Today I am interviewing Tom Toner, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Tropic of Eternity, final book in The Amaranthine Spectrum trilogy.
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DJ: Hi Tom Toner! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Tom Toner: Hello! Thanks for having me. I’m a thirty-one year old science fiction author from Somerset, England. My debut novel, The Promise of the Child, was released in 2015.
DJ: What is The Tropic of Eternity and then The Amaranthine Spectrum trilogy about?
Tom: The Amaranthine Spectrum is a space opera series set in over 12,500 years, in the 147th century, when humanity has diverged into dozens of separate species and spread throughout the galaxy. The Tropic of Eternity is the third book in the series, wrapping up as much of the story as possible.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the The Amaranthine Spectrum trilogy?
Tom: SF/genre influences: Iain Banks, Brian Aldiss, Arthur C Clarke, Terry Pratchett. I’m a big fan of Colm Toibin and Hilary Mantel, too.
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?
Tom: The main protagonist is a three meter-tall, colour-changing giant named Lycaste. Though he suffers from a crippling shyness he’s forced to leave his home, gradually coming out of his shell throughout the course of the series. In the second novel he makes friends with the supremely confident spirit of a murdered artificial intelligence named Perception, who I came up with after hearing the John Grant song ‘Greatest Motherfucker’. Continue reading