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Author Interview: J.T. Nicholas

Today I am interviewing J.T. Nicholas, author of the new science-fiction novel, Re-Coil.

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DJ: Hi J.T.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! 

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

J.T. Nicholas: I’m a sci-fi author (primarily, anyway) who lives in North Carolina.  I’ve wanted to be an author for pretty much as long as I can remember, but it’s a long journey, so I spent a large chunk of my career in the exciting and dazzling world of insurance data analysis.  I know, I know… it’s difficult to imagine leaving something so exciting behind for a career as mundane as authordom, but such is the road I’ve taken. I’m happily married with two Australian Shepherds who have a bigger social media following than I do (@ronin_and_gambit on Instagram) one of which is whining at me right this very moment.  I love reading (unsurprising), writing (also unsurprising), games (video and tabletop) and anime.  

DJ: What is Re-Coil about?

J.T.: I think of it as a whodunnit set against the backdrop of a gritty cyberpunk/sci-fi world where mankind has conquered death by backing up the human consciousness and stuffing it into a new body (or coil in the parlance of the book) when you die.  The main focus of the story has the protagonist trying to figure out why he and his crew disappeared on what should have been a routine salvage mission. There’s corporate greed, coverups, and a dash of existential threat thrown in for good measure.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Re-Coil

J.T.:  L.E. Modesitt, Jr.’s sci-fi has always had an ethical twist to it, which certainly has influenced my writing.  All of the cyberpunk regular suspects (Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson, Richard K. Morgan, Katsuhiro Otomo) influenced my vision of the future.  Isaac Asminov and Phillip K. Dick were also big influences, particularly since I think the two of them were some of the biggest voices in the “detective sci-fi” world.  I’ve been reading sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery for 3 decades, so there are a lot of other influences. And that’s just the books. I also draw influence from movies, tv shows, anime, video games, and people watching. Continue reading

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Author Interview: J.T. Nicholas

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Today I am interviewing J.T. Nicholas, author of the new sci-fi novel, SINdicate, second book in The New Lyon’s sequence.

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DJ: Hi J.T. ! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

J.T. Nicholas: Hi, there. Thanks for having me. I never know what to tell people in the “tell me about yourself” section, but here goes. I’m an Army brat (child of a career military family) which means I moved around a lot as a kid and got a bit of a taste for the nomadic lifestyle (I’ve moved, at last count, something like 30+ times in my life). That’s great if you want to be an author, because you get to see lots of different slices of the world, and see how different, and how the same, people are wherever you go. I spent most of my professional life before making the jump to being an author in data analytics, which is exactly as exciting as it sounds. But I’ve always wanted to be an author and as far back as I can remember, have been writing stories of one kind or another. Gotta be honest, it took a long time to get here, and I’m not quite sure I believe it yet. 😊

DJ: What is SINdicate and then The New Lyon’s sequence about?

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J.T.: I like to think of the entire series as telling two stories. The first is a pretty classic detective whodunnit, but set in a dystopian, cyber-punkish future. The hero, Jason Campbell, is a Detective who is trying to solve a series of serial murders. Only, the victims aren’t human, at least in the law’s eyes, and that’s really what the second story is about. What it means to be human and the complacency that we allow to creep into place that keeps us from standing up against things we know are wrong. And what we can do about it. It’s about murder and investigation and revolution and genocide, too. So, you know… the usual.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The New Lyon’s sequence?

J.T.: A lot of the sci-fi I read as a kid. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. A ton of Phillip K. Dick’s work, with obvious homage to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s work. William Gibson. Neal Stephenson. The list is pretty endless. Continue reading

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