Train to Nowhere
TRAIN TO NOWHERE is much darker than Piper’s other books. It explores the roles placed on individuals by society. It’s as if Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Twain’s THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER became intertwined. With the best ideas from both.
In the book we travel with Garland as he moves from the very structured Orphan society on the Train which is run by “The Admin”, to the Landed society in the cities, which is ruled by public opinion (not informed opinion, just opinion) and the Nomads ruled by tradition.
There is a lot of depth in this book, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it. Its focus is firmly on the characters, mostly Garland and Hedge.
As a villain Hedge is great, he worked hard to get to his position in Landed society, so when his “Landed Privilege” all the soft advantages (or in this case not so soft) afforded to him by being raised in Landed society, are taken away he is angry at all those who have taken away the fruits of his labors. So he while being an entitled a-hole, he also does have a legitimate gripe, he did actual work hard to get his position.
Garland is the hero, but not a perfect hero, he is on the edge of ruthless in pursuit of his dream. Not really understanding the line between compromise and selling out, not that those around him make it easy.
All and all this is a very readable book with great depth.
Question: After your first reaction to my review and you had a chance to look it over what did I miss?
Answer: Your experiences differ from mine, so you’ll have different tastes and different interpretations. While I delight in a good review and am disappointed in a poor one, I respect the reader’s response. We’re are unique from one another, so if you see something I don’t or I see something you don’t, that’s OK.
Q: What would you like anyone who read my review to know?
A: That your review is honest.
Q: Without calling out anyone, what would you like anyone who read the other reviews to know?
A: That different readers provide their own interpretations of what they read, which may be accurate or not. With enough reviews, the truth of what is good or bad about the novel become obvious.
Q: Of all the reviews of your book, what was the greatest take away? What did you learn about your writing from a review?
A: That my writing is on a level with the professionals. They get similar ratings.
Q: Have you ever looked at the negative reviews of your favorite author and chuckled, knowing the review could apply to your work?
A: What it shows me is that no matter how good or popular your writing, you won’t please everyone. We are a diverse population with diverse experiences and tastes.
Q: How do you think you have evolved creatively while writing this book and after?
A: I begin with an idea, and the story grows as I write it.
Q: What sources inspire you that you wouldn’t recommend others try?
A: Life experiences. We each have personal experiences suited to our own growth.
Q: What is the WORST piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
A: Kill off my hero in Train to Nowhere. It would have killed the story.
Q: Who is your favorite indie author?
A: There are two. Chrys Cymri and K.S. Ferguson, for their delightful science fantasies and their masterful writing. They write like professionals.
Q: Describe your ideal fan.
A: Someone, any age or condition, who loves nature, the spiritual, and has a sense of wonder and some wit. Someone who’s intelligent and thoughtful and compassionate.
Q: Did you work on your pacing, or does it come natural?
A: Pacing is part of creating atmosphere or action scenes or transitioning between scenes. It keeps the reader involved, providing rest or stimulation as the story demands. Hard to say whether it comes natural. It’s part of the process.
Sort of like composing music or poetry. It’s part of the flow that prevents the reader from hitting a snag.
Q: What do you think of reviews where someone has a book they want yours to be and are upset that your book isn’t that?
A: That’s their problem. The uniqueness of a story prevents it from becoming another story the reader might have preferred.
Q: Where can we find more of your books?
A: Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, B&N
Q: What books do you have coming out?
A: I’ve shelved manuscripts that are complete and have plenty of partials lying about. Presently I’m mulling decisions. My husband passed recently, and I’m thinking of writing about him. Don’t know. Gotta think about it.
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Q: What are your different author pages?
First off, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. You have my greatest sympathies.
Second, I do agree with you on life experiences both inspiring a writer, and being the worst influences on writing. Whenever I inject something that actually happened to me into my writing, those are the parts that the reviewers say are “unrealistic”.
Finally, In this modern world, with powerful interests using software to break society in to smaller and smaller “bubbles”, it is refreshing to hear someone embracing the diverse experiences, tastes, and perspectives of those they share the planet with.