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Conspiracy Theory

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Published: 6th January 2015

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ISBN [Print]  9781910711019
ISBN [Epub] 9781910711033

 
 

Interview with the author

Q. One of the major features of this book, is that you manage to hide clues from the reader, although they are plainly written in the text. How do you do that?

A. I'll answer, but so as not to give the plot or clues away.

That was great fun to do. I was also conscious that I dare not cheat the reader, so every clue had to be clearly written in the text. But, I had to lead the reader to miss it. I use two methods.

The first in this fast paced book, is to insert a short linking paragraph containing the clue, between two action paragraphs. The reader is naturally drawn to follow the action, and the clue doesn't register.

The second if the opposite, and make the clue so large, the reader does not see it as one whole, but again, as sections of story filler.

Regards the irradiation incident, that was dumbed down to the basics. It's not a cheat, because no character at that time knew what to look for. Neither does the reader. However, the clues as to how the incident is unraveled are very clear signposts.

Q. Yes, but only if you are expecting that outcome. Go on.

A. The big one is only unraveled near the end of the book, when Redmond realises what has occurred. He details the clues he, and presumably the reader missed. A bit like Hercule Poirot, but a short paragraph only.

Q. Can you elaborate?

A. My novels do not contain filler. If I write something, then there is a reason for it to be in the text. And that is the last clue I will give.
 

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Q. How difficult was it to write in American English?

A. I found it very easy, but then, my content editor is American, so that helped a lot. Spellings like curb vs kerb were the worst.
 

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