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by Tim Andrewartha
Published by Dam Good Publishing 2011
Summary (Goodreads)ONE DROP AND NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME AGAIN
Set in an alternative version of the present day, Stylo Green moves to a nameless city to work for Vitality. The company is making a purple soft drink which they promise will change people’s lives – a welcome gesture in a place where society is spiralling down towards its demise.
The New Movement Party hope to win the next election and clean up the city. Real food is banned so everyone eats plastic-tasting Easy Food except the few who dare to eat illegal fruit and vegetables available on the black market. Dr. Mooseball produces recreational narcotics which are legal and a popular way to relax while Soft Dreams employs people to suck up the ghosts that float around the city.
Emulla, the girl with the beautiful voice, is different from the others. She and Stylo hit it off, and Stylo's packaging designs are chosen. Things seem to be going well for him, but he begins to notice something peculiar about his colleagues. The truth starts to unravel but not without bloodshed. When he finally faces his nemesis, nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.
Interview with Tim Andrewartha
What inspired you to write?
Reading great books was probably the main thing. Also wanting to express myself creatively and finding that writing was the best way for me to do this.
Do you have a dream cast for your characters?
Edward Norton as Stylo, the designer who moves to the city to work for Vitality, Robert Downey Jr. as Dack the confident taste expert who befriends Stylo. Scarlett Johansson as Emulla, the girl with the beautiful voice. Jeff Bridges as Dub, the bearded traveller. Jessica Alba as Mandy, the shallow receptionist.
What is the strangest research you have done for a book?
I’m currently working on my second book which is partly set here in Tokyo and walking about the city can be pretty strange at times.
What advice would you give to new authors?
When you finish writing the first draft of your book, be prepared that there will be a lot more work to be done before it will be ready. I never expected that there would be so much editing and rewriting. However, I’m glad that I persisted. It’s a great feeling when you do finally finish and you have something that you’re happy with.
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