Featured Interview With Colin Payn and Dawn Knox
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Colin born and lived in London, England until twenty years old. Moved to Basildon in Essex and acquired wife, two children, and numerous dogs Still have wife.
Dawn born in Basildon and grew up in Essex, now lives with husband and one son in Brentwood, Essex. Pet Cacti.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Colin, reading -loved it since learning to read. Writing, probably about teenage years as an antidote to school essays. Serious writing for political newsletters, early twenties, then caught the motorhome travel bug and wrote articles for magazines. Short stories and novels when I retired. Two novels and a book of short stories published.
Dawn, like Colin, always reading. Writing really took off when her son was not happy with school writing projects. Helped out and became hooked. Lots of short stories and novels published since
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Colin, very wide choices, stages of the Greek gods and adventures, a spell of Russian authors, and probable all-time favourite author, Emile Zola But, really read anything from futurology to the occasional chick-lit, (how many authors admit to that?)
Dawn, reads widely, particularly humorous and historical romance. Favourite authors are Terry Pratchet and Ken Follett.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Two authors living miles apart, one pandemic, one book. Neither of us had written Science Fiction or, in this case, Climate Fiction, before. But, we had joined two writers groups some years ago and beta read one another’s novels so, when Colin came up with an idea of a new book but felt the scope of the two main characters needed more depth than he could handle, he asked Dawn to collaborate.
The book is set in 2050 when the widespread results of climate change are still not being taken seriously by world leaders. Serena, a high-flying security manager in a secret department trying to monitor whether Artificial Intelligence has eluded human intervention, employs George, an out-of-work computer engineer who recently had a serious accident, losing an arm and his sight. Both have been restored, but Serena’s department has added an extra chip to his recovery.
The story of their fraught relationship and how the chip takes them to 10 Downing Street and nearly drowning in the English Channel, is told through alternate chapters in the first person.
The underlying story is about whether climate change, AI, and Humans survive.
You can find it on Amazon, The Future Brokers https://amzn.to/3egfsoY
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