Readers and visitors,
Below you will find the answer to the Ten +1 Questions I do ask many authors to answer after I read their books. S.T. Campitelli is next in the list of Authors to put hands to a keyboard to answer those questions. I do hope you find his answers as interesting as I did.
I have wanted to write for the longest time and have always had a strong interest in end-of-the-world stories, so I felt that if I ever got the story I wanted to tell, I would do it. For a long time I couldn’t really bring together a coherent sense of a story line, so although I wanted to write I didn’t really have a story. Once the elements for The Fall fell into place, story-wise, I thought, ‘Hey! Let’s do this!’.
Question 2: How did your friends/family take the loss of your time as you wrote the book?
That hasn’t been an issue. I try to work a lot in hours where it doesn’t impact my family/friends, so, early mornings, lunchtimes at work, perhaps down times at night when the family is doing other stuff.
Question 3: What inspired you to write The Fall: Book 1 – Conversion?
This may come up in a few answers to these questions, but the whole post-apocalyptic genre has always fascinated me. I grew up in the 70s when the cinema had some brilliant major post-apoc movies on – Planet of The Apes, Soylent Green, Omega Man, Rollerball – those movies were absolutely compelling for me, but the one that blew the doors off, so to speak, was Mad Max 2, The Road Warrior, which just coalesced perfectly all the images of what a post-apocalyptic world looks like for me – the wasteland, the characters, the costumes, the hero and antagonists, and of course the cars. Brilliant. I tried to capture some of that vibe in The Fall, but I didn’t want it to just be another Mad Max type story, it had to be my own, so it is quite different.
Question 4: During the initial writing process where did you get the idea for the book and its characters?
I have this interest in the idea of the isolated holdout – places in times of war or situations where there is an island of safety or sanity in a lost world, so the idea of the walled compounds, the ‘wallcoms’ was an early idea – a sanctuary in a sea of danger. A completely separate idea I had was that by that time, mid-21st century, our personal comms would be embedded in us, we wouldn’t carry smartphones anymore, they would be a part of us and that became the 360 concept. Somehow they then came together and became the base elements of The Fall. I wanted to have nuanced characters that weren’t usual and I have worked in the university system for 20+ years., so made John Bradley and academic, a hero who isn’t an ‘obvious’ hero, plus the antagonists the Headhunter, as I have always been compelled by that intelligent-gentleman baddie, and the Alpha Kronenburg, the ex-policeman who we follow as an infected being. The inspirations for these characters didn’t really come from any one in particular but rather have shades of inspirations.
Question 5: Who were some of the authors that inspired you as a child growing up and their books?
I read a lot of fantasy growing up and two big influences were Tolkien’s LOTR and Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Along with Game of Thrones a bit later, they perhaps gave me that love of the character-driven, big story arc. Later with more post-apoc stuff, Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy was just brilliant and Blake Crouch’s The Last Town were very both influential for me.
Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the first completed version of your book?
Great question. Umm, accomplishment, relief, very happy that I’d done it. A little bit of a feeling of ‘loss’, you get close to the book, it’s fun, it’s an adventure and it feels like it’s over in a sense. Until book 2 …
Question 7: Do you continue to write and in what genre?
Yes, book 2 of The Fall, Reversion, is being written now.
Question 8: Who do you imagine being the people reading your book?
Some of the material is a bit confronting and vivid, so it’s not a young readers’ book, by any stretch, but I think 16 and up would be good with it. Anyone who likes any elements of action, adventure, post-apocalypse, SF, military – it has those things. But then again, I’ve had people say to me, ‘I don’t generally go for this type of story, but I loved this!’ So, I hope it could have a wide appeal.
Question 9: Any good suggestions for those who want to try writing their own book?
Do it. Give it a go, but you must be open to growth, feedback and change. It’s not easy, it can be frustrating, but incredibly rewarding. I love doing it, writing, and if it is something you are drawn to then give it a go.
Question 10: When not writing how does you like to spend your time?
Reading, movies – addicted to both. Netflix doesn’t help.
The + 1 Question
If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?
Europe. Haven’t been there yet. Been to Japan multiple times and many other parts of Asia and the States, but yet to get to Europe. So, if someone wants to sponsor me for a book tour, get in touch!
Below are a few Links of Interest:
- The Fall Book Website
- You’ll find great character information, Glossary, and even Pictures of items from the book.
- Amazon Author Webpage
- Contact Page on The Fall’s Website to join the Mailing List