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 …

Editor Query – A Voyage to Arcturus

PostcardA long time ago, almost back in the Dark Ages, I used to be a Book and Publishing student at Leiden University’s English Department. One of my main regrets about my time as a student, secondary to not finishing my Master’s thesis that is, is never having had the opportunity of following the course where the students published their own edition of a particular book due to scheduling issues. So when I was contacted by Ruth (N), one of Edinburgh Napier University’s Publishing master students about perhaps reviewing their project, David Lindsay’s A Voyage to Arcturus, I immediately asked whether they’d also be up for an interview to see what I’d missed out on back in the day. The group kindly agreed and you can find their answers below. A Voyage to Arcturus is due to be published in May and I’m certainly looking forward to their interpretation and edition of the text.  Read More …

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 …