Today I am interviewing Patrick Edwards, author of the new science-fiction novel, Ruin’s Wake.
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DJ: Hi Patrick! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Patrick Edwards: I’m a U.K. writer and lifelong nerd. I live in Bristol, which is very rainy but has excellent breweries.
DJ: What is Ruin’s Wake about?
Patrick: It’s a three-fold story set in a future world that has lost touch with its past. An old soldier goes looking for his estranged son, a beaten wife begins a secret affair and a fringe academic uncovers a mysterious artefact deep under a glacier.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Ruin’s Wake?
Patrick: New Wave authors like Ballard and Herbert, certainly, for setting. Iain Banks wrote the best characters in sci-fi and provided a lot of inspiration. My real world hook was my research into life in North Korea.
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?
Patrick: Cale is the outsider, gruff and dangerous. He’s motivated by fear of losing a child but also a lot of guilt from his past. After a lifetime of breaking things in the army he’s devoted to creativity in the form of the monolithic sculptures he carves.
Kelbee is our eye on the inside – she lives and breathes the oppressive society of the novel. She discovers how resilient she is as the illusion of peaceful society cracks around her; she has to battle with her fear of her husband and her doubts about her lover. Despite being a country girl she loves the morning sun over the city.
Sulara is a woman who’s endured a lifetime of scorn from a misogynistic society and become cynical, though her passion for her work remains. She discovers something that could change the world. She uses silence as a weapon.
DJ: Aside from the main characters in the story, who is a favourite side character or a character with a smaller role for in story? Why?
Patrick: Easily Ardal Syn, a fast-talking, foul-mouthed mercenary who tags along with Cale to repay a debt. He has cybernetic limbs and much prefers them to the real thing. The story gets quite dark at times and he’s a bit of light relief!
DJ: What is the world and setting of Ruin’s Wake like?
Patrick: It’s a world where few know how to fix the machines they use, so there’s a lot of broken equipment and half-finished, Brutalist buildings. 500 years before the novel was an earth-shattering calamity out of which grew a militaristic society centred on its deified founder. Information is controlled and the authorities are draconian. An orbital megastructure marks the sky; no one remembers what it’s for or who made it and it’s the source of much superstition. The society, both literally and figuratively, spends little time looking up.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing Ruin’s Wake? 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?
Patrick: The hypothesis of the book is that revolution is a self-perpetuating cycle that can only be broken with enlightenment. This was inspired by stories of people floating smart phones over the Korean DMZ with balloons, using technology and media to challenge three generations of brainwashing. I was excited by the idea of mass information and communication being a force for good (it was written before 2016, so I’m a little more cynical about this now!).
DJ: Now that Ruin’s Wake is released, what is next for you?
Patrick: More writing! I have a second, stand-alone novel coming out next year (also with Titan Books). I can’t reveal too much about it yet, but suffice it to say I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from current affairs over the last two years. I’m also very excited to be doing some work for Black Library.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Ruin’s Wake that we haven’t talked about yet?
Patrick: If previous descriptions make the book sound a bit serious, never fear. It also has romance and action and big, stompy mechs. Once a sci-fi nerd, always a sci-fi nerd.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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*** Ruin’s Wake is published Titan Books available TODAY!!! ***
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About the Book:
A moving and powerful science fiction novel with themes of love, revenge and identity on a totalitarian world.
A moving and powerful science fiction novel with themes of love, revenge, and identity. A story about humanity, and the universal search to find salvation in the face of insurmountable odds.
An old soldier in exile embarks on a desperate journey to find his dying son.
A young woman trapped in an abusive marriage with a government official finds hope in an illicit love.
A female scientist uncovers a mysterious technology that reveals that her world is more fragile than she believed.
Unification imagines a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where history has been erased and individual identity is replaced by the machinations of the state. As the characters try to save what they hold most dear – in one case a dying son, in the other secret love – their fates converge to a shared destiny.
About the Author:
I live in Bristol with my family. I’ve loved books since I was a boy.
I started a sci-fi novel at school, but never finished it. I wrote some moody poetry when I lived in Paris; I blame the wine. I finally got serious about it in 2015 and now I don’t want to do anything else.
I like martial arts, space flight and sour beer. If they need a writer to go to Mars, I’m there (might be some competition).