Interview with Martin T. Ingham of Martinus Publishing, in the event of publication of ‘The Exile’ in the anthology We We’re Heroes.

The interview for ‘The Next Big Thing’ is out of date but I’ll leave it there for now just in case anyone follows the link.

For a more recent interview of me by Nicky Peacock check out:

Interview done for the release of The Alchemy Book of Pulp Heroes 3


The Next Big Thing

1) What is the title of your next book?

Glassways or possibly not as I’m in two minds about whether I want to go with it…

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

A dream of a city divided between the living and the dead. See my story ‘Lilies’ in Morpheus Tales 14 for my first interpretation of this. It has mutated out of all recognition since then.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Science fiction. With a sprinkling of Alasdair Gray and Thomas Pynchon. And Steve Erickson. And…

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

They would definitely be playing it as no-one would fit my picture of the characters. Although I think Daniel Day-Lewis could go a very good Alfred Glass.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A madman manufactures a future in which he is God.

6) When will the book be published?

That is in the lap of the Gods. But I’m going through an intense period of doubt about the whole thing and decided to try and write some short fiction instead. My focus will be on this for a while. Either that or I’ll go onto another novel that is about a third written.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Three months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hal Duncan’s Vellum. Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

As part of my MA in Creative Writing at Middlesex University our tutor Farah Mendlesohn made us write a novel in three months. So we all did.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It is set in two alternate pasts and a far future. It has, I hope, strong female lead characters and plays with some ideas about what it would be like if a man could exercise almost ultimate power.

Now you’ve read this follow the ‘Next Big Thing’ chain and visit some other writers.

Nick Wood

Sue Oke


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