An Interview With Author Derek Haines


PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 12, 2011
With the release of his new book, February The Fifth, our reporter Said Orquardly tracked down Derek Haines for this exclusive interview.

SO. How did you come to discover this hidden planet called Gloth?

DH. It was strange, really. I was actually looking at images of Jupiter in Google Images. I found one I liked, but there was a big red blotch on it. So, I popped it into my clever photo software to clean it up. But when I erased the red blotch, I noticed there was something behind it.

SO. Gloth?

DH. Yes. After a little more Jupiter erasing, there it was. The hidden planet of Gloth.

SO. And this became the inspiration for your new book.

DH. Well, I could hardly pass up the opportunity of a new planet, now, could I?

SO. No. I understand. So, how did you arrive at the name of the main character, February The Fifth?

DH. Well, in fact, it’s not his real name. I chose it to protect his identity and because I love alliterations. I did, however, toy with the names Rocky and Henry, but somehow, they just didn’t have that certain ring you need in a famous character’s name. In conversations with him, I called him George, though. He seemed quite happy with that.

SO. You seem to have a preoccupation with religion in the book. Is there a reason for this?

DH. No, I don’t believe I have a preoccupation with anything in the book. I have heard the nasty gossip about me having copied notes from my Sunday School workbook, but this simply isn’t true. If anything, I believe I may have overused ordinal numbers, though.

SO. One criticism that has been levelled at your book and your writing, in general, is that you don’t kill off enough people to be a valid author of fiction. How do you react to this?

DH. Yes, it’s true. Along with my reticence to use gratuitous sex and vampires, it could be a valid criticism. But I believe in keeping within the bounds of decency and my lexical range. There are just some words I don’t know.

SO. On the subject of lexis and vocabulary, I note that you have a couple of favourite words.

DH. Oh, you’re referring to things and stuff. Yes, I do like to use these two words at critical points in the story because they save on a whole bunch of paragraphs just describing something. The story moves much faster by using these two words. You know, ‘He grabbed some things and went and did some stuff,’ really has some pace about it don’t you think?

So, I suppose the burning question for your readers is whether there will be a sequel to February The Fifth. A Sixth, perhaps?

DH. At this point in time, I’m not really sure. I was very careful, though, to keep my options open by including a hint of procreation in Feb Five, so the door is open.

SO. Well, thank you so much for your time this morning, and good luck with the new book.

DH. My pleasure. Oh, and don’t forget, Derek only has one R.

Derek Haines is an author of fiction, historical fiction, essays and poetry. Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland, his stories cross a wide geographical range but often draw from elements of his life and experiences in the two countries he calls home.

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