Book: The Crossing by Graham Parkscategories: Book, Fantasy, Funny, Love, Dark, Humour, Heaven, God, Contemporary Fiction
Graham Parksabout this book: • What is the The Crossing about?
A journey in which the main protagonist runs away from home and unwittingly, on some level, indulges in each of the seven deadly sins. Even though the book is set in the future each of the seven deadly sins relate to the issues we face today. Greed might be a good example.
• What inspired you to write this book?
I stood on the platform at Oxford Circus after witnessing a gang fight between a group of youths whose ferociousness had deeply unsettled me. Squeezed together on the platform like a tin of sardines I peered at the sections of newspapers that my fellow commuters appeared held out before them like shields. All that stared back at me was gloom: bankers corruption, damage to the climate, youth crime etc, etc. Something clicked, a mix of anger, alarm and hilarity, at how everything we have held dear like democracy, freedom and capitalism now appear to be the elements that are devouring us. And that, you might say, is where I derived the inspiration from.
• Who are the primary readers of this book?
16 - 30 year olds
• How long did it take you to write?
It took me 6 months to write.
• How did you come up with the title?
The title stemmed from the idea that we don't really communicate with our neighbours anymore and, The Crossing, really refers to the journey from one side of the street to the other; a small distance but a world apart.
• Why did you choose this cover?
The artist I worked with read the book prior to coming up with any ideas for the cover. Afterwards, we cobbled together the major elements of the geography in which the novel is set and slowly narrowed the design down to what you now see.
• Did you do any research for your book?
I didn't really do any research, as such, as all the material I needed featured on news bulletins and in the press.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
The book is dark and I've attempted to lessen its impact with humour. I'm interested by the dark side of our natures because it's this aspect that resides within all of our characters that we have to fight constantly to suppress on a multitude of levels. It's my contention we all have an element of darkness it's just that most, thankfully, have more tools with which to control and contain its appetites before it consumes us.
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