Among the people I have interviewed are the environmentalist and author Dame Jane Goodall, DBE, (In The Shadow of Man), Sir Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey), Nina Allan (The Rift), Andrew David Barker (Dead Leaves), James Everington (The Quarantined City), Robert Holdstock (Mythago Wood), Jonathan Oliver (editor/writer), and Jordi Savall (master of the viola da gamba). For Interzone I interviewed Christopher Priest about The Prestige (winner of the World Fantasy Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and basis for the highly successful film of the same name), and again for Amazing Stories at the time of the publication of his novel The Adjacent.
My interviews published variously by Amazon, HMV Choice, Vector, Writers’ News etc. and not currently available online include:
Sophie Aldred (actor, Doctor Who), Gerry Anderson (producer, Thunderbirds, Space 1999), Kevin J. Anderson (writer, Dune, Star Wars), Elmer Bernstein (Oscar-winning composer, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), Ed Bishop (actor, UFO), Colin Baker (actor, Doctor Who) Cory Doctorow (writer, Eastern Standard Tribe, website Boing Boing), George Fenton (film/TV composer, Gandhi, Planet Earth) Kathleen Ann Goonan (writer, Queen City Jazz, In War Time), Laura Michelle Kelly (musical actor, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady), Stephen Warbeck (Oscar-winning composer, Shakespeare in Love), Debbie Wiseman (film/TV composer, Father Brown, Dickensian), and Hans Zimmer (Oscar-winning film/TV composer, Inception, The Lion King.)
Recently I have interviewed all ten of the authors who have contributed to the anthology I edited about fantastical flora, Improbable Botany. Here are two of them:
Eric Brown made his first fiction sale to Interzone in 1986 and since then has published more than 50 books. His novel Helix Wars (2012) was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award and two of his short stories have been honoured with the British Science Fiction Association Award. Murder By The Book (2013) marked a departure, being the first Langham and Dupre Mystery, a crime novel set in the 1950s. His latest titles are Jani and the Great Pursuit, the second volume of a Steampunk series set at the height of the British Empire, and Murder Take Three, the fourth Langham and Dupre novel. He writes a regular SF review column for The Guardian.
Tricia Sullivan moved to the UK from the US in 1995, making her publishing debut the same year with the ‘The Question Eaters’ and the novel Lethe. Someone to Watch Over Me followed in 1997, while her third novel, Dreaming in Smoke (1999), won the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Further novels include Maul (2003), Double Vision (2005), Sound Mind (2007) and Lightborn (2010). Sullivan’s Everien fantasy trilogy, written as Valery Leith, comprised The Company of Glass (1999), The Riddled Night (2000) and The Way of the Rose (2001). Occupy Me (2016) gained Sullivan her fourth Clarke Award nomination. Her latest novel is Sweet Dreams.