From The Guardian:
Mario: what was your inspiration for Echoes?
I’m a big fan of ‘spy-fi’ TV shows like Alias and Fringe and with Echoes I wanted to try and write a novel with that kind of exciting and hi-tech – but also emotional – feel to it. A lot of the specifics then came out of the main character of Mallory; someone who’s very intelligent and powerful when she’s online, but who struggles in other ways day to day. The dichotomy between people’s on and offline personas can be profound and much of what Echoes came to be about was the question of who the real you actually is.
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Muzna: have you used any real life experiences in your book?
Not in terms of specific events – I’ve never done any computer hacking for starters! Following on from the previous question, I think what I’d say on this, though, is that a lot of character creation can come out of personal experiences. That’s not to say each character is based entirely on you or people you know, but just that there are often facets of their personalities that are informed by things you’ve been through or seen in your life.
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Mario: how many people did you ask to publish your book?
With publishing today, you generally go through an agent as opposed to asking publishers directly yourself. Publishers just get sent so many manuscripts to look at that they often don’t have time to read them all and so prioritise ones coming from a known source that they trust. In this way, agents can often be like the gatekeepers to getting published. I had two different manuscripts submitted to various publishers by an agent, but although both got close, unfortunately neither was ultimately picked up. It was after that that I made the decision to self-publish Echoes.
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Devante: what authors inspired you when you were young?
Like a lot of people, my answer to this is definitely JK Rowling. I read Harry Potter when I was ten and I was absolutely captivated by it. I remember reading it compulsively for hours on end and I’d never done that with a book before. It also opened the door for me into other literature and media in the fantasy and science fiction genres, which remain two of my favourite.
Ayca: was there someone that inspired you to become a author? If yes, who and why?
I’m not sure there’s a specific person who inspired me to become an author, but I’d say there are lots of people who made me fall in love with stories in general – which in turn made me want to try and create my own. This could be a very long list, but along with JK Rowling, some of the others I’d mention would be Philip Pullman, Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician trilogy), Frank Herbert (Dune) and Suzanne Collins. TV and movie writers like Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and JJ Abrams (Alias and Fringe) have also been a huge influence on me. In terms of why I’d say they all created story worlds that felt real and characters I cared about deeply.
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