Doctor Whooligan Special Edition: Dalek, I Love You Author Nick Griffiths Interviewed

Nick Griffiths is one of those lucky bastards who has gotten to take his love of Doctor Who and turned it into a series of books.  Griffiths, who lives in Cornwall, detailed his passion for Doctor Who in his memoir Dalek I Loved You (a clever play on words based on a band from Liverpool called Dalek I Love You), striking the perfect pitch for those of us who shared his growing up of dreaming about travelling by TARDIS and listening to punk, post-punk and indie records.

The memoir is a love affair for Doctor Who and offers anecdotes and stories about being a fan that each of us can relate to. It’s clever prose, adept story telling and witty humor strikes a chord for all of us who hid from bullies in school because we had a Tom Baker scarf.

Fans of both the new series and classic series can relate to his experiences as they play out from page to page.

The release of Dalek I Loved You as an Ebook offers a great opportunity to visit with Mr. Griffiths and discuss his work and love of Doctor Who.

Dalek I Loved You is now available as an Ebook. How hard is it to transition from writing a regular book to an Ebook?
The process is the same, you just throw the Word file through a handy algorithm via free software such as Calibre, and out pops an eBook! I shall be self-publishing everything from now on – the royalties are vastly better. As the music business went – into the hands of the creators – so book publishing will follow. There will be casualties.

Where is the E book available?

Amazon’s the most obvious, but you’ll find it on most major sites, including Apple.

Did you have to do anything extra to transition the book? Any additions?
I did add a really crap poetry section, which had been excised from the original paperback by the publisher (who clearly had some taste). I love funny poems, am a huge fan of John Hegley, so bunged mine back simply because I could. An example:
 
Adric
you make me sick
You lover of the metric
system
 
Adric
They played out your death in silence
which I considered a contrivance
since no one gave a toss
 
Adric
Sod off.
 
How did you get David Tennant to do the introduction?
I was writing for the Radio Times while I wrote the book, and interviewed the show’s stars many times, including Tennant, who was never less than lovely. I asked him if he’d mind reading the book and giving a cover quote, he kindly said yes. “A very funny book for anyone who grew up wearing Tom Baker underpants – I know I did,” he wrote.
Are Ebooks a good deal for writers?
They’re a wonderful deal. I wrote about self-publishing here: http://www.high50.com/archives/culture/self-publish-and-be-damned
which opened my eyes to the opportunity.
Is the physical book itself out of print now?
It is, sadly. The publishers took it out of print without thinking to tell me so.
 
Can you talk about Who Goes There a little bit?  Is that an Ebook as well?
There is a Who Goes There EBook! It’s on sale on the British Amazon site for a mere £1.02. WGT is a loose follow-up to Dalek I Loved You. It’s me traveling around Britain in search of old Who filming locations, accompanied by various willing/unwilling family members/pals, so inevitably takes in a quarry or two. 
There is quite a relationship between Doctor Who and UK indie music of the 70s and 80s. Why do you think that is?
Popular culture. People who grew up watching Doctor Who were also swathed in the music of the time – and the 70s/80s were about as crazy/kitsch/sci-fi songs-wise as Who.
Does an Ebook give you more creative control as an author? Can you add bits and pieces and links etc that you may not otherwise be able to do with a regular book?
It gives you total control. Which can be dangerous. There’s little worse than an unedited writer, even the good ones. And yes, you can add links, pics, all sorts of stuff, though I’m yet to work out how to add audio files.
Do you think you will write any new Doctor Who books?
A good question. Though many people have asked to write more, while similar numbers clamp hands around those people’s gobs – I somehow doubt it. There is a ready sequel to Who Goes There, since there are literally hundreds of Who locations, but the book just never really took off. A vast shame. I think it deserved a larger audience.
Griffiths is also the author of two novels, In The Footsteps Of Harrison Dextrose and Looking For Mrs. Dextrose. His website and blog can be found right here: http://dalek.webeden.co.uk/

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