easy job!

With humor and likable, interesting characters, this is a fun, fast-paced novella that any sci-fi enthusiast would enjoy.  -5 Stars

About the Book: 

Title: Liftoff

Subtitle: The Rayatana Series, Book 1

A spaceship in disguise,

An Earth girl searching for a sense of home,

And a Thousand Years’ War between alien races,

All collide on a summer afternoon.

An old movie theater welcomes Amaya in and wraps her up in the smell of popcorn and

licorice. But one sunny afternoon during a matinee, the movie screen goes dark. The theater


Amaya gets trapped in the middle of an ancient alien conflict. Angry and frightened, Amaya

entangles herself in a life-changing cultural misunderstanding with Sol, a young alien who

keeps omitting key information, even while they’re on the run from his enemies.

What will it take to survive a battle between alien races involved in an ancient war?

Liftoff is a fast-paced read for fans of Code 8, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Cobra Kai.

Release Date: November 10, 2020

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9889933-8-9

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9889933-9-6

Copyright Tyrean Martinson November 2020

Publisher: Wings of Light Publishing, Gig Harbor, WA, USA

Professionally Edited by Chrys Fey

Cover Art and Interior Design by Carrie Butler

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About the Author: Tyrean Martinson is an author and teacher from Washington State. As a

former fencer and kickboxer, she enjoys writing fight scenes in fast-paced novels and

novellas. As a teacher and writing tutor, she loves to get students writing and reading

comfortably by any means: talk-to-text, short writing assignments, short stories, novellas, and

adventures. She wrote her latest novella, Liftoff, for herself during COVID, but realized it

also fits a dream she’s had for a while: to create a short, fast-paced read for teen/YA readers

who love popcorn movies, adventure, and sweet romance.

Author Links: Blog Newsletter Instagram Twitter Facebook

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

IWSG Post of the Month

 Today's ISWG question is: Do you find that you are more productive in writing during certain times of the day, week, month, or year?  Nope. Everything depends on what kind of workload I have with my other jobs.  When I'm swamped, little or no writing gets done. I try to carve out time at least once a week, but honestly, sometimes I just don't have the time. Well, that's not entirely true. I guess if I didn't sleep, I'd have time. But I'd rather sleep.

What about you? Are you more productive during certain times?

And here's some news:  The ex is going to get another German Shepherd. If you recall, our dear Schultz died earlier this year. I guess the house was a bit too quiet without the patter of doggy feet. So, ladies and gentlemen, the new furry creature will be named Klaus. This is a picture of a puppy from his litter. It may or may not be him: