Author: Dylan Callens
Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Cosmic Teapot Publishing
Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster.
Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above.
Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other.
Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.
1. Can you describe Carl, the protagonist of Interpretation, with three words?
Scared. Alone. Caring.
2. Does the book have a specific message you want to give to your readers?
I think that there are a number of things that a reader might walk away with. I suppose one thing that I hope people see is that we should look for the best in humanity today. We don’t want to let that slip away.
3. What brought you to write this book?
I was originally writing another book when the idea struck me. I was on a bus, supervising some of my students on a trip. A number of them started discussing their favorite science fiction scenes out of movies. Before I knew it, I was wrapped up in my own thoughts, which is when the original scene hit me. I started to write out the scene that was in my mind, which you can read here: http://www.cosmicteapot.net/dylan-callens/interpretation-the-first-intro. After that, I was hooked on the idea.
4. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I would want to read. That’s not to say that I’m not thinking about readers. If I didn’t, my work would be far too weird for most people. In the end, though, my writing is more of a place for me to figure things out.
5. What does literary success look like to you?
I’m not exactly sure what it looks like to me. Every time that I think I have accomplished something, I am quickly unsatisfied and need to do more. I think that maybe success for me is being able to evolve and grow as a writer and publisher. If I stop exploring new things and (worst of all, stop writing) that would be failure. Everything else is some kind of success.
About the author
Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.