January 20, 2020
FOUR QUESTIONS, FOUR ANSWERS:
- What am I working on now?
The book I am currently playing about with at an early stage is cli-fi; while ‘O Man of Clay’ is set in the near future, this is set in 2050 and imagines we have failed to meet the UN targets of net zero emissions and no more than 1.5 degrees of global warming. The main characters are among a group of displaced people whose lands are becoming increasingly uninhabitable. Governments are making the wrong decisions so they take things into their own hands. While collecting samples of remaining species, human artifacts and writings for a new museum of earth studies, they discover a matriarchal group of human beings who have been entirely overlooked and whose society may seem from the outside to be without structure. They respond in the moment with no institution or law and are entirely unaware of and untouched by the circumstances that are afflicting the rest of the world.
Everything is decided by means of a kind of theatre; acting out a series of solutions and then making a collective decision about what is best. The question is whether these people might contribute to salvaging anything and halting the destruction.
- How does my work fit into the Cli-Fi Genre?
I am interested in mess and muddle and the humour and laughter that makes us human and can possibly open people to change. It may be disorganised on the fringes of things but these are places where change may arise. My first novel, ‘'Giving up Architecture’' set just after World War II was a love story involving two people affected (one traumatised) by war in ways that might unravel through their lives to come. The reader saw what they did not see about each other: how they had been formed by their youth being lived in the anxiety of war but also how they might muddle through.
- Why do I write what I do?
- How does my writing process work? (Explain your writing days and nights. How do you work? How do you outline or plan the story?)
You can find a copy of ‘'O Man of Clay’' here:Eliza’s blog is here.This one is for this blog's readers. ''Launch. Me, my publisher Rose Drew of Stairwell Books from Conneticut and other guests. Jazz club setting for an evening on the industrial North and climate change. Very local HexhamTV videoed it. No worries if, as I suspect, you have no time to dip in.''