Saci returned to Manchester as an undergraduate, but soon quit University for a life of glamour. At various points in the glitz she has worked as a very bad cartoonist, toured the States in a straightedge band, run an interactive media team at an advertising agency, co-founded a film company and finally wound up as head of media at NewVIc. She’s now stepped down from that post, but continues her association with the college.
Her first novels, The Carbon Diaries series came out September 2010 to critical acclaim and have been optioned by Company Pictures. They have been translated into fifteen languages.
How much fun was it writing It’s the End of the World As We Know It?
It was a lot of fun. Particularly the early research bit, where I basically sat around for six months, sketching two worlds on bits of paper like a madwoman – not unlike Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters, where he can’t stop making mountains out of mashed potato…
Why did you want to write it?
Oh because I’m really interested in all the ideas – about the future of the planet, our relationship to technology, ageing, genetic modifications and I wanted to write a funny story with lively characters who wanted to get their revolution on.
So which character do you think is closest to you?
Ha! Maybe BitZer? The tiny bendy synthetic side kick of Kix Kaloux
What do you do when you see your books in shops?
My heart skips a beat
Have you got your own place to write or can you write anywhere?
I am a warrior. Wherever there is a keyboard I can write.
What do you think are the differences between UK and US YA?
If you could only pick one; which of your books would you recommend someone to read and why?
Ooh, tricky. If you want funny then It’s The End Of The World, if you want thrills then Momentum. I am cheating I know.
Changing the subject, apart from writing what do you love doing?
Love nature. Making liqueurs. Dogs and robots. Really love robots. Making art. Playing guitar
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
I am blind in one eye.
I’m giving you a free platform to talk about anything – GO:
Kids, get revolting. System is no good so you might as well have a blast kicking it down. Climate change and smart thinking for the future is the only game in town. Arise from thine iPads!
Tea or coffee?
Tea weekdays, coffee weekend.
How do you pronounce the names Σëë and DØØ?
Zee and Doo. Easy, right?
First time you saw one of your books in a bookshop, what did you do?
Felt a bit emotional. It was book of the month in Waterstones, and it had been a long old trek to get there.
You can have one superpower, what would you like?
To be able to see in the future by one day.
Last film you saw at the cinema?
The Lego movie. It was the night before my son was born.
What word describes you best?
Book you’ve read the most?
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
What’s the perfect cure to a bad day?
hot buttered rum.
And finally, what is the question you wish people would ask and never do?
Saci, how do you deal with your beauty?
Welcome to a world controlled by a megalomaniac Lolcat. A world where data pirates, zombies and infobots on surfboards roam free. A world at war over cheese … When teenager Mikey Malone gets sucked through a wormhole into this parallel world, he discovers a power-crazed corporation is planning to use Earth as a dumping ground for an uncontrollable poisonous algae. It’s a race against time for Mikey and his rebel friends to stop the ruthless tyrants from getting their way.
A laugh-out-loud-funny new sci-fi series from Costa-shortlisted author Saci Lloyd, perfect for devotees of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.
Read my review by clicking the link HERE