Anne Scott is the author of Harvest, a recently released science fiction novella that is extremely pertinent to our time. Michael Harris produces cartoon movies aimed at children, but when his screenplays are hijacked and corrupted by some unknown force, he is at first angry and then concerned. Together with Jenny, his next-door neighbour, his son Billy, Jenny’s son Jimmy and the Harris family dog, Fred, they set out to discover what is causing this phenomenon and why. In trying to uncover the truth, the boys and Fred play a pivotal role. Harvest will appeal to both adults and children and is available for free download from Kindle between 7 and 11 February.
Below is an interview with Anne Scott:
Q: How did you come up with the title of your book?
A: Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Harvest is a collector not of children but their manipulated minds.
Q: Where did the idea for the book come from?
A: Through listening to a speech by Dr Susan Greenhill the British neuroscientist and subsequently reading her book ‘Identity in the Twenty-First Century’.
Q: What genre does your book come under?
A: Science Fiction/General Fiction.
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: ‘Harvest’ is not a fairy tale but a reality play. It shows the dynamic changes to the cellular structure of children’s brains in the twenty-first century brought about by an obsession with electronic devices in the silent tasteless world of cyberspace.
Q: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent or represented by an agency?
A: The last two.
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: 3 – 4 months.
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: Where will the future take us and how free do we think we are from the intrusions of the twenty-first century.
Q: What other authors could you compare your book with.
A: George Orwell and John Wyndham. They both show what happens when outside influences encroach on our freedoms to force resolutions.
Harvest is available from Amazon: