Today I am interviewing Roy Claflin, author of the science-fiction novel, The Anomaly Problem.
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DJ: Hey Roy! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Roy Claflin: I’ve been writing and making things up since grade school. After a misspent early-adulthood and many unsatisfying jobs, I’ve decided to make a career of it. The Anomaly Problem is my first novel. When I’m not writing, I have three cats that demand my attention, and I compose and record music. And sometimes I play videogames.
DJ: What is The Anomaly Problem about?
Roy: The book is set in the near future and follows four protagonists: Trevor, a low-level criminal living in Chicago; Eve, a former thief who used to work with Trevor; Jeremy, Trevor’s brother and a corporate mercenary contracted by the Department of Homeland Security; and Desmond, the thirteen-year-old subject of a psychology experiment. The story is set against the background of heightened national tension due to the lingering threat of domestic terrorism.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Anomaly Problem?
Roy: I’m a huge fan of William Gibson, so his work is a heavy influence on mine, along with authors like Neal Stephenson, Joe Haldeman, and many others. I think my writing is also influenced by the movies I watch, films from directors like Michael Mann and Quentin Tarantino, among others. Continue reading