Originally, tomorrow, Glass Block was going to finally launch, 11 and a half years after I first wrote it. But we’ve moved that to 30th now, so instead I’m going to tell you a bit more about why Glass Block was so important to me and what makes it such a wonderful book to finally be handing over.
Satire or truth?
One of the major issues behind Glass Block, especially when I initially wrote it was the idea that there was an acceptable level of voyerism on reality TV. As has been covered by Battle Royale and the Running Man, humans seem to thrive on the pain of others, which means that some people are quite keen on watching others suffer. I can’t really work out why, but with the rise of ‘Big Brother’ and some other shows, I decided to write a story about what happens when it goes too far.
Mix in some religious indoctrination and a police officer who is, if I’m honest, adorable but completely unstable, and that was Glass Block. Originally, I considered writing only seven books (for the seven deadly sins), but Darkness took on a life of it’s own after that.
Add to that the ‘nanny nation’, where people feel like they’re continually monitored and don’t like it, and well….that was the book in a nutshell.
I don’t know if I’ll ever finish ALL of them (I’ve currently got the story arc and general idea for 190 + books) but I’m willing to give it a try, if people want to read.
So…what do you think? Looking forward to the launch?
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