An Absurd Hero

Author Interview
Willem Indigo Author Interview

Only Afraid of Nothing follows a human and extraterrestrial who join forces to escape the planet and wind up in trouble on a rescue mission filled with danger and mishaps. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Initially, it came from the idea of an Absurd Hero. A person without rhyme or reason, for or against social norms, against emotional expectations, adding the notions of it not being the character’s fault, became a late change. Someone who can exist happily or, rather, contently with the bare necessities thrown into the outer wilderness forced to keep up with constant changes.    

Did you create an outline for the characters in the story before you started writing, or did the characters’ personalities grow organically as you were writing?

Can’t say I’ve ever been a type for outlines. I’ll run through an outline in six hours in total and feel the story is told, and the spark for its detailed middles and ends fades to nothing. I enjoy the character growing with the story before they can grow because of it. Feels a bit more custom that way.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The utter randomness of exploration. Things don’t add up, nothing is planned, and prep work can be as important as the failure it leads to and vice versa. I wanted to express living for living’s sake, especially after a fresh start. They don’t happen so abruptly, nor can they be picked out in a fugue memory blurred by the inner monologue when the starting line ends up under your feet.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have completed several projects with varying connections to each other. The Walter Fang Experiment is the one I’m most excited about, but I also have a Wolfgang continuation in the works and two exploring the colorful tales of Detective Alice Scarlett.     

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Space shows no mercy, and outer space has never heard of it.

After surviving a confusing episode, Wolfgang befriends an over sedated human-ish alien who’s looking to leave this retched, green-tiled nightmare. Discovering that she was not your average patient, they flee the psych ward to the stars since Zenu was late for work. Nothing goes as smoothly as he imagines, as he finds himself earning a foolishly manic reputation and earning a criminal status within minutes of being off planet. They steal a second chance by taking up the responsibility of returning Zenu’s kidnapped boss. They travel from port to bar to death sentence on a haphazard journey, if only they could only stay on course long enough to get the job done.

The team builds on, and the messes worsen, all the while tempting fate in a universe of zero-degree absolutes. Functioning on some unseeable absurdity, you may realize how fickle relationships can be where getting sucked into the blackness to be forgotten is at moments a chipped windscreen away. How might these spirits ever survive gallivanting around the wildest places inside and sort of outside of existence?

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