Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Adam Christopher

 Adam Christopher is a New Zealand-born SF and superhero novelist, now living in the sunny North West of England. His debut novel, Empire State, is due for release from Angry Robot in January 2012, with a second novel, Seven Wonders, following later the same year. Adam’s award-nominated short fiction has appeared in PantechniconHub, and Dark Fiction Magazine.

Now, go on. I'll be right behind you. 

6 Questions with Adam Christopher

1. What are your favorite and your least favorite words?

  "Favourites: cavalcade, iron, hawk, monolith.

Least favourite: onus, rhetoric, hauntology, pragmatic."

2. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, emotionally?

  "Creatively? A blank page, which represents endless possibilities. Also ideas - that probably sounds like a strange thing to be turned on by, but there is nothing better when that first idea appears to you. Frequently the best ones arrive when you least expect it - they can either be the start of something new, or the perfect, missing piece of a puzzle that suddenly elevates your current project to something wonderful. You can't beat that feeling.

I'd also add positivity - life is short, and people should be excited by things. Positivity is energising, negativity just kills creativity. Of course no matter what you do, people are going to hate it - so you may as well just keep doing it. Creators - whether they are writers, or film makers, or artists, or whatever - are just trying to make stuff which is cool. That can't be a bad thing."

3. What turns you off creatively, spiritually, emotionally?

  "See above for negativity! Other creativity killers are dishonesty and snobbishness."

4. What decision in your writing career are you most thankful for?

  "Two things - discovering Angry Robot books, who gave me a book deal, and then making friends online that got me my kick-ass agent, Stacia Decker at DMLA. Both are thanks to Twitter and both had an element of serendipity."

5. What is the strangest thing you have ever done while writing?

  "My writing habits are probably just as weird as the next writer's!"

6. Assuming heaven exists, what would you like to hear God (or Allah or Yahweh or Odin. Generally the Supreme Being of your choice.) say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

  "I would hope that there would be a big guy in a cape, and when I walk up he'd nod sagely and click his fingers, and his assistant would materialise and hand me a manila folder as he said "Your next assignment is...".

Brilliant! Thanks Adam for taking the time to do this! If you'd like to know more about Adam Christopher you can find the full workup at

Thanks for reading and I'll see you again tomorrow!

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