by Imran Siddiq
Publication date: November 29th, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Tyler can Cross into parallel realities. Employed by a secret organization, he collects data about worlds encountered to improve the Alternate Worlds Map. Except the organization have apprehended him, tampered with his memory, and accused him of a crime he can’t recollect. They must have the wrong seventeen-year old? Nope – even Tyler’s friends have evidence against him.
There are rules to being a Alternate Worlds Viewer:
DO NOT interact with the environment.
DO NOT interfere with events.
DO NOT reveal the ability to Cross.
Tyler has broken with one. But which? All of them?
Worst of all he hates his surname: Nitbone.
Chased by the organization, he will Cross into explosive worlds to uncover the real traitor or risk the lives of zillions.
Tyler Nitbone must interfere to undo the interference
Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories. At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.
What inspired you to write Tyler Nitbone?
The Greenhouse Literary Agency Funny Prize competition in 2012 made a call for humorous novels. Although I had certainty that I’d never win, it gave me a spark to write in a more relaxed manner than the serious overtones used in the Divided Worlds Trilogy. In some ways, it allowed me to write much as I think and behave.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Difficult to day other than that it depends on the novel. TN is based in the real world with very little concept settings, thus I can drop a lot of descriptive narrative and let the reader discover the world through the character. A comment theme is Third Person Limited POV. First person still feels a little alien to me, but I adore rooting the entire novel with one main protagonist. We see, hear, feel what they do. It’s almost like real life rather than having a Godly voice overhead describing events a million miles away.
How did you come up with the title?
Unlike previous novels where the title is a representation of a theme, TN is the protagonist – and the name – Tyler Nitbone – makes me take notice and giggle. Nitbone rolls off the tongue. I wouldn’t have used the name if it didn’t have that extra punch.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Oh most definitely. In fact it’s there on the cover as a tagline. Interfering in anything has consequences. They won’t always be bad, but they won’t always mean good either. Often people say or do something without realising the long term effect. TN is about how he must interfere to do the interference of a previous action.
How much of the book is realistic?
The bits that don’t involve the non-realistic parts… like parallel universes… and robots… and a certain orang-utan. Then again, maybe it is all possible.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
TN is an extension of me whereby I always try to help and do good, but sometimes it can be misconstrued and put me in trouble. Poor TN… he doesn’t know when to stop and reflect.
What books have most influenced your life most?
J.R.R Tolkien from the age of nine. Agatha Christie for her cunning Poirot during early teenage years, and then Terry Pratchett for my latter youth years. Each one delivered believable worlds, situations and larger-than-life characters.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Scott Westerfeld. Quite brilliant at saying a lot with little given.
What book are you reading now?
Rot and Ruin by Jason Maberry. Research for my next WIP.
What are your current projects?
TN is novel 4.
Novel 5, a paranormal YA has been shelved until I find new blood to twist into it.
Novel 7, a YA Science Fiction has gained some interest from Literary Agents and is currently out to submission.
Novel 8, my current WIP is a YA Sci-Fi that crosses into Horror. (I’m very excited about this one).