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Today I am interviewing Seb Doubinsky, author of the new science fiction novel, Missing Signal.
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DJ: Hi Seb! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Seb Doubinsky: Hello and thank you for having me here on this great site! I am a French bilingual writer who lives in Denmark. I lived in the States when I was a child and English is practically my first language, and American culture (of the early 60s) my first culture. I consider myself therefore a “Eumerican” writer, with a foot on both continents and cultures.
DJ: What is Missing Signal about?
Seb: It is about fake news, government propaganda and a possible alien invasion, all wrapped up around a love story.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Missing Signal?
Seb: Actually, the biggest influence comes from 1960s and 1970s movies, like Antonioni’s “Blow Up” or “Zabriskie Point”. I love the questioning contained in these films about identity, society, sexuality. They give me a good background to work with and create a new form of storytelling esthetics.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Seb: There are two main characters in the novel, Terrence and Vita. Terrence works for a government agency based on disinformation in UFOlogy and is their greatest specialist – he has numerous identities and personas. What makes him human, I think, is his loneliness and sincerity, in spite of his job as master deceptionist.
Vita is, well, a mystery – and I guess that’s what makes her attractive.
DJ: What is the world and setting of Missing Signal like?
Seb: The novel takes place in a not-so-different parallel universe where city-states collaborate or compete. This story is set in New Petersburg, which is a collage of sunny western cities, like Los Angeles, Miami, etc. The “Petersburg” actually comes from the Petersburg city in Florida – I thought it would be funny to use it and create some confusion with the Russian original Saint Petersburg. That’s me: I like to shuffle the cards all the time and slightly confuse my readers…
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Missing Signal?
Seb: The research I did for that novel was a lot of fun -visiting UFO sites and discussion forums, learning about all the conspiracy theories and manipulations. All cultures and subcultures are linked with some aspect of politics, whether they want it or not. I find that fascinating,
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Seb: The ending, probably. And the fake news aspect. I wrote it just before Trump made the expression famous – and it couldn’t have been a better timing for the novel!
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing Missing Signal? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Seb: Well, all my books have “messages” in that I want my readers to react and be touched by the stories. The central theme is Missing Signal is trust. I think it will resonate with many people, because it is a huge issue today – in politics, at work, in relationships. That’s what I built this novel around, and hope the readers will think about.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Missing Signal that you can share with us?
Seb: “The chance of being hit by lightning is 1 in 960,000. Which
means there is always a chance. Always.”
DJ: Now that Missing Signal is released, what is next for you?
Seb: I am working on a much longer novel, a noir set in the same universe in a different city called New Babylon. It’s called The Invisible and I hope to be finished with it by the fall.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Seb-Doubinsky/e/B00IV9GG82
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Missing Signal that we haven’t talked about yet?
Seb: It is quite a short book, but it will be an intense experience. I wrote it thinking about those punk tracks of my youth, that only lasted two minutes but you want for more. So you had to listen to them again and again.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
Seb: I want to thank you for the opportunity of presenting my work, and I want my future readers to know that I am always glad to discuss my fiction, so don’t hesitate to contact me.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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From Seb Doubinsky, author of The Song of Synth, The Babylonian Trilogy, White City, Absinth, Omega Gray, and Suan Ming, comes his highly anticipated next installment in the City-States Cycle. Missing Signal—a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a government conspiracy? Agent Terrence Kovacs has worked for the New Petersburg Counter-Intel Department propagating fake UFO stories for so long that even he has a hard time separating fact from fiction. Especially when he’s approached by a beautiful woman named Vita, who claims she’s been sent from another planet to liberate Earth.
About the Author:
Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual writer born in Paris in 1963. His novels, all set in a dystopian
universe revolving around competing cities-states, have been published in the UK and in the
USA. He currently lives with his family in Aarhus, Denmark, where he teaches at the university.