Is The Wave your first work to be published? Do you write short fiction as well as longer form?
The Wave is my first full length novel but a few of pieces of my shorter fiction have been published before.
Last year, Australian publisher InShort published one of my stories The Open Cage as a stand-alone chapbook and Philistine Press also published a short collection of stories Ambi & Anspi and other stories.
My short novella Trade is also available from Createspace.
What gave you the idea to write the novel and what gave you the idea to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay? Tell us a bit about The Wave.
The finished novel came together from a number of different places but the nucleus of the idea centered around the character μ and his slow dislocation from reality.
From the start, I wanted to create something that questioned the process of reading and explored this idea of a fictional character crossing over from the real to the unreal while balancing that with real life characters and screenplay elements.
The title itself comes from the concept of a guiding wave, put forward by David Bohm, to describe quantum phenomena. Its a hidden variable theory and suggests that, at a fundamental level, all the interactions in the universe are intimately connected. As such the guiding wave concept tied in with the connections between story and reality I was exploring in the book and this idea of a hidden or implicate order.
How did it feel once the book was finally finished?
It was great to finish the first draft of The Wave but I get a single eureka moment when a piece of writing is ‘done’. Often, the first draft of a section just fits and there is nothing to change but then again for other sections the writing process is more as Borges described it when he said – ‘I do not write, I rewrite’. Getting that balance is the key to getting something that works I think.
How did you learn about Dead Ink, and what was the publishing process like?
I was lucky in that Dead Ink got in touch with me about a separate project and a conversation started naturally which led to The Wave being published. It has been great to be involved with Dead Ink as they are really focused on engaging with readers and creating quality books, both of which are obviously great from an author’s perspective.
This one could be difficult for your modesty, but when did you realise that you were good at writing? Has it always felt natural, or have you had to train yourself and your craft to feel confident in the process?
Ha yes that’s a tricky question. I think there is an element of both. That belief in your own writing takes time to develop. I think that’s partly a case of learning techniques around how to write and how to describe what you want to but it is also partly about learning what it is you really want to achieve as well which is a natural but time-consuming process.
What’s your writing schedule/process like?
What are you reading at the moment?
I’ve just finished Satin Island by Tom McCarthy which was great.