Friday, 7 October 2016

Blog Tour - Guest Post - The Wave by Lochlan Bloom

About the book:

The Wave

When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.

As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.

Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter?  Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.

The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.

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Guest Post

I tend to jot down ideas all the time and these can be anything from a relatively well-formed plot concept to a half-finished sentence with no context whatsoever. There’s not exact length of time it takes to start a project but at some point these ideas start to coalesce around a particular theme and I find the notes I am writing are getting longer and longer.

I generally have a good idea of the rough form of a piece before I start writing it in earnest - whether it will be a short story, novel, script etc – but sometimes that can change as I start working on something.

Having trained as a physicist, I am interested in how we as readers take information from the world around us and construct an understanding of reality.

The way we combine and interpret not just stories but mathematical theories, philosophies, face-to-face interactions or beliefs in the supernatural to justify our actions in the world is a fascinating subject and one I try to explore in my writing.

Writing is essentially this bizarre process whereby we encode and decode hieroglyphs on a page and from this somehow this hallucinatory mental space opens up.

As a writer I think the challenge is to try to capture that luminous quality that great literature allows us to experience.

The Wave is out now from Dead Ink Books


Author Bio

Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.


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