Hello Christopher! Thank you for chatting with me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion What an honor. Tell me a little about your book, The Winter Chaser.
I wanted to write a true dystopian novel. By that I mean an adventure story set in the future but in reality it is a social commentary on the present age.
How did you come up with the idea for your story?
By being observant. For instance when travelling around London in the bus I eavesdrop on conversations. I always carry a small notebook and record current trends in language, fashion, the rise of “isms”, and new dogmas, especially in health and political correctness. All these I extend into parody.
Why did you choose the 2301? And how do you visualize the world in that time?
2301 is sufficiently far ahead in the future to give conjecture a free hand but not so distant as to become fantasy. It is still in historical reach of my so-called Template Year 2000.
In your book description you say, “Brit Modern idolises youth, sex, perfect physiques and celebrity culture.” Which is pretty much par for the course now in our youth. Is there a message your young reads can come away with in this story?
In “The Winter Chaser” it is not the young but the middle aged and elderly who are most preoccupied with social networking, appearance and celebrity culture etc. The reaction against these obsessions comes from the young people themselves, many of them even refusing to carry the obligatory mobile phone or to engage in compulsory networking.
What are Wyngates weaknesses and strengths?
Wyngate is obdurate, outspoken, judgmental and sometimes cruelly mischievous. However, he risks his life to take a brave stand against the herd mentality forced upon the citizens of Brit Modern and is the first to flee the frontier into the forbidden territory of UnBritain.
Is this a stand-alone novel?
No. Next year I hope to introduce Winter Chaser 2-”Europa”.
The premise for your story is really fascinating. I’m sure your readers will be delighted when your second books comes out.
How long did it take to write, The Winter Chaser and what advice would you give to someone who wanted to write in this genre?
It took me two years to write “The Winter Chaser”. In writing a dystopian novel I think one should avoid becoming too imaginatively involved with the technologies of the future. It is not meant to be science fiction. Carrying a notebook forces me to be a student of the here and now.
I would have to agree with you on that….
Who are your influences?
Writers such as HG Wells, CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley. My father was something of a prophet of the future and he had a deep influence on me. I also owe a debt to modern satirists like the columnists in “Private Eye”.
Where in your home do you like to write?
No particular place. If the weather is good I like to write outside-”plain air” prose seems to have more sparkle. Otherwise I work at my desk or in the Reference section of my local library.
How did you discover indieBRAG?
A good friend introduced me to Indie BRAG. It is a unique institution and a remarkable supporter of new writers.
Where can readers but your book?
The Winter Chaser “can be bought on Amazon either as a paperback or on Kindle.
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