Interview with David Rupert

What are you working on next?
I'm starting to work on a Part 2 for Migration. A lot of people have asked what happens next - I liked leaving it open at the point Zoe finds the Lifers - and I think there are a few more stories in there.

Plus, I have a story called 'Joshua & The Lost Souls' that has been haunting me for a couple of years. He's a great character, a young outsider who discovers an ability to cross planes of existence, but I need to answer the meaning of life to finish it. Hence the delay!
What is your writing process?
In the long run I think it varies. With 'Migration' I just sat down and started writing after a couple of days research, I wanted to enjoy the spontaneity of the characters and it was a lot of fun letting them lead the way. 'Joshua' is more complex, plots that need to knit together, set ups and lots of cosmology research.

On a day to day basis, lots of cups of tea and Brian Eno.
Describe your desk
I'm very screen based, so it could be an iPad in a coffee shop or some phone notes on a train. At home, I have a small corner with no distractions, facing the wall.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm pretty disloyal when it comes to authors, so often whoever I read last, but I guess H G Wells, Ian McEwan and Murakami have stayed with me for some time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Perhaps not the first story, but 'War of the Worlds' I read and read over and over when I was about 9 years old. I was absolutely captivated by it, the scenery, industry and Britishness that flows through the text. I was pretty disappointed with Tom Cruise's version.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm lucky enough to work with a number of artists on a daily basis, putting on events, coming up with projects ideas, things like that.
Downtime, definitely cooking, maybe some walking.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends and my Mum - who's a voracious reader - will usually get me to try something out, but I like to go fishing to, just looking for something unexpected that ticks my boxes that day. This is how I found Murakami, I read the back of Kafka On The Shore and it sounded so out there I had to have it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. A short story at school about a saxon king leading his army. I remember an incredibly over the top speech that began "My people, you have followed me in to battle before!". I thought it was the most dramatic piece of writing EVER and kept reciting it at the diner table!
What's the story behind your latest book?
With 'Migration' I came across the idea of digital immortality and the singularity and found the idea really exciting. I think it touched a vulnerability in me about death and legacy. Once I started looking into the story what fascinated me was the people who would inhabit this new reality, not the technology. I've tried to avoid assumptions about the hover boards we'll all be whining around on or the 3d printed burgers we might be eating. What interests me is how individuals and relationships will adapt. Ultimately there is something about how we define "us" or "me" that I find exciting.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes it can be simple things like marmite toast or the sound of my kids messing about downstairs. On other days the enormity of the universe and thin clouds on a clear blue sky can do it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things, I love writing and making worlds appear on the page and I am not great at being told what to do.
Published 2014-10-22.
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Books by This Author

Migration
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,360. Language: British English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
It's 2095. Sarah is excited about her imminent immortality whilst Eve is still waiting for her husband's body to appear. Zoe just wants out.