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Nick Perkins, author of the genre-bending Sci Fi Thriller, Fade, shares insights from his writing experience.

Fade is a Sci Fi Thriller novel about two lovers, Jack and Alice, who go on a beach-side retreat to get away after receiving “devastating news.” But when Alice disappears and strange thing start happening, Jack must confront a mysterious presence, called the Fade, to save her.

1. What inspired you to write Fade?

Writing Fade was a way of dealing with a forced separation from a friend, a friend who had helped me through periods of anxiety and depression. It was my way of keeping their presence in my life. I had previously written short stories, which eventually became my two collections White Line and Dark Thoughtsbut I was finding short stories were no longer enough to deal with the things I was trying to deal with. Short stories are too focused, not enough room to widen the perspective. I was actually writing a different long story when the basis of Fade popped into my head, and it was such a powerful thought I just had to write it.

2. Do you consider this a true Sci Fi Thriller novel?

I always struggle with the genre question. Short stories were more easy to categorize, and most of them were horror, psychological horror, or sci-fi. Longer stories, by their nature, cover more ground and can span several genres. I started out thinking Fade was a mixture of a sci-fi book and a thriller, what I ended up was a little more complicated. If I had to define it I would say it was a psychological sci fi thriller romantic horror, which doesn’t really sit nicely into any popular conception of genre. In the end, people take different things from the story and will define its genre based on their experience.

3. Who is your favorite character, and why?

Jack, but then I would say that because he is loosely (very loosely) based on me. I have an affinity with all the characters in the book, but in this book, I have to say it’s Jack. I also have a soft spot for Mrs. Johnson, because she reminds me of holidays spent in the particular seaside village where the story is set.

There is one character who only makes an appearance at the very end of the book, but who becomes much more central in the books that followed. Over the Fade trilogy, she is definitely my favorite because she became so real to me, and I am proud of the way I have written her.

4. Which story character do you suspect readers will like the most, and why?

I suspect it will be Alice because hopefully, I have written her as very real, caring and emotional, but not overly soft or reliant on others. She is independent, with secrets, but her attachment to Jack gives her that emotional side, and ultimately a strength that no one suspects she has.

5. What is the most interesting aspect of your storytelling?

Good question. All my stories come from inside me or, more literally, from my nightmares. Woven into them are aspects of myself, so if you want to learn more about me I would encourage you to read my writing. At the same time, although Fade deals with fictional things I would hope it feels real and grounded in this world. It’s a way of escaping from the real world without straying too far.

6. Who is your favorite author? Do you think this author’s work has influenced your writing style?

I can’t name one author but Stephen King, James Herbert, and Arthur C Clarke would be at the top of my list. My favorite novel, in contrast, is Watership Down. I was given this book by my eldest sister as a Christmas present, I was about ten or eleven I think, and it was probably the first full-length adult novel I read. It has stuck with me all the years since, and I still read it from time to time.

In terms of influence, I would say Stephen King has had the most. You can’t read that many books by one author, and I have read all of his novels and short story collections, and not be influenced. As most writers will tell you we are influenced by all we read, so I expect there are other writers influence in my writing as well, but I hope my voice is still unique.

7. Are you currently working on another sci-fi novel? What is it about?

I am currently in the final editing/formatting stages for Faded, the third part of the Fade trilogy. It concludes this particular set of stories, and develops the character I mentioned earlier. It also expands on the theme of family, which had come to the fore in the second book Fader, and the strength and/or conflict that can come from the familial group. Faded is currently available for pre-order and will be released on 30th March 2019.

8. Why should people read indie literature?

Because indie literature can be as good (and often better) than mainstream literature. When Faded comes out I will have self-published three novels and two short story collections. I don’t have the marketing power, or the finances of a publishing house behind me, but that doesn’t affect the quality of the writing, which I hope readers find is as good as traditionally published works. I belong to a number of writing groups on Facebook, filled with authors who are traditionally published and self-published, and I can honestly say for the most part you cannot tell them apart. We all work hard at our craft no matter how we publish. Yes, there are poor examples of indie or self-published literature, but there are also some real stinkers that have arrived via your main stream publishers so that’s no guarantee either.

9. What advice do you have for indie authors who are just starting out?

Believe. That is the most important. There will be days when you think your writing is awful, that nobody will ever want to read it, but there will also be days when the words will flow and worlds open up in front of you. It is on those world opening days that you will understand that you have a gift, the sun will shine, and you will know what you are doing is what you were born to do.

It is very likely that you are never going to make a fortune, or even make enough to live on, but if that is the reason you write I would suggest you are writing for the wrong reason. Write because you enjoy writing and want to tell the stories that are inside you. If that brings you fortune then that is a bonus, but the greatest satisfaction should be in telling the story and allowing others to enjoy it with you.

10. Do you have any reading recommendations for readers who like your genre?

I recommend reading anything and everything. If you are a writer this will expand your knowledge and improve your own writing, even if you read the occasional stinker. If you are a reader I would recommend the same because there are so many stories out there. Don’t stick to one genre because life isn’t split into genres. Experience a breadth of stories, traditionally, indie, or self-published, you may surprise yourself.

Check out this Sci-Fi book on Amazon!

If the thought of a “psychological sci fi thriller romantic horror” sounds like your cup of tea, check out Nick Perkins’ novel, Fade, on Amazon.

Readers call it “amazing,” “suspenseful,” and “a page turner.” One reviewer said, “The writing style of this author is unique, and not a style I am used to reading, but I found that I kept wanting to read more.”

Which indie novels do you like best? Tell us in the comments!