Interview with Speculative Fiction & Magic Realism Author Noel Daniels

I’d like to welcome Noel Daniels to Infinite Pathways today to chat about his new short story “New Moon Lander” published in the anthology UNBOUND I: Lost Friends, and other authorly interests. Thanks for coming!

Thank for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here and I am excited and Nervous about the whole experience.

Can you describe for us the moment that launched you on your writing journey?

I was around 10 years old, and we were told to write a poem for creative writing class. What I wrote shocked the teacher, my parents were somewhere between impressed and dismayed. I can’t remember the poem only that it was about a Bear. All I remember is the feeling that I had stumbled onto something powerful… I was hooked.

How has your ‘day job’ influenced your writing?  What are the main influences to your writing?

My day job has limited my time such that I don’t have a lot to write. Other than that I have gained a lot of knowledge in that is transferable. My day job also allow me to observe people and this helps me to build more realistic characters

What were the most challenging aspects of bringing your book to life?

The actual writing; Creating the story is easy, but putting it into words, the physical process of writing is a time intensive mind numbing process.

Who is your favourite character?  Can you describe for us an interesting moment in the development of this character?

Iggy. He embodies Kantian philosophy… Through the sheer act of thinking he becomes real. He is an android and only when he is forced to think on his own does he begin to comprehend what it means to be real and to exist.

What was the most difficult scene for you to write?  Try to describe your efforts without revealing too much or ‘spoiling’ the moment for future readers.

Iggy’s “rebirth” was difficult to put into words, it was a struggle to write what I was imagining, because the language needs to be accessible, yet I had to capture the confusion of Iggy’s thoughts as they emerge. It was very difficult to make the narrative flow.

What insight can you give regarding the publishing industry and the route you chose for publication (traditional publishing vs. self-publishing).

As a newly published author I got my break through sheer luck. So I would say keep your eyes peeled and take all the chances you can get. Do not let doubt hinder you. Just go for it.

What have you found to be the most challenging aspect of publicizing yourself and your work?

Just getting someone to read your work is challenge enough, I am very shy about who I let read my stuff so to send it to a highly critical editor who will scrutinize it is nerve racking.

What drew you to this genre? What are your favourite scenes to write?

The freedom that it allows my imagination, I can write whatever comes to mind at it still somehow makes sense. 

What projects are you currently working on and can you reveal or give any juicy hints?

I have been working on 2 novels for a long time. One is a Magical realism piece about what it means to be a human the other is a fantasy epic about Immortals, trying to work out the political issues that it would create. Then I’m working on some more short stories…

It’s been a pleasure chatting with you today. Thank you again for stopping by and sharing your experiences and stories with us.

The pleasure was mine. Thank for having me.

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Noel DanielsBorn in Atlantis, Cape Town South Africa, Noel now lives in Dubai and aspires to be a published and successful author. His regiment of exercise and healthy living has allowed him to focus on writing. Noel holds degrees in History, Philosophy and English and is looking forward to spending more time with a woman he calls “The apple sauce topping to his life.”

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