Interview

Noise

There’s a new interview with yours truly up at Trisha’s Book Blog.

EDIT: it looks as if Trisha’s Book Blog is no longer with us. I have copied the transcript below.


T: When and why did you begin writing?

DB: I began writing fiction when I was around 18 years old. Before that, I’d written your typical, angsty high school poetry, but nothing that involved any concept of craft.

Like so many, what I was writing at 18 was just crap. I was fascinated by novels, and I wanted to learn how to write them, though, so between 18 and 21, I wrote a monstrous 300,000 word fantasy novel (the first of three, no less!). I then threw it away and rewrote it entirely, this time at about 240,000 words. Following that, I threw half away and then rewrote the other half. Finally, I had something I could really revise and polish, which I did. Later, I lost interest in that novel and had my agent cancel its submission, even though this was the novel that he’d originally signed me for. I wrote Noise later over a period of about three months.

Working on something so large for so long in such a repetitive fashion really helped me achieve discipline and a sense of craft. I recommend the process for all aspiring authors.

T: Describe your writing in three words.

DB: Minimal. Atmospheric. Dark.

T: Can you tell us a little about your book, Noise?

DB: Sure. Noise is a story about the collapse of American society. It follows a handful of characters in their early 20s–people who are just coming of age in college when the world they’ve been studying falls apart. The novel concerns itself with what one has to do to establish and maintain a survival group as society descends into barbarity. In fact, the novel includes “The Book,” which is an instruction manual for building a newer, stronger nation-state around your survival group on the other “side” of the collapse.

It’s been described as “dark,” “controversial,” a “gut punch,” and a “page turner,” so I hope you enjoy it!

T: If you could see Noise made into a movie or TV show, who would you cast?

DB: That’s a tough one. Most of the characters, with the exceptions of those who appear in flashbacks, are between the ages of 18 and 22, which would mean you’d need a cast who could pull this off. I’m somewhat behind in my knowledge of today’s exceptional young actors. But, really, I think I’d prefer it to be cast by unknowns, which would force viewers’ attention onto the storyline and not a cluster of pretty faces.

T: Did you have any say in the cover of Noise?

DB: I did, actually. Because Noise revolves so strongly around a counter-cultural movement called “Salvage,” which makes pirate broadcasts and is responsible for coded messages that appear like graffiti and vandalism, the folks at Ballantine wanted to feature graffiti in some way. When it came time to provide examples of contemporary graffiti tags and stencils, I sent them the “A” (on the cover)–it’s a tag that the main character uses to identify “his” people. Lo and behold, my “A” went from “example” to “cover calligraphy.” And, frankly, I couldn’t be more pleased with how the cover turned out.

T: Do you have an all time favorite book?

DB: Yes. The Grapes of Wrath.

T: Do you have any future projects lined up?

DB: I don’t have anything contracted yet, but I am working on a new novel. This one is a bit more science fictional than Noise is, but it’s still set in a national economic depression. All I can really tell you is that it’s quite depressing . . .

T: Where can we find you online?

DB: I keep a couple of websites that might interest your readers. The first is Salvage Country. This site is a promotional multi-media tie-in to Noise that is themed around the Salvage movement that appears in the novel.

I also keep a website/blog at www.darinbradley.com. Both of these sites feature lots of links and things that will tell you more about me.