Today's guest author is Miles Hudson, who's kindly submitted himself for the 10 Qs treatment. Here's Miles to talk about his forthcoming futuristic thriller 2089, which is being published by Unbound, with a street date of 4th September 2018.
1. Who are you and what’s your book about?
I'm Miles M Hudson.
2089 is an action adventure, with socio-philosophical themes about surveillance in society, the over-reliance on technology, and how human communities should be structured, in order to make for a happy life?
Set in 2089, in the ultimate surveillance society. They’ve developed a system for remotely tapping into your optic and auditory nerves. Everything that you see and hear is detected and published publicly online; nothing you see or hear can be secret.
The action of the story has one of the surveillance policemen blow up the old GCHQ building in Cheltenham, to destroy the surveillance computers and release everyone from what he sees as an Orwellian nightmare. He goes on the run across post-apocalyptic, climate-changed Gloucestershire, until a ragtag posse eventually catches him and brings him back to trial, where the people, who’ve never known privacy, don’t understand his ideas at all.
2. Why should folk read your book?
The page-turning action adventure will also stimulate them to think about a whole range of philosophical questions.
3. What’s the appeal of your book?
It’s scarily topical - current world events could easily slip into the cataclysm that leads to my imagined 2089.
4. Sounds great! Where/when can I get hold of a copy?
Published by Unbound on 4th September. So, all good bookshops or ebookshops.
Here's a temporary cover - the official one will be revealed mid-August:
5. Describe a typical writing day, or at least a typical day with some writing in it:
I read the papers with a cup of tea in bed, and make it to my desk by about 930am. Work till about 2 pm, lunch, and then wander into Durham for a coffee and Private Eye. Either go swimming, or play hockey in the evening.
6. Pick one book about writing. What it is and why have you chosen it?
Stephen King’s On Writing. His analogy of writing as palaeontology really resonates with me. The dinosaur skeleton is already there, and complete, and our work just brushes away the dirt to reveal that complete story. I regularly feel like I’m just channelling the characters, who go off and do things on their own and I just record it, rather than invent it.
7. Pick three books that have influenced or inspired you as a writer:
The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
8. Pick three desert island books - works you couldn’t live without:
I rarely read books a second time. There aren’t any I ‘couldn’t live without’. There are so many books in the world and not enough lifetime to read them all, I feel like reading a book again is wasting that time when I could be discovering a new one. Ok, so that’s the opposite of living on a desert island, but, um, it is the reason why I can’t pick these.
9. Any words of writing wisdom?
Everything is valid.
10. Let’s make a movie of your book. Give me the high-concept pitch:
The movie will have constant tension as the hero is constantly looking over his shoulder to evade the surveillance and the posse.
The cinematography will blow the viewer away: climate-changed and post-apocalyptic Gloucestershire, with repeating allusions to the strength of nature that Man could not destroy - the phases of the Moon and the surge of the River Severn’s tides. Whilst the book is along the lines of 1984 meets Station Eleven, the movie has a real chance to hit the qualities of both Blade Runner films.
Social media contacts:
FB: Miles Hudson author
Unbound URL: https://unbound.com/books/2089/
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Massive thanks to Miles for playing along. As he said, 2089 is out in September. so hopefully there's something here to intrigue you about the book!