A Round Robin With Debut Author E.A. Smiroldo on Her Dystopian Novel The Silent Count

Written by Adam Torkildson

In The Silent Count, E.A. Smiroldo imagines a future in which scientists have found a realistic and cost-effective method to decrease global warming. In this fictional reality, however, government leaders are more concerned with maintaining the status quo than repairing Mother Earth. Is it due to their employment with Big Oil and Big Coal? Could they be blind to the misery of billions of people who will suffer and maybe die if nothing is done about the worsening climate soon?

Smiroldo thinks this will be the case with her protagonist, nuclear scientist Dara Bouldin, who believes she knows how to halt global warming. Her proposal is rejected, however, since she is simply a cog in the government system, a woman, and a young person (three strikes and you’re out!). Until it is achieved, but for the wrong reasons and by the wrong people.

Recently, Smiroldo chatted with reporters about her career and personal life. 

Is the science in your book authentic or fictitious?

Indeed, it’s true! 

In what ways?

Take a look about you. Every observable object is composed of the same components, or parts. Although each element has distinct features, they are all composed of atoms, the smallest unit that keeps an element’s attributes. 

Previously, scientists believed that one atom was the smallest possible item. We now know this is completely at odds with sub atomic reality. 

We now understand that an atom is composed of smaller particles that are composed of smaller particles. 

Explain how you come up with the turbulent love life of Dara Bouldin.

Are they based on what you’ve been through?

Not even close  My personal love life has been absolutely satisfying, stable, and mature for many years. In my personal life, I approach romance as I would atomic energy: as a subject to study before diving into the details. I concluded that my protagonist would exemplify many of the young people’s social media-discussed mad love fantasies.

 Critics claim that your novel is darkly funny.

Was this intentional?

Humor is grounded in an otherworldly outlook. And it is far more humorous when things happen to someone else than it is when it occurs to you. This is why literary and cinematic romantic comedies have always been so popular. I feel my story characters are realistic and vivid. I just skew the dialogue and motivation to make them more memorable. 

The Silent Count is available via Solstice Publishing, Amazon, and other stores.

Visit E. A. Smiroldo’s website to learn more about her novel and her new screenplay.

E.A. Smiroldo is an author, musician, and nuclear engineer. Since humanity is on the verge of a great climatic catastrophe, she is determined to emphasize the value of trust and love.

She has won writing competitions at the Bethesda Literary Festival and the International Screenwriters’ Dig. She is collaborating with Xray Media on a feature script that will be ready for production the following year. 

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