Our TRANSCENDENT Authors: a Featured Interview with Thomas Welsh

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In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Thomas Welsh and his story “Even Demons Order Food Online.”

ABOUT THE STORY

What inspired your story?

It’s inspired by new technology and how we misuse it. The internet is the most amazing thing we have created, but it’s a mirror that reflects the absolute worst in us. When websites like Chat-roulette appeared at first, it was with the promise that you could chat with a stranger and make a new friend. It instantly became a portal for men to expose themselves. How did that happen so quickly?

Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?

I think the experience of looking at these random chat websites and their degeneration was research and inspiration. I’m not sure I learned anything new, just a reaffirmation that unpoliced spaces on the internet are like a vacuum that is soon filled with the worst attitudes and behaviors.

Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?

Blake is young, dumb and full of confidence. He’s staggeringly arrogant for someone so utterly bereft of redeeming features.

Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.

The story takes place in the aromatic world of Blake’s bedroom. Its disheveled state is a pretty accurate metaphor for his life.

What would you like readers to take away from your story?

Maybe some catharsis for anybody (but especially any women) who have been the victim of harassment or abuse online, either targeted or random.

I actually find the story itself a bit gross to read, and I worry a bit that it came from my own head. It’s not much like anything I’ve ever written before, but the way the internet has become a stalking ground for certain types of predators makes me feel a genuine, deep revulsion. The only way I could reflect that and work through some of the ugliness of that world was to write a story even uglier and more repulsive, albeit one with a bit of ironic justice and dark humour.

Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?

“The abs never let you down Blakey, count on the abs!”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas Welsh

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Oh tough! Probably any money I spent on travel. Nothing gives you more raw fuel as a writer than going to another country. Anna Undreaming has so many magical locations from around the world, and they’re all pulled from real locations in Bulgaria, Germany, China and Japan. And Scotland of course.

If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?

Roger Zelazny’s Amber series, or Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea books. I’d say “If magic and great characters are all you need (and who needs anything else?) read these books.”

When did you decide to take writing seriously?

I wrote a short story for my wife, and at the end, the story wasn’t quite complete. She convinced me to keep the story going and then after it became a book, she wanted to read even more. So I wrote more, and eventually she told me other people should read this story too. And now it’s a trilogy and people are reading it all over the world!

If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?

I’d have a superhuman metabolism that made pizza as healthy as salad.

Can you tell us about what you’re currently working on?

My new book (that I only get to work on when I have the luxury of some “free” time) is called Hope is Coming to Eat Your Heart and is a queer grimdark fantasy about an immortal knight stabbed in the back by her brother and buried for a thousand years. And she’s just woken up. Thanks for asking!

 

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Thomas Welsh is an award-winning fantasy and short story author based in Scotland. He was the winner of the Elbow Room fiction prize for ‘And Then I was Floating’ and has also been published in The 404 Ink F Word Collection and Leicester Writes. His fantasy trilogy Metiks Fade debuted in March 2018 with book one, Anna Undreaming published by Owl Hollow Press. He also writes for games, and is a narrative designer on two major unannounced cyberpunk titles coming in 2019.

 

 

 

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Photo Credit: “Creeping Fear” by Andrew Dobell

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