Today on the FlipSide, I’m pleased to present an interview with author Bryan Murphy. If you’re not quite acquainted with Bryan, here’s a little more information about him…
British writer Bryan Murphy is the author of the social science fiction novella Goodbye, Padania, several other e-books and countless poems. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system and now divides his time among Italy, England, the wider world and cyberspace. He is working on a novel set in Portugal during the world’s coolest revolution in the 1970s. The provisional title is Revolution Number One.
Welcome Bryan. Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
As racism destroys Italy, Daria tries to give up killing.
What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
“Strange Days” by The Doors. Because the older I get the more I appreciate The Doors, and because Goodbye, Padania is set in the future, which has to be strange to be interesting.
Great song! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Tarantino, to see what he could make of a life without violence.
Halle Berry, to see whether she can really act or not. Seriously? John Hurt, though he’s even smaller than I am.
You know, I’d like to see Halle playing you… What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I’m an anarchist in the real world, but a dictator in my literary life. I grant my characters a bit of leeway, but not much. They will surely rise up and smash the system one day. However, I am planning to tighten it up before they get the chance.
Working on a full-length novel has changed my writing process. I wrote my short stories or poems, even my novella, on paper. Then I would type the work on to the computer, print it out and revise it (several times) using pen on paper, before keying in the changes to leave a final version on the computer.
With the novel, the first version of each chapter went straight on to the computer. It saved time and sped me towards the goal of a completed first draft.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
Fact: football is fixed. I mean soccer, but it will be true of any type of sport on which vast sums of money can be waged. I used to think that football had one over on, say, “Macbeth”, because in football you did not know the outcome from the beginning.
Advice: get writing; and thicken that skin.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
Brave New World, the Spectrum One science fiction anthology, and 1984.
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee.
- Cats or dogs? Cool cats.
- Snow or sun? Sun.
- Print books or eReader? eReader for fiction; print for non-fiction.
- Nachos or potato chips? Mexican nachos and UK chips.
- Baked or fried? Baked.
- Candy or chocolate? Chocolate, to eat or to drink..
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Comedy: gotta laugh.
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction: future is now.
- Classics or Modern? Modern, preferably contemporary.
- Old World or New World? New worlds.
- Sweet or spicy? Spicy.
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort: it’s one of my favourite deadly drugs.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Bryan. If you’d like to connect with Bryan, you can find him on Twitter, his website, on Facebook on both his author and personal pages, his Goodreads blog, as well as his Amazon Author Page.
Now let’s take a look at Goodbye, Padania… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!
Daria Rigoletti is a troubled young woman from the south of Italy. Seduced by a priest, she never forgets and never forgives. Years later, in 2032, she is in the independent, racist state of Padania, carved out of northern Italy. She has a contract to fulfil, a contract to kill. The look in her target’s eyes stops her, and from then on Daria herself is on the run. She does everything she can to give up killing, but can she really stop? Dark Future, good reading.