Next month will see the publication of The Iron Ghost, the follow up to The Copper Promise. Written by Jen Williams, The Copper Promise was oodles of sword and sorcery fun, which I just loved. I’m really looking forward to tucking into this second offering featuring, Wydrin, Sebastian and Frith, but I’m making myself wait until closer to publication. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy this interview with Jen and if its piqued your interest and you haven’t read The Copper Promise yet, go catch up before February 26, when Headline will be publishing The Iron Ghost! Continue reading
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Brian Staveley burst onto the SFF scene last year with his debut epic fantasy novel The Emperor’s Blades. It was a great first novel and one I enjoyed bunches. The second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne was released earlier this month and I’m currently almost finished with The Providence of Fire. I’ll be reviewing it tomorrow, but suffice it to say that unless Staveley stuffed it up in the final 75 or so pages, the book is even better than The Emperor’s Blades. But before I go back to finishing the book, I get to share an interview with the author with you. I’m pleased I was able to snare Brian Staveley for an Author Query and I hope you enjoy his answers as much as I did. Continue reading »
In a fortnight Jo Fletcher Books is publishing Rook Song the second book in the Gaia Chronicles. Having had a complicated reaction to her debut Seoul Survivors, I got along far better with the first book in her current series called Astra. I enjoyed this world teetering between utopia and dystopia and Astra was a marvellous protagonist. I’m very much looking forward to Rook Song, which promises to be an exciting read after the conclusion of Astra. Today I get to bring you an interview with Naomi, in which I get to ask her about Astra, Rook Song, the potential pit falls of Gaia Play and what is next on her docket. I hope you enjoy this Author Query and don’t forget to check out Rook Song out on Thursday 5 February. Continue reading »
Last December I reviewed Genevieve Cogman’s debut novel The Invisible Library and I adored it with all my heart. It was such an incredibly fun read and also: Librarian Spies; there wasn’t a chance I wasn’t at least going to like the book. Yet I truly loved it and Cogman has set the bar high in terms of 2015 debuts. The book is officially published tomorrow and to celebrate, today I bring you an interview with Genevieve Cogman, in which we learn more about the Library, about what Cogman’s Librarian name would be, and where Irene and Kai might go in the future. I hope you enjoy the interview and don’t forget to go and pick up your own copy of The Invisible Library, available at a bookseller near you from tomorrow onwards. Continue reading »
Today I get to welcome Storm Constantine to the blog. Storm has been publishing books for years and her short story Do As Thou Wilt in Jonathan Oliver’s Magic anthology was one of my favourites in it. So when I was asked about being part of Storm’s tour for her new novel The Moonshawl, the latest entry in her Wraeththu Mythos, I was very pleased to accept. I’m hoping to review the book at some point in the new year as well – so keep an eye out for that – but for now enjoy this Author Query with Storm!
Let’s start with the basics. Who is Storm Constantine?
I’m a writer, publisher and teacher, with over 30 books in print and dozens of short stories. I began writing professionally in the 1980s, and my first novel was ‘The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit’, which is the opening volume in the first Wraeththu trilogy. I’ve since written many novels across several genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, dark fantasy and slipstream. Continue reading »
Despite my hesitance when it comes to zombie novels – they seriously give me nightmares most of the time – when I was sent David Towsey’s debut novel Your Brother’s Blood for review, I was sufficiently intrigued to give it a go, even if his Walkin’ were very much zombie stand-ins. I actually loved the book, as Towsey managed to make me forget the Walkin’ were zombies and I got sucked into the story. And I wanted to know what happened next badly. Fast forward about twelve months and the sequel Your Servants and Your People is published today. I’ve already read it and I’ll be reviewing it tomorrow, but spoiler: it’s great. But I also got to grill David for an Author Query to mark publication day and he sent back some pretty fantastic answers, which you’ll find below. Continue reading »
Last year Gollancz announced Edward Cox’s The Relic Guild to be published this autumn. Intrigued by the premise, I followed the author’s Twitter account and ever since Ed has been a steady presence in my time line. He was also one of the first people I ran into last year in Brighton on which occasion I got one of his patented Ed-Hugs. Fast-forward eleven months and The Relic Guild has been released and I’m really looking forward to picking up a copy when I go to London next week and to get the chance to finally read it. Meanwhile I thought I’d ask Ed some questions on the occasion of the publication of his book and the following Author Query is the result. Continue reading »
Last month I reviewed Scott K Andrews latest novel TimeBomb. A YA novel featuring, time travel, Roundheads and Cavaliers, fabulous characters, and oodles of fun. Yet after finishing the book I did have questions. Luckily for me Scott was willing to answer some of them. Today is the release day for TimeBomb and to celebrate I get to share Scott’s answers to my Author Query with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Let’s start with the basics. Who is Scott K. Andrews?
Writer, geek, dad, husband, dogsbody, wage-slave, anarchist, surrealist, narcissist, distruster of ists. Continue reading »
When Angry Robot’s YA imprint Strange Chemistry closed last June, many of their authors were unfortunately left in limbo mid-series. One of them was Eliza Crewe, whose book Crushed, the second book in the Soul-Eater series, was due to be published in August. Luckily, the rights were reverted back to Eliza and she decided to self-publish the first two books, Cracked and Crushed, and presumably will finish the series that way. While I still need to read both of the books – they’re on my teetering TBR-pile – I wanted to ask Eliza some questions, both about the books and about the process of self-publishing. Today I’m one of the stops on Eliza’s Crushed blog tour and she’s here to answer my questions.
Earlier this month I reviewed the highly entertaining and very atmospheric Jackaby. I had a great time with the story and its characters and I hope to read more about them in the future. I was also able to put Will to the question and have him as an Author Query guest. He sent over the following answers including some of his own art! I hope you enjoy his answers as much as I did. Jackaby is out today, so go check it out!
Let’s start with the basics. Who is William Ritter?
William Ritter is a husband and a father who teaches High School Language Arts and likes to write stories. His debut novel, JACKABY, is published by Algonquin Young Readers, and will be available Sept 16th. Continue reading »