Charisse Tyson was a self-confessed, enabling, co-dependent. With God’s help she is enjoying a transformed life with her husband Tommy. They have been together for more than twenty six years and he just celebrated ten years of sobriety. Charisse has owned and operated the famous biker bar Johnny’s Bar & Grill in Hollister, California for almost twenty years. She hopes to one day sell the bar and pursue her writing career full time. In the meantime the bar continues to supply her with plenty of material for her writing endeavors.
As one of four children of a single mother, Charisse came by her caretaking tendencies at an early age. When she became a single parent herself at seventeen, her sense of responsibility was compounded. Having a dysfunctional upbringing and an A-type personality made Charisse an excellent candidate for codependency. Having overcome it, she shares her many life experiences to offer help and healing to those who know the suffering codependency brings.
Charisse offers one on one coaching sessions to those who want to face the issue of codependency head on. She hopes to help others see and accept the part their enabling behavior plays in the scope of their loved ones alcoholism. She likes to say, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Charisse has had articles published in three major biker magazines and has contributed many essays to her local paper. Despite having only a tenth grade education, she is blessed with ability to touch people with her words. Using her God-given talent to help others that struggle with codependency has been a dream since she found recovery.
What inspires you to write?
I write about things that I am passionate about. I like helping people. By sharing my experiences and what I learned from them I have been able to do that. Making people laugh and teaching them something is at the heart of my writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer. I’ve attempted outlining and using index cards but I always wind up throwing everything out and flying by the seat of my pants. Now it’s the only way that I fly.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters tend to write themselves. It’s fun and entertaining to see where they take me and sometimes I surprise myself.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love reading Joyce Meyer books. She’s straightforward and hard hitting. Anne Lamott is another favorite. People that tell it like it is are always my favorites. Stephen King and Teresa Burell are enjoyable reads too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish with Createspace. I knew people that used them and had good results. I also had a built-in market for my book because I own a famous biker bar. It was a great experience with lots of ups and downs and I learned a lot in the process. I’ll be a lot more prepared the next time around.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing will continue to grow but there will always be a place for traditional publishers. They will have to broaden their scope and adapt to the changing market but they will always be an important part of the process.
What genres do you write?
nonfiction and fiction
What formats are your books in?
Charisse Tyson Home Page Link