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David Berardelli Author Interview

David Berardelli Author Interview

In The Wagon Driver, Earth is overcrowded and Kyle’s job is to collect bodies for government disposal, but soon learns of a more nefarious reason why he’s employed. What was the initial idea behind this story and how did that transform as you were writing the novel?

I initially wrote this story in the mid-nineties, when I was working at AT&T in Lake Mary, Florida. Computers had already begun taking over, and the Y2K phenomenon was being considered globally. My imagination, as usual, went into overload, and I began having dreams about the Government using technology to move into the home, take over completely and systemically select who would be permitted to exist and who would not.

Kyle grows up an in orphanage and I instantly felt the isolation and loneliness that he felt. What were the driving ideals behind the characters development throughout the story?

Being an orphan as well as a loner, Kyle has never felt the bond of friendship before and frequently uses humor and sarcasm to disguise his shyness. When he meets Allie, he thinks he has developed his first true friendship, but when he realizes she has let herself become just another cog of the System, he feels betrayed. And when both Allie and the System turn against someone who could have truly become his one and only friend, he knows he can no longer stick around because he will eventually cease to exist as well.

Do you think over population is a serious concern today? What do you think are the causes and solutions?

I think it is a major concern, especially in many other countries. I don’t want to get political here, but in this country we could eliminate much of it ourselves, without Government intervention. However, I really can’t see it happening.

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

I am currently working on a Christmas novel entitled, Yesterday’s Journey. It is a fantasy, and should be ready to be published on Amazon and Kindle in early or mid November.

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The Wagon DriverIn the not-so-distant future, population control becomes a necessity. Turning eighteen, Kyle Sonnet leaves the State Orphanage and becomes an employee of the Department of Population Control. As a wagon driver, he follows the ambulance to emergency calls and collects bodies for Government disposal. However, it isn’t long before Kyle understands that, due to the collapse of the healthcare system and contrary to what he has seen on the news, euthanasia has become the universal solution. But when he suddenly witnesses a horror he cannot accept, Kyle is forced to decide whether to become another pawn of Society or risk escape, which will result in certain death.

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Interview – J.C. Weatherby

weatherby The Hungry Monster was given the chance to interview JC Weatherby, author of Evocronik 1.0 and talk to him about the flavorful taste of his book.

The cover for your book is striking. Where did you get the idea for the cover and how did that come together for you?

“The story for Evocronik has been in development since the late nineties. It started out as a screenplay, when I was living in Hollywood, and has evolved steadily for many years. I attempted a couple of times to do it as a graphic novel. And I’ve had friends who were artists come up with different character sketches along the way. I knew I wanted a photographic treatment for the cover, something that looked more like key art for a movie than the typical illustration you would see for a book.” “I spent some time on the different photo sites and found this great series with this model and thought, wow,” “So I brought her into Photoshop and made her bald and worked through a bunch of design ideas until I got to the cover.”

In Evocronik the main character of Nina has a very tragic life with some disturbing events that change her for the worse. What was your inspiration for that character?

“Y’know I look back and so much has influenced me; Monty Python, the films of David Lynch and John Waters, horror films, and writers from William Faulkner to the Marquis de Sade. It sounds funny, and I hope not too narcissistic – but the actual inspiration comes from my own life. I had a rough childhood – not as rough as somebody in the war-torn Middle East or a kid growing up in an urban ghetto. But I saw a lot – men particularly – struggling with alcoholism and drugs and behaving abominably. So I’m pretty well acquainted with human weakness. My fiance and I have discussed the graphic stuff in – not only this novel, but Outland Hotel – y’know… is it too much, too off-putting, is it gimmicky? And the answer is it’s coming from a very dark rich vein of experience in my own life. So I hope people will find something truthful and possibly even redeeming about it.”

What was the hardest part in the book to write?

“The hardest part has been figuring out what story to tell, and how to make it engaging for an audience. So at every point in the past where I’ve had to go back to the drawing board to redesign the narrative, those have been the hardest I guess – but also the most enjoyable. Sometimes coming up with the story elements is like cracking a code. I remember a weekend in 2003 after I’d had feedback from a movie producer about the story – she really made me think. So I spent the whole weekend with my brain on fire and that’s where I figured out the DNA piece and began to get a handle on the whole eugenics subplot.”

You mentioned that that you were working with a movie producer in 2003. So, is there a movie in the works?

“In 2003 a low budget movie was being planned, but it fell through. Trying to get anything done in Hollywood is very very difficult.”

The book portrays some very dark social changes like forced abortions and sterilization and just the general downfall of the lower class of society. What were your inspirations for depicting this type of future and how likely do you think this kind of a future is?

“I really pay attention to news. That and I’ve had friends who are hard-core conspiracy-nut left wingers in California who pointed me to the work of different investigative journalists like Greg Palast who blew the lid on the whole Bush election fiasco in 2000. So I have that working in the background. “Crossing the Rubicon” by Michael C. Rupert – who was an LA cop makes some outrageous statements about 911, and flat out says that world powers know that the human population needs to be reduced by half. Then there are actual government reports like the ‘Global 2000’ report commissioned by the Carter administration in the late 70’s, and even a more recent report from the Office of National Intelligence that corroborate a lot of the predictions with regard to overpopulation and economic strife. But I look around and there’s just as much cause to be hopeful. There’s so much enthusiasm in the technology field nowadays. People are really working on solutions to the world’s problems. So I hope I’m turning out pure entertainment and not some dire prediction.”

The book ends on a cliffhanger. Where do you plan on taking the book series in the future?

“Yes, I’m working on 2.0 now. I have plans for two more story arcs with these characters. And I have a branching story I’m developing with new characters and situations that dovetail into the whole Evocronik narrative. So yes, big plans. All I can say right now is that Nina and Reg are heading for a day of reckoning with Quin and with each other.”

nina-by-james-eugene[1] Concept art for Nina.

You can get more info on JC Weatherby on his Good Reads page.

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