Friday, January 8, 2016

Indie Author Spotlight: Tyler Harris

When extraterrestrials land on Earth, it isn’t to abduct humans or wage war. They simply want to impart a gift that would change the course of human history forever.

Immortal Peace follows Mario and his family as they witness the first contact between humans and an alien species. When the aliens offer a Gift that prevents humans from needing food or sleep in exchange for the world’s supply of fuel, the world’s population is split between eagerness and skepticism. As the Gift is distributed and unexpected side effects begin to surface, the citizens of Earth are left to wonder if the aftermath was unintentional or a calculated strike against us.

I liked the fact that Immortal Peace didn’t play right along with the typical tropes that are found in books similar to this. Usually an alien race is either ready to conquer or slinking about in the shadows. Creating a race of aliens that want to peacefully conduct a mutually beneficial transaction was something I haven’t come across very often, if at all. I also liked the fact that it didn’t all come down to good ol’ human ingenuity and/or spirit to overcome oppression and win the day. It was so much more original and realistic, which made it easy to keep reading. My only complaint is that the writing and dialogue just felt clunky. The story was interesting, but the writing could use some work. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for a new writer, so I can’t hold it against him too much. But still, there were times it felt forced.

Overall, a pretty interesting read a good one for anyone who likes alien “invasion” books.

Buy a copy here!

Now let’s meet the author!

Tyler S. Harris was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992. He grew up in Arizona, and currently lives in Michigan. Tyler is a science fiction writer who enjoys bringing unique perspectives to traditional ideas. Tyler has published one novel, Immortal Peace, which was published in 2015. Another novel was published as a serial. Interview with a Bank Robber can be found on

Start us off with a Twitter synopsis of the book (140 characters or less):

Alien’s visit – not to invade, but with a gift. It is a medicine supposedly able to protect humans needing to eat or sleep. But is the chance of immortality worth the cost?

Where did the idea for Immortal Peace come from?

I enjoy alien movies. But a pattern emerged for me in which the aliens seem to overpower us, either in strength or in technology. Yet somehow the human spirit–in the form of Will Smith (Independence Day), Tom Cruise (War of the Worlds), or Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles)—seems to pull through and give the human race a fighting chance. Immortal Peace is what came from trying to find a new take on the concept of an alien “invasion”.

Why did you choose to break away from the standard alien invasion story and do things a little differently?

I don’t claim to be a sci-fi snob by any means, but I feel like the genre is hitting a writer’s block all at once. My goal was to take a seemingly cliché idea, and take such a unique perspective on it that doors will open to many other authors. I hope to continue thinking outside the box.

What’s the one thing you want people to take away from Immortal Peace after reading?

I want people to come away from reading Immortal Peace with the realization that not everyone is trying to rewrite the same story with different characters. Immortal Peace was a four year project, so it took a lot of thought, but it was worth it to come up with a new story. New ideas can come from anywhere, even a young grad student living in the upper peninsula of Michigan with no formal education in creative writing.

Did you do a lot of research into the more scientific aspects of the story or were you creating from scratch?

For the first draft of Immortal Peace, I was certainly a “pantser.” I had no idea what to expect. When I sent the manuscript out to some readers, I was told I should do some research. I watched a ton of “Ancient Aliens.” Fortunately for me, it didn’t hinder my writing, it enhanced it. Reading up on ancient Egypt and common alien theories really made Immortal Peace come together.

What’s your favorite alien invasion movie and why?

District 9 is my favorite alien invasion movie by far. It really hit home with the idea of a unique alien story. I saw that movie in theaters not knowing what to expect, and walked out with rekindled enthusiasm for the genre.

Who is your biggest writing inspiration?

I’m sure I’ll get a lot of heat for saying this, but I love all the Dan Brown books. From Angels and Demons to Inferno, I get hooked onto his books. I know his writing is hardly considered “literature” in the traditional sense, but I’m sure mine never will be either. His focus is on writing something that people love to read, as is mine.

What can we expect next from Tyler Harris?

I plan on starting up a dystopian/post-apocalyptic series next. It is a tall order for a young author like me, but it’s another concept that is very unique and I think the science fiction audience will love to read. It should be done by 2017.

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