I am definitely a plotter. I have to have a beginning, middle, and end. Then I go back and fill in the plot points in-between. I also need backstories for the main characters and supporting characters. I guess I get this from my screenwriting side because certain things have to happen at a certain point in a script or else you miss your mark. Novels have structure as well, but it’s a little looser and I like that freedom.
Where did you get the inspiration for The Color of Love?
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 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.
Is this a series?
Originally it was going to be a standalone but once I finished I thought to myself, “this can’t be it. The characters can grow more from this.” So I started working on the storyline for the next book.
What is your daily page or word count record?
I try to write at least 4,000 words a day. Keyword there is “try”. On a very good day when the juices were flowing I pumped out 6,000 words. But that was a rare occasion. That’s my record, but I usually do 2,000-4,000 words a day.
Please tell us a little about your book.
The book is an untraditional love story that tackles a bevy of social issues that include: Infidelity, sexuality, domestic abuse, trust issues; just things that anyone can go through and that’s the point. Under the layers of titles that makes us who we are is a human being who’s standing on the same common ground as the next person. So no matter the age, gender, sexuality, we’re all looking to be happy.
Who is your favorite author of all time?
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m just working of promotion for the book. Like I said before, this was just 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.