Today I am pleased to present Pavarti K. Tyler, author. In addition to her post Writing Transgressive Fiction without Alienating Readers, she has also consented to my spotlighting her soon to be released book, White Chalk. My first introduction to her work was as a part of the Full Moon Bites blog tour for her book Shadow on the Wall: Book 1 in the Sandstorm Chronicles, and I was hooked. Shortly thereafter, the opportunity again arose to participate in another tour for Two Moons of Sera, volumes 1 – 3. Loaded with characters that make you think and plots that stay with you long after you turn the last page, beautifully detailed imagery and a true joy in the process that shines through is what keeps me returning.
Writing Transgressive Fiction without Alienating Readers.
No one has ever accused me of being right in the head. When I tell people I wrote a Muslim Superhero novel, most just kind of blink and smile blankly. Now that I’m working on a new project, I’m finding it even harder to talk about without people automatically thinking there’s something deeply wrong with me. You see, my next project, White Chalk, is a Lolita story, written from the POV of a thirteen year old girl.
That’s not all it’s about though. It’s about the very real difficulties young girls have growing up in poverty laden Middle America. It’s about first love, defining yourself as separate from your parents, and sex. It’s about how fucking hard it is to grow up and stay sane.
There are a few difficulties in writing this piece. Keeping the voice authentic for an early teen without over simplifying the writing is a trick in itself. It would probably be easier to do this in third person so I could use the almighty authorial voice instead, but because of the subject matter, I find keeping it in first person makes the confusion and conflict within the main character more intimate for the reader. Because of this, it also makes the whole situation infinitely creepier.
While it’s not my goal to simply uggh out my readers, that also has proven a challenge. How do I explore the very real sexual abuse and awakening that occurs in young women all the time without it crossing that line into porn or pedophilia? It is supposed to titillate somewhat, because she is excited by the power she feels by having this older man, this authority figure want her.
What I’m hoping to create is an authentic story about a girl you can relate to, you can like, and you can bleed with. Her story isn’t a pretty one, but it’s one so many have lived, it deserves a voice.
~Pavarti K. Tyler
And now – the cover for White Chalk
Eighth grade history shouldn’t be about sex.
Being thirteen sucks. Trapped in small town poverty, Chelle Whitney’s life is a twisted story of modern adolescence. Add in a teacher with sexual boundary issues and White Chalk is this generation’s answer to Lolita.
About the Author:
Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated SmithCollege in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.
Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the WashingtonDC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is busy penning her next novel.