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A Roof on Fire: An Interview with Tiera Newhouse, author of The Caretaker

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Every day, a new book author comes to light. There are many book authors, but none like Tiera. In 2019, Tiera took a step out on her dream to write her first book, Trieshay’s Silver Spoon. As she wrote the book, she dated online to help create a better narrative to the story. Sounds crazy but is true. The man she “fell in love with” was indeed impersonating someone else, but Tiera was loving the sweet words he offered her. His words were so loving, so kind. The author loved expressing how love can bring two people together.

Aside from being catfished into writing, Tiera was experiencing an issue that she just had to write about. What was the issue? Hitting a piece of paper and having to answer to it in court! What were the charges? Disorderly Conduct on a Flyer, which led to an even harsher charge for a sweet twist in the story.

To avoid confusion, Tiera decided to hire a team of writers to help her write her side of the story and clear her name for the record. She hopes she wrote in a narrative that would not disturb others, but the story is rather frightening to go through. Disorderly Conduct on a Flyer was the title given to the book. There were definitely times when Tiera was left speechless or heartbroken about the issue and she needed the help to get her through with telling her story. Disorderly Conduct on a Flyer is available online only as she does not want to shed too much light on the trauma she felt when she went through fighting for her life.

After writing such an intense story, Tiera decided to get a diploma in the field of writing. She chose to graduate from The Blackford Centre for Copywriting, graduating in October of 2021. Despite the college being located in the United Kingdom, Tiera grew into a strong writer, gaining all the tools she needed to succeed in writing. As her talent grew, Tiera became inspired to write another book. Her writing obsession led her to write two quick chapters and submit them for a chance to become a published writer. The plan worked and the publishers actually liked her writing! They offered a contract and let Tiera know they wanted to read more. This was so exciting for her that she finished the book in no time. Now, you can find The Caretaker on any market thanks to Atmosphere Press. 

Atmosphere Press did impress Tiera. Their publishing process was not easy, but challenging. She had to deliver the story on time and on schedule while submitting their requests into the book. Not only was this fun for her, but it challenged her skills as a writer. The more Tiera wrote, the more it was to explain what things would lead to! Her favorite part of the process was the cover design.

The Caretaker is indeed sparking interest in readers and inspiring them to read again. Tiera has gotten feedback about The Caretaker in Texas, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, California, Florida, Arizona, and Colorado! There are many states to get around to, but in due time, the success will come. Tiera only wishes to inspire readers to read.

You can buy The Caretaker here.

Are you a writer, too? Submit your manuscript to Atmosphere Press.

Tell us the story of your book’s title. Was it easy to find, or did it take forever?

The title of The Caretaker came about once I had a dream. I had a dream that life beat me up pretty bad, so much that I felt I needed someone to care for me. It took a matter of minutes before I was up and writing to get the story out! It was easy to write such a book about how I was feeling life treated me and possibly others.

How did it feel when you first saw your book cover? Or when you first held your book in your hands?

When I saw my book cover, I was blown away, speechless! I could not believe the roof was on fire! I felt lit inside like I really had a story to tell and when I got to finally hold my hard work, I felt satisfied. As if I held one million dollars in my hand.

Who/what made you want to write? Was there a particular person, or particular writers/works/art forms that influenced you?

Throughout my life, I would always have something to say or a story to tell. I just never wrote anything to share. Once the pandemic hit, writing was all I felt capable of doing. The 501(c)(3) I created was definitely not doing well, so I wrote. I knew I had something people wanted to hear.

What was the most rewarding/meaningful part of publishing your book?

The most rewarding part of publishing is input. The most meaningful part of publishing is the market. Receiving input about my writing helps grow the story and the author. The market is where the inspiration begins to me, which is why I feel that is meaningful. The biggest reward would be that everyone reads my book. LOL.

If your book had a soundtrack, what are some songs that would be on it?

I would put Southside Da Realest by Big Tuck, Up Up by Peewee Longway, So Icy by Gucci Mane, Let Me Love You by Mario, Beautiful by Pharrel, and The Box (chopped and screwed) by Roddy Ricch.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from reading your book? How do you envision your perfect reader?

I hope readers take away that hard work pays off, not crime. I had to show the world what REAL CRIME was after Disorderly Conduct on a Flyer! I guess I envisioned a perfect reader that felt real crime should not go unpunished when I wrote the book.

What new writing projects are you currently working on? Or, other projects that are not writing?

I have finished a children’s book that is sitting on my shelf list. I wish to release it with the fourth book I have in motion. Since my time is limited, I have yet to get around to writing more for the next book. I am VERY excited to release the new name I have created for this one.

How was working with Atmosphere Press? What would you tell other writers who want to publish?

I would tell others to work with Atmosphere Press based on the insights that were given to me during the writing process. I was impressed with how the process worked and how Atmosphere Press stuck it through with me the whole time! I loved the flexibility and patience that was given as it allowed me to become a published author. I’d do it again because working with Atmosphere Press is inspiring.

You can buy The Caretaker here.

Are you a writer, too? Submit your manuscript to Atmosphere Press.

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