Welcome to a very exciting, and special tour with our own head of marketing here at Novel Publicity, and an award-winning author, P.K. Tyler!
You may know other works under the names Pavarti K Tyler, or Kara S Tyler, but today we’re helping with the first full-length science-fiction novel she’s ever released, and BOY are we excited!
Not only has P.K. taken over two years to polish, and perfect this piece, but she also released two short stories in the series, Avendui 5ive and Twin Helix this fall! Both are only $0.99, and a great way to start the series! If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, both short stories are FREE!
Thanks to all our wonderful bloggers! You can check out their review posts, and see exclusive excerpts and a short interview from the author that won’t appear anywhere else at the links below!
Did you know the P.K. Tyler runs a Women of Sci-Fi Interview series? Well if you didn’t, you can find the latest post here, and since it’s really hard to interview yourself, we decided it would be fun to make P.K. answer questions, just like those she asks other Women Sci-Fi authors!
First, we’ll star with Five fast questions that are fun to answer, but reveal a little more about the author personally!
NP: Do you prefer Star Trek or Star Wars?
PK: Star Trek hands down. I’ve never really understood Star Wars. I don’t know if it’s just because I wasn’t even born when the first one came out, maybe it’s because my parents weren’t into them and so I wasn’t exposed really until I was in college. I knew of them as a cultural phenomenon, but I never had the same love for them other people have. Star Trek on the other hand was a regular part of my life. It was on the television all the time and I was always in love with anything having to do with Aliens.
NP: If you had to live out the end of the world – a desert region or the far north?
PK: I’d vote far north. I mean, you can only take off so much, but you can always put more layers on. Plus, I’d think that a frozen landscape would have more opportunities for edible life in terms of other animals and buried plant life.
NP: Coffee, Tea or something else?
PK: Chai Latte! Homemade or Starbucks.
NP: Favorite animal or creature?
Fred 🙂 She’s my puppy.
NP: Where do you like to write?
PK: NEED ANSWER HERE
Now it’s time for the meat and potatoes questions, check out these exclusive 8 questions that won’t appear anywhere else!
NP: As a women writing in multiple genres, can you tell us what it’s like to release your first full-length science fiction novel The Jakkattu Vector?
It’s kind of terrifying honestly. Not because I’m a woman, but because it’s science fiction. Sci-Fi is my one true love (Sorry Don). It always has been. Give me a book with an alien in it and I’m a happy girl. Trying to write in a genre that I love has proven really hard because I’m kind of a snob. I could probably do another 103 revisions and still want to add MORE, but at some point you have to move on and write the next book. The Jakkattu Insurrection is scheduled to come next fall so there’s motivation for me to work hard and get it out to readers without freaking myself out over whether it’s good enough for sci-fi fans or not.
NP: You write under the pen names Pavarti K. Tyler for your romance and erotica titles, Kara S Tyler for your children’s books and P. K. Tyler for your science-fiction and fantasy titles. What made you choose to use initials for science fiction and fantasy? Did it just work out that way, or was there more thought to it?
PK: I actually really resisted using initials, because it’s something women have historically needed to do to hide their gender, which is something I am adamantly against. However, when I started really focusing on my Sci-Fi brand, I found that my erotica readers were not crossing over, and sci-fi readers were put off by the erotica brand. So I split them up and the easiest way to do that but maintain the same audience was to use initials. Since my erotica brand was already established as Pavarti, I used P.K. for Sci-Fi, plus it’s a convention in Sci-Fi that both men and women use. I don’t regret the decision to split the brands, but I do sometimes cringe to think anyone would assume I was trying to hide my gender. The Kara S Tyler children’s books are under my real name so my kids friends and teachers can find them 🙂
NP: What kind of research did you do for The Jakkattu Vector, and how would you compare The level of background research you did for this novel compared to others you’ve written?
PK: This is probably the second most research intensive book I’ve ever done. Shadow on the Wall was research heavy as I’m not Muslim or Turkish so writing an authentic book from that part of the world took a lot of work. Otherwise, this was definitely intense. I read books about global warming, about historical human migration patterns and the psychology behind it, about the stages of societal collapse, about reservation life for Native Americans and Australian Aborigines. I researched the concept of free will, slavery, psychological slavery, and gender dynamics. I delved much more into the science of the book than I ever have before, researching different species blood types, oxygenation, and the effect of C02 on both people and plant life (especially in the oceans). It took me three years to research and write The Jakkattu Vector and I loved every minute of it.
NP: For someone who loves science fiction, which authors were your inspirations for this novel, and what other science fiction authors is your work similar to?
PK: I think my love for Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler is clear here, but in this case, I also drew on ideas from DUNE (ecology as a science) and HG Wells’ work, especially from The Time Machine. The Man Who Fell To Earth also influenced me a lot in the creation of Sabaal, drawing on the idea of what if the alien wasn’t the bad guy, but humans were.
Mostly, I’m a giant sci-fi nerd and am excited anytime I get to live in the worlds of authors who can see beyond where we are and into the implausible but possible future. In that sense I also love L. Ron Hubbard.
NP: The Jakkattu Vector is set in Greenland, the earth has been taken over by the Menza, and humans now live on reservations. Why did you choose Greenland as a base for this book?
PK: In my research of how the earth will change as the ocean levels rise and the temperature will spike, humanity will need to migrate far north or far south. Greenland makes sense because under all that ice, there is still fertile land. I did fudge a little though. Nuuk is on the coast and would be submerged by the time all this happened.
NP: Following up on question three, what are some parallels between your book and current American society?
PK: Absolutely. While the Human Reservations aren’t meant to be a direct commentary on native reservations, I did research the conditions of many such areas to help guide me. What I wanted to highlight was really the idea of freedom. Can someone be free from influence even if you’ve separated yourself? I also wanted to look at the idea of have vs. have not. Which life is more authentic? What are you trading to have? Is it worth it? Who, really, is the bad guy?
NP: For readers who are a bit wary of the ‘science’ in science fiction. On a scale of 1 – 10 how technical and ‘sciencey’ is The Jakkattu Vector?
I guess it depends on what you think of as science. It’s definitely not HARD sci-fi like SevenEves or The Martian. But ecology, psychology, evolution, genetics, gender, and religion – to me these are all sciences which need to be explored to provide a three-dimensional read. So while there is some more hard “sciencey” stuff, I think even readers who don’t find those parts interesting can enjoy the rest of the book as it’s primarily character driven, not science or plot driven.
NP: The Jakkattu Vector is part of a planned 3 part series. Can you tell us more about where the story will take us in book 2?
Nope, you’re just going to have to wait. Telling you too much will ruin book 1 for you! But the title is The Jakkattu Insurrection!
The Cotillion of Norwood Thorne
“HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, MOTHER OF Mercy,” Clem whispered. “Most gracious advocate, turn yer gaze, yer eyes of mercy toward us!”
The Barn’s sturdy structure seemed to sway from the sea of people within. Julip and Clem dropped their trash into the bin before heading in, and Julip took her friend’s hand in hers. They wandered along the side wall, near tables set up for people to eat and talk. Families who rarely saw each other more than the few hours between work and curfew crowded together, and those too young to be in the Cotillion but old enough to steal a kiss or two tried to blend in with the crowd and slip away from watchful parents.
None of that was much concern to Julip though. She wanted to see the Daughters from the other reservations. She’d heard about them and seen them at Debuts in past years but never paid much attention. This year though, the fate of her brother hung in the balance, and next year she’d be leaving with one of them to join a family of her mother’s choosing.
They walked slowly behind the seats designated for the visiting Daughters. The Siberian Daughters wore their hair down, uncovered but for a small kerchief atop their heads. How did they walk around like that, among strange men? Julip pulled her own scarf tighter, feeling exposed just seeing them.
The Lapland Daughters huddled together, their chatter and laughter easily heard above the din of the crowd. The Ozzie Daughters wore so many layers it was impossible to tell their true shape. The heat of Greenland didn’t begin to compare with the blistering desert of Oz. Were they cold? Or did they dress that way even at home under the burning sun?
Daughters had come from Victoria, Antarctica, and even the small Argentine Reservation had sent representatives.
For the first time, she envied her brother. He’d be able to stay. She’d never stepped foot outside the reservation fences. She couldn’t imagine having to find her way in a whole new place after spending her entire life here. The thought of going home with one of these strange women made her heart hurt. She’d trade all the schooling and responsibilities of being born a girl if only she could stay.
“They’re starting.” Clem squeezed Julip’s hand and led the way toward the front of the crowd. Everyone made room for Fleur’s daughter; after all, it was her brother’s big day.
No signal announced the start of the Cotillion, but everyone knew. Maybe it was the static electricity in the air or the way the oil on the boys’ skin smelled, but as soon as they entered, the entire crowd hushed. Each boy walked down the center of the Barn, passing the delegations of Daughters, and then back to the center. Mothers wiped away tears as their sons presented themselves.
Clementine leaned in close enough to touch shoulders. “Which one would ya wanna go home with?”
Julip elbowed her and stepped closer. Her brother had just entered the room. His dark hair had been slicked back so his strong jawline and unmarked skin showed clearly. The boys with longer hair or bangs always became suspect for pockmarks or keloids. After he walked the length of the Barn he joined the others standing behind her mother. He’d become so much older looking. Their mother had drilled into him how to walk, how to stand, how to look at the Daughters and smile. He had all his teeth, and they shone white in the lantern light.
One of the Lapland Daughters sighed when he looked at her.
About the Book
Julip Thorne questions whether there is more to life beyond the barren dirt, acidic seas, and toxstorms her people work and die in. Living in poverty on the withering Greenland Human Reservation, she wonders if the alien Mezna goddesses are truly as holy as the temple preaches. Julip begins to dig deeper into the history of the planet and her leaders’ rise to power. But nothing can prepare her for the atrocities she uncovers.
Meanwhile, Jakkattu prisoner Sabaal suffers constant torture and heinous medical experiments as her Mezna-priest captors seek to unlock the key to her genetic makeup. Escaping from captivity, she finds herself suddenly alone on the hostile alien planet of Earth. To survive, she’s forced to work with the same Mezna-human hybrids she’s loathed her entire life, but the more they work together, the more they realize that their enemy is the same.
When humans and Mezna collide, will Sabaal turn out to be the genetic vector the Mezna have been searching for all along, or will she spark the flame that sets a revolution ablaze?
About the Author
P.K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She’s also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA TODAY Bestseller’s List.
“Tyler is essentially the indie scene’s Margaret Atwood; she incorporates sci-fi elements into her novels, which deal with topics such as spirituality, gender, sexuality and power dynamics.” – IndieReader
Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry for several international law firms. Now located in Baltimore Maryland, she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica.