Saturday, September 16, 2017

Guest Post - My Inspiration for Tipping Point by Terry Tyler

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My Inspiration for Tipping Point
Guest Post by Terry Tyler

Many thanks to Anniek and Suze for inviting me onto With Love For Books to talk about the inspiration behind Tipping Point, the first book of my new post-apocalyptic series.

My fascination with all things post-apocalyptic has been lurking in the wings for some time. I've been a fan of disaster movies since I went to see The Towering Inferno with my sister in 1975. I love to watch and read tales of polar expeditions gone wrong, too, and anything to do with general survival—and what could be more of a challenge than the end of civilisation as we know it, following the release of a deadly virus?

I'm also interested in how post-apocalyptic communities would function, and how the new world would bring out different sides of people. Some characters in my series, like freedom loving Heath and teenager Lottie, thrive when society goes to hell, as I like to think I would, too, once I'd accepted the lack of internet! What I find so compelling is the sudden and complete change in our whole way of life; money as we understand it is a thing of the past, possessions don't matter unless they are of practical use, and a rich City banker is no more likely to survive than a builder's labourer, possibly less so. In my fictional world, new values become important. Practical skills come to the fore, working together as a community—and having a nose for danger.

The plot for Tipping Point begins with the misuse of information unwittingly provided by the public on social media. We've all noticed how all we have to do is mention, for instance, dieting, on Facebook or Twitter, and suddenly we'll get pop-up adverts suggesting weight loss products, or get followed by profiles for them on Twitter. I began to wonder what would happen if all this information was used for something more sinister...

So that's Tipping Point—one reviewer described it as 'zombie apocalypse without the zombies'! I am a Walking Dead fanatic (I write for one of the fan sites), and would have loved to do a zombie book, but I was wary of being too influenced by TWD, and I've read some excellent zombie series that I didn't want to even try to compete with. Apart from the survival aspect, I've thought about how society might reform afterwards, which begins to happen in Book 2, Lindisfarne, and will develop more in Book 3.

Lindisfarne will be out in September, to be followed by a collection of short stories entitled Patient Zero, featuring minor characters from the series. If Tipping Point interests you I hope you enjoy it, and another big 'mwah' to Anniek and Suze!

About Terry Tyler



Terry Tyler is the author of 14 books on Amazon : eleven full length novels, two novellas and a short story collection. She has a book review blog, is a member of Rosie Amber’s book blog reviewing team, and is obsessed with The Walking Dead; she writes for the fansite @TWDfansite. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, but has fantasies about living at Winterfell (it’s a Game of Thrones thing).

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22 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed Tipping Point and am looking forward to book #2

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    1. Thanks, Rosie - Sept 26, in time for TBB!

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  2. Great post. I have Tipping Point waiting on my Kindle despite dystopian novels not being my usual read. I get freaked out by those adverts Terry talks about popping up so it should be a hair-raising read for me!

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    1. I've found that this is the part people have commented on most, Abbie! I do hope you like it when you get to it x

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  3. It sounds like a really good read, I will be putting it on my list .Thank you

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  4. Interesting. So how now I'm curious what information gets posted :)

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    1. It's all kept on huge servers, PofP...!!

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  5. Many thanks, Anniek and Suze, for putting this post out today! A lovely surprise x

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the great post.

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  7. Interesting about social media, Terry; it's a good point. 'Big Brother'!!? Looking forward to Lindisfarne

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    1. Oh yes. I think the internet has always been that, and I've been saying that Facebook is Big Brother for years :)

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  8. I think it's an absolutely brilliant book and should be required reading!!

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  9. It's a timely and thought-provoking premise for sure!

    --Trix

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    1. Timely indeed - I didn't realise how much when I first had the idea!

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  10. I love that social media leads to an apocalypse.

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  11. Sounds like my kind of read. Adding it to my tbr.

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    1. Thank you, Jolanda - it's half price from Sept 24 to 30, if you're interested!

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  12. Shades of an Orwellian dystopia are lurking in the shadows!

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