Wisdom - Patrick Tylee

If the creepy cover doesn't say enough about what you're going to find within the book. . .well. . .I don't know where I was going with that. But perhaps I should rephrase: the cover is highly appropriate for the level of creepy and cringe worthy (in a good way) plot that you will find within the pages. 

I loved the concept of this book, but there were a few places where I got tripped up and had difficulty following the plot line. However, the characters are extremely in depth - I love Jove and Elmyrah - and the writing was excellent. I just got lost with new names, phrasing, etc. 

I recommend taking your time with this book and really digging in to get the most out of it.

Some Bio Information

Patrick was born in the sunny and hot southwestern United States, and lives there in a small town of just over ten thousand people. He is married with two sons and two grandsons.
As a child, his favorite place was the public library. In college he studied art, business management, and later computer technology and adaptive education.

When possible, Patrick leaves the car behind and takes off on a motorcycle. Sometimes he leaves the road all together in the family Jeep.

His favorite authors include Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke.


1.What inspired you to write this book? 

I believe that people exist on faraway planets, and in other realms which our human senses cannot perceive. They’re born, or manufactured, somehow created. Their hearts yearn for things that are just out of reach. Regardless of which star keeps you warm, losing a loved one is a pain that stabs with a cold blade.

In late 2012, the lives of several characters became real to me. By New Years Day, their story was too big to keep in my head. I wrote page one on January 7th, 2013, just to make room for them to continue sharing their experiences.

There was a need in me to share the hurts and triumphs of these people that must surely exist somewhere besides my imagination.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

For Wisdom, it was more like doing a biography. As the characters opened up, the more the story evolved. Like spokes of a wheel, their lives all came to focus at one point.

For the sequel, Rebellion, I took more control of how their lives would go, where they would end up. I started with a story map. When there was momentum, I drafted the last chapter and wrote the plot lines to it.

These days, I’ve learned to be much more disciplined in the beginning. For my current project, I spent a solid month in research. I was careful to build out every aspect of a dozen characters prior to the opening paragraph. It was perfect timing to attend a class on Character Alchemization, taught by author Connie Flynn at the Avondale Writer’s Conference in early November.

3. Describe your favorite scene in this book. 

It’s the picnic in Saint Varten’s Park. Jove and Elmyrah lay a blue and white checkered tablecloth out on the grass, to enjoy BLT’s washed down with pints of mercurochrome. He’s trying to help her come to grips with who she is and what she is - the first artificial human hybrid. Her SynThinker is running a mile a minute, with her little girl humanity racing to keep up. It’s a poignant moment when she realizes that no matter how intelligent she is, there’s no answer inside of her for why all the terrible things do happen in life.

Jove asks, “Why what?”

She screams, “Why everything!”

4. What does the perfect writing environment look like to you? 

A variable height desk in a corner office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

With a Chipotle restaurant two doors down.

5. How would you describe your writing style? 

When away from the writing desk, I observe real people as they go about their day, or how nature operates. I practice thinking of how I would employ exposition to show these actions or record their conversations.

At the writing desk, I visualize the scene with characters as it would look in a movie. Then I use the previous method and type as fast as I can as I see it in my head. Sometimes, I have to ask the characters to repeat themselves while I catch up.

6. What would you like readers to take away from your book? 

Yes, it’s sci-fi. 

But, it’s about people. Look past the fact that the antagonist is a conjoined starfish as big as a truck swimming in sulfur-dioxide soup. Listen to him. Why is he so ruthless? What would you be willing to die for…to kill for?

It’s about relationship. If no man is an island, then no Synthetic is an asteroid. Find out why the misfit fits in with the…ew…people not like the rest of us.

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal? 

That in fifty years, a child will go to the library and check out a classic. Looking up from the pages, the youngster will smile and wave back, wondering about a day long ago, when librarians were still organic.

“That’d be silly,” the child says. “Only a Mrs. Dewey knows exactly where every one of the millions of books are!”