Book: Finding Zoe Dawes - A Minor Minus story (Tales from Minor/Major Minus) by Matt Langfordcategories: Book, Dark Humour, Time Travel, British Humour, Space, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Matt Langfordabout this book: Finding Zoe Dawes is the first novel of the Minus series. Set in Minor Minus, we following Tom on his journey from Minus to Europe, from Europe to Jupiter, and from Jupiter to the edge of his own sanity.
Finding Zoe Dawes is a humourous, slightly sci-fi novel set in the town of Minus, where time travel is commonplace and all kinds of oddness is allowed to take place. It is exclusively about Tom, however, and beneath the dark humour and silliness, there is a serious look at depression and how people cope with being alone.
I was inspired by my own inability to communicate. I go through periods where I infuriate all those around me by sitting still for long periods of time and staring into space. There is plenty going on in my head, only the connection with my voice is sometimes lost to my dreams. I thought it was about time I gacve some insight into what drives this terribly annoying male habit.
I styled this book very much to my own tastes, so I guess the primary readership would be slightly geekly blokes in their thirties and forties. But women of about the same age would probably gain some valuable insight into the workings of the dopey male mind.
On and off, finding Zoe Dawes has taken me around 8 years to write.
The title is the plot of the book. There's no great mystery.
The cover was designed by my very great friend, David Moore. He's an incredibly talented artist & sculpturist who very kindly agreed to design the cover. I liked this one the best.
The hardest part about writing the book was finishing it. About a week prior to publication I almost decided to rewrite the whole thing again. But I think I just need to publish it and stop being so precious.
Ha ha! Research! No no no. No research required. Some of the events in the book are based on real happenings. Otherwise the majorty is deliberately silly.
What dd I learn from writing the novel? That the real crux of the novel only comes to light in the second Minus novel, Ziggy: The MObile Detective. The world ends in this novel, you see...
What do I want to say to my readers? If you liked FZD, you'll love Ziggy.
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