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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


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!


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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Brightwing by Sullivan Lee

Review: Well, the first thing that jumped out at me was that the author used the term “res” to refer to a Native American reservation when the correct and widely used word is “rez”, at least by natives or those who know them anyway. If the character were really an Indian, they would have used “rez”. So as a Native American myself, that just seemed odd as well as the need to detail some ceremonies not generally offered to others, especially not ones like the Battle Brothers, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Though some descriptions were repetitive at points, the writing style was great, in that I didn’t feel like I was actually reading most of the times: I was merely observing a story in my head. It just flowed, yet I found the characters problematic. When I don’t like the characters, and have to question over and over again why are or why aren’t they doing something that would be more believable, it can become laborious. Just the same, the characterization was detailed, and very likely designed to elicit strong reactions in readers.

The main character was a strong-minded, take action, “thinking” type of woman, admirable for that, but contrasted dramatically with the pathetic excuse for humanity brothers Edgar and Mallory Battle. I had no sympathy or regard or understanding of how she could fall for Edgar, so there were a definitely “versus” aspects of Brightwing, and I didn’t get the “love” part of it at all though there was plenty of adventure.

The author took great care in editing and gave an interesting, stylish format to their manuscript, and should really be commended and I personally know how much skill, time and determination that can take. The cover image was eyecatching, too. Overall “Brightwing” is an outstanding effort, with a unique voice and perspective that will appeal to readers wanting a different and far beyond average read. Even if I found some of the creative interpretation in the details and descriptions related to Native Americans off-putting with stereotyping, I realize others may like that “exotic” aspect of a work.

Description: Edgar and Mallory Battle are on the run after a spectacularly violent escape. Now, with a trail of bodies behind them, they need a hostage against the inevitable standoff with the police. Their first doesn’t last long, thanks to sociopathic Mallory. Edgar has been hiding his brother’s crimes since they were kids. Now he’s torn between family loyalty and self-preservation.

They carjack Lucy Brightwing, a criminal fresh from her own heist, with a fortune of uncut gems hidden in her vehicle. She could escape – but she won’t abandon her millions. She could kill the Battle brothers, but she has to be careful. For one thing, if the law investigates, they’ll find her ill-gotten loot. For another, her own life is sacred. She’s the last member of a Florida paleoindian tribe thought to be extinct – the Tequesta. With her share of the money she plans to buy, bribe and blackmail her way into her own ancestral tribal lands in the heart of the Everglades: a Tequesta nation.

Lucy leads the brothers into her beloved swamp, determined to kill them. But when she falls for Edgar she must decide whether to risk her heritage and the future of her tribe to save the doomed brothers.

  • ebook, 314 pages
  • Published July 8th 2011
  • Publisher: Laura L. Sullivan
  • ISBN 0012842540
  • ISBN13: 2940012842541
  • Source: Author


Author Bio:

Sullivan Lee is a former Florida deputy sheriff who would proba-bly arrest every character in this book. She writes children’s novels under another name. Find her on Facebook or follow her blogs, http://sullivanleewrites.blogspot.com and http://lauralsullivan.blogspot.com.

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