Today I am interviewing Tim Lebbon, author of the new eco-horror thriller novel, Eden.
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DJ: Hi Tim! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Tim: It’s a pleasure, thanks for having me! I’ve just hit 50, and I’ve been writing for a living for 14 years, with a few years before that writing part-time. Since my first novel was published over twenty years ago I’ve had over forty novels published, dozens of novellas, hundreds of short stories. I’ve had two movies made from my books, with a few other TV and movie projects ticking over at various stages of development. I live in a nice village in South Wales with my wife and two lovely kids (they’re 21 and 17, and they’d hate me calling them kids). I’ve read compulsively since I was young, a love instilled in me by my mother. I read James Herbert’s The Rats when I was ten years old, and it didn’t do me any harm. Did it? I love real ale, endurance sport, walks in the countryside, nature, and cake.
DJ: What is Eden about?
Tim: Eden is one of a number of Virgin Zones established in the near future to fight climate change. Given back to nature, these zones are off limits to humanity, and intended to become the lungs of the Earth. But there are always people tempted by such wild places, and adventure racing teams target the zones as the most challenging, dangerous locations to race across. One such team enters Eden––each member with her or his own personal agenda––and they discover that here, Nature no longer welcomes humanity.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Eden?
Tim: My fear for the planet, and the increasing urgency in acting to try and slow down the climate change we’ve caused. Also my love of endurance sport, and my growing desire the older I get to embark on a big wild adventure of my own. I would rather not visit Eden, though.
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?
Tim: The team all have their own reasons for going into Eden and being part of the group, but my two main characters are Jenn, and her father Dylan. They have a good relationship but it becomes strained with the knowledge that Jenn’s mother, Dylan’s wife, is also in Eden. She left them both years before, and her being there forces a wedge between them, and also becomes one of their main reasons for entering Eden. But Kat is no longer the woman they knew.
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?
Tim: At the beginning of the novel there’s a fixer called Poke. She’s their guide to approach Eden and infiltrate without being spotted or caught by the Zeds (the paramilitary force protecting Eden’s borders). I like her because she’s larger than life, a real badass character, older than anyone in the team, a heavy smoker, sardonic, wise but with a streak of vulnerability. In a way I wish she’d gone into Eden with them. But I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
DJ: What is the world and setting of Eden like?
Tim: Eden is part of our world. Its heavily forested with rolling hills and mountains, river and lakes, crevasses and caves. It’s recognisible to anyone reading the novel … but it’s not quite what it seems. In Eden you can’t tell what’s behind the next tree or around the next corner, because nature has taken this place back for its own.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Eden?
Tim: All of it. I had so much fun writing this novel. I hope that shines through.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Tim: I hope the world I’ve created, and the characters, and how the novel might have made them view their place in the world, and how they treat it, with more caring eyes.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing Eden? 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?
Tim: I tend not to write stories or novels with heavy messages. But there’s no getting away from the fact that this novel is heavily influenced by climate change and our effects on the planet. It’s not a call to arms or at all preachy, though. It’s an entertainment based on my concerns and the modern world, and my main aim with anything I wrote is for it to be entertaining, and something readers will remember after they turn the final page.
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 Eden that you can share with us?
Tim: Actually, I love the proverb I use at the beginning of the novel: Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
DJ: Now that Eden is released, what is next for you?
Tim: I’m working on new novel, Fall, which I’m writing longhand. A new experience, and I’m really enjoying it! I have a couple of scripts in development. I’m also working on a TV adaptation with a good friend in LA, and also my own original TV concept. There are other projects circling too. I like to keep busy.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tim-Lebbon/e/B001IU0D3U%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
Author Newsletter: Subscribe here: www.timlebbon.net
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Eden that we haven’t talked about yet?
Tim: The concept of the Virgin Zones was actually something created by the Russians over 100 years ago!
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Tim: Thanks for having me!
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***Eden is published by Titan Books and is available TODAY!!!***
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About the Book:
From the bestselling author of The Silence comes a brand-new supernatural eco thriller. In large areas of the planet, nature is no longer humanity’s friend…
In a time when Earth’s rising oceans contain enormous islands of refuse, the Amazon rainforest is all-but destroyed, and countless species edge towards extinction, the Virgin Zones were established in an attempt to combat the change. Off-limits to humanity and given back to nature, these thirteen vast areas of land were intended to become the lungs of the world.
Dylan leads a clandestine team of adventurers into Eden, the oldest of the Zones. Attracted by the challenges and dangers posed by the primal lands, extreme competitors seek to cross them with a minimum of equipment, depending only on their raw skills and courage. Not all survive.
Also in Dylan’s team is his daughter Jenn, and she carries a secret–Kat, his wife who abandoned them both years ago, has entered Eden ahead of them. Jenn is determined to find her mother, but neither she nor the rest of their tight-knit team are prepared for what confronts them. Nature has returned to Eden in an elemental, primeval way. And here, nature is no longer humanity’s friend.
About the Author:
Tim Lebbon is the New York Times bestselling author of Coldbrook, The Silence, and the Relics trilogy. He has also written many successful movie novelizations and tie-ins for Alien and Firefly. Tim has won three British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Shocker, a Tombstone and been a finalist for the International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards. The Silence is now a Netflix Original Movie, starring Stanley Tucci. He tweets @timlebbon.