Interview with Novelists Adam Steven Page (A Victim of the Times)
Adam Steven Page has been fond of film and literature for as long as he can remember, what better to do than write his own novel. In early 2015 he penned his debut ‘A Victim of the Times’. Despite being born and raised and still living in the UK, Adam has written in an American style and dialect. Considering the story is set in a fictional American city and has an American protagonist and characters, it felt like the right thing to do. He believes that a book is only as strong as its protagonist, and in his debut novel, he has what he considers to be a well rounded yet flawed lead character. Adam prefers to write first person narratives and particularly likes writing in this way as it allows a character to be explored on every level.
Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?
1. Adam Steven Page: Violence and aggression is a large theme of the novel, but it was important to me that it was explored in a manner which wasn’t glorified.
As a whole, A Victim of the times looks into how easily we can be influenced by two things. One: the times we live in –media, current events and technologies.
Two: how we are influenced by our surroundings and the environment we lived and/or are raised in. However it goes deeper than the simple nature vs. nurture debate.
The story has a very dark tone to it but at its core its realistic, the world isn’t a large space devoid of light but it isn’t full of sunshine and rainbows either and it’s important to have that balance. When you take into account what Orchard City is like (a decaying cesspit filled with hate with an enormous crime problem) I feel the darkness is warranted and not overdone.