This blog recently interviewed Mike Verant by email and he kindly took the time to reply. [He writes under the name of M. Verant.]
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DAN BLOOM: Your novel Power in the Age of Lies is the story of a brilliant coal engineer, a woman, who's fighting to save her destitute Kentucky mining town, and whose honesty and ethics force her to re-examine her own climate change denialist thinking and, ultimately, to challenge the corrupt U.S. White House administration that she has joined. What led you to write this novel? When did you start writing it, what month or what year and when did you finish it.
2. Power is both a cli-fi novel and a directly-political book that criticizes the Trump administration and America's descent toward authoritarian government. Instead of depicting a future climate disaster, your focus is the corruption and hypocrisy driving current American climate policy. You have said that your hope is that a book like yours can reach people who have checked out from other media due to fatigue or disgust. Do you hope your novel can change readers' minds in this regard?
3 and 4:. One reader said in his blurb that your book is set in ‘Year Four of the Trump Presidency’ — ominously, no actual date is given — with the United States on the brink of a second Civil War between an underground Resistance and a nationalist dictator. He said your book calls to mind ''The Man in the High Castle'in its dystopian vision of a divided America, but is perhaps better described as a liberal (and much shorter) ''Atlas Shrugged,'' with a lot to think about as the 2020 Presidential election looms. Did you write the book in hopes of reaching anti-Trump readers as the election campaign of 2020 draws near?4. Another reader has said that your novel's portrayal of a corrupt, egotistical Trump dragging America toward civil war feels very real. A the same time the book is about the two heroes of your story —Madison and Conrad, who are champions of science, empathy, and truth. Can you tell me a bit more about Madison and Conrad, just to whet potential a reader's appetitie?
5. In the novel a fictionalized Trump lurches from one scandal to another while the laws and customs of the USA are at risk. So the novel is a warning, a wake up call, a call to action. Was that your intent or did you just want to write a good warn and vent your feelings at the time time?
6. “Power in the Age of Lies " is a very powerful and topical title. How did you come by that title, and was it your first choice right from the get go and did you also have some other possible titles in mind? Dish.
6. What kind book publicity do you plan to do to get the word out and attract readers in a crowded social media landscape full of gossip and entertainment industry distractions and cute cat videos? Radio interviews with NPR station in San Francisco area where you live? Newspaper interviews? Bookstore signings and readings in the Bay area? Maybe NPR national bureau in Washington by telephone interview with Scott Simon on All Things Considered? Blogs, websites? Social media tweets?
7. The book has soft-launched already and now you're trying to get the word out and connect with people who care about these issues. How did you plan to do that?
8. Already many "resistance" readers and writers and activists you know have jumped in fast to read your novel, but since the book also is a kind of cli-fi novel you would also like to add connections to people in the climate advocacy and climate activist communitiies. How do you hope to do that?
9. Your novel is a political thriller, and also a cli-fi story set in these post-IPCC report times. Do you think the cli-fi genre can impact readers and even be a kind of call to action?
10. Who is publishing your novel? Did you work with an editor and a proofreader to get everything into shipshape shape on the printed page? Who designed the cover? if the book has a dedication page, who is the book dedicated to?