Interview with Guy Lane

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like the opportunity to explain in simple words things that have taken me a long time or a lot of effort to understand. I like being a conduit for information for people, to help them learn.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Bed has its uses, but you don't get a lot done after a set period of sleep. Getting out of bed and doing things give me something to dream about the next night. Plus, the biosphere is dying, and it's not going to get saved from bed.
What are you working on next?
I've got the hang of writing first draft in a month, so now just looking at pumping out titles as fast as I can dream up the stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
I regard my fans as a part of a broader family of people who share my views or take an interest in things that interest me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a short story about two Afghan kids who came across a Russian fighter pilot. I was about 17 years old then. That was my first recollection of fiction writing. I wrote it on a type writer.
What is your writing process?
Typically, I select a number of sustainability themes that I want to communicate. Then I find a context into which they can all fit. Then I develop characters and plot. Sometimes I write out a treatment - a summary, then flesh it out. Other times, I just plunge in and start writing. More recently, I have been writing on my iphone, then transferring to a word processor chapter by chapter. My technique is continually evolving.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My father gave me a copy of a novel called Earth Abides about a guy called Isherwood Williams. He was deep in the wilderness for months, and when he returned to civilisation, he found most of the humans have perished from a virus. I think this book helped give me a sense of the bigger picture in the human condition.
How do you approach cover design?
I do the covers myself. Generally, I dream up a theme and then scout around for resources. I generally do about five or six versions before I settle on one. I just keep tweaking it until I find something that just looks right. Its not scientific, I know, but I like the covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read much fiction but I read a few hours a day of world news, geopolitics and science in blogs and news stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad and I use the kindle app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Selling ebooks at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo. Special technique I developed allowed me to sell 300 in three days.
Describe your desk
My desk is where ever the muse takes me. MacBook Pro on my lap on the CityCat ferry, mostly. I get two 40 minute ferry rides a day. I wrote the Moogh exculsively on the CityCat. Also in coffee shops. And also laptop on lap laying in bed in the morning.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing my first novel in 2006 following a trip to Dubai.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was researching Climate Restoration and I came across a technology called an Upwell Pump that is used in the deep ocean. This brings deep, cold water to the surface from depth and fosters a bloom of phytoplankton. I wanted to popularise the technology by writing fiction about it.
Published 2018-04-17.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Time to Wake: Climate Change is Here
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 26,330. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Environment
Climate change is here, and it’s no longer just the poor people getting swept away by the fires and floods. Today, even the rich, powerful & famous are getting hammered.Whether you are familiar with climate change or new to the subject, this short, punchy book is your chance to wake to the growling, snarling calamity of ‘abrupt’ climate change, and what can be done to make it better.
Mister Bluesky
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
There once was a man called Bluesky Who was crushed by the system but didn't die Charged-up with energy and nature in synergy He took the fight to the bad guys.
What Comes Next : Climate Change, the Future and You
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 25,670. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Ecology & Environment
WHAT COMES NEXT Sharing key insights from a 30-year quest to learn the secrets of Life-&-Earth, this short, fast-paced book from environmental scientist Guy Lane lays bare our shared global sustainability crisis and how you can help make it better. Read It. Share It. Take Effective Action. Start Now.
Love in the Age of Bitcoin
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,480. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Absinthe Rhinohorn works with Bitcrime Division and his day-job is to terminate ‘with extreme prejudice’ anyone caught wasting energy by mining cryptocurrency.
The Martian Cat
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,230. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Martian Cat is a grim, adult satire that seeks to discredit the crazy idea of sending humans to live on Mars. Set on Mars, it features a deranged woman, a charming young man, and a Martian Cat.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,770. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Lucy Callahan (38) is known as the Sealioness of Aquaria Bay due to her reputation for risk-taking, showmanship and thinking big. She’s the founder of Aquaria, the world’s most popular public aquarium and marine science precinct. One day, an oil rig ominously parks offshore. Callahan learns that Expedient Energy plans to drill for petroleum in the Aquaria marine park.
Heart of Bone
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,370. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Rebecca is a personal assistant to billionaire poison merchant, Gilly Clay, and she is trapped in a ruinous employment contract.
The Moogh
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,760. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Moogh is the best thing that ever happened to Maggie Tarp.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,100. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Zem is the richest spaceman on Earth and his mission is to save the planet. Spending $100 billion a week, he’s more than capable of restructuring the global economy. However, when his personal assistant decides that she wants his affection, Zem quickly gets out of his depth.
The Oil Price
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,380. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Danny Lexion talks his way into trouble and spends his way out. When he loses face with the stunning environmental activist, Bren Hannan, he offers to help her get to Dubai. Bren's mission is to project a tiny island from the ruthless oil firm, Peking Petroleum. Danny comes with her, not knowing tha he is walking into the cross hairs of the oil company's hired killers.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,380. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Corben Plath's luck changes when he is offered blood money and ticket on the steamship, Yongala. Plath’s task is to kill Professor Portland and destroy his renewable energy invention. However, Plath learns that there are armed guards on board, protecting Portland. As Yongala steams into heavy weather, Plath finds an unlikely friend in Felicity, the young niece of the man he is sent to kill.