Today I am interviewing Paradox Delilah, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Race.
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DJ: Hi Paradox! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Paradox Delilah: I’m an Australian-Canadian writer, currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Other than writing, I love eating vegan food, reading, hanging out with my partner and our cats, and my day job — I work as a boom operator in the film and television industry.
DJ: What is The Race about?
Paradox: Here’s my teaser for it… Ikka’s days are consumed with speeding across the endless desert, competing against other racers in her colossal eight-wheeled X-Runner. She is aware that she can only remember one day at a time, but she doesn’t know why. But one night, Ikka witnesses another X-Runner disappear, and her repressed memories begin to resurface in terrifying fragments. Soon she remembers being held captive, chained in a glass-walled cage. She doesn’t know who put her there, or how she ended up in the competition, but now she is faced with a choice. Hide and protect herself, or risk everything to uncover the true purpose of The Race…
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Race?
Paradox: Coming from a film background, I must admit that the story is more heavily influenced by movies than by other books. Mad Max: Fury Road, The Matrix, and even Star Wars: A New Hope were strong influences in terms of world building, pacing and tone. Thematically, the story takes cues from the novels The Handmaid’s Tale and The Book of the Unnamed Midwife.
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?
Paradox: The novel follows two very different main characters. Ikka is this strong, stern woman who is suspicious of everything, and doesn’t know how to trust anyone. She carries a lot of grief inside of her, even though she doesn’t know where it comes from, and she spends the novel in search of answers and wanting the people around her to be as proactive and driven as she is. The other main character is Chloe, who is only 11 years old and a mechanical prodigy. Unlike Ikka, she is happy in The Race world, where she competes with her father. But, when circumstances rip her from The Race, she has to fight her way back to freedom, and her determination is inspiring.
DJ: Aside from the main characters in the story, who is a favorite side character or a character with a smaller role in the story? Why?
Paradox: There is a character named Veela, who becomes Ikka’s sidekick. Ikka isn’t particularly fond of him in the beginning, and as the novel is written in a close-third person perspective, the descriptions of him are never that favourable. I found it a lot of fun to write disparagingly towards him.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing The Race?
Paradox: Receiving feedback, and editing. It was fascinating hearing my test readers’ responses to the different characters, scenes and overall story. I spent 2-3 years writing the first draft, so after that reclusive stage was over, it was incredible to step outside of my own head and see what other people thought of the story. It was inspiring, and exhilarating to embark of the subsequent drafts knowing that I was making my story better.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Paradox: So many things! But I can’t go into it without revealing some serious spoilers. What I can say, is that Chloe develops a very unusual relationship, and the dynamics of that relationship and how it evolves will leave readers enthralled, horribly depressed, and full of hope.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing The Race? 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?
Paradox: My goal was to create a dynamic story that punches readers in the gut, so that after reading, they might think critically about how the human race is treating the other species on our planet.
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 The Race that you can share with us?
Paradox: Veela grins at her, “You love it, that someone knows you for what you are.”
“What I am?”
“A pool of violence, drowning a broken soul in rage.”
DJ: Now that The Race is released, what is next for you?
Paradox: I’m shifting gears and working on some film scripts, but I have a couple of novel ideas on the backburner.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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About the Book:
Ikka doesn’t know it yet, but she has spent her entire life in The Race.
Ikka’s days are consumed with speeding across the endless desert, competing against the other racers in her colossal eight-wheeled X-Runner. She is focused on the competition, but unsettled in her mind.
Ikka is aware that she can remember only one day at a time, but she doesn’t know why. She suspects that other racers are missing their memories too, but they seem blissfully unaware–distracted by the thrill of The Race, and obsessed with rising in the ranks of the competition.
But one night, Ikka witnesses another X-Runner disappear. Its lights vanish on the peak of a mountain, and its heat signal is erased from her navigation system. Someone is trying to pretend this vehicle never existed, and Ikka becomes determined to find out why.
When Ikka abandons her X-Runner, her repressed memories begin to resurface in terrifying fragments. Soon she remembers being held captive, chained in a glass-walled cage. She doesn’t know who put her there, or how she ended up in the competition.
Now Ikka is faced with a choice–hide and protect herself, or risk everything to uncover the true purpose of The Race…
About the Author:
I’m an Australian-Canadian writer, currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. I’m self-publishing my first novel in November 2019, so watch this space for more information!
Other than writing, I love eating vegan food, reading, and my day job — I work as a boom operator in the film and television industry.
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