Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Thursday, 15 December 2016
You're almost there, just one more coffee chat for this year.
Today's guest is Martin Rodoreda, a Sydney born and based writer with a love of speculative fiction and ancient history. Martin’s writing draws on contemporary themes and seeks to combine action, fiction and social comment into worlds that are simultaneously familiar and foreign, realistic and extraordinary. His debut novel Salvage is set in Sydney in the near future, Salvage projects current political and environmental trends into a dark and dangerous future world. His second novel will transport the reader backwards in history by nearly 2,500 years to the ancient Greek civilisations of Sparta, where a young boy must find a way to grow and thrive in Sparta’s militaristic culture.
Please join me in welcoming him to my virtual cafe.
DL: Firstly, as this is a coffee chat, what's your favourite coffee/tea/other? And what's your favourite time of the day to partake; morning, afternoon?
MARTIN: I'm a latte man. I tend to prefer my coffee in the morning after breakfast, though will sometimes have a second in the early afternoon.
DL: Salvage is a story about a future depleted of resources by mining and pollution, obviously a topic close to your heart. Do you then prefer ebooks over print books? If yes or no, why?
MARTIN: I still have a leaning towards print books over e-books, though I'm not against the ebook option and have read a few in my time. I like the look and feel of a print book and the ability to share it with others. I am passionate about the themes in Salvage, particularly when it comes to clean energy sources and sustainable options. There's no reason why human's can't continue to use paper based products as long as we are sourcing them in a responsible and sustainable way. My biggest gripe is with fossil fuel mining; it is an old and out-dated technology which we know is doing considerable damage to our environment. There are completely viable clean energy alternates that we should be transitioning to at a far greater pace that we are. Our progress is slowed by the fear campaigns run by the mining companies speaking of economic demise if we legislate to hasten the transition. It's rubbish of course; history is full of examples of industries that have declined and others always rise to take their place.
DL: Do natural events feature in the world building within Salvage, or are they predicted based on current events? And where did you go for your research?
MARTIN: The events that I have created in Salvage are predictions based on my observations of current events. They are at the extreme end of the scale. Bodies of work like An Inconvenient Truth and other climate change science formed the basis of my research. I also reference a number of actual events from the last 10-15 years. Some of these I've witnessed myself but much was researched online.
DL: What are you working on now? Is it the same genre?
MARTIN: I'm working on an historical fiction set in ancient Sparta at the moment. It is a period of time that I have always been fascinated with. The seeds of the idea for this book came after reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (an excellent book!). I loved the idea of taking real people and real events from history and turning them into a compelling story. I'm attempting to do the same with this book; it is set during the Peloponnesian War, a civil war between Athens and Sparta about 50 years after the more well-known events in Ancient Greece (the Persian Wars and the Story of the 300). The majority of characters are people that lived at the time.
DL: And lastly, are you a biscuit or cake sort of person? And what is your favourite biscuit/cake?
MARTIN: One of each? I definitely have a sweet tooth. I'd probably lean towards the cake over the biscuit, though it would be a tough decision.
Thank for the chat Martin. We wish you much success.
Martin has many and varied interests. He loves to read all manner of books, though his first love remains the fantasy genre along with ancient history, myths and legends. He grew up playing table-top miniature games and role-playing games, and still enjoys these when he gets the chance. He loves Australian Rules Football and, while he hung up the boots a few years ago now, he enjoys keeping fit and healthy and having a kick with his boys. He is environmentally conscious and is keen to do his part to ensure a healthy world for future generations.
This was the final coffee chat for 2016. The coffee chats will resume in January 2017. Thank you to everyone who has participated, both authors and readers. I hope you've discovered books you otherwise would not have.
Have a great end of 2016 and see you in the new year!
D L Richardson
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Monday, 12 December 2016
Today on my blog I have American-born and now Aussie author Laura E Goodin who has just released her debut novel "After The Bloodwood Staff".
DL: I was at a Conflux session a few years ago where you opened the event and you were fabulously funny. Does humour play a part in your newly released novel "After the Bloodwood Staff" and/or any of your other works?
Note from D L: This article looks like a fascinating read. I've added it to my reading pile.
Laura is interested not only in the wondrous and sublime that form the core of speculative fiction, but in how music, drama, and other performance arts can incorporate a bit of surreality, unreality, and hyperreality. Encountering strangeness and wonder in unexpected places and unexpected ways is what she finds most intriguing and exciting about being a writer.
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Aussie indie authors have been visiting my virtual café for the past two months. and the support has been amazing! Some of the books have been set in Australia and some overseas. Today's coffee chat is with an author of a steampunk novel set in Australia, Felicity Banks.
Felicity is a Canberra based author, and she also writes a lot of interactive fiction which is something I've never ever attempted and wouldn't know how to do.
DL: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?
|No, this isn't Felicity. It is one of her publicists.|
|Another one of Felicity's publicists.|
FELICITY: It IS hard to break into the gaming industry, but not as hard as breaking into publishing. Gaming requires learning writing systems, and that puts off a lot of people—which is handy for the rest of us.
|Will the real Felicity Banks please stand up, or sit down in this case.|
Now that she’s escaped the bounds of high society, iron manacles cannot hold her for long.
The TV years:
|Maya from Space 1999|
Thanks for letting me reminisce about my childhood.
D L Richardson
Monday, 5 December 2016
|author O.N Stefan|
And to all the readers who dropped by, thank you for showing you support in my Aussie indie author spotlight. More coffee chats to come.