To celebrate the publication of Lucky Ghost, I recently set out on the Ghost Train - a whistle-stop tour of some of the finest book blogs on the internet.
Lucky Ghost is a conspiracy thriller for an age that prefers conspiracies to facts. It asks what might happen to our world if we continue to vanish into comforting online filter bubbles - those digital cocoons that only let us see the version of reality we already believe to be true. The Ghost Train tour is an exploration of the book’s main themes and the real-world stories that helped inspire it. Along the way you'll find out about my writing process, the dangers of feeling too much online – and what happened when reality caught up with me as I wrote.
The Ghost Train's journey started on 27 July 2017 and ended on 2 August. Along the way, it stopped at:
- Whispering Stories - the writing life of Matthew Blakstad
A wide-ranging Q&A taking in the themes and characters of Lucky Ghost, my writing routines, and a talking duck in a baseball cap.
- Off The Shelf - Racing Against Reality
A cautionary tale about writing near-future fiction in a time of global turbulence.
- Reader Dad - Who is Elyse Martingale?
How a non-existent 20th century pioneer of tech became the driving force behind the multi-year writing project that includes Lucky Ghost.
- LizLovesBooks - All the Wicked Ghosts
A rambling chat with fellow-author Chris Whitaker, about the highs and lows of becoming a published writer.
- Cover to Cover - All the Feels
A piece about the time when Facebook turned us into emotional lab rats, and why that helped inspire Lucky Ghost.