Today I am interviewing Robert Repino, author of eme new science-fiction novel, D’Arc, the latest book of the War with No Name series.
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DJ: Hey Robert! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Robert Repino: Thanks so much for talking with me. The short version is that I grew up outside of Philadelphia, where most of my fiction takes place. After college, I spent two years in the Peace Corps in Grenada, and then earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Emerson College. I currently live in New York, where I work as an editor with a scholarly publisher, and I occasionally teach creative writing classes with Gotham Writers Workshop.
DJ: What is D’Arc and then the War with No Name series about?
Robert: In short, the series is about an apocalyptic war between humans and sentient animals. In this world, the nearly immortal Queen of an ant colony tries to wipe out all the humans. In their place, the animals rise up and build a new civilization. In the aftermath of the war, a cat named Mort(e) searches for his long lost friend, a dog named Sheba.
Spoiler alert: he finds her, and D’Arc picks up from there. In the sequel, Mort(e) and Sheba try to live the quiet life on a remote farm. But soon, they get pulled back into the conflict—largely because Sheba yearns for a life of adventure.
That’s the plot, but the bigger themes involve the folly of people—and by people, I mean humans and animals—who assume that they are somehow at the center of the universe, above the rest of nature. The story also comments on the tension between dogma and ideology on the one hand, love and loyalty on the other. Over and over, the characters are forced to choose between some nebulous ideology and the people in their lives. In other words, they choose between some hoped-for future or the here and now. Continue reading