Interview with Nick Troy

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing has limits. Self-publishing on the web has virtually none. I think it is a useful experience.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is the disappointed hopes of mankind. At the turn of the twenty-first century we were promised that the Internet would bring all nations closer together and reunite the humanity as the single entity it should be. But the governments of the largest countries did not allow that. Instead, they changed the cyberspace into a weapon, an instrument of power and business. My book is about a group of people who are dissatisfied with the present state of things and who decided to change it. This group, the Internet Hate Machine, is rather similar to the actually existing hacker group known as Anonymous.
Which genres and subjects do you prefer?
It is hard to tell. My primary interests are human personality and society, so I may pick any genre or subject. The only thing that matters is whether it is interesting :-)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and grew up in Donetsk, a large industrial city in Ukraine. My parents were blue collars. They loved me and each other, we were a happy family. Unfortunately, my father died when I was 13, so I had to quit school and begin working in a factory. The things I saw there made me strive for a better job. Eventually, I chose writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in primary school. Back then, I wrote fan fics to my favorite animated cartoon series and sci-fi films. It was my wish to see the story continue. My imagination would not give me a moment’s peace.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love all of it. Writing is the job that gives me the most satisfaction. Besides, I just love being able to have a sleep or a day off whenever I like.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am writing a sequel about the Internet Hate Machine group. The next novel will be set in the world of information singularity. The world where you can destroy a person who lives on the other side of the globe without leaving your bedroom. In fact, those are two competing worlds: the real and the virtual one.
What is your writing process?
I do it just like any working individual: plan my day, make coffee, work with materials, then get to writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I play online games, walk my dog, watch good films, ride a bicycle and go hiking.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jules Verne, Yuri Nikitin, Sergei Lukyanenko, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Stephen King – to name only few.
Which of the stories you have read had the greatest impact on you?
Each story had its own impact :-)
Do you believe that the zombie apocalypse will actually happen?
On the screen, any disaster is scary and eye-catching. As we watch such films, we relieve the tension that has accumulated within us because of the constant crowds and stresses of city life. Sometimes we all want to go far away, to some place that has no living soul at all, to turn over a new leaf. All the zombie culture, all these apocalypses are a metaphor, an euphemism for what is actually going on. Influenza viruses, queuing crowds, HIV, embittered animals, killers. All this is about people. And they are zombies too. Every day we, every single one of us, feel in danger among them. And films are just a means to remove tension.
Unfortunately, if the zombie apocalypse actually happens it will be too terrible to make a film of. There will be no brainless biting monsters, everything will be even worse. The infected people who know they will die can do many things, including base and violent ones. Like a crazy drug addict wandering the city and using public transport to pierce innocent people, absolute strangers with an AIDS-infected needle. Perhaps someday I shall write a book about that.
Are you going to buy the augmented reality glasses when they are on sale?
I already have some, but it would not be a bad thing to get a newer version.
Published 2013-10-02.
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Books by This Author

Number Ten
Price: Free! Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The scientists are trying to create a perfect digital copy of human mind. What if they succeed...and lose control over it?
Internet Hate Machine
Series: Internet Hate Machine, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 80,950. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The secret world is close. To see it, just put the right glasses on. A great battle is being fought there. The weapons are hi-tech gadgets, the soldiers are computer nerds, and the aim is to change the world. Yes, a bunch of hackers dared to challenge the powers that be. Will they succeed? Or will the ruthless hounds of the mysterious Master track and destroy them?