Joe Berwick

I am an independent writer from Kent; I currently have one self-published novel to my name, one in the pipeline and a head full of ideas I want to share. My goal is to make one person’s day slightly better for having read my writing and if I can do that then more than one. I don’t know, five?  Enquiries Maybe? Email at

What inspired you to write Disposable Baby Doll?

I really hate dystopian fiction, so I decided to write one. But with a real child and not a Hollywood child. It’s fun to write about depressing things, very therapeutic as it turns out. It’s even more fun to write about those things from the perspective of someone who has no idea what’s going on but also knows somewhere inside that everything evil is baring down on them. The original idea was called ‘Sex Doll’ and was about a sex robot pontificating around the dump, as it waits to die. I had been reading Lord Of The Flies at the time, I’d missed that out in required secondary reading and got Brave New World instead. I took some of the flesh from that book and wrapped it around the skeleton of a story I had, sealed it up and kicked it until it started limping.

Could you give us an insight into your writing process?

As someone currently working a full time job, I have to write around it, normally in the evening for at least an hour or two. I tend to work a bit haphazardly, jumping around between ideas and working as if chipping away at a mountain with a fork; I’ll be done at some point but it could take a while. Then there are those moments of supreme inspiration where the words seems to leak out from elsewhere  – this is, funnily enough, a weekend thing where I can better dedicate the time. I can’t write without music, but I also can’t write while listening to music. It’s all a big bother really.

What do you consider to be the most enjoyable or important aspect of science fiction or fantasy, and why?

The first book I ever cared about was Earthsea; I was an antisocial and unkempt Kent schoolboy sitting in form hoping not to be noticed. The last book I’d read before it was a John Grisham novel, which left me wondering if jurisprudence was really as exciting as this cat wanted me to think. Earthsea on the other hand got me thinking about about a lot of things. Shadows and dragons mostly; but also what a young boy can accomplish and what power language has, and did I mention there are dragons! It’s like how Dawn of the Dead cracked wise on consumerism, except there are dragons, or talking field mice, or Wamphyric KGB, or…

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