TCT’s Hollywood Interview #1

…with N. E. White

The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…



Apologies, it looks like the big-band theme and whip-pan California Montage is down at the moment – next week, maybe. Anyway, to kick off this series, let’s give a big hand to N. E. White, also known as “Nila”, one of the rocks upon which the excellent forum is built.

Hi, Nila, tell us “all” about yourself.

I’m a middle-aged geographic information specialist, and a writer. I’ve also edited several speculative fiction anthologies (two of which included stories by you, Mr. Hudson).

Ahem, moving on: what is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – because it made me both cry and realize that all the stories I had running around in my head needed to get out.

What was your first published work?

A piece of flash fiction: Lorena Libre, in the now defunct This Mutant Life. It inspired a terrible novel that will never see the light—

Sorry, Nila – if you break the rules, the axe will be wielded!

What is the best thing you’ve never had published?

Wow. Never? I think that’s my short story about a vampire with a dead foetus inside her. It’s a little gross…

What are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?

I’m particularly proud of a map I’ve authored. It’s not stunning, but I learned a lot creating it and I enjoyed working through the challenges.

Tell us about your latest work – novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.

It’s sci-fi, about artificial intelligence, gods, and paedophilia. It asks, are we willing to give up personal privacy to protect the most vulnerable among us?

Pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…

What if a kingdom’s fate lay in the hands of a corrupt merchant and the illegitimate heir, standing between their homeland and a magic-using terrorist?

If only one person was to ever read your work – who would you want it to be?

My mother – because I know she would enjoy them.

What are your plans for the future – all of it?

Read the next Fitz and the Fool book by Robin Hobb, put together another anthology by the authors, and “finish” my latest project.

Okay, my thanks to Nila for not (completely) buckling under the pressure – just one swing of the axe, that’s pretty good! You can find out more about her (and her various writing projects) at her blog, and maybe she’ll come back again one day, more under relaxed circumstances…

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