Andrew was inspired to write The Empty World after formulating theories about a delayed building site not far from his house. The old property had been torn down and a barren stretch of dirt had replaced it for four long years, during which time all the workmen did was dig one pit and remove countless tonnes of dirt from its depths. Then, suspiciously, the row of houses at the back of the site all had to be abandoned after drilling on the site unsettled the foundations. Andrew managed to convince himself that something weird was happening right beneath his house. Perhaps a nuclear bunker, perhaps something else. He thought it would make a fun story about a boy who built up the theories he was building, but unlike Andrew, a boy who would stop at nothing to investigate.
But it had to be worth the energy. It had to be more than simply, ‘I wonder what they’re doing down there.’ So Andrew thought and thought about it, searching for a plot – and then the obvious struck him: Danny’s missing Dad had cloned the world! (No, really…)
Andrew is still convinced there’s a Smash-Hypo’ hidden underneath that site, and he checks out what they’ve built there as often as he can, hoping to find a trapdoor in the floor. He hasn’t found one yet…
Watch this space for Book 2 The Big Bang Machine and Book 3 Space Time Zero…
Andrew also had a former life as Several Sided Sid, when he constructed downloadable multiplayer levels based on scenes from the Star Wars movies for the hit game Jedi Academy, which allowed an avid fan base to create, upload and download anything they could produce from their imagination as arenas in which to hold online duels and free-for-alls, or even just for a wander. Hidden cans of coke were regularly stashed somewhere in Sssid’s maps, as a way to encourage players to explore.
Check out his work as Sssid here:
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. Random nonsense falls into my head whenever the feeling takes it, and inevitably ends up in the pages of my next story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to make as many notes as I can into my phone. I discovered much to my frustration that writing a novel without notes takes much longer. I spent three months writing the plot for The Empty World, and the next few years – with the help of my literary agent – getting the manuscript just right and planning Books 2 and 3 and beyond…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I find a good character really writes itself. When you need the next line of dialogue for a character, if that character can't tell you themselves what they would say next, then that character needs more work!
Who are your favorite authors?
Alan Dean Foster (Star Wars), Douglas Hill (The Last Legionary Quartet), Michael Cordy (The Miracle Strain/The Messiah Code), James Rollins (The Judas Strain), etc.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I spent several years under the wing of a fantastic London literary agency; after some near misses with publishers I decided to self-publish through Amazon and see where that would take me. I constantly remind myself that even J K Rowling was rejected twelve times! They must be kicking themselves now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the advent of internet self-publishing has really revolutionized everything for writers and publishers alike. I would like to think it will continue, with the avenues for authors becoming easier to navigate all the time.
What genres do you write?
Science fiction, drama, suspense
What formats are your books in?
Link To Andrew Reeves Page On Amazon