INTERVIEW: Tony Ballantyne, Author of DREAM LONDON, Talks About Influences, Inspirations and the Freedom of SFF
Tony Ballantyne is the author of Twisted Metal, Blood and Iron and the Recursion series. He has also written many short stories. Tony grew up in County Durham in the North East of England. He studied Maths at Manchester University before moving to London where he taught Maths and IT. His first SF sale was “The Sixth VNM” which appeared in Interzone 138. Since then he has had short stories appear in magazines and anthologies worldwide. He has also written romantic fiction and satirical pieces for various magazines such as Private Eye. Recursion, his first novel, was published by Tor UK in 2004. He has been nominated for the BSFA and Philip K Dick awards. He now lives in Oldham with his wife and two children. His hobbies are playing the piano, accordion and cornet. He also enjoys walking and cycling.
His new book, Dream London, came out on October 8th, and he was kind enough to chat with me about the new book, and more!
Kristin Centorcelli: Will you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Tony Ballantyne: I’m from the North East of England, I studied Maths at University, I teach computer programming, and yes, I always wanted to be a writer: I’ve written stories since I learnt to write. I’ve been selling short stories and novels for about 15 years now.
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