Author Query – Shamim Sarif

shamimsharif-despitethefallingsnowYesterday saw the premiere for Despite The Falling Snow, Shamim Sarif’s novel about love, the Cold War, and what it means to be loyal. I was really excited to be able to ask Shamim some questions, as I was fascinated by the fact that she has directed the film adaptations of her own novels to critical acclaim. This interview is part of a blog tour and A Fantastical Librarian is the penultimate stop, so please see the banner at the bottom of the post and visit the other stops as well.  Read More …

Podcaster Query – Alasdair Stuart

BloggerQueryI’ve had trouble falling asleep for over fifteen years; I can’t seem to shut down my thoughts and drop off. For a while I fell asleep with my TV on sleep timer and the news on repeat and later I’d listen to the BBC World Service on the radio. Until at one point, Wiebe rebelled as it was actually keeping him awake. At that point I started listening to audiobooks, until I discovered short fiction podcasts, specifically PodCastle and later EscapePod. Six years later I have a whole host of fiction podcasts I listen to while falling asleep, though to be fair, I sometimes stay awake a little longer, just so I can hear how the story ends.  Read More …

Author Query – Trevor Hoyle

trevorhoyle-thelastgaspSince 2014, Jo Fletcher Books has been slowly but surely bringing back to print the entirety of Trevor Hoyle’s oeuvre, culminating in yesterday’s publication of a new edition of perhaps his best known work The Last Gasp. What fascinated me about this book, was that despite having been first published over thirty years ago, its themes and topics remain relevant. Not only that, but the author has been able to revise and update the text not once, but twice, reflecting the changes in what we known about climate change and how it is viewed between 1983 and 2016. I was glad to have the opportunity to ask Trevor some questions about this process and about The Last Gasp. I hope you find Trevor’s answers as interesting as I did.  Read More …

Author Query – Susan Jane Bigelow + Giveaway

susanjanebigelow-brokenSusan Jane Bigelow’s Broken and the further books in the Extrahuman Union series are being republished by Book Smugglers Publishing, with Broken having been released this Tuesday last. I have already finished the book and it is amazing; more details on that in my review next Monday. I loved the book, so I was really excited to ask Susan some questions about it and the other books in the series. You can check out her answers below. To be in with a chance to win a copy of Broken, check the giveaway at the bottom of this post.  Read More …

Author Query – C.T. Phipps

ctphipps-esoterrorismThe sad truth is that these days I get so any review requests that I have to turn down many if not most of them (Yes, I know #firstworldbloggerproblems), yet often the books sound cool and I’ll wish I had 48 hours in a day instead of 24. That is what happened when I got an email from C.T. Phipps. Since his books, Esoterrorism and The Rules of Supervillainy, sounded like something my readers might enjoy, I asked C.T. whether he’d be interested in an Author Query. Happily he was and you can find the result below.   Read More …

Author Query – Marc Turner

marcturner-dragonhuntersLast year I was introduced to Marc Turner at Nine Worlds. I was afraid I rather scared him off due to my disavowal of zombie fiction (you all know my feelings about zombies) as his first novel When the Heavens Fall contained a number of undead. Thankfully, it turned out that I didn’t when he contacted me earlier this year about reviewing his second novel Dragon Hunters. Having looked at both the cover and the synopsis, I was hooked, so I gladly said yes and also asked whether he’d be up for an interview, to which Marc graciously agreed. I’ve already finished Dragon Hunters and it was massive amounts of fun and a great read. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I might just take my chances with the zombies and check out When the Heavens Fall. Check back tomorrow for a review of Dragon Hunters.   Read More …

Author Query – Maria V. Snyder [Blog Tour]

mariavsnyder-nightstudyWelcome to my stop on the blog tour for Maria V. Snyder’s latest novel Night Study. I tore through the original Study series — Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study — during my first pregnancy and then had to follow along real time with the Glass books. After these the blog really took off and I’d somewhat lost sight of Maria V. Snyder’s work. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that she’d return to the world of Ixia and to Yelena and Valek in her latest series, starting with Shadow Study and now continued with Night Study. I was stoked to be able to pose Maria some questions for an Author Query as part of the blog tour. Please check the banner at the bottom of the post for more tour stops and a link to Maria’s blog for a chance to win a copy of Night StudyRead More …

Author Query – Christopher Leone

championsofthethirdplanetplaceholderToday’s Author Query is a bit of a first for A Fantastical Librarian, as we have an honest-to-god Hollywood director visiting the blog! Say hello to Christopher Leone. In fact, I spent the morning watching his film Parallels on Netflix. It was a lot of fun, but I want part two of the story! Anyway, Chris isn’t here to talk about his film experience, but about his middle grade debut Champions of the Third Planet, which is funding right now on Inkshares. So let’s get to it!

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Author Query – Addison Gunn

Extinction Biome InvasionSometimes an author comes rolling by and their story is just so wacky or so awesome, you can’t help but be intrigued. Addison Gunn is one such author. It took some doing  — actually, I just emailed the ever lovely Rob at Rebellion, but the other sounds better — but I managed to snag an interview with the mysterious and elusive Mr Gunn. I’m looking forward to reading Extinction Biome: Invasion, it sounds as if it’ll be terrific fun. Meanwhile, enjoy this interview and see whether you can determine where exactly Mr Gunn is holed up.  Read More …

Author Query – Jeff Salyards

jeffsalyards-chainsofthehereticChains of the Heretic is the final book in Jeff Salyards’ Bloodsounder’s Arc trilogy and it is out now. When the first book in the series, Scourge of the Betrayer came out I was taken completely by surprise as to how much I liked the book. It’s sequel Veil of the Deserters was equally good, but this time I knew what I was getting into when I started it. Due to publishing shenanigans it has taken a while for this series to reach its conclusion but Chains is finally here and I can’t wait to see how this story spins out for Arki, Braylar and the rest of the Syldoon. Jeff was kind enough to answer some questions for me and I present you with his Author Query below.  Read More …