Paul R. Hardy, author of The Last Man on Earth Club, generously agreed to let me interview him about his book, writing, and other subjects.You can find Paul at his blog – The Last Man on Blog – and, as of recently, GoodReads.
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1. Do you think that to write a book like “The Last Man on Earth Club” you need to have an interest in end-of-the-world scenarios or do you think for you, the interest was just about showing the processes of grief?
The end of the world very definitely came first, but the focus on dealing with the process of grief and therapy was what made the idea more interesting to me than a simple apocalypse story.
My usual approach to finding an interesting idea is to find an unlikely and absurd situation – for example, a meeting of multiple “last survivors” – and try to figure out what kind of realistic reasons there might be for such a situation. It’s always more interesting to have people react to bizarre situations as they would in the real world, without the larger-than-life responses that are far too common in genre fiction. Psychological trauma seems inevitable given what the “last survivors” would have suffered. These would be people who faced enormous difficulties living in any kind of society after rescue, let alone a completely foreign one in another universe. Therapy would then be an inevitable response to their trauma. Continue reading