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Tyler Bourassa, I have a BA in Psychology, which I put to great use while working in the IT department for an insurance company. I currently reside in Saskatchewan with my wife and somewhat irritable guard cat, where I enjoy reading, writing, and slaying monsters in video games. My fiction has appeared in Liquid Imagination, Bards and Sages Publishing, and Youth Imagination.
Get to know Tyler...
Birthday? My birthday is February 19th, 1984.
When did you start writing? I started writing around 2 years ago. It was really casual at first, just some characters that I'd been thinking of and different interactions between them. Eventually I turned my ideas into a short story and tried to get it published. It was universally rejected, of course, but the feedback was really helpful for future stories that I wrote.
When and what and where did you first get published? I was first published in November 2014 at electricspec.com. It was a story called "Plight of the Magi."
What themes do you like to write about? I really enjoy writing about different characters perceptions on what is good and normal, or even what is real. In many stories I've written I've had the protagonist learn that just because they grew up believing in something, doesn't mean that it is necessarily true.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is what really brought fantasy alive for me. When I first picked up Dragons of Autumn Twilight I was transported to this amazing world where you could be a hero (or a villain), magic was real, and dragons let you soar through the skies on their back.
Raistlin and Caramon in particular resonated with me. I was really taken aback by their dynamic and the idea that their relationship constantly walked the line between bitter hate and self-sacrificing love.
In more recent years I've enjoyed anything Joe Abercrombie or Brandon Sanderson write. I feel like they're both masters at what they do and their writing really sets my imagination on fire. I try to emulate their ability to construct interesting worlds with believable characters as best I can in my stories.
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