Visiting Spacedock 19 is the already famous Tara Tyler, well known for her vivacious personality and artistic blog headers. Now she’s adding to her fame and talents with the release of her first novel, Pop Travel. A Sci-Fi Thriller!
MP: Welcome aboard, Tara! I’m excited about your visit. Let’s get drinks and take a seat over at the windows.
TT: This is so exciting! I always love your space interviews. So honored I get to do one! Can I list weight = 0 on my space driver’s license? Ha! Thank you for beaming me aboard. And I can whip us up a couple of cosmos cosmos – they’re purple.
MP: Wow! You can make drinks, too? I’m all in. You’re like a modern Renaissance woman, Tara.
Your new book, Pop Travel, has travel in the title. What does it mean? Where do your characters travel to and how?
TT: Ah, yes. Pop Travel is the way to go! It’s teleportation, and in the future, all airports have converted to travelports where people can pop anywhere in seconds. The main character, J.L. Cooper, is a private investigator and also a pilot. He’s old fashioned and doesn’t trust pop travel and would rather not have to experience it. But he ends up having to use it to escape the bad guys. He pops from Georgia to India to Australia and back. And there are several traditional chase scenes as well!
MP: Is JL known as a great investigator or is he struggling to make a name for himself?
TT: Oh, you can call him Cooper. Everyone does. And he actually became a PI and moved to his small town to escape the spotlight of being a star lawyer in Atlanta, after his wife died in a plane crash. He carries a lot of guilt, taking the blame for her death. He’s a sad Joe. Cooper only took the case because his client seemed worse off than he was.
MP: What kind of troubles do people need PI’s for in the future? Are their problems different from ours?
TT: Oh, the troubles are similar, especially in a small town. Drugs, cheating spouses, lying and stealing, you name it. People don’t change, only the technology – which helps both sides.
MP: An intriguing set up, Tara Tyler. So where’s your favorite place to chill and recharge?
TT: This is pretty cool! I need to get out into space more often =) I love to write in peace and quiet so sometimes I escape in my own house to our sunroom or out on the back patio and no one finds me for quite a while. I love it!
MP: The stars are my usual escape. Peace and quiet is a treasure. If you couldn’t live on Earth any longer, where would you go?
TT: I always love your starry photos! Hmm. If I had to move, I’d want to live on a nice cruiseship-type spaceship, like from WALL*E or The Fifth Element. Full service, please!
MP: Full service would be nice. The help around here is always angry with me. They claim I treat them like puppets… I suppose I do. :) Our stories wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t treat our characters badly, would they?
What is something outrageous about Pop travel?
TT: Outrageous? Well, I think the constant surveillance is outrageous – but it seems we may be leaning that way someday. And the guy behind the scenes, Nate, is pretty hilarious when we get in his head as he watches Cooper. There’s a bit of humor to all the characters. I like to laugh, and I think humor is a wonderful part of life, so I like having it in my stories. (I think humor is also what makes Joss Whedon movies not just great, but spectacular!)
In 2080, technology has gone too far for J. L. Cooper. He is happily hidden in his simple, secluded life as a private detective in a small town, far from any pop travel laser teleportation stations. Until he takes on a client who insists pop travel made his fiancé disappear.
When Cooper investigates, he finds evidence of pop travel’s deadly flaw, sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother. He’d like to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?
The only way he can save his brother is to fool his observers while looking for a way to expose the problem. He decides to go to the source and confront the Creator of pop travel. On his way, Cooper meets Southern siren, Geri Harper (an undercover FBI agent) who tags along despite his protests. When they reach the Creator, he has plans of his own and leads them on a wild detour.
About Tara Tyler
Tara Tyler started out as a math teacher. After having a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering and living up and down the Eastern US, she finally found some roots, writing and teaching in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. In addition to her novels, she has published short stories and poetry in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Humor. So many stories to tell. Blog
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