Fragility

Strange day today. It’s always a struggle to concentrate on work when the kids are on holiday from school as they are this week, but today’s been particularly difficult.

First things first, this week’s first TRUST update is now available to read at www.trustdavidmoody.com. Still waiting for a couple of giveaway winners to get back to me. Check your Facebook messages please, folks. Wow – it comes to something when you can’t give books away!

Back to today: If you’ve been following me for a while, chances are you’ll have read some of the interviews I’ve done over the years. I often get asked variations on the same questions, and they usually include one or more of the following:

  • Why do I write about the end of the world?
  • How do I come up with my ideas?
  • When do I write?
  • What do I do in my spare time?

Obviously I try not to give the same answers all the time, but one of the reasons I usually give for my fascination with the post-apocalyptic is that, in my opinion, we’re constantly treading a fine line between normality and everything going to absolute hell. Earthquakes are perfect examples of this. One minute, everything is normal; the next, without any warning, everything’s literally falling apart. Your entire world can change beyond all recognition in an instant. Our unwillingness to accept or dwell upon the fragility of our own lives is understandable but it’s there and I don’t think it should be ignored.

The answer to the other questions I just mentioned frequently include references to running. Anyone who knows me will know that I run regularly. I’ll tell people it’s because it’s the only time I don’t get interrupted or distracted, and that I come up with some of my best ideas and plot twists while I’m pounding the pavements, but the real reason I run is because I love it. It’s good for the mind and the body, and it helps keep me focused.

One of the reasons I’ve struggled to maintain that focus today is because I was running yesterday morning. I ran the Birmingham Half-marathon – a race I love and one of many I take part in every year. Yesterday’s race was absolutely brilliant. 18,000 entrants running through my home town on a beautiful Autumn morning. And it was one of those days when it all came together too. I’ve been off my usual pace this year for one reason or another, but I’d finally managed to get my training routine back in order in the last few weeks, and I felt really good all the way around the 13.1 mile course. I finished with a personal best for the event and my third fastest half-marathon time ever. Result.

And then later, whilst at my parents for Sunday dinner, relaxing, surrounded by my family, we heard that a runner had died. A local man, Kevin Paterson, collapsed after completing the event and, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, he tragically passed away.

It’s sobering, isn’t it?

I’ve spent a lot of today wondering if that could have been me? Kevin was 36, I’m 42 next month. We both trained well for the run by all accounts. I’m sure we both set off yesterday morning with the intention of running a good race and enjoying ourselves. Yet I’m here today along with all the other competitors, and Kevin isn’t.

You can tie yourself up in knots thinking about this sort of thing, and today I have, hence the struggle to concentrate. It’s the second time I’ve run in a race where someone has died, and it’s shocking. But what do you do? Should I stop? I don’t know if I could. I think it’s good to be aware of your own fragility, but you just have to accept it and not become a slave to it, I guess.

I’m coming to the end of writing a new novel – 17 DAYS – the lead character of which is living his life against a ticking clock, so perhaps I’ve just been thinking about death a little too much recently. Whatever the reason, walking that thin line between normality and chaos feels a little more precarious than usual today.

Apologies for the rambling, non-book-related post. Just wanted to get that off my chest. Back to zombies, aliens and all the usual stuff tomorrow.

My sincere, heartfelt sympathies go out to Kevin’s family and friends.

Chapter 25 of TRUST and a giveaway update

Chapter 25 of TRUST is now available to read at www.trustdavidmoody.com. If you haven’t started reading the book yet, now’s the time to get into it. There’s a lot to cram in between now and the end of the world, sorry, year.

If you have read TRUST, then why not enjoy this great, spoiler-filled review of the novel from the excellent UK genre site, Geek Syndicate. “Forget the idea that this is an anti-science fiction novel. It has aliens in it and it’s a treatise on how the ordinary person copes when the world which they are familiar with changes beyond all recognition. In my mind, that makes it very simply, a very good science fiction novel.” Thanks to Ian J Simpson for the great write-up. The critical reaction to this book has genuinely blown me away.

And finally for this week, an update on the TRUST giveaway. The winners of the limited edition hardbacks and paperbacks have been chosen, I’m just waiting for the final couple to get back to me before I announce their names. If I haven’t heard from them by this time next week, I’ll pick replacements. So if you’re reading this, potential winners – get in touch!

Have a good weekend!

TRUST giveaway – closes midnight tonight (UK time)

You have until midnight tonight to enter the TRUST giveaway – click here for full details. And if you’ve already entered, why not enter again?

To get you in the mood, chapter 24 of the novel is now online at www.trustdavidmoody.com.

UPDATE: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

Your second helping of paranoia for the week – chapter 23 of TRUST

Things are starting to get really weird in Thatcham in today’s new chapter – read it now at www.trustdavidmoody.com.

And it’s almost your last chance to win a limited edition hardcover of the book – the TRUST giveaway ends this coming Monday. Click here to remind yourself of the details and to grab a few more entries before the competition closes.

Illustration by Craig Paton (www.craigpaton.com).

TRUST giveaway

You’ve just over a week left to enter the TRUST giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of the limited edition hardcover or a runners-up prize of one of three copies of the paperback, you just need to Tweet or post about the book (use the hashtag #trustdavidmoody or tag me so I can pick up your entry), follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Goodreads (or invite your friends to), sign up for my mailing list, or write a review. Full details can be found in this post.

Chapter 21 of the novel is now available to read over at www.trustdavidmoody.com. It’s the calm before the storm. Everything changes next week…

TRUST – chapter 18

An emotional return home for Tom in today’s chapter of TRUST. His world feels like it’s beginning to unravel and fall apart. Or is it? Click here to read more.

Loads of entries so far for the giveaway – thanks to all those who’ve taken part. Full details are here, and you have until 15th October to stand a chance of winning a limited edition copy of the book.

 

10 out of 10 for TRUST!

The second TRUST update of the week is here, and it follows on the back of an absolutely wonderful 10/10 review from STARBURST magazine. “TRUST is a slow-burner and all the richer for it. The layers of characters and details of the story play out perfectly when matched with an ending you’re not likely to forget. It’s also an outstanding novel, delivers in more ways than one, and is worthy of a place on the discerning fan’s bookshelf.” Chapter 17 brings the second part of the novel to a close, and you can read it here.

I owe an apology to Craig Paton – the artist responsible for the book’s phenomenal artwork. Craig sent me a number of very cool mocked-up images which you can see making up the background of the cover, and I haven’t yet displayed them. I’m going to start putting that right today, and more of Craig’s illustrations will appear here in the coming weeks.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend. Don’t forget – if you have a few minutes spare, you could always try and snag yourself a free copy of the limited edition hardcover of TRUST. Click here for details.