I was intrigued to come across the cover for novel The Wave by debut novelist Lochlan Bloom. It seems to be a captivating mix of elements with hints of David Lynch.
The Wave will be published next month by Dead Ink Books. I took the opportunity to ask Lochlan a few questions about the book ahead of its launch…
NefretitiM: What inspired you to write The Wave?
Lochlan Bloom: I’ve been inspired by a range of authors and couldn’t single out one sole inspiration. The Wave was influenced by a lot of what I have read around topics such as uncertainty, duality and hidden connections within reality. One of the characters in the book is based on the real-life quantum physicist David Bohm and his work on the implicate order and non-local determinism has certainly been an inspiration for some of the philosophy behind the book.
NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?
Lochlan Bloom: It has different meanings for different characters throughout the book but it is, at least partly, derived from the concept of the guiding wave. It is a hidden variable theory of quantum mechanics which at a basic level suggests that all the interactions in the universe are intimately connected. The guiding wave is a part of a hidden order, an implicate order, and this concept tied in with the connections between story and reality I was exploring in the book.
NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?
Lochlan Bloom: Literary fiction, I am told. But that’s really up to the reader to decide.
NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Lochlan Bloom: Unwind
Well thank you Lochlan Bloom for joining us tonight. The Wave will be released next month by Dead Ink Books and is available to pre-order @: http://lochlanbloom.com/
Lochlan has completed recent projects for BBC Radio Scotland and written for Slant Magazine and Ironbox Films amongst others. He is the author of several pieces of short fiction including the novella Trade and The Open Cage.
He has written for Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, EIU, H+ Magazine as well as Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa
The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has attend the invitation only SCENEinsiders event at the Gothenberg Film Festival and currently has a feature length script in production with Porcelain Film.
He has also taken part in workshops from the Publishing Training Centre and EdinburghMediabase. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.
For more details visit: http://lochlanbloom.com