Podcaster Query – Stefan Rudnicki

lightspeed73Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams is one of my favourite short fiction venues. I have to admit though that I mostly consume their stories in audio format. And if you do so too, you’ll know that one of the main voices of the podcast is Stefan Rudnicki, easily one of the most distinctive and fantastic voices in audio narration. While John Joseph Adams is the one who makes the selection for the stories to be narrated (most often the original fiction), Stefan is the one who does the production. I was really pleased that he was kind enough to agree to be interviewed for the blog. If you haven’t yet listened to the Lightspeed Magazine podcast I highly recommend you do so, both for the awesome stories and the excellent narration.  Read More …

Author Query – Yoon Ha Lee

yoonhalee-ninefoxgambitI love Yoon Ha Lee’s short fiction. I even nominated his story The Contemporary Fox Wife for a Hugo last year. So when Solaris announced they had acquired Lee’s first trilogy of novels I was excited. Ninefox Gambit has an intriguing premise and going by what I’ve read so far — I’m a third of the way in — it promises to be a great read, as long as I don’t get blinded by maths ;) I was lucky enough to ask Lee some questions and he provided fascinating answers. I hope you enjoy the interview  below and do check out Ninefox Gambit. Look out for a review of the book here in the near future.  Read More …

Author Query – Paul Krueger

paulkrueger-lastcallatthenightshadeloungeLast Call at the Nightshade Lounge was a lovely surprise. Prior to receiving a review copy, I hadn’t actually heard about it (or its author) before. Yet when it arrived the flap text and the cover — not to mention the accompanying vodka — grabbed my attention and I couldn’t wait to start this book. It was a great read and I wanted to know more about its author, so I was pleased to be able to ask Paul Krueger some pressing questions. Most importantly, will there be more books set at the Cupbearer Court (a hopefully yes!) I had a lot of fun with Paul’s answers, I hope you will too. Please check out Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge and if you need more convincing, do check out my review of the book from earlier in the week.  Read More …

Author Query – Andrew Buckley

Hair In All The Wrong PlacesHair in All The Wrong Places is a very funny werewolf novel with a twist, which I reviewed on the blog yesterday. I also got to ask the author, Andrew Buckley, some questions about the book, writing funny novels, and whether his alter ego Jane D. Everly will be striking out in the middle grade market too. It turned out to be a fun interview, largely thanks to Andrew’s great answers. So I hope you enjoy it and check out Andrew’s work!

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Let’s start with the basics. Who is Andrew Buckley? 

Where do I begin? I’m happily married to a wonderful redhead, have three adorable children, work full time as a writer, and have been a traditionally published author of rather silly books since 2012. Oh, I’ve also lived in Canada for the past 18 years. Everyone should live here. The entire country is remarkably polite.   Read More …

Author Query – Hallie Rubenhold

hallierubenhold-thefrenchlessonWhen I read that Hallie Rubenhold’s latest novel The French Lesson was set during the French Revolution and was told from the perspective from its female power players I was immediately sold. That was all I needed to know, nevermind that it also had a lovely cover. When soon after I also got an email from The Book Depository with a bargain offer for the first book in the trilogy Mistress of My Fate, I knew it was a sign from the universe—I HAD to read these books. But I was also curious about their author, so when the opportunity to interview her offered itself, I was all-in. The results can be found below. I hope you enjoy reading Hallie’s answers as much as I did. The French Lesson is out now from Doubleday, please do check it out, and check back for my reviews of the books soon!  Read More …

Author Query – Kate Forsyth

Rebirth-of-RapunzelI first read Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens in 2013 and I fell in love with the story, its characters and Kate’s writing. Reading her next novel The Wild Girl only strengthened that love. Her previous book, The Beast’s Garden has only been published in Australia (get on that, UK publishers!) and as such I haven’t yet managed to get my hands on a copy, because it’s really expensive to order books from Australia. But I plan on getting my hands on it somehow in the future. All of this goes to say that I was really interested in reading Kate’s non-fiction collection, The Rebirth of Rapunzel, which I reviewed yesterday, and which left me with some questions to ask Kate. Luckily, she’d already agreed to be interviewed and you can find the results below. Can I just say I can’t wait for Beauty in Thorns? It sounds amazing! If you haven’t read Kate’s work before and you love fairytale retellings or historical fiction, I highly recommend checking out her writing.  Read More …

Podcaster Query – Marguerite Kenner

BloggerQueryNext up in my series of Podcaster Queries is none other than Marguerite Kenner, the editor, host, and often-times narrator of the excellent YA podcast Cast of Wonders. I really enjoy Cast of Wonders unique approach to YA and as far as I’m aware they are the only podcast to cater to this audience at the moment—though please correct me if I’m wrong! I loved Marguerite’s answers and her thoughtful approach to collecting stories for the podcast. If you haven’t yet checked out Cast of Wonders, run, don’t walk and get yourself subscribed, because you’re missing out on some fantastic stories.  Read More …

Author Query – Matthew Jobin

skelethMatthew Jobin’s Nethergrim books, The Nethergrim and The Skeleth sound like fun. Additionally, they’ve also been translated into Dutch, so hopefully I’ll be able to share them with Emma sooner rather than later, as I won’t have to teach her English before reading them to her! That aside, I really did like the sound of the books and wanted to know more about them and their author. Matthew kindly answered my question and you can find the resulting interview below. Check out the Nethergrim books and for my Dutch readers, you can go meet Matthew at the Grijze Jager Dag in Alphen on the 15th!  Read More …

Author Query – Alan Smale

alansmale-eagleinexileAlan Smale’s Clash of Eagles series combines some of my favourite things: fantasy, historical fiction, and Romans. So one day, one day when I finally get my time turner, I definitely want to read them. Until that time though, I decided to settle for the second best option and that was to ask Alan for an interview. He obliged and had some great answers about the research he has done for the book, whether his work for NASA influences his writing, and promoting science through song. Check out Alan’s latest novel Eagle in Exile from Titan Books, out now.  Read More …

Podcaster Query – Kate Baker

BloggerQueryThe Clarkesworld podcast is a standard staple on my bedtime podcast list. It features one of my favourite narrators, Kate Baker. So after I’d interviewed Alasdair, Kate was definitely the one I wanted to interview next. Especially since I remember her talking about her narrating process in one of her outro’s once, which was fascinating since she doesn’t follow the usual practices. Kate was kind enough to agree to an interview and sent me some wonderful answers, which I hope you’ll find as interesting as I did.  Read More …