In an interview with Casperian Books about his first novel, Imperfect Solitude, Tom Mahony said, “I’ve worked in the environmental field for fifteen years, primarily as a biological consultant, and learned early on that issues dealing with land use, biology, and environmental regulation are loaded with conflict: people get extremely pissed off. It seemed like a good topic for a book.”
Imperfect Solitude tells the story of Evan Nellis, a neophyte biologist who is hired by PDT Biological Consulting in San Francisco. His stress filled life changes when a wealthy developer, Richard Headley, takes an interest in Evan’s career and requests him personally for the biological assessments of his properties. But when Evan’s new job conflicts with his principles, he must confront everyone, including himself, before all he values is destroyed.
Mahony, a PicFic contributor, is a biological consultant in California with an MS from Humboldt State University. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in dozens of online and print publications, including Surfer Magazine, Flashquake, and Boston Literary Magazine. He is the author of Slow Entropy, a collection of short fiction released in 2009 from Thumbscrews Press, and Dead Glass, a forthcoming micro-fiction chapbook from Folded Word.
His goal for writing Imperfect Solitude was to bring readers into the world of ecology and to open their eyes to the world around them.
“I’d like to draw the reader into the world of applied ecology for a couple of hundred pages, a world that few people think about as they live their daily lives, yet also a world that determines the ordinary landscapes surrounding them, be they urban or rural,” said Mahony.
Imperfect Solitude will be released by Casperian Books on December 1, 2010.
by Casey Murphy