Chris Beckett

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Interview By: Night Owl Romance

Date: March 14, 2014

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Current Release: Dark Eden

Describe your current release by starting out with "In a world".

In a world with no sun, life has evolved to exploit the heat of the planet's core. Forests of luminous trees pulse as they pump their sap through hot rocks deep underground. Long ago, a man and a woman were stranded in this alien place, and their 500 descendants now live a stone-age existence in the shining forest in a community that just calls itself Family. Still longing for rescue from Earth, Family is fearful to leave the spot where its ancestors landed, or to cross the dark and freezing mountains that surround it. But John Redlantern and Tina Spiketree are impatient with their elders' caution. They lead a small group across the mountains, opening up new possibilities for the future, opening up a whole planet, but at the same time dividing Family forever and bringing killing and hatred into the world.

What are you working on?

I am currently putting the finishing touches on Mother of Eden, the sequel to Dark Eden. I will then start a third and final Eden book.

Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?

It's true. It takes many many people: too many to name them all. I think of Andrew Hook, whose small press published my first short story collection, The Turing Test and took it on himself to enter it for a prize. Winning that prize was a breakthrough moment for me. I think of my agent John Jarrold, who took me on when I was a pretty long shot, and sold Dark Eden for me, along with my first novel, The Holy Machine. And I think of my very smart editor Mathilda Imlah who worked with me on Dark Eden, making it a much better book that it would otherwise have been.

Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?

Can't single out a particular moment, but readers contact me all the time and I really love that. Not everyone likes Dark Eden, but it seems to hit the spot for a lot of people in quite a deep and personal way, and that means a lot to me. I write, more than anything else, to communicate.

What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

My favourite way is to wander round in a (non-luminous) forest, with my two dogs, daydreaming, and enjoying the solitude. I can happily do that for hours. I love the paths disappearing among the trees, and the familiar little corners I come upon unexpectedly.

Thanks so much to everyone who reads my books and who takes the trouble to post reviews of them. It's great to get feedback. My next book will be Mother of Eden (publication date not yet finalised) which is set two centuries on from the events in Dark Eden. Meanwhile, if you'd like to know more about the back story to Dark Eden, check out the short story which tells it (also called 'Dark Eden') in my collection The Turing Test.