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Tilmer Wright Author Interview

Tilmer Wright Author Interview

The Bit Dance follows a teen genius who must outwit an ex-KGB agent who uses a cutting edge toy for nefarious purposes. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

I have spent 30 years as an IT professional. That provided the technical facet to the story. The fascination with bees and their built-in intelligence comes from my uncle, Fred Ingram. He kept bees to support his fruit trees. He knew a lot about bees and spent time talking to me about them. That has always been in the back of my mind stewing among my technology-oriented thoughts. It all kind of emerged as a complete stew in this book.

Kayla is a intriguing and well developed character. What were some ideas that guided her development?

Thank you for the kind words about Kayla. I lean hard on my characters to drive my stories. They are of utmost importance and their internal drive, motives, and personalities have to take precedence over my own. Sometimes, that ends up in an argument inside my head. It’s one I have to let the character win. Kayla started out in early drafts as a male of the same age. I have two daughters, both older than Kayla. The struggles I have had trying to drive my girls to be the most they can be in a world that isn’t always easy for females while simultaneously being a loving father that allows them to be themselves drove me to change that character to a female. The whole father-daughter challenge is complex and can be even more so if a father is a driven personality and the daughter has skills of her own that may lead her in multiple directions. I think it added a lot to the story.

I enjoyed the technological explanations you provided for the eBots. What kind of research did you undertake for this book to get these as accurate as possible?

I did a lot of reading about the Bees Algorithm to understand how it is being used for real-life applications today. I also had to dig into a lot about how communication technologies like Bluetooth work. Other things like the technology borrowed from robotic vacuum cleaners and file-sharing technology used by social media is pretty easy to research, but it does take time to get it right. I also made sure that the history around the KGB and other Soviet-era topics was right. Koslov’s back-story had to be convincing. The car he drove is real. The explosives he used were thoroughly researched. The history of the KGB and the crumbling of the old Soviet Union is all accurate. The sniper rifle mentioned in the story is real and accurately described as well. When you write stories that might attract sci-fi fans, you have to realize that they are picky people when it comes to realism – or at least the suspension of disbelief.

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

I am working on a young adult-oriented fantasy novel set in 1976. The protagonists are 11-year-olds (a boy and a girl). It centers around the concept of multiple universes and a means to travel between them. It’s slow going because my day job still dominates my life. If I could earn enough from writing to pay the bills, I could change all of that. That story is probably around 40% of the way to first draft. I’m hoping to have it out before the end of this year. The working title is Talisgate. I wrote one book before The Bit Dance. It’s called Motes. It’s a first-contact kind of story with an unusual twist. You can find it on Amazon.

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What happens when millions of tiny minds find a way to work together? At what point do they become one? At what point are they no longer merely machinery, but actually alive? Kayla Henry is a genius. She has a grasp of technology that far surpasses that of people three times her tender age of fourteen. She has mastered every skill she has attempted to acquire – except the ability to impress her father and appease his overbearing perfectionism. The eBot is the newest offering from her father’s employer that will set the company’s course for as much as a decade. It is a revolutionary toy endowed with groundbreaking technology and an online community that will encourage consumers to share their experiences. Kayla is fascinated by it and longs to be a part of it in any way she can. When an ex-KGB officer appropriates the technology for his own nefarious purposes, it responds in ways no one could predict – or even imagine.

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The Bit Dance

The Bit Dance by Tilmer Wright Jr is a riveting science fiction story centered around the life of teen genius, Kayla. She finds herself in an unlikely battle against a former KGB agent who is out to exact revenge, using a cutting edge new toy called eBots that have the ability to transform the world. While Kayla is in the midst of saving the world she must also deal with much more grounded family troubles. Her cold, distant, and unappreciative father remains an imposing figure in her life as she struggles to live up to his seemingly impossible expectations.

The Bit Dance is bursting with curious and stimulating futuristic ideas. All of it seems well within reach because of the superb explanations within the book. eBots are the new cutting edge toy, we can all relate, but the novel explanation of how this toy works elevates this story into the category of hard sci-fi, but the ease with which the information is conveyed keeps this story accessible to passing science fiction fans. The parts about artificial intelligence were especially interesting to me. I remember reading a few articles about how we are on the cusp of sentient technology and the danger it poses to society. I was not expecting this book to be educational, but it was, in the best way possible. I am now more interested in looking up the minutiae of nanotechnology. I don’t know about the technical accuracy of it- as I’m not an expert, but it’s fiction that has a ring of truth. It was believable enough and engaging enough to stroke my curiosity about these teeny tiny, beehive minded robots. This was a creative representation of that nearer-than-we-think possibility. Although it was a little tedious and extra-informative at times, I was appreciative of the detail. The author clearly has immense knowledge in this domain.

The family drama also made it a more compelling and human story. I was rooting for Kayla as she strove to impress her father. The novel does a great job of balancing in this way, Kayla’s a genius but still struggles with family issues like us all. Even beyond that, the story was extremely well thought-out. Although it seemed to be headed in a standard direction, it would suddenly take a complex twist. I enjoyed the somewhat circuitous nature of the story of it all. It did not end up being a classic good vs evil scenario- rather there was complex decision making at play and plenty of grey areas.

The most enjoyable and hair-raising aspect of the story was the believability of it. I think anyone who is thrilled at the prospect of reading about plausible near-future dangers will enjoy this story.

Pages: 387 | ASIN: B0765QLBVZ

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