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Author Interview: Nick Clark Windo


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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 The Feed is my first published novel, though there are a few unpublished ones hanging around at home and plotting their freedom amongst themselves.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

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Author Interview: Nicole Galland

Today I am interviewing Nicole Galland, co-author of the new speculative-fiction, time-travel novel, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

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DJ: Hey Nicole! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourselves?

Nicole Galland: Hi there. I’m mostly a writer of historical fiction, generally medieval and Renaissance (I’m a Shakespeare nerd). But I’m not good about “branding” myself, since I’ve also written a contemporary romantic comedy, and I write a tongue-in-cheek advice column for the Martha’s Vineyard Times (my hometown paper). Also, my background is in theatre (did I mention I’m a Shakespeare nerd).

DJ: What is The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O about?

Nicole: It’s about 740 pages. ;-P It’s about a top-secret government agency that figures out how to use magic for strategic purposes. Because Neal Stephenson is involved, there is (of course) a hard-science explanation for how magic works. Also, time travel.

DJ: Actually, where did the idea for yourself and Neal to co-author this book from? Have you done this before or had you two been joking around with the idea and finally decide to give a go for real?

Nicole: With five other writers, we worked together on a series called The Mongoliad. It started out with the six of them – all guys – and a female friend pointed out that it could use a female touch. Neal knew my historical fiction and asked me to join in since it was my general era (medieval Europe). As that project was wrapping up, he had the idea – I think the premise came to him all in a flash – for what is now The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., and he asked me to collaborate again, just the two of us this time. Continue reading

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