Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
I am a multi-genre author, poet, and mental health advocate from Leland, North Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I currently work in communications and public relations.
Growing up, my grandmother was a high school English teacher, assistant principal, principal, and later my elementary school principal. She encouraged my creative writing style and helped me to grow into the writer I am today.
What inspired you to write your book?
I had never written a romance novel before and wanted to give it a go, drawing inspiration from some real-life events.
What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
The goal of his book is for people to understand what a long-distance relationship is, the amount of work that goes into making it a successful relationship. There is also the underlying theme of how mental illness can affect a relationship and how two people can work together to overcome those struggles.
What drew you into this particular genre?
I’ve always seen myself as a hopeless romantic. I love romance movies and shows and rom-coms especially.
If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?
I would sit down with Kenney and simply ask him ‘Why?’ I don’t want to say too much more and give away the book.
What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
I would say Twitter has connected me with the most readers, and friends.
What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
Don’t give up. It’s hard in the beginning, it really is. The struggle to find out what marketing tools work best, how to write a blurb, transitions, there is a lot that goes into writing. In the beginning, it is easy to get discouraged and feel like it isn’t going anywhere but stick with it. Write for yourself first and foremost and the rest will come.
What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
“The Seeds of Love” was book one in a five-part series called “Sunflower Kisses”. I’m really excited about that. I also have another work in progress that is for my grandmother. I just started writing for InTheCrescent.com, an online magazine focused on the supernatural.
About the Author
Tyler Wittkofsky was born and raised in Leland, North Carolina, mere minutes from Historic Wilmington and Southport. He graduated from South Brunswick High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Growing up, his grandmother was a high school English teacher, assistant principal, principal, and later his elementary school principal. She encouraged his creative writing style and helped him to grow into the writer he is today.
He spends much of his time volunteering for nonprofits and giving his time back to the youth in his community. He was named one of Brunswick County’s Future 10 in 2017, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year in 2018, and one of the StarNews 40 Under 40 in 2019 for his passion for helping others discover the jewel that is Northern Brunswick County.
He currently resides in Leland, North Carolina with his fiancé Grace and dogs Dutch and Belle.