8 Jun 2014

Author Interview: Simone Pond

Can you tell us a little about your book, The City Center?

The City Center is about a utopian city where everything is perfect and protected from the Outsiders. However, the residents don't know is it's actually a prison. One of the residents, Ava, is a bit different than the others and senses something isn't right. She escapes to find out the truth about her city. On the outside, she must decide whether to keep running or to save her people.

What inspired you to write it?

I've always been a fan of Aldous Huxley's "A Brave New World" as well as the concept of Us vs. Them so I put together a tale that used both ideas.

How did you come up with the idea for the cover?
I worked with a very talent designer named Damon Za. I wanted something that would reflect both the city and the outside world, as well as the tone of the story.

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
Photo credit: aphrodite-in-nyc via photopin cc
I'd love for Michael Fassbender to play Chief Morray. As for Ava, I'd like to see someone young and fresh. I have thoughts about the other characters, but since the actor pool constantly changes it's tough to name names -- I'll leave the casting to the professionals.

What is it about Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction that appeals to you so much?
I like the idea of starting from scratch and building a place that never existed. There's opportunity to slip in personal commentary about potential threats that could happen in the future if we're not careful. The characters are up against the same challenges as in a normal world scenario, only there are even more they have to come up against in this type of environment.

What made you want to become an author?

I've been writing since I was a little girl. When I pick up a pen and a notebook (or my laptop) I feel a surge of energy that connects me to life. I feel alive and joyous when I'm writing.

How do you come up with character names?
I look to the people in my life who have influenced me the most. And also characters from biblical stories, depending on their role in the story.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Who, or what, inspires you?

People who actually do things rather than talk about doing things.

Where is your favourite place to write?
Coffee shop. I'm cliche like that.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?

Stand By Me, which was based on Stephen King's The Body

Name two of your favourite authors.

Margaret Atwood and Augusten Burroughs

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Oscar Wilde - need I say more?

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I'm obsessed with Boston Terriers.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.

My favorite drink, The Shirley Temple, was invented in Los Angeles.

What are your (writing) plans for the future?

The New Agenda -- the prequel to The City Center -- launches June 8th. It's a bit darker than The City Center and probably suited for a slightly more mature audience. I'm working on the third novel in the series, The Mainframe, and hoping to launch in December.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
Live in a small village with zero internet connection.

Favourite myth / fairytale?

The Princess and the Pea

Who did you want to be when you were a kid?

A writer.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, Suzy! Happy to be featured on your website. Here's to hoping Michael Fassbender finds my novels... ;)


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