Victor L Machin is an author and teacher of English as a second language. Born and raised in England, he lives in Spain with his wife and daughter. He released his first novel "epocalypse" in late 2013, and publishes poems and short stories online as well as blogging, tweeting and commenting all over the internet.
Visit his website on www.victormachin.com for more.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having drawn the comparison myself, and later seeing others do likewise, that the internet is 'as big as the printing press', it occurred to me that ebooks are therefore the equivalent of pamphlets. The early presses allowed knowledge to be spread from outside the control (and censorship) of the monk-scribes. Nowadays, the mainstream media has become corporatized, and only on the internet does there still remain some independence.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching in amazement as the words appear on the screen before me as if I'm reading them for the first time before even being aware of having thought them. The novel (epocalypse) was basically five short stories, none of which knew how they would end before beginning, and I was excited to know how each would play out. In some cases I changed or shortened endings, but mostly I simply did not know what to expect until it was written.
Following a series of natural disasters, the survivors must come to terms with living in a world where all electronic devices have stopped working. The novel follows five different groups of survivors in various parts of the world, and also features short stories summarising the likelihood of others living to tell the tale of the digital dark-age.