Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
The first two books in The Chronicles Of Hope series, ‘2082’ and ‘2083’, are out now, eBooks 99p. It’s a series of Political Fiction books featuring Frank Noon as a revolutionary, working-class genius politician. He believes in shaping a society based around notions of science, reason, critical thought and a humanist morality.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
George Carlin, Bill Hicks and Bill Burr on one side of the room. A feminist, astrologer, and religious fundamentalist on the other.
How often do you write? Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well?
I write daily, and to me organisation is the key to writing and marketing a book. I have a meticulous daily timetable of when I need to write/blog/work on the marketing side of things.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing?
The intent of the books is merely to make people think and question everything a little more, I think that would have such a positive effect on society.
How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?
I’m not sure their impact on society is positive, but that’s a question for another day. Both sites have been great to use to push the books. The first book was retweeted by Dawkins which was a coo.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
A lorry driver appealed when younger. Now I think being a vet or a teacher would be incredibly rewarding.
What makes you angry?
Injustice/cruelty to animals.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
A mixture of both just weighted in favour of the good old countryside.
How do you think people perceive writers?
That they should be bearded seems to be a common misconception. There also seems to be this myth that you have to have had considerable angst in your life to access the creative side of your mind, something I don’t subscribe to.
What’s your next project?
I’ll be weighed down with The Chronicles of Hope series for the next 2/3 years. After that I’m planning to write a sitcom.
What would you love to produce in your life?
Comedy would be cathartic after writing The Chronicles Of Hope, where the subject matter is quite heavy at times.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I think it’s a very feasible way of getting your book out there. You need some money to throw into it at the start, but if you can then sell your books you’ll get a better return.
How important are friends in your life?
Very important. I think the key to life is simply being happy, and having close friends is a big part of that.
Do you find the time to read?
Unfortunately nowhere near as much as I’d like. Often the only books I get to read are those that I think will be influential in my future writing.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.
Flim-Flam by James Randi. He explores and exposes what he believes to be the outrageous deception that has been promoted widely in the media in relation to tricks, frauds and fakery in the field of psychic ‘research’.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
Mahatma Gandhi — 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' It’s just a great indicator of the morality of the human species in how we treat animals.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Initially monotonous tube journeys, a monotonous local government job, and a love for people-watching which inspired the characters.
Frank Noon divides opinion. Whilst some say he’s a philosophical genius, some say he’s a fanciful dreamer who deliberately courts controversy with his anti-establishment views about the failings of modern society.
Seemingly nearing the end of his life in politics, he reluctantly fronts an experimental inter-galactic government project late in the 21st century aimed at making life on an overpopulated Earth more sustainable. As he battles to gain control of a relative asylum, consisting of a cross section of the populous as much at odds with themselves as the situation, he unwittingly embarks on a life-changing journey of self discovery.
As they learn more about the project and its intentions how far-reaching might the consequences be for the future of humanity?