What was your inspiration to write the book?
I have had a long held fascination of science fiction from my childhood in the 1970s and 80s.
I loved the sci-fi films of the 1970’s like A Clockwork Orange, Logan’s Run, Westworld, Soylent Green and Silent Running, that really dealt with the issues of future societies and cultures and the problems we might face.
You also had the advent of a new comic 2000AD that gave a new look for British kids of the future they were about to grow up into, which influenced me very much.
I never considered myself a nerd but I just loved reading visions of the future and was consumed by the notions of how man and society would develop.
Everything changed in 1977 with the release of Star Wars and the imagination George Lucas brought to us but I loved the work of Ridley Scott with his vision of Blade Runner and Alien, where they were just normal people in very abnormal situations and surroundings.
In Alien the crew wore overalls and Hawaiian shirts as opposed to silvery spacesuits which I loved whilst Blade Runner was this overcrowded and wet cityscape where people were unable to get away from.
We are all the same, from Roman times to present day, we wake up go to the bathroom, have breakfast and start our day the same way all throughout history and will continue to do that in the future.
I believe the human experience never changes, the environment though always does.
Was it a long-standing ambition to write a book?
I have always wanted to write a book and I had probably had the idea for XAVIER or
Xavier Of The World over ten years ago. I would scribble notes and ideas into books and pads and slowly began to create the future world of Xavier Miro.
I wanted a hero who was the antithesis of Harry Potter in a way.
An everyman I could recognise with, who was into punk rock and techno, raving and graffiti, just getting on with it and having fun. There are many characters and settings Xavier meets, inhabits and journeys to that I wanted to realise as much as I possibly could.
I was living in the United States and I was becoming frustrated I had not written the book although I was filled with these images and characters in my mind then suddenly I got up one day and decided to write it and it started to all flow out.
Does the storyline contain a message you're sending readers?
Xavier Of The World is obviously a play on words and explains that Xavier is on a mission to save the world.
Xavier lives in a society that mirrors our present one where banks and massive corporations are controlling everything we do and where globalisation and enormous conglomerates have become all powerful that the average person can never have his voice heard or express his own individuality.
In Xavier’s world art has been forgotten, there are no museums or galleries.
The only monuments are the ones they have created such as huge space arks and colonies within which they live.
I have written this to convey a number of messages to the reader about modern society and democracy as well as the ecology of the planet.
What are the key points you are making with this book?
Well, apart from it being an exciting adventure into a fantastic futuristic world the key points are that if we don’t change how we live today then we will be condemning future generations. Mankind cannot remain a single planet species so I believe we have to look towards the stars. This is not a pipe dream, because of the Apollo space program we benefit from thousands of products that we take for granted from micro-surgery to microwave ovens, velcro to fire retardant materials, you name it, it probably has a link to space and the Apollo missions. We need to look towards space again and there seems to be a lot more interest in science and space endeavours nowadays which can only bode well.
This subject matter obviously brings up matters of spirituality as our protagonist Xavier questions the world and authority around him. It has obvious parallels to stories from the bible as Earth is seen as Heaven and mankind has been banished from the Garden of Eden.
I want the reader to come away thinking as well as asking questions and hopefully engaged enough to do something about it.
Is this your first published book and are you planning any more?
This is my first published book and very excited I am about it too.
XAVIER is the first book in a trilogy plus a prequel that will tell the story of the last days of mankind before being banished from Earth.
The sequel will be ready towards the end of the year and I have some very exciting plans for Xavier and the reader as he finds his way into the ever expanding universe.
I really enjoyed creating the XAVIER universe and would like to see other writers hopefully taking elements from it and creating their own stories within it.