I hate to sound corny, but it chose me. It's my default genre, where I'm most comfortable; isolation and extreme circumstances are the themes that captivate me. People behave strangely when they're in trouble, and stranger still when they're under the impression that everything they know might have gone down the toilet. The evolution of relationships and the miracle of civilization--just how shocking it is that civility crept into our world society in the first place, and what a monumental task it would be to try kick-starting all over again--are forever circling in my mind.
What did you do when world-building for Ruin?
Which writers have influenced you (inside and outside the genre?)
In the post-apocalyptic genre, I've been hugely influenced by David Brin, of the Uplift and The Postman fame. Stephen King (The Stand and The Dark Tower), George R. Stevenson (Earth Abides), Neville Shute (The Beach), Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and Pat Frank (Alas, Babylon) also shaped my voice. I spent my teenage years consuming post-apocalyptic fiction, breathing it in and basking in the brilliance of these ruined worlds.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
My imagination. The mechanics of writing itself, I've always taken for granted; it's just been something I've always done, to some extent. I've been writing in an organised sense for around nine years, now, and in that time I've only slid backward. By that, I mean that despite spending endless hours with a pen in my hand or my fingers poised over a keyboard, I've slid behind the endless ideas that spark from the ether of their own accord.
What are your plans for the series?
Shadows are moving, long-sealed doors have fallen ajar, and the balance of an infinitude of worlds has shifted.
On one world, something has gone very wrong indeed: the End. Six billions lives have vanished, leaving a barren Earth populated with scattered survivors. While man struggles with mere survival and the eternal plagues of betrayal and retribution lay waste to an already crumbling wasteland, a far greater mission begins.
The Ruin Saga opens a universe that stretches far beyond Earth, across deserts and tundra, kingdoms of past and future, and ancient forgotten worlds between the cracks. If there is any hope, it lies in a precious handful, creatures of destiny scattered across the depths of reality. The success or failure of their gathering will decide the fate of countless lives.
Bringing them together will cause destruction, pain and death. Some will run, some will fight, and some will turn to darkness.
Only one thing is certain: the End was just the beginning.