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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …