Interview: Danielle Uidam, Author of “The Malthus Conspiracy”

Book Cover7Description: “In 2011 the world population hit seven billion. Fourteen thousand babies are born every hour. By 2045 the population is predicted to hit nine billion. Can our planet cope?

In 1798 Economist Reverend Thomas Malthus thought not. His work ‘An Essay on the Principal of Population’ predicted that population growth would outpace our ability to obtain resources, resulting in a global epidemic of famine that would destroy society unless curbed.

Fast forward to 2012. College students Dean Adams and his best friend Felix Pye, unwittingly stumble across the greatest conspiracy in history, and by doing so sign a death warrant. They are forced to run as powerful, high society members of a 200 year old secret Malthusian League attempt to silence them.

The league will stop at nothing to continue its Malthusian cause. Their purpose? To curb population growth and ensure Malthus’ predictions for economic ruin do not come true.

With the aide of detective Isabella Mercena, Dean and Felix go head to head against the evil forces as they attempt to expose the league’s sinister plans to control population. Will they survive to tell the tale and tell it before the next wave of disaster is unleashed on mankind?”

Genre: General Fiction /  Conspiracy
ISBN: 9780987468901

INTERVIEW

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?At the moment I am published as a Fiction writer, in the Thriller / Mystery catergory, although I would love to also branch out into the romance category, as I am a big ‘happily ever after’ type person.My debut Novel, The Malthus Conspiracy, also has some factual research, compiled together in the back of the book as an essay, further reading, and reference section.I wrote this type of novel, as I found the basic premise and topic fascinating. The book is based on a real theory formulated in 1798, by Robert Malthus, so I found it fascinating that his theory is still discussed today, and the topic of population growth and population control is still so heavily debated.

I also love reading Dan Brown and Clive Cussler, so my writing naturally developed into a similar story type.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?I have always loved reading books, and in 9th grade I had to write a short fiction piece for my English class. I absoutely loved the whole process, and ever since I have wanted to become a published author.What do you like to do when you’re not writing?I am an avid sports lover. I have played Soccer at a high level, and I am a swimming coach, I will pretty much play and watch pretty much any sport. I also love reading and doing puzzles.

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

I have just started a Twitter page @duidam, and I have set up a Facebook authors page: https://www.facebook.com/DanielleUidam and I have a blog at http://duidam.wordpress.com

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I am currently in the middle of reading a Clive Cussler novel Devil’s Gate

Do you remember the first novel you read?

Tough one, I used to read a lot when I was a kid, I even got a special library card, so I could borrow more books as I read through them so quickly, I loved reading Enid Blyton and The Hardy Boys. My first ‘adult’ novel I can remember is John Grisham’s The Street Lawyer

Is there anything unique about your upbringing that you’d like to share with readers? 

My upbringing was different to a so called ‘normal’ upbringing, I was an expatriate kid. I graduated from High School in Singapore, from the Singapore American School, and I have since lived in Shanghai for 5 years and I am currently living in the Netherlands. You can say I have the travelling bug. However, no matter where I go, I always know where home is, and I feel very lucky to be Australian.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

When I first hit the publish button it was a pretty special moment, as was the first sale, and I always get uplifted by a positive review, everytime one comes through I think, ‘ok I can do this. I am a good writer, people do like my work’ as an Indie publisher it comes with a lot of doubt, you wonder if people will like your work, and it can be a hard slog sometimes, so when that reviw comes through, it makes all the hard hours worthwhile.

Your Books

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?NervousHow many books have you written? Which is your favorite?I have just recently released my first Novel: The Malthus Conspiracy

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?
My head is trying to work out a great sequel to The Malthus Conspiracy, I hope to release it by the end of this year. So stay tuned, or follow me on twitter for more info @duidamWhat story haven’t you written yet but would like to?  Is there anything holding you back from writing it?I have thought about potentially writing a non-fiction story about life as an expatriate. It can be a rocky but rewarding life.What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

For my novel The Malthus Conspiracy, I did a lot of research, most of which is included in the back of the book. The book, although fictional, is based on a real theory that Malthus created in 1798 in his essay ‘A Principle of Population’. The basic premise is that he predicted population growth would outstip our ability to get resources, and would result in huge global problems.

Throughout my research I was fascinated to learn that Malthus’ theories were so far reaching, that Charles Darwin even credited Malthus for his work. There were real leagues created after him, and he inspired a lot people and events. Check out the back of my book for more information!

Population growth is a massive issue and heavily debated around the world 14,000 babies are born every hour, so to put the major issues discussed into a fictional novel, may help to bring them more closely to the light.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I outlined my entire book, although I must say during writing the outline did change quite a bit as I got hooked on a different direction.

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

Some of my reviews have actually stated that my book would make a great movie, it is fast paced and topical two things I think make a great action movie. I would love to see it turn into a movie! Characters… that is a hard one, maybe Tom Welling or Jared Padalecki as Dean and Jessica Alba as Isabella

Name one website you visit every single day.

I visit the Sydney Morning Herald every day, important to keep on top of the news!

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

c1fec952ce720ac1d188d4.L._V376450992_Danielle Uidam was born in Sydney, Australia in 1988. As child she was told to stop reading novels in class so instead she decided to write them.She graduated high school from the Singapore American School at the age of 16. She has a degree from the University of Newcastle Australia, and is a young entrepreneur running her own sports coaching company. As it is not a 9 to 5 career it allows her the time to write. She has lived in a number of countries including Australia, Singapore, China and the Netherlands.
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