Intriguing Author, Tyler Anne Snell

Tyler Anne Snell writes and reads a little bit of everything but has a soft spot for thrillers, mysteries, and sexual tension. When she isn't writing or reading, she's re-watching her favorite TV series or playing video games. The first book she finished in one sitting was a Harlequin Intrigue. It taught her to appreciate the power of a good book.
Tyler lives in Alabama with her same-named beau and their mini lions.


Fatherhood was never in the cards…until an innocent family wrapped themselves around his heart… 
Mark Tranton thought his bodyguard career ended the day he watched a client die. Now Kelli Crane—the widow—needs Mark to keep her and her little girl safe. Mark swears he's not the man for the job, but when the vulnerable beauty is attacked, there's no way he can deny the woman he failed two years before. 
Being around Kelli again stirs something in Mark he could never admit. And spending time with her daughter makes him long to be more than just their personal protectors. But digging into the past riles someone who won't rest until Kelli pays the ultimate price. Mark refuses to allow that to happen. Even if he has to sacrifice their newly discovered happiness to keep her out of the line of fire.

“You can go into my bedroom if you’d like.”
Instantly he realized he’d made the offer sound  suggestive. A Freudian slip if he’d ever had one. Kelli did a half-snort laugh and retreated into the room. It could have been his imagination, but it looked like her cheeks had reddened. Then again, he could have been mistaken.
Mark stretched out his legs and realized just how tired he felt. Resting his head back on the cushions, he crossed his arms over his chest and closed his eyes. When Kelli was finished, he’d offer her some coffee and make a very strong mug for himself.
His thoughts went from coffee to the woman who had suddenly become a part of his life. Would she still be there after they’d somehow found the justice they both wanted and so desperately needed?
And, more important, how would he feel about it?

Jan Schliesman: You were on the blog a year ago with your first release. How has your “writing life” changed?
Tyler Anne Snell: Well it’s changed a lot, actually! I’d always wanted to write books for a living (really, though, since I was in third grade it’s been one of my only dreams!) and after MANHUNT came out I immediately turned in a proposal for the Orion Security miniseries. Since this is for the second book in that series, you can guess I have definitely been busy in the last year writing those. Now I’m working on an indie and hope to write another series for Harlequin Intrigue soon!

It’s not that I hadn’t been writing before MANHUNT but now it’s turned into my career. I work every day and am one hundred percent dedicated to writing the best books I can! While I still have a blast, I also make sure to stay focused. Not only writing a dream, it’s a big part of my life!

Jan: There’s a child on the cover of your latest release. How do you feel about kids? See any in your future?
Tyler Anne: 
A lot of people who have known me for a while make fun of me for my dream of having (at least) five kids. I know, I know. I hear your laughter out there and have seen the head shakes before. Not to mention the “wait until she has ONE and ask her if she wants more!” But I come from a very small family and I’ve always wanted to make a big one. (I partially blame Madeline L’Engle’s Time Quartet series. You talk about a family to aspire to.) But I’ve wanted a bunch of kids since I wanted to be a writer. They are just two things that, just the thought of, make me happy. Now, if it makes anyone feel better, I also want to adopt some of my future gaggle of kiddos. That too has been a part of my family dreams. All of which I will eventually get started on. But near future? I plan to write a lot more books before I have any kids of my own!

Now let me quickly talk about the cover of FULL FORCE FATHERHOOD and give readers a quick FUN FACT! The little girl’s character, named Grace and she’s just spunky and precious, is wholly based off of my real life goddaughter when she was that age! My goddaughter is now seven and when I first handed her a copy of the book she was very proud in pointing out that the girl was based off of her! Talk about giving a seven-year-old a unique show and tell for school!

Jan: Plan to travel anywhere this year?
Tyler Anne: Does driving back and forth from Florida to Alabama to move count? Because if so then we’ve already been traveling like crazy! As far as anywhere else, who knows! The husband and I still haven’t had an official honeymoon…I’m silently trying to push going to Maine (I’m obsessed with it, which is why PRIVATE BODYGUARD is based there!) but we might have to wait until we get our new house settled first!

Jan: How was your first year of married life?
Tyler Anne: 
Is it bad to say nothing really felt different? Aside from almost losing our wedding rings a few bajillion times (our cats like to swat them around when we take them off for showers, chores, etc.) we’ve been the same two kids having fun with the occasional fight about why my husband didn’t put his clothes IN the basket but instead on the floor next to it… Oh, and of course, we have had the non-stop confusion of having the same first AND last name now! Which, I suppose isn’t all that normal!

Jan:  What is your least favorite housekeeping duty?
Tyler Anne: All of them. I’m as far as domestic as you could throw a person! If my husband didn’t cook I’d starve!

Jan: Does your heroine have any of your character traits?
Tyler Anne: Here’s another FUN FACT for you. One of the best things about writing Kelli Crane was her relationship with her best friend Lynn. In fact, it’s one of my favorite parts of the book (and others have told me the same)! While Kelli has a touch of being stubborn, especially when it comes to the safety of her loved ones (something I believe I share), I actually find more of myself in the friendship between both women. While Kelli’s daughter’s character is based off my goddaughter, it’s HER mother that in real life is my best friend, Katie (we’ve been friends since around fourth grade!). I didn’t make Kelli or Lynn one of us specifically but their friendship was built to resemble the one Katie and I share! I hope this makes it feel more authentic to readers and they enjoy them as much as I did!

Jan: What’s the best part of living in Florida?
Tyler Anne: Well, not many know this, but we’ve actually just moved from Florida back to our hometown! Something I swore I’d never do when I was younger but now my husband and I think it’s the best choice we could have made! BUT best part of living in Alabama compared to Florida? Bye bye, Spring Breakers. May I never have to be stuck in traffic behind you while you try to figure out where the best beach access is!

Jan: Most writers have to find their zone before the words start flowing. Describe your ideal writing day.
Tyler Anne: Since it’s become my career I can’t afford to wait for the stars to align to get into the mood! So I’ve since made a routine. Just like my husband gets up and goes to work, I get up and go to my office to do the same. What makes an ideal day, though? If I have a lot of great coffee at my side AND my cats aren’t being crazy!

Jan: What’s your favorite sweet treat?
Tyler Anne: If you know how much Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope loves waffles, know that that’s how much I love chocolate.


UP NEXT: The next book in the Orion Security series is BE ON THE LOOKOUT: BODYGUARD, a fast-paced story set in New York City! It releases August 1! There’s no cover for it yet but one can hope it stars the dreamy Jonathan Carmichael, one of my favorite bodyguards! 

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  1. Great having you here, Tyler, and congratulations on your new release!!

  2. Hey, if you want some kids, you can have mine. That will get you 4/5 of the way there! :) Can't wait to read FULL FORCE FATHERHOOD!

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    1. There IS just something great about a clean cut face, isn't there?

  4. Facial hair on heroes... I do not care for a lot... give me clean cut or a bit of scruff! ;) Thanks for sharing... enjoyed the Q&A and the pics!

    1. Thank YOU for reading and commenting! And there's certainly nothing wrong with a bit of scruff!

  5. I don't like a lot of facial hair on heroes just maybe a bit like he missed a day or two of shaving.

    1. This is how I usually really like my heroes. They're too busy to be shaving while they are trying to save the heroine!

  6. Both - depends on the guy - I like it both ways.

    1. Totally agree! Some heroes can pull off beards while others make clean shaven look so good!

  7. Yes, facial hair but not a full beard!

    1. I'm with you there! The beard should not be able to be braided! haha!

  8. I like a little bit of beard it's more sexy and manly