Friday, December 21, 2012

Interview with Travis Casey and Tyler Chambers - Author versus Character

Travis Casey has recently released the first book in his Tyler’s Troubles Trilogy, Trouble Triangle. I was lucky enough to read this book as a beta reader in its earlier stages and have been anxiously awaiting its release date. I have a hard time classifying this book’s genre, but I would tag it as an enormously funny adult humor book with a splash of romantic themes. Check out the cover and product description! 

The year is 1982 and Tyler Chambers finds that his luck has run out…almost. After several brushes with the law, he avoids jail by enlisting in the Navy and gets himself stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Such is his good fortune. 

Tyler is ecstatic when he lands a date with Holly, the best looking girl on the base, but things sour quickly when he discovers how controlling and annoying she is. As he is about to dump her, a revelation from his past comes back to haunt him, and Holly is the only person who can save his Navy career and keep him out of prison. 

He should be grateful, but is besotted with another girl. Debbie Meyers is sexually confused and has her own ideas for Tyler. She beds him easily enough, and uses him in a vendetta against Holly. Tyler finds himself in a TROUBLE TRIANGLE when both women want him for their own needs. 

A story of lust, love and blackmail. But who's doing what to whom? 

Buy it now! ~ Trouble Triangle on Kindle or Paperback Version 

Okay, I’m very excited because Travis and the main character of Trouble Triangle, Tyler Chambers, have agreed to hang out with me today and answer some questions. Welcome guys! Glad to have you here. 

So, tell us how this all started. How did you two meet and how long ago was it?

Travis: About three years ago, I wrote my Naval memoirs. After fifteen rejections, I thought perhaps it may be more saleable as a work of fiction--

Tyler: Excuse me for butting in, Chantel, but Travis has delusions of grandeur. Put it this way, he knew memoirs of a nobody wouldn't sell. So he had to draft, get it, draft, me in. He needed someone with charisma.

Travis: Back off, bud, I created you and I can kill you off anytime I want to.

Tyler: Phbbt. *Tyler waves his hand dismissively*Yeah, right. And kill off book sales. I don't think so. Next you're going to tell everyone you just looked at the keyboard and I happened to pop out of the O between the parentheses.

Travis: *Travis looks at the keyboard and types in ( O )*. TYLER! You're disgusting. Sorry, Chantel. See what I mean? I have to keep a close eye on him. He doesn't have a clue what it takes.

Chantel: It’s okay, Travis. I can see he is a bit of a handful. What was your first impression of each other?

Tyler: Well, Chantel, Travis needs me more than I need him. I could walk into any one of a dozen books and the writer would be happy to have me. *Tyler nods his head confidently*. I don't have diva tantrums and I write most of my own stuff. He's got it easy.

Travis: I have to agree. Tyler does perform his own stunts, which helps. He does suffer a bit from overconfidence though. I gave him a sidekick, Mark, in Trouble Triangle. But I gave Mark all the best lines in the book. Tyler's still not too happy about that. And Mark's had three marriage proposals from readers. *Travis sticks his tongue out at Tyler*

Tyler: Phooey. I set Mark up for those lines. I said those things on purpose just to make Mark look funny. *Tyler brushes his knuckles against his chest* The women came to see me.

Chantel: While I have to agree that Mark is sweet and funny, Tyler, you do have your own brand of charm. Okay, let’s get to the nitty gritty here. Travis, what does Tyler do that annoys you the most?

Travis: You just saw it. He shoots his mouth off all the time and thinks he's bigger than the book. *Travis thrusts his finger toward Tyler* I don't need you. I could write the book with just Holly, Debbie and Mark.

Tyler: Just try it, pal. By chapter three you'd be begging me to come back.

Chantel: *Uh-umm…* Excuse me guys, I didn’t mean to start any trouble. I can see that was the wrong question to ask. Let’s change the subject. Tyler, if you could say just one thing to Travis, what would it be?

Tyler: Despite our differences, I'd say he's a pretty fair author. I mean, I did get plenty of sex in Trouble Triangle. *Tyler grins* He did do some pretty unexpected things toward the end of the book, but I can see why he had to do it. After all, I did write him into some pretty nasty corners to get out of. *Tyler snickers* Overall I thought he handled it pretty well. By the way, can I say something to you, Chantel?

Chantel: Umm…I'm not so sure about that. I like to keep this a family-friendly blog, you know.

Tyler: No, it's cool. I just wanted to say thanks for giving Travis a kick up the backside. In his early drafts, he had us all standing around like a bunch of idiots. Talk about rough drafts. I felt like a vegetable talking without movements. We were just 'talking heads' as you put it. Thanks for telling him to make us jerk our heads, wave our arms, even wiggle our feet. My body was going numb from lack of movement.

Chantel: Glad to help and you're welcome, Tyler. I thought you were pretty cute. I hated seeing you in a coma. 

*Chantel and Tyler share a laugh*

Travis: Excuse me. If you two are quite finished, can we get back to promoting the book. My blood, sweat and tears, if you don't mind.

Chantel: Sorry, Travis. Of course, this is about you and your fabulous book. I just never got a chance to talk with Tyler before. I’ll focus better. So, what one thing did you do to Tyler in the book that you feel the worst about?

Travis: I knew Tyler was a cocky little so-and-so from his inception, so I gave him an arrogant little air-head as his chief playmate. She caused him some grief. *Travis laughs*.

Tyler: What? Holly? You mean you made her talk that Valley girl crap just to get at me? Why you son-of-a--

Travis: Now, now, Ty Ty. Remember, this is a family-friendly program. We can't say the same thing about the book, thanks to your potty mouth.

Tyler: Hey, you're the one who put me in the Navy, remember? If you wanted a wholesome book, you should have made me an airline pilot or a doctor or something.

Travis: The way you drink? Are you crazy? Let's see…*Travis rests his chin on his finger looking skyward* Okay, let's see how this sells. Tyler starring as "Tequila Test Pilot." Or should we ask Harry Potter to move over for 'The Drunken Doctor Does Debbie'.

Tyler: Hey, you give me the role and I can do it. I make Tom Cruise look like a goat in a nativity play. I got the 'it' factor.

Travis: For crying out loud, Tyler! You’re the character in a book, not some Hollywood actor in a mega-blockbuster. *Travis buries his head in his hands*

Tyler: If you send Trouble Triangle to Steven Spielberg like I told you to, well, you may never see me again. I hear JK Rowling is looking for someone to perform some wizardry on her luscious--

Chantel: Alright, guys, time out! As interesting as all this is, and I do appreciate the giggle, I have one last question to ask before you leave. Do you think you two will meet again in the future?

Travis: I've already penned his second book, and we agreed I'd give him a trilogy. But I'm really going to scare the crap out of him in the next book. I don't know, I might even kill him off. 

Tyler: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never kill me. Travis has me stuck in the 1980's for Pete's sake. When I'm done here, Chantel, I might come over to one of your books. I quite liked the red-hair chick in Always and Forever. Hey, how about if you give me a Cougar? And a cell phone? I really want a cell phone so bad. Then me and the cougar can text pictures back and forth of ourselves wearing…well, nothing.

Travis: Good luck, Chantel. You can have him. Thanks for having us on your blog. 

*Chantel lights a cigarette despite the fact she quit smoking five years ago*

A cougar, huh? ……..... 

Oh! You guys are still here? I thought you left. *fans face and smashes out cigarette* I don’t know what came over me. Thanks for stopping by to chat! I can’t wait to read Trouble Triangle again and see if all my favorite scenes made the cut to the finished book.

Want to find out more about the author? Here’s the lowdown on Travis Casey:

Travis was born and raised in Mid West America, living in eight cities in five states by the time he was eighteen. He joined the US Navy and spent four years in Hawaii, then five years in Scotland before jumping the metaphorical ship. He and his Australian wife moved to Seattle for two years, but returned to the United Kingdom in 1992 and took up residency in the South East of England where he has remained ever since.

His writing career began with writing mostly non-fiction articles on the website but he was always attracted to those topics under humor and creative writing. Many of his articles got rated highly and it became a hobby as well as an obsession to write. After discovering he turned to writing fiction. A new genre for him, but he soon found a following of readers and took the plunge into writing novels.

Want to connect with Travis and check out other work he’s done?
Travis' blog: 

Travis' articles on 

Listen to Travis read the first chapter of Trouble Triangle below or on YouTube: 

(mild language warning) 

Once again, here is the link to buy Trouble Triangle – get your copy now!
Trouble Triangle on Amazon
Buy it in Paperback

Also, you can add it on Goodreads here

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone. If you enjoy a bit of naughtiness and a whole lot of fun, you don’t want to miss this book! It’s fantastic. Happy reading and have a great weekend!



  1. Hi Chantel,
    Thanks for having me and Tyler on your blog. We both enjoyed it. Wishing you and all your readers a Merry Christmas.
    All the best,

    1. Merry Christmas to you, Travis! Was so great to have you gentlemen here. Loved this interview! It was a lot of fun. Hope you are enjoying your holiday!


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