Today I am interviewing Nate Crowley, author of the new sci-fi horror novel, The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack.
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DJ: Hey Nate! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Nate Crowley: Sure! I used to be a journalist, but a couple of years ago I wrote a massive story about my mate’s birthday on twitter, and that somehow led me into a career as a fiction writer.
DJ: What’s The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack about?
Nate: The book is about political prisoners who get executed, then reanimated to work as slave labour aboard whaling ships on an alien sea. The protagonist, Schneider, can’t remember whether he was a librarian who was framed for sedition, or a dangerous rebel leader. In any case, he’s ended up dead and working in the most nightmarish environment imaginable, so he decides to give himself the benefit of the doubt and start a slave revolt.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack?
Nate: You can’t write a whaling story without a bit of Moby Dick getting in through the cracks, so there’s a little of that general flavour in there. I’m massively into natural history too, so there’s an awful lot of unusual and grotesque wildlife in the story, both in the oceanic setting the book starts in, and in some tropical locations later on. In terms of other influences, I’m very much into China Mieville – I love the way he writes about social structures that are even more monstrous than his actual monsters, and I’d like to think I’ve managed something a little of the same. I’m also a great fan of the late Iain M Banks, particularly in the way he managed to inject humour and humanity into the most horrendous situations. Continue reading