Tag: interviews

1Sep

SF Site Interview

With me, over at, uh, SF Site obviously. Scroll down a touch and there I am – voila!

There’s lots of intrigue going on in the story, with lots of devious manipulations — how devious are you in real life? And how do you make your book’s political manipulations realistic?

Incredibly, I’ve got your wallet right now in fact. Seriously, I’m less exciting than people might think, so not at all devious — I’d feel far too guilty if I started acting like that. As for making the political manipulations realistic — from an early age I’ve had a healthy cynicism towards politics. When at school, I actually went on work experience with a local MP. Let’s just say that it didn’t much endear me towards politicians, or indeed the political system…

You only have to dig under the surface of what’s said in newspapers to see exactly that spin does its job, which is saddening. Some of what happens in contemporary politics I actually tried to replicate completely, changing only the names. Politics never became the main focus of the novel, deliberately so, but perhaps that’s something I can visit later in the series.

4Aug

LeftLion Interview

I’m all up for being involved in the local literary scenes and supporting local arts, so I was delighted to be interviewed for LeftLion Magazine, the uber-trendy Nottingham arts and culture magazine.

Mark Charan Newton’s impressive debut novel Nights of Villjamur is not your usual fantasy fiction. Written almost in a noir style, rather than epic battles and endless magical creatures, there is a strong emphasis on character development where everyone’s story is linked. In this sense he is being hailed as one of a new breed of innovative fantasy authors, following on in the tradition of China Miéville, Alan Campbell and Hal Duncan. With suicides, political corruption, sexually ambiguous heroes and an impending ice age forcing droves of refugees into the fantastical landscape of Villjamur, this dying earth fantasy has something for everyone.

What an intro! Read on

16Jun

Interviewed By The Dark Wolf

Another “it’s all about me” post I’m afraid. There is a world out there, and I will blog about it again soon. Anyway… here I am, being interviewed at Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews site. DW reviewed the book earlier in the week, and this is a follow up from that.

A snippet for you:

DW: Speaking of China Miéville, many people compared you with him. How does this comparison makes you feel?
MCN: That’s ridiculous, I have much more hair than China.