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Inside Out

Author Interview
Michael Tuberdyke Author Interview

Inside Out shares the stories of various people and the intriguing lives they live. What inspired you to write this story?

I think I was initially inspired by the Edmund Goulding film, “The Grand Hotel,” which stars Greta Garbo and John Barrymore. I liked the idea of these very different but unique individuals who all cross paths one evening staying at this elaborate Berlin Hotel and this, that, and the other thing happens. I wanted to do something like that for awhile, but I couldn’t figure out how to be honest with the idea and do it on my level.

Your characters are interesting and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Thank you. The only thing that concerns me when it comes to developing characters is that they remain individuals. I have a deep respect for any one who can maintain their individuality, especially today when personally, I feel that everything is very categorized. I really hate that. I think too with the characters specific to this book they all go against who they believe themselves to be. They say something or do something that doesn’t quite match their personality and that to me is very interesting.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

My idea was mainly to showcase how individuals have a basic need to communicate their ideas to one another, but being that they are essentially islands they have no idea how to. For me, that idea is very personal because I don’t really know what to say to people or how to act when I’m with them and I think that is a universal thing, at least with the people I know.  

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’ve been working on a short story collection, “This Thing Called Love.” The title is the same as the main short story of the collection, which is themed around belief. I’m hoping this collection will be out by Summer of ’22.

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On Exchange Street near the edge of town stands a building three stories high beside a parking lot where weeds have overtaken the asphalt.
The property is owned by Marge. Her name is painted in green on a piece of plywood that sits above the entryway to the diner on the first floor.
There are four separate apartments on the additional two floors. Three are occupied. The tenants are young and old. They are simple people whom like the building itself reside on the edge of town with walls, which conceal them from the world outside.

Inside Out

Inside Out by [Michael Tuberdyke]

It is amazing how people can be so different yet so connected by some cosmic force. Marge manages a building in an obscure corner. In the building three units are occupied. Each tenant leads a different life. Each tenant lives as though the next tenant does not exist. This is sort of a commentary on how most of the world lies today. Todd Brown likes his music. Mr. Andrews is lonely and possibly broke. Nick and Claire’s union might be on its last leg. They might as well be strangers living in the same space.

In this book thought-provoking book we take a look at the lives of average people. Have you ever walked by a building and wondered about the people who live in there? Inside Out provides the reader with an opportunity to be a fly on the wall. It satisfies a curiosity we have all had at least once. On the street, everyone seems normal. They are simply faces going about their businesses. In their own homes, they take off whatever masks they may wear out in public and let their true selves roam around the rooms. This book may be fiction but it is an accurate and intriguing representation of life.

Michael Tuberdyke is an excellent writer. His depiction of each of the characters is detailed and gives their character a compelling depth. The author lets the reader deep into the psyche of the characters to see how they think. As a reader, you can almost picture the look on Nick’s face every time Claire chooses work over spending time with him. You can hear the disappointment in his words. The characters in this book are relatable, perhaps because they so accurately represent the population.

Inside Out is quick read that will leave readers thinking deeply about the community they live in and the people they come across. This is book provides a fascinating look at the lives of some interesting people, and provides readers with a thoughtful exploration and character examination through the easy storytelling ability of author Michael J. Tuberdyke.

Pages: 73 | ASIN: B09JS5VCL2

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What’s The Worst World I Can Imagine

Author Interview
Natalie Hibberd Author Interview

Inside Out follows a young man and his friends as they see their dystopian world torn apart by Freedom Fighters and their government’s harsh reaction to them. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I began writing this novel over a decade ago – when I was twelve years old. I was quite an angsty teenager (I am now quite an angsty twenty-something!) I suppose the real genesis of this novel was asking the question “what’s the worst world I can imagine and what would the consequences be of that?” Worryingly, I think the premis has got closer to reality over time.

Zack is an interesting character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Inside Out has an ensemble cast – all dear to my heart – but Zack is one of my favourites! He has a very fierce protective streak in him and that gets more apparent as the story goes on. Without wishing to give too much away, that need to protect leads him to take some fairly extreme measures. Whether or not they’re sensible – I’ll leave the readers to decide!

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

One of the biggest themes I wanted to tackle was the destructive evil of prejudice. As a disabled woman, that’s something I’ve had to contend with all my life. It is such a pointless, baseless concept, and yet it ruins so many lives. I also wanted to tackle the fact that those who are in power are not always the best suited to it, and the lengths they will go to maintain their standing.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am currently running final checks on the sequel to Inside Out. Hopefully, it will be released by the end of this year. I am so excited for my lovely readers to experience it!

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In a divisive world of mistrust and murder, there’s only one thing that matters growing up: you’re either in The Inside or The Outside.
While the Insiders appear pampered and privileged, the Outsiders know only harsh realities. Believing themselves to be needlessly deprived of everything the Insiders have, the younger generation channel their rage into a terrorist group called The Freedom Fighters, a group intent on overthrowing the Inside at any cost. Now the Insiders must watch as the world they love collapses around them while the government resort to increasingly desperate tactics to try and contain the Outside threat. When the latest initiative catapults one of the young into the heart of the war, everything is pushed to breaking point.
Loyalties will be tested. Lives will be risked. Their worlds will change forever.

Inside Out

Inside Out by [Natalie Hibberd]

Like most dystopian science fiction novels, the world of Natalie Hibberd’s Inside Out feels closer to reality than it may seem. It tells the story of Zack McGregor and his gang of friends who live in a world divided by greed and hatred. They live in The Inside, a city that promises eternal safety and comfort – or so it seems. Lurking literally in The Outside are the Freedom Fighters, who will stop at nothing to destroy Zack’s beloved city and everything it stands for. Now The Inside government is taking desperate measures to maintain the calm, but it’s only a matter of time before everything implodes.  

The writing of Inside Out is very conversational, proving that you don’t have to be flowery to tell a good story. Some might find it overly simplistic, but there are passages here and there that paint a lovely picture in such a small amount of words. Hibberd clearly knows what she’s doing with her sparse language. This minimalism also makes the novel an easy and thrilling read despite the heavy subject matter. You can read this in one afternoon yet still feel your heart pounding from start to finish. There are little details per chapter, so like a binge-able Netflix series, we’re always left asking, “What’s going to happen next?” 

While I enjoyed the story, I felt that the world-building could have provided more depth and nuance. While the short chapters make for a quick, roller-coaster read, I wanted to spend more time exploring the characters to form a deeper connection to them. The pace sends the pages flying, but an additional page or two in moments where characters are experiencing emotional turmoil would have helped me make a connection with those characters. 

The writing is beautiful – stunning, even, at times. Inside Out is an entertaining dystopian sci-fi novel that has the potential to stand out in a packed genre. If you are a fan of young adult science fiction stories then you will surely enjoy this eloquent and evocative page-turner.

Pages: 241 | ASIN: B081D1JQYY

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