It's the end of an intensely hot summer in Vancouver, and Razor's complex and misunderstood best friend Chris has just driven a stolen police car through a road block and over a cliff to his death. Fireball takes us back to the start of that relentless summer, and unravels the events leading to Chris's death as we follow four teenagers through the months that will come to define their future. First hailed as heroes for saving a drowning woman, they attract unwanted attention as minor local celebrities, but this respect is quickly replaced with envy and then harrassment. Tyler, with the assured and confident air of a seasoned author, keeps the pressure building, right up to final fiery climax.
Tyler Keevil is a novelist and short story author from Vancouver, Canada. He studied English at the University of British Columbia, and and while there participated in an exchange program that brought him to Lancaster University. After graduating, he moved to Prague with a suitcase full of books to study the craft of writing. When his money ran out, he returned to the UK on a working visa and settled in Wales. There he got a job with Theatr Powys, a theatre in education company, and at the same time began submitting his stories to various periodicals. Since then, he has received several awards for his short fiction and filmmaking, most notably a Writer of the Year Award from Writers Inc. of London and the Welsh Dragon Award at the Newport Film Festival. He writes both literary and genre fiction, and his work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including Brace, Black Static, Brittle Star, Interzone, New Welsh Review, and On Spec. While living in Wales Tyler returned to school to study for his MA in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and is now in the process of completing his PhD there.
To help fund his studies and writing, Tyler has worked at a variety of jobs in Canada and the UK: as a tree-planter in northern BC, a deckhand on an ice barge, a labourer in the Canfisco shipyards, and also in various factories, bakeries, restaurants, and video stores. These experiences have informed and inspired much of his short fiction. He now lectures in Creating Writing at the University of Gloucestershire, and lives in Mid Wales with his wife and son.
His debut novel Fireball was published in 2010, and was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize, and received the Media Wales People's Prize 2011. This year he has two new books due out: The Drive and Burrard Inlet. The Drive will be published by Myriad Editions in August 2013, and tells the story of Trevor, who embarks on an epic North American road trip in an effort to mend a broken heart, with only a flea-ridden cat as a companion. Soon after, Parthian Books will be releasing Burrard Inlet, Tyler's first collection of short stories, most of which are set in his native Vancouver, and revolve around his work and travel experiences.