I’m delighted to be welcoming Nigel Joslin today who is chatting to us about Tudo, gently sci-fi but more thriller/romance with some intriguing twists.
Tudo by Nigel Joslin is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.
When two planets are involved, who can know what will happen? Mars is meant to be the brave new world, but some have other ideas. Allegiances crumble, love blossoms and there’s a deadly ghost in the machine. But who in all of this will emerge victorious?
Hi Nigel, welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Tudo in 20 words or less.
It is an action-thriller set in the year 2052, partly based on Mars.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
I have always been interested in astronomy. I have a big telescope in my garden, and at the beginning of last year I was asked to do an astronomy-related public talk in a local hall. I chose to do a presentation on mankind’s plans for sending humans to Mars, and during my research became inspired to write this novel.
The elaborate plot of this book involves dramatic chains of events, but is also infused with the deep feelings of all the characters involved, both on Earth and on Mars. For example, I try to imagine and portray what it must be like to undertake the seven-month journey to Mars. And then to live and work there!
Can you tell us about the characters Nigel?
The two main characters in the Mars community are time-served Sarah and newcomer Owen, both astronauts and scientists whose lives become deeply interwoven as dark clouds gather. Sarah is very dependable, the type you can always rely on, whereas Owen is rather more volatile and torn in his convictions, meaning he clashes with ambitious project leader, Melvin.
Back on Earth, the main characters are a team of two villains, Otto, a devious genius of a computer hacker and Dexter, a thuggish but emotional eccentric with a messy past. And there is Cecily, a tough and resourceful MI6 agent who you wouldn’t want to mess with!
Rushing around to try to contain events are a love-struck MI6 controller, several departmental heads including a jaded one nearing retirement, a stressed team of engineers and political figures, and an over-relaxed police inspector.
Did you do any research for your book?
I had to do a great deal of research for this book, in order to get a feel for how things might be thirty or so years from now. The result is a plot against a background of imaginatively embellished, cutting-edge science.
… or travel to any places?
I didn’t travel specifically for this book, but I am widely travelled and used some of that experience in the story. Not that I have ever been to Mars, of course!
I am retired now, but I used my experiences of working overseas in a small team to help with this plot.
What inspired you to write?
My first two books were actually non-fiction, born of some very deep feelings and intriguing experiences. I was inspired to start writing by my wife Sue, who is also a writer. Seeing the joy in her when she was writing made me wish to partake. And once I did, that was it. I was hooked.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
My most creative time of day is the night, when ideas seem to ferment in my subconscious. When I am writing a book, I keep a notepad by the bed.
Finally, what has been the best part of your writing journey so far?
The best part of my writing journey is simply the joy of being creative, and how that contributes to personal growth. You have chosen the word `journey’ in your question; indeed, every book is a personal journey that evolves in surprising ways as I progress.
Thank you for being my guest today. Wishing you success with all your writing projects.
Nigel Joslin is an enthusiastically retired person who lives in Newton Stewart (south-west Scotland) with his wife, Sue, and his dog, Ruby.
He spent much of his twenties and thirties travelling, both for work and ‘between jobs’, which helped fulfill a persistent desire for adventure and exploration. In his late forties, he finally leapt from the rat race to land in Dumfries and Galloway, amidst the sort of rugged wild country he loves.
Nigel’s working life included the roles of ‘field services’ electronics engineer, lecturer on radar systems and technical writer. But now, he follows new passions, including writing, hiking, astronomy, ink-pen drawing, philosophy, DIY and bird watching.