The hardest part about being an author to me is actually getting started. I know this might sound bad, but I could go days, even weeks, without writing a single word. It’s not because I’m lazy or had writer’s block. The reason may shock you, but I had TOO much time to write. I worked nightshift at a job that was already pretty relaxed so having the absence of customers made it even better (or worse). It just made it so easy to say, “Eh, I’ll write tomorrow.” Tomorrow always turned into the next day. The next day turned into the next week and so on and so forth. When I got to about a month and a half of not writing and watched every video YouTube had to offer I decided to sit down and write something down. It flowed like I never left. So yeah, actually starting is the hardest part for me.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Color of Love?
Bartending at The Spot in Los Angeles is a temporary gig for starving artist Daisy. When she learns that a patron, Mike, is an agent with top-shelf connections in the art world, she agrees to meet him at a concert. On the night of the concert, Daisy greets Mike with an unexpected surprise. He knew that she was bringing someone, but he never expected this. With his ego crushed, Mike agrees to his friends' wager to prove that he hasn't lost his touch: take Daisy to bed in exchange for a month of paid drinks. With aspirations of opening her first art gala with a bang, Daisy, unsuspecting of the bet, plays into Mike's suave advances. But both are surprised when ulterior motives fall by the wayside, and they find themselves entangled in feelings they never expected. The consequences ultimately test Daisy's integrity, relationships, and life as she searches for who she really is.
What inspired you to write this book?
Well, The Color of Love started out as a screenplay originally titled The Shape of Love. From that perspective, it was loosely based off an experience I had when in my early 20s. It didn’t play out like it did in the book, but I remember sitting at my desk and thinking about “what could have been?”. From there a whole universe was born, structured, torn down and restructured again into what we have today.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
My writing process is a bit unique to say the least. I need at least 30 minutes of goofing off time whether it’s on social media or YouTube. I usually always go over the time limit. Then I like to read what I wrote the day before. Not only to edit, but also to leave this world and pick back up in the world of the story I’m creating. So on a good day I would like to say 3-4 hours (YouTube included).
Name your top five favourite books?
The Art of War – Sun Tzu
The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
Blaze –Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
Devil in a Blue Dress – Walter Mosley
Monster Blood – R.L. Stine (Childhood favorite)
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m just working of promotion for the book. When I started this, it was going to be a standalone, but as I got closer to the end I thought to myself this can’t be it for these characters. I invested a year and a half into their stories almost to the point where they’re real to me. When I read the last page I felt like there was something more. That’s why it ended on a question. So as I promote this book, I’m jotting down ideas for the next book, but it has to make sense. It has to be a storyline that challenges me as a writer.
Title: The Color of Love
Author: Ty Mitchell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Daisy, a struggling artist working as a bartender in Los Angeles, wants to use Mike’s connections in the art world.
Mike, not accustomed to rejection, wants to use Daisy to prove to his friends that he is man enough for the ultimate conquest.
So when Mike cozies up to Daisy, she doesn’t reject his advances. But both are surprised when ulterior motives fall by the wayside, and they find themselves entangled in feelings they never expected. Daisy must decide where her heart is leading her—and if she wants to follow.
Ty Mitchell is an American freelance writer who writes about life and relationships on his blog, The-VPF.com, and publications such as Elite Daily.
What-if moments inspire Mitchell’s writing, as he explores the different turns his life could have taken if he had made different decisions.
Mitchell enjoys drawing and writing short stories, novels, and screenplays. He happily lives with his Sicilian wife, newborn son, and German-born beagle.