A year ago, almost to the day, my science fiction novella Across Spacetime was launched. To celebrate this, I’ve interviewed Samir Bond, who, with Beatrice Blanche, is a main character in my book.
A: Hello Samir, how are you?
S: Hi Angela, I’m having a great time in London, away from Antarctica. Too cold for me down there. I can’t say that England is a warm place, but is still much better! People to see, places to visit… That’s my idea of paradise.
A: I see. I thought you enjoyed it very much on Mars as well, maybe even more than in London.
S: Yes, I did, still too cold though. It was an interesting phase of my life. For the first time I was off Earth without my family, doing something that was cutting-edge: making history or reliving history, to be precise. I felt special. When you live in an era in which almost everything has being discovered or invented, it’s very difficult to stand out in a big way.
A: Would you do it again?
S: Yes, I would. I met extraordinary people during the Spacetime Programme, from all over the solar system. How ironic that I had to travel back in time to meet Beatrice in London!
A: Yes, life is unpredictable. In the interview she gave me, Beatrice told me that she had a hard time in the past Earth because she had to remove all her implants, but once the withdrawal syndrome was over, she felt fine and didn’t need them anymore, not even when she went back to the future. So I was wondering, what was life in the past Earth for you?
S: Exciting and challenging. Another chance to show myself what I’m made of. Having to rely on my wits and not technology to solve my problems, that was exhilarating. Since I’ve come back from the past, I have reduced my dependence on it. Maybe that’s why I enjoy cooking so much, apart from starring in Across Spacetime of course.
A: You’ve helped me a lot when I was writing Across Spacetime. Is there something that you’d like me to have written differently?
S: Well, yes, actually. You made me say that I missed smart cities. And that was true. However, I’ve realised, too late, that you and your readers would have misunderstood what I meant. So thank you for the chance to put it right now. What I meant is that I missed the smart cities of my century, not the ones connected to a “smart” network, like the 5G one that governments around the world want to deploy in your point of the spacetime continuum. No, we refused to use them. Our ancestors decided against that technology because it was too risky for human and animal health. And also because it was the basis for implementing the so-called Internet of Things, that would have introduced an unprecedented level of surveillance on citizens without any legal reason for it and without full disclosure of the extent and scope of the surveillance. A true Orwellian society. I’m grateful that our ancestors stopped it before it was too late. I hope you’ll be able to do the same.
A: Thank you for this, Samir. Only recently, I’ve realised how dangerous the 5G network is. You're right, its introduction has nothing to do with increasing the speed and quality of our communications. I hope we’ll be able to stop it in this universe too. Can you tell me what is smart about your cities then?
S: Yes of course. In our cities, there is no pollution because we have free, clean energy, and no Homeless because everybody has a comfortable, nice place to call home. We care for one another; no one is left behind or excluded from our society. Everybody is given equal chances, but that doesn’t mean that we are equal. Meritocracy is essential in a just and happy society. I wish I could show you… Maybe in another book?
A: That’d be great! I have loads of other questions I would love to ask you, however I know that you must meet up with Beatrice shortly, so I won’t keep you any longer. I look forward to interviewing you again soon. And please give my regards to Beatrice.
S: Will do. Thanks for having me. It’s been a great pleasure Angela. Till next time!
I can hardly believe that a whole year has flown by since I had my first radio interview. Where did time go? Let's find out.
The launch of Across Spacetime took up the first three months of 2017. It was an exhausting and rewarding experience. What I liked the most was definitely the radio interviews because I had to push my boundaries well beyond my comfort zone and I felt empowered. The waiting for the first interviews was nerve-wracking but I was lucky to have kind and experienced hosts who put me at ease straight away.
Finishing the manuscript of the sequel to Across Spacetime is one of the achievements I’m most proud of. It took me more time than I had anticipated because I was unhappy with the ending. Editing it could take another month or so as I’m busy with other projects, like looking for a job.
As my daughter is in secondary school this year (and therefore is more independent) and my health has greatly improved, I've decided to go back to the labour market. I love writing but I’ve been feeling a bit lonely lately. And a work environment can help me with fresh ideas for my pieces :-).
I must confess that at times I felt uneasy when promoting Across Spacetime last year, as it is a science fiction love story based on how I had met the man who was divorcing me.
Now I'm in a far better place. All the emotional turmoil is over, in a few months I'll be a divorcée and I’m ready to welcome a new love in my life. But that's another story.
It looks like even 2018 will be a busy and important year in my life. I welcome it!
And you dear Seeker, what are you looking forward to this year?
Those of you who enjoyed reading Across Spacetime must be wondering whether there’s going to be a sequel. The answer is yes! I’ve almost finished it and I hope to send it to my publisher before my holiday in August.
I didn’t expect to write a series. However, in the months following the landing of the contract for Across Spacetime in July 2015, the plot for the sequel formed in my mind. After outlining its 30 chapters, in January 2016 I started to write my new book.
Like I did for Across Spacetime, I reached out for feedback. This time, though, for one reason or another, my first-readers have been unable to help me throughout the whole process, so as soon as I'm satisfied with my manuscript I will have to send it to a professional editor. Hopefully, he or she will be happy with most of it (fingers crossed). Once the editor returns it to me with his or her comments, I’ll address them and then send the manuscript to my publisher. After that? Holidays!
As the weather has been nice this week, yesterday I went to the Leas Promenade to enjoy the sun and tweak the plot of the last three chapters. Erm, no, it’s the other way round. I promise. I did work!
Yesterday it was my first book signing and I was really excited.
My table was located in the balcony, and although usually traffic concentrates in the Main Hall of the venue, many people made their way to our level. It was nice to engage with the public and talk to them about Across Spacetime... and sign my ever first book!
Two advantages of being located in the balcony where that it wasn’t as hot as downstairs and that I had it a nice view of the activities going on in the Main Hall.
Special thanks to my daughter Sofia who helped me set up my table, took pictures, shot videos and kept me company throughout the event.
Tomorrow I’ll be doing book signing at the #FolkestoneComicCon2017. Come to see me on the balcony and you'll have the chance to win a signed paperback copy of Across Spacetime!
At the wee hours of last Sunday morning I appeared on The Brian and Sherri Show. I enjoyed talking to my hosts about Across Spacetime, how I’ve became a writer and my book signing at the Folkestone Comic Con next 7th May.
If you’ve missed it, here's the link to the Facebook episode. I'm in from 17.43.
Or you can listen to the podcast.
What part did you enjoy the most?
Me, when I was asked to keep them updated on my future publications and invited me back on the show!
I've been featured on the Promo Day 2017 website!
Check it out here:
As you may know, yesterday author Adrienne Lecter had to cancel her appearance due to ill health. I hope that she'll get well soon and that our paths will cross again in the future.
Luckily, author Kal Uddin is available to replace her.
Here's the schedule:
Lela Markham 3 pm-4 pm BST or 6 am -7 am Alaska Daylight Time
Tim Lewis 4 pm-5 pm BST or 11am-12pm EDT
Jessica Veter 5pm-6pm BST or 12pm-1pm EDT
Helena Trooperman 6pm-7pm BST or 1pm-2pm EDT
Angela Guidolin 7pm -8pm British Summer Time or 2-pm-3pm EDT
Terence Mitford 8pm-9pm BST or 3pm-4pm EDT
Kal Uddin 9pm-10pm BST or 4pm-5pm EDT
Melissa Macfie 10pm-11pm BST or 5pm-6pm EDT
To find out the correspondent time in your time zone, just follow the link:http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
And here are the Giveaway Prizes:
By Lela Marham: The Willow Branch-Book 1 of The Daerman Cycle (Fantasy); and Life As We Knew It-Book 1 of the Transformation Project Series (Science Fiction)
By Tim Lewis: Timeshock: I Want My Life Back-Book 1 in the series (Science Fiction); and Magpies and Magic-Book 1 (Fantasy)
By Jessica S. Veter: The Eyes Have it (Science Fiction)
By Helena Trooperman: Good Fortune: A Futuristic Techno Thriller (Thriller)
By Angela Guidolin: 2 copies of Across Spacetime (authorgraphed)
By Terence Mitford: The Scarlet Club, (Thriller)
By Kal Uddin: Rise of the Red Harbinger-Book 1 of The Drowned Realm (Fantasy)
By Melissa Macfie: Fate's Hand- Book 1 of The Celtic Prophecy (Fantasy)
See you there!