Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


NZ Commuter Writes 1,500 Page Novel On Cellphone

Press Release –

NZ Commuter Writes 1,500 Page Novel On Cellphone

3 April 2013

Possibly New Zealand's largest ever novel has been published today by a Wellington journalist.

The 1,500 page novel, which is a quarter again longer than The Lord of the Rings has only been released as an eBook due to its size. Changels Genesis was written by Peter King over four years on an HTC smartphone mostly on his two 45-minute a day public transport commutes from the Hutt Valley and while his infant son fell asleep.

"For some reason I find writing fiction on the move easier than sitting at a desk," said Mr King.

But writing in public places does have its drawbacks.

"The story is highly emotional in places and every author feels the drama of the moment as he or she writes it. So, at times, I've been sitting there on the train blubbing away over some sad bit with other commuters wondering what I"m so upset about."

Published over the past four months as three books they were put together as a single volume because the trilogy is one single 90-chapter story. The book has been released in print in its three parts: Serendipity, Metamorphosis and Die Bruderschaft.

The trilogy is about a group of hoodie-clad minority teenagers who teleport around the world safeguarding teenaged future world leaders growing up in dangerous places including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moldova and Washington DC. The hero and narrator is Sam Kahu from Northland, New Zealand, who’s early life was blighted by his gang-leader father killing his mother. But his fellow Changels, including: a Kurd, an Iranian Baha’i, a Vietnamese, a black American and a white Zimbabwean have all had to flee crime, politics or discrimination as well.

"I felt it was about time there were some minority superheroes. The science fiction element is really a plot device to talk about the world we live in."

The story weaves fact and fiction together and there is a seven page author’s note explaining what is real and what isn't. Mr King says he was inspired by the Belgian author Herge, who closely researched all his Tintin stories. At the same time there is a strong paranormal influence inspired by the X-files.

He says the underlying theme of the book is genetics, inheritance and identity and the questions genetic engineering will raise as inheritance gives way to choice. However he says making the language both accurate and accessible and the story compelling has been his main aim.

And no, he hasn’t finished yet. Changels is a series which will follow the protagonists into adulthood, so yes he can still be found writing on the train.

"When you're time poor it's about using every minute available," he says.

For background on the story visit the website
www.changels.info

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news