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Author Query – Victoria Lamb [Blog Tour]

victorialamb-herlastassassinReturning for a visit to A Fantastical Librarian is historical novelist Victoria Lamb, author of the Lucy Morgan trilogy and The Tudor Witch trilogy. I’ve reviewed the first two Lucy Morgan books, The Queen’s Secret and His Dark Lady and I’m very much looking forward to reading the last instalment Her Last Assassin. Last year I was part of the blog tour for His Dark Lady and Victoria wrote me a lovely guest post on her research process. So for this year’s blog tour I asked her for an interview and you can find the results below. Keep an eye out for a review of the book in the next few months.  Continue reading »

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Author Query – Anthony Riches

anthonyriches-theemperorsknivesToday I welcome historical novelist Anthony Riches to the blog. I decided last week to make May historical fiction month and because I have his last three books – The Wolf’s Gold, The Eagle’s Vengeance, The Emperor’s Knives – still waiting to be reviewed I also planned an Anthony Riches week. When I contacted Hodder about a possible interview or guest post, they asked whether I’d like to be part of the blog tour for The Emperor’s Knives with an interview this week and of course I said yes. So please check back in May for reviews of the books mentioned above and enjoy Anthony’s answers!  Continue reading »

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Author Query – Justin Gustainis

justingustainis-knowndevilIn 2012 I read and reviewed Evil Dark, the second book in Justin Gustainis’ Haunted Scranton series. I really enjoyed it and I was really looking forward to the next book Known Devil, which I reviewed yesterday and which was just as fun as Evil Dark. The Haunted Scranton series is a super fun series that I think hasn’t had the attention it deserves, so I’m really pleased to be able to bring you an interview with its author Justin Gustainis. I had a lot of fun putting the questions together and Justin gave some really cool answers, so I hope you enjoy this interview.  Continue reading »

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Author Query – Christopher Gortner [Blog Tour]

christophergortner-thetudorconspiracyI’m once more glad to welcome Christopher Gortner to A Fantastical Librarian as part of the blog tour of his latest book The Tudor Conspiracy. As Christopher was kind enough to write me a guest post last year, I asked whether I could do an interview this year and the answer was yes. You can find the results below!

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Author Query – Mazarkis Williams

untitledWhen I was contacted about reviewing Tower Broken, I had to admit to not having read any of them. So I quickly hit on the idea to have a Tower & Knife week, reviewing the whole trilogy and including an interview with and a guest post by Mazarkis themselves. Yesterday I brought you my review for The Emperor’s Knife, today I have an interview with Maz. I hope you enjoy Maz’s great answers!

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Author Query – Geoffrey Gudgion

geoffreygudgion-saxonsbaneAt World Fantasy Con in Brighton last year, I was fortunate enough to spend some time chatting to Geoffrey Gudgion. He was quite charming and it made me want to read his debut Saxon’s Bane even more. I read it over Christmas and it immediately made my Favourite Debuts of 2013 list. But after I finished the book I had some questions and Geoff was gracious enough to answer them. There aren’t any spoilers for the book in there so even if you haven’t read the book yet, you can read the interview without getting spoiled. Let’s get to the interview!  Continue reading »

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Author Query – Madeline Ashby + Giveaway!

madelineashby-idYesterday was the US launch date of Madeline Ashby’s second novel iD. Having loved her first Machine Dynasty book vN, this was one book I was looking forward to a great deal and when offered the chance to ask Madeline some questions in honour of said release, I took it in my grabby hands and ran with it. In conjunction with the interview I’m running a giveaway for iD, so please check that out if you’re interested. But first my interview with the wonderful Madeline Ashby, who made my questions seem so much more intelligent with her wonderful answers.

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Author Query – Steve Berry

steveberry-thekingsdeceptionRecently, I was fortunate enough to pose a number of questions to Steve Berry, the author of new contemporary thriller The King’s Deception. Steve’s answers were quite interesting and I’m looking forward to reading his latest novel even more now. If only the Dutch post office would be kind enough to deliver it already! But expect a review of it in the near-future. For now I hope you enjoy this interview.

For readers of my blog unfamiliar with the Cotton Malone series – and for me as I’m new to your work as well – could you give us a short introduction to him?  Continue reading »

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One Burning Question for Julianna Baggott (well, maybe two)

juliannabaggott-fuseTomorrow is the UK release day of the second book in Julianna Baggott’s Pure trilogy, Fuse. I reviewed the book last month and was offered the opportunity to ask Julianna one burning question about the series. Because I’m a special snowflake, or perhaps more because I screwed up with my email, I sent in two questions and Julianna was gracious enough to answer them both.

The first question was formulated before I had the chance to read Fuse, so it’s based on the first book in the series, Pure.

Q: What inspired the story Partridge’s mum told him, why give it that particular fairy tale slant?

A: I believe that we reveal so much of our fears and desires and obsessions in fairy tales. They’re powerful, especially those that endure generations. As I mention in PURE, there’s an actual fairy tale about a swan with black feet. I change details that lead to the story that’s been embedded into the tale for Partridge, in hopes that he remembers. Fairy tales are our essences, in a way. They’re primal and because they’re simple and image-based, they haunt us.

I came up with this second question after reading Fuse and it concerns the final book in the trilogy, Burn.

Q: In the Pure world history is clearly written by the victor, it’s more a figment of the powerful people’s imagination than the truth. The truth, which seems so important to Bradwell, remains a nebulous thing in Pressia’s world. Will we learn the full truth in Burn?

A: Interesting you ask this question. Yes, there is something that Bradwell writes — at the very end of BURN — that is especially important. BURN isn’t about the past, however, but it does wrestle with questions about what the truth is and how it matters.

Thank you, Julianna! If you haven’t yet checked the books out, I highly recommend you do so as they’re one of the most exciting YA series currently out there!

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Author Query – Laura Lam [Pantomime Blog Tour]

BloggerQueryLast December I reviewed Laura Lam’s Pantomime. I fell in love with her world of Ellada and her wonderful protagonists Gene and Micah. So when I got the chance to interview Laura for her official release blog tour, I jumped at the chance. Laura was kind enough to answer my questions and I’m excited to share the interview with you today. Let’s take a look at what Laura had to say.

Let’s start with the basics. Who is Laura Lam?laura_lam
I’m a 24-year-old who was born and raised near San Francisco, California, and gave up the sunshine to move to Aberdeen, Scotland to be with my husband, though we might not settle here forever. I work as a corporate librarian, read a lot and write a lot, watch some TV, travel, and don’t do all that much else!

You’ve stated Pantomime was originally developed from background notes to a different Micah Grey story. Why did you have Micah run away to join the circus?
Without giving the game away too much, Micah’s long-term career has a distinct need for physical strength and some theatric performances. So having him join the circus as a young lad would work very well for him indeed. It was an idle fancy for a while, but when I decided to write a “short story” about Micah joining the circus. I just fell in love with the setting and it kept getting longer and longer. First it was going to be a short story, then maybe a novella, and then it became a novel. With a sequel, and maybe more!

Have you always had a fascination for the circus?
I’ve always loved the circus. I remember seeing Ringling Bros with my mother and brother when I was little. I distinctly remember really wanting a snow cone and after I ate it, it turned my tongue blue. Like all kids, the clowns scared me. And I loved the aerialists the most—flying through the air and catching each other at just the right moment.

I’ve also watched Cirque du Soleil on TV, but not live yet, and whenever the circus comes to town, I always pop down to the beach to go see it. Anything with circuses always makes my ears perk up.

Did you have to do much research on Victorian circuses? If so, what was that process like?
I did a fair amount. Luckily, Brenda Assael wrote a really detailed account in her book The Circus and Victorian Society, which is fantastic. I also did a lot of general research online, and also read The Giant Circus Book by Taschen right before a huge rewrite, which was excellent inspiration. I also watched a lot of clips on Youtube of circus acts and read circus fiction like The Night Circus & Water for Elephants.

One of the clowns, Drystan, in his description and ‘clown persona’ rather reminded me of Robin Hobb’s Fool. Was this a deliberate homage or is it accidental?
It’s funny how obvious my admiration for Robin Hobb has come out in my writing, without me even realising it. It makes me feel oddly exposed! But yes, Robin Hobb is my favourite author and the fact that Drystan wears white motley is not accidental in the slightest. It’s a little homage to the Fool. Drystan is different to the Fool in many respects but there’s some obvious parallels—they both keep their past secret and they like to tease the protagonist until he blushes, and they’re both decidedly odd, but in the best possible way.

Cover Laura Lam's PantomimeIn Pantomime, both Gene and Micah dealt with issues of gender identity. What drew you to this subject?
I’ve always been fascinated by gender. Perhaps it’s a result of growing up in San Francisco. I’ve always seen gender as a fluid thing (even if I personally have landed pretty traditionally on the cisgendered-female side), and found it increasingly annoying that people were obsessed with putting people into boxes. Black or white. Male or female. Straight or gay. For so many, it’s not an either/or, and so I wanted to have characters who don’t fit into traditional societal boxes of gender or class or race or sexuality. It’s also not an accident that Micah’s last name is Grey.

I think all of my work will have some aspect of “in between” in it. YA embraces that as it has characters transforming from children to adults.

Of all of the acts in R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic, which one would you love to see most in real life?
The Phantom Damselfly, without a doubt, though she was more of a sideshow performance. Under the Big Top, I’d want to see the aerialists most of all.

What’s up next for you? More Micah Grey books or are you working on other projects?
I’ve finished the first draft of Pantomime2 (title to be determined) and sent it off to my agent and am awaiting revisions. In the meantime, I’m working on another YA set in our world, which is a gothic ghost story with a twist and meshes a bunch of genres together, as apparently that’s what I do!

I’ve also been playing around with some short stories set in Ellada as well, which has been fun, and also contemplating other books set in Ellada & the Archipelago.

What is your current read and what book are you most eagerly awaiting, apart from Pantomime of course?
I’m currently reading Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Mariott, which is just lovely. It’s a feudal Japan Cinderella retelling mashed with the revenge of Count of Monte Cristo, with magic and shadow-weaving. Fantastic!

Upcoming books: A lot of my Strange Chemistry cohort will have amazing books out next year, and I’m also anticipating a couple of sequels to books I loved this year, such as Dracomachia by Rachel Hartman and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Is there something else you’re obsessed with other than writing and books?
To be honest, reading and writing covers most of my obsessive nature. There’s other things I quite enjoy: watching good TV and film, travelling, seeing friends and the like, but nothing else I’m obsessed with as I am with the written word.

Finally, I have to stay true to my roots and ask a librarian question to finish off with: Do you shelve your books alphabetically, by genre or do you have an ingenious system?
As someone who worked in a library, I appreciate this question! I alphabetize my fiction by last name and my nonfiction is in rough Dewey Decimal system. The system’s getting a bit messy around the edges because we’ve run out of room for books, though.
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Thank you so much, Laura! If you want to find out more about Pantomime or Laura, please visit her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook. And I’m only the second stop on Laura’s blog tour, be sure to check the other stops out as well. They are listed below.

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