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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Blog Tour-THE PSYCHIC'S MEMOIRS by @ucalthisreality With An Interview & #Giveaway! @RockstarBkTours 

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE PSYCHIC'S MEMOIRS by Ryan Hyatt Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: THE PSYCHIC'S MEMOIRS (Terrafide #2)

Author: Ryan Hyatt

Pub. Date: July 30, 2020

Publisher: Ryan Hyatt

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 252

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle

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In The Psychic’s Memoirs, a hot-tempered Los Angeles detective and his distracted partner are assigned to find an alleged teenage psychic whose capture might determine the outcome of a looming civil war and humanity’s relationship with a misleading alien force. The standalone novel is part of Ryan Hyatt’s Terrafide series, techie tales of woe and hope in which characters grapple with a world falling apart. The Terrafide universe, which also includes Rise of the Liberators and Stay Younger Longer, takes place on an alternate timeline that mirrors and mimics present-day events.

Praise for The Psychic’s Memoirs

“The Best Cyberpunk Novels of 2020 and 2021” --Joel Stafford, Joel’s Books 

"A mind-warping journey through an all-too-plausible near-future America where sociopolitical revolution and advanced technology represent the promise and peril of human evolution."--Jake Anderson, author of Gone at Midnight: The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam 

“Hyatt's superior ability to build a convincing lived-in world just over the horizon is on display page after page. This is not another orgy of post-apocalyptic horrors, but an opportunity to see every calamity as a possible stepping stone toward utopia.”--A.L. Lorentz, author of The Filter Trap and Dead Monkeys 

Check out the other books in the Terrafide series!



Interview:

Hey Ryan! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! THE PSYCHIC’S MEMOIRS sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the THE PSYCHIC’S MEMOIRS and the characters?

Sure, thank you. This is a story inspired in many ways from years I’ve spent working with students with learning disabilities. While many of these students often struggle with everyday tasks others take for granted, sometimes these students also have talents that are notable, even extraordinary. I’ve had students for example, who couldn’t read well, but they wrote, made and edited amazing movies. I’ve had students who couldn’t remember what happened yesterday, but they wrote and sang songs that made me well up with tears. The list goes on and on.

There’s a lot to the human mind, and people exhibit their challenges and abilities in unique ways.

One of the characters in THE PSYCHIC’S MEMOIRS, Alice Walker, is like some of the students I’ve worked with who have autism. Mysterious, awkward, but as you get to know them and peel the layers, they often turn out to be a richer and more endearing person than you initially expected. In Alice’s case, her extraordinary talent is that she can see the future, which makes her critical to the human race and not to be taken lightly.

What are you working on now?

I have an idea for a young adult novel that’s an offshoot from my adult Terrafide series. I’ve written about forty pages of the manuscript, and I like it, but I’m still not committed. The idea is to write a tale that wins over the youth so they might get interested in reading the Terrafide series as they grow into adults. Or, I might explore another genre and come back to sci-fi later. Not sure.

As I weigh my next project, I’m enjoying a break from novel writing and spending more time reading for pleasure. It’s a nice change.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

Most of my novels have characters that are parodies of people I know in real life, and TPM is no different.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

I loved writing Mr. Y, a sentient bobble head created in the likeness of Mr. T of 1980s fame. Bringing Mr. Y to life was a blast. I also had fun writing the dismissive conservative character, James Elroy. Lydia Jackson, the lesbian, and the mundane relationship she’s muddling through with her lover were fun to write, too, mostly because I felt like the world’s love advice columnists were channeling themselves through me as Lydia weighed whether or not she was ready to get married…

Hardest writing was the main character, Ted Kaza, an anti-hero with anger issues, a loyal dog, and a colorful past who I tried to make just likeable and interesting enough to keep readers vested in him. I look forward to what readers think about him by the end of the story. Did Kaza turn out cool? The jury’s out.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in THE PSYCHIC’S MEMOIRS?

The dialogue between Mr. Y and James Elroy might set a new bar for weird robot-human relationships. And, of course, it’s always interesting when a mecha shows up on your doorstep…

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

As part of my training as a special education teacher, I was introduced to the sad, strange history of California’s eugenics program, of which many people are not familiar, but I explore in the novel.

Who is your ultimate book villain?

The multiple personalities of The Horde from Split and Mr. Glass from Glass, part of M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero movies, I feel are definitely under-appreciated. Dark but brilliant. Female villains that are equally depraved that I definitely would think twice about inviting over for dinner: Nurse Ratched from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Annie Wilkes from Misery, and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.

What inspired you to write Cyberpunk?

I like exploring the interface of society and technology in a world slipping out of control, no matter how much we tout its ‘progress.’ I hope my novels reflect the good, bad, and ugly of our world while offering some ideas how to make it better.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. It’s like I’m in my twenties again hanging out with my buddies at a bar after the show.

Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook allows me to write anecdotes about life in L.A. or tales about playing Barbies with my daughter without worrying about a word count. Some people who friend me I sometimes find worrisome, especially when I take a gamble on them and they start spewing ideas I don’t support on my timeline. I often have to purge my ‘friends’ list. On the other hand, FB is less pretentious and/or presumptuous than Twitter, which seems based around followers, celebrity culture and the latest craze, which doesn’t always matter to me. Instagram is cool if you’re visual and like to enjoy the arts, nature and beer, which I do.

Favorite Superhero?

Growing up, Spider-Man and Captain America. Now, Wolverine.

Favorite TV show?

So many, please don’t make me choose … Deadwood, Vikings, Westworld, Watchmen…

Sweet or Salty?

Salted caramel

Any Phobias?

Raccoons

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

The Clash, “Train in Vain”

Fall 2020 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

The Matrix 4 in 2022

Thanks so much Ryan for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE PSYCHIC’S MEMOIRS!


About Ryan:

Ryan Hyatt was born in Tucson in 1976. He was raised in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago and Copenhagen before returning to his hometown and graduating from the University of Arizona in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in history, psychology and creative writing. Hyatt spent much of his twenties working as a reporter and columnist for newspapers such as the Apache Junction Independent and Santa Monica Daily Press. In addition to the Terrafide series, he is author of the modern western, The Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and editor of the satirical sci-fi news site, The La-La Lander, as well as Not Your Father’s Bedtime Stories, children’s tales he creates with his daughter. He holds a master’s degree in education from California State University Northridge and develops and manages literacy intervention programs for Los Angeles schools. For updates on the state of the future, visit thelalalander.com.

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Giveaway Details:

3 lucky winners will receive a finished copy of THE PSYCHIC'S MEMOIRS, US Only.

3 lucky winners will receive an eBook of THE PSYCHIC'S MEMOIRS, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/19/2020

Jaime's World

Guest Post

10/19/2020

Lisa-Queen of Random

Guest Post

10/20/2020

Two Chicks on Books

Interview

10/20/2020

JaimeRockstarBookTours

Instagram Stop

10/21/2020

Bookhounds

Interview

10/21/2020

BookHounds

Instagram Stop

10/22/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

10/22/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Instagram Stop

10/23/2020

TMA Corbett Tries To Write

Guest Post

10/23/2020

tmbacorbett

Review

 

Week Two:

10/26/2020

Books A-Brewin'

Excerpt

10/26/2020

Books A-Brewin'

Instagram Stop

10/27/2020

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

10/27/2020

Rajiv's Reviews

Instagram Stop

10/28/2020

Little Read Riding Hood

Review

10/28/2020

littlereadhood

Instagram Stop

10/29/2020

Lifestyle of Me

Review

10/29/2020

Bookswithpaulak

Review

10/30/2020

Pine Enshrined Reviews

Review

10/30/2020

Jotted by Jena

Guest Post

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