Today I am interviewing Nick Clark Windo, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Feed.
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DJ: Hi Nick! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Nick Clark Windo: It’s a pleasure. Thank you for having me here!
…sure. The Feed is my first published novel, though there are a few unpublished ones hanging around at home and plotting their freedom amongst themselves. I wrote one at school, another at University (where I studied English literature), another at RADA (where I trained to be an actor) and then another as I was working as an actor and starting to produce films, which is what I do as well as writing. I coach people on communication skills too. I don’t sleep much!
DJ: What is The Feed about?
Nick: It’s about two parents who are searching for their abducted daughter in an era when technology has collapsed. The Feed is the Internet directly to the brain: all knowledge, instant unfettered communication at the speed of thought. It’s great! Unfortunately, when it goes down, people find that they’re unable to make their own memories any more, or read body language, or communicate properly. Think you’d be in trouble if you lost your phone? Well this is worse. So it’s in this world that Tom and Kate fight to find their child.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Feed?
Nick: Ah. Loads! I have quite a magpie brain, so books, films, TV shows, music, the news, they all set thoughts a-whirring. You’ll see some echoes of 28 Weeks Later in there, The Road, Station Eleven and just what’s happening in the world: the way people interact. Put on some Godspeed You! Black Emperor and some Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds while you’re reading and you’ll have a nice soundtrack. I’d love to hope that readers of David Mitchell might see some points of reference; certainly, his cross-genre boldness has been a big inspiration over the years. Continue reading