|Author Tyler Miranda|
Miranda was raised on the under-developed west side of Oahu, where his stories are often set. His experiences growing up in Hawaii in a local Portuguese family have strongly influenced his writing, particularly with his Caucasian looks making him a minority in his childhood community.
Sisters in Crime/Hawaii: Thank you for sharing with readers your short story, Frosted, included within MYSTERY IN PARADISE 13 Tales of Suspense, Tyler, and for taking time to visit with us today. Can you please offer a brief insight into something humorous, poignant, or unusual in your life that led you to a career in writing?
TYLER MIRANDA: I began writing as a form of escapism. It was a coping mechanism that helped me deal with what was going on at home. Writing afforded me the opportunity to give order to chaos. During my teen years, I needed that.
Sisters in Crime/Hawaii: Why did you choose to collaborate with 13 authors to participate in a short story anthology?
TYLER MIRANDA: When I learned of this mystery/suspense anthology, the idea for "Frosted" finally crystallized. I had struggled with a "way" to tell this story for about two years. However, pondering "Frosted" as a mystery/suspense story both opened it up and gave me the vessel upon which to convey it.
Sisters in Crime/Hawaii: In "Frosted", what is one phrase or scene that reflects something about you as a writer?
TYLER MIRANDA: I think the point-of-view reflects something about me as a writer: that is, I like to experiment. This is the first time I wrote a story from the perspective of "we".
Sisters in Crime/Hawaii: Every writer has a WIP (Work-In-Progress). Can you tell us a bit about your current project?
TYLER MIRANDA: I've just finished the second draft of my second novel. It's a story about a high school teacher torn between professional duty and family obligation. The story examines the nature of responsibility in a world rife with double standards.
An excerpt from Tyler Miranda’s short story “Frosted”
We had been talking about Mrs. Isis Souza since 1981. Ever since that first day she ensconced herself in Wahiawa, she’d flapped an air of self-importance before her as though from the fan of a luna. And up until the moment she came, none of the neighbors had ever seen a U-Haul that long, like the shiny body of a train sprawling from driveway to the back property line. Thus began the first of the whisperings, about the...disconnect. It was Palm Street, after all, not some gold-gilded boulevard behind the Pearly Gates of Waialae Iki.
Adding to the confusion was the residence Mrs. Souza chose. There were available houses on Royal Palm Drive, the obvious choice for someone with that many personal belongings. Or she could have found a place farther up the heights. But where Mrs. Souza landed was at the Wahiawa Wah Mun Chinese School. (She clearly wasn’t Chinese, not even in the dainty pinky finger held aloft while she sipped her morning coffee.) Having struggled with low enrollment after WWII, the Chinese-language school had finally adapted, shutting its doors on education in the mid-seventies, the streetside buildings being converted into two dwellings. However, this wasn’t where Mrs. Souza lived. She occupied the back of the property where existed a huge, grassy field, ostensibly once a playground, that had on it an outhouse with working water; a stage and a large carport; and the previous groundskeeper’s two-bedroom shack. Of all the places Mrs. Souza could have chosen, she settled on a droopy, one-story, Hawaiian plantation-style house built in the 1920s. The low roofline and the quiet little portico and the vertical plank siding let the house recede into the environment as though it were meant to be there, as though peeking out from behind sugarcane long gone or as though tiptoeing through a field of pineapple.
Sisters in Crime/Hawaii: Where can readers find your books?
TYLER MIRANDA: My first novel 'Ewa Which Way can be found on Amazon.com (both hard copy and Kindle version), Small Press Distribution's website, and Bamboo Ridge Press's website. It can also be found locally in Hawaii at all seven Costco locations, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii in Ward Warehouse, and Barnes and Noble Ala Moana.
Small Press Distribution: http://www.spdbooks.org/Search/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=ewa+which+way
Bamboo Ridge Press: http://www.bambooridge.com/storeitem.aspx?pid=93