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Considering a Change

Posted: March 11, 2017 in Thoughts on Reading

Hello to all my readers out there.

Thanks so much for following this book review blog, and don’t worry I am not ending my book reviews just looking at changing how I do them.

I thought I would start a you tube channel where I can post video reviews of all the books I read. I don’t have any content up on the channel yet but stay tuned, and you can access the channel here

I look forward to sharing my video reviews with you


I have recently had the opportunity to read and which was written by a Good Friend of mine Tyler Rudd Hall. Catalyst is a 3 part story in the Ronos trilogy. After reading these books, I thought I would take the opportunity to talked to Tyler about his books and his up and coming career as a writer. I eagerly anticipate reading the final book Eviscerate in this Series.

So, the moment we have all been waiting for, Tyler answers 10 questions about his books. Lets see what he has to say.

Q: Tyler with the publishing of your Ronos trilogy this marks the start of your writing career. You join the unique ranks of LDS authors such as
Stephanie Meyer, Tracy Hickman, Orson Scott Card and Brandon Sanderson. Do you see your career heading to the best sellers list like these authors have done with theirs?

A: Is the question “Do I want to be a best seller?” Is there anyone that would answer “no?” How quickly that will happen is something totally different. When I was in school I heard most writers peak when they’re fifty. I’m in no rush. I’m enjoying simply doing what I want and trying to find like minded people to read my stories. If it happens it happens.

Q:Some of the concepts you spoke about in your book have been written about in cards classic Ender’s game and other stories, such as an alien threat, global military and government control, implants that can be used to monitor our every move etc… would you say that Card was a inspiration for your story? If not where and when did you get the ideas for your story?

A: Card has some solid stories but none of them served as the inspiration for this story. Northgate getting destroyed at the beginning of Catalyst came into my mind while I was driving to Calgary from Edmonton. My entire family was in Edmonton and I remember looking in the review mirror thinking, “What if the entire city exploded right now?”

Imp’s felt like the natural progression from where we are going now so I added it. I wanted Mac to be different so having him be a Luddite fit my needs.

I mixed these ideas with one that had been sitting comfortably in the back of my mind waiting to be called up. The idea was that in order to survive a hostile planet we have to physically and possibly permanently change ourselves

Q:Are their any people in your life that influenced your character creations?

A:Not really, or at least not deliberately. At most I named characters after people whose names I liked. I grew up with a guy named Jace. I have an aunt named Janelle. Someone back home married a guy with the last name Zinger. Which is an awesome last name. Half the women in my family have the middle name Lynn. I have a brother in law named Scott.

Q:If you were offered the opportunity to turn this story in a film adaptation, TV or movie, would you exclusively sell the rights, or maintain creative control and why?

A:It would depend on the deal but I recognize that they are completely different ways to tell a story and I’m no expert.

Q:Much of the themes you wrote about in the Ronos books such as government spying on citizens, false flags attacks, conspiracies, control of the citizens, etc… are things libertarians have been talking about for a long time, is this a reflection of your own politics, if not why did you choose to write a story with these elements within them?

A: The only politics I follow is The West Wing. I would vote for Santos…or possibly Aaron Sorkin (can we all take a moment to recognize how amazing his last episode was? So good. The show was never the same after he left).  I added all those themes for antagonism so the story wouldn’t be boring.

Q:Who is your favorite character from the Ronos books and why?

A: Raymond. He was the easiest to write and he helped out a lot with adding antagonism when Zinger wasn’t in the scene. Close second may be the only man in Passage with an Imp. His banter with Mac was fun to write

Q:How long did you spend putting this story together? For example did you have all 3 books planned well in advance or did the story develop as you were writing it? And when did you first get the idea for Ronos vs first start writing it?

A: I had all three books planned out before I started but they changed dramatically through the writing process. Catalyst changed the least. Eviscerate changed the most. I had to rewrite it nearly three times. I can’t remember when I first got the idea for Ronos. If it wasn’t in high school then it was right after. Which was—yikes—12 years ago. I wrote the first draft of Catalyst for NaNoWriMo 2010.

Q:Which book did you enjoy writing the most out of the 3?

A:Hands down Catalyst. I was working one day a week at my normal job and writing the rest of the time.

Q:Do you have any further plans for Ronos, such as expanding the setting and story lines. Perhaps going back to the when the humans first encountered the aliens, or stories about when and how the planet ronos was first Discovered, Lynn’s family history, origins of the pull machine etc… ?

A: Right now the only plans I have for this story universe are more King and Wakefield Mysteries. Those are two of my most favorite characters and I want to show you why.

Q:Now that Ronos is done can we get a sneak peak about anything you a starting or working on now. What new stories are you crafting?

A: I’m working on a story with a friend of mine. The first draft will be done by the end of March—fingers crossed. It’s way to early to say anything about it. It’s nothing like The Ronos Trilogy.

Thank you Tyler for taking the time to answer some basic questions regarding your Ronos books. I look forward to reading the final book in the series. I am anticipating a good read for the conclusion