Luck vs. Perseverance

My road to writing started in college after I saw an interview with Nicholas Sparks on Oprah. Yes, I watched Oprah when I was in college…well my wife Jeena watched it and I happened to be in the room. Nicholas was talking about how he was able to pay off his student loans from pharmacy school by writing. At the time I was in dental school so the student loans were enormous.

I has always been a sci-fi nerd and loved all things Star Wars. I even had a full size Han Solo cardboard cut out in my bedroom. Frustrated with some of my professors I decided to write a sci-fi novel about an intergalactic foreign exchange student and mirror the teachers after a few problematic professors. I quickly realized I loved writing and it helped me relax and take a break from the intense curriculum. Since I was in school I was left with little time to sleep, let alone write and it took me a few years to write my first book, but I persevered. By the time I had finished the book I was done with school, had three kids, and opened two offices in Colorado. It was time to find a publisher and it turned out finding a publisher was the hardest thing I’d ever done. I just kept getting doors slammed in my face. I even read, “How to get Your Book Published for Dummies.” Finally, after two years I found Double Dragon Publishing and they accepted my book. Nothing seemed to come easy when it came to my first book Neto Lexan and the Impox Secret, but I accomplished my goal and I was a bona fide, published author.

Neto Lexan Cover

Then luck came upon me. As I was trying to navigate getting my book published I was introduced local author, Sherry D. Ficklin. She pointed me the right direction and gave me pointers with editing my book, her help was invaluable. Then one day she approached me about a book she wanted to write. She was having a hard time nailing the teenage male character. At first I thought she just wanted some input. Being a perpetual kid, and with my patient base being mostly kids, I was the perfect go-to person. Then I realized she actually wanted me to co-author the book. Right place, right time…and my Peter Pan Syndrome was finally paying off. Extracted was born and it’s been the wildest ride. We had not one but two publishing companies trying to publish our book. No doors were being slammed in our faces. It was such a different experience than Neto Lexan.

So the question luck versus perseverance, in my case I think it’s a marriage of both. Everyone has a unique story, but my experience has been this: Those who persevere will find luck.

Extracted_cover_120

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Welcome to the war.
The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.
The Hollows are a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their …only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.
Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.
When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.
Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.
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About tylerhjolley

I was born in the era of the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones sagas. I’ve been enamored with science fiction and adventure stories ever since. In order to support my hobby of writing I decided to pursue dentistry. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. I then completed a four year orthodontic and periodontic residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, I opened a private practice, Jolley Smiles, in Grand Junction, Colorado. I now have a total of four offices located in Grand Junction, Fruita, Montrose and Delta. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things I enjoy doing with my family. I also enjoy lecturing internationally on temporary orthodontic implants. Some of my journal articles have also been published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. However, my true passion has always been fiction writing. When life gets stressful I escapes to unseen worlds to find relaxation. My career has been the vehicle to let me write without worry. I find inspiration from most of my adolescent patients. I continue to dream up fun and thrilling books to this day.

14 thoughts on “Luck vs. Perseverance

  1. Sometimes things worth doing don’t come easily, but the challenge makes it sweeter when you succeed. Glad to hear luck and perseverance are coming together for you!

  2. Look at it this way – if you can complete all that schooling and operate a successful practice, then this publishing lark is nothing! Or, maybe it’s the other way ’round…. Either way, you’re doing great.

  3. I can’t believe you could write and go to dental school at the same time! You deserve all the luck you can get.

  4. Such a great story! I love the perseverance you had for your first book. That really shows a love for the craft. I find writing as a way to relax and escape the stressors of everyday life, too. And what an awesome pairing between you and Sherry. I love how that fell into place and I can’t wait to read your book (I’m one the ARC list! Yay!). I’m so glad you’re at SHP! I really respect you for being able to co-author a book. I think that would be difficult. Of course I haven’t done it. I imagine it would depend on the person you’re working with.

    Michelle 🙂

  5. Good stuff Ty. I’m with you all the way and the co-author thing sounds awesome. Never look a gift horse in the mouth–sort of works better for you than for most, I guess.

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