Author Query – Robert Jackson Bennett

robertjacksonbennett-cityofbladesI’m stoked to bring you today’s Author Query. Last year I read and loved Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs and I’m currently in the midst of his City of Blades, which I’m loving just as much. But RJB isn’t just a great author, he also writes interesting articles on his blog and his Twitter feed is always interesting, whether you like witnessing off-the-wall author interactions, political commentary, or the plain weird, Bennett has it all on his feed. I was excited when I got the chance to interview him and he had some interesting answers to my questions.


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Robert Jackson Bennett?

Me, a writer! I’m just some guy who writes books.  Read More …

Author Query – J.M. Frey

jmfrey-theuntoldtaleNext week sees the publication of J.M. Frey’s latest novel The Untold Tale. It sounds as a great read and very fun and has received some great advance praise. Since I’m still on a review hiatus, I thought I’d ask J.M. if she’s let me interview her and she kindly agreed. I hope you enjoy the interview below in which J.M. tells us about her path to publication and about what exactly a fantropologist is.


Let’s start with the basics. Who is J.M. Frey? 

It’s a human-shaped creature that identifies cisfemale. It really likes tea, scarves, warm socks, and Marvel films. It is most active during the night, as it prefers to write in the dark, and often sleeps very late during the daylight hours. It’s favorite habitats are hot tubs and beds with far too many pillows on it.  Read More …

Author Query Redux – Genevieve Cogman

genevievecogman-themaskedcityEarlier this year I interviewed Genevieve Cogman after the publication of her debut The Invisible Library which is still one of my favourite books of the past year. The second book in her series called The Masked City will be out on December 3rd. I asked Genevieve some questions to see how she had fared since the publication of The Invisible Library and what we could expect from The Masked City. Her answers only made me more excited to read the book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Hope you enjoy the interview and that you’re looking forward to The Masked City as much as I am!  Read More …

Author Query – Michelle Hauck

michellehauck-grudgingToday is publication day for Michelle Hauck’s Grudging, the first in her Birth of Saints series. The book sounds intriguing and since I’m on a reviewing hiatus I decided to ask Michelle whether she’d let me interview her, so as to share this book with those who read my blog. She said yes and the following Author Query is the result. I hope you enjoy it and that you check out Grudging!


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Michelle Hauck?

Writer, reader, contest host, compulsive blogger and twitter addict. I live in northern Indiana. I host many contests for writers on my blog, such as Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and Picture Book Party. I have two children—now in college—a husband, and two dogs, and I like to spend my time outdoors when it isn’t snowing or freezing—because northern Indiana. Or at least with the windows open when I write. I writer all types of fantasy and prefer the epic kind.    Read More …

Author Query – Nicola Cornick

nicolacornick-houseofshadowsNicola Cornick is an author that was new to me, but the description for her new timeslip novel House of Shadows sounded fantastic, so I decided I needed to know more about her and she was gracious enough to answer my questions. Hopefully you’ll be as intrigued by the book and Nicola’s interview as I am!


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Nicola Cornick?

I’m a writer and a historian, working on a voluntary basis for the National Trust at Ashdown House, taking visitors around on guided tours and researching the house and its history. I’m a total history geek. In my spare time I train guide dog puppies and go travelling.  Read More …

Author Query – Emma Newman

emmanewman-planetfallYesterday I posted my review for Planetfall, Emma Newman’s latest novel that is out today from Roc Books. I loved it, it is one of my favourite books of the year, perhaps even my favourite full stop. I was really excited to get to interview Emma and I hope you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I did. If nothing else, I hope it makes you want to pick up Planetfall and read it, because you absolutely should!


Let’s start with the basics. Who is Emma Newman? 

She – I – she URGH> I can’t talk about myself in the third person! I’m an author, audio book narrator and podcaster. I am a keen roleplayer and dressmaker too.  Read More …

Author Query – Lou Morgan

redeyeIn the run up to Halloween, Stripes Publishing is celebrating the conclusion of their first year of the Red Eye series with a blog tour. I’ve read and enjoyed all of the Red Eye books this year and I was really stoked to get the chance to interview the wonderful Lou Morgan. I adored Lou’s first series Blood and Feathers from Solaris and her Red Eye title Sleepless was my favourite of the run. And in addition to being a fabulous writer, she’s also just a really good egg, so it is always great to have her visit A Fantastical Librarian. If you haven’t checked out Sleepless or the other Red Eye titles I highly recommend you do so. In the meantime, enjoy this interview!  Read More …

Author Query – Rajan Khanna

rajankhanna-risingtideLast year I read and really enjoyed Rajan Khanna’s debut novel Falling Sky. A post-apocalyptic adventure with some amazing characters, which is coincidentally also one of the very, very few novels featuring zombie-like monsters that I can actually read without getting nightmares. Having very much enjoyed the book and having gotten attached to his protagonists Ben and Miranda, I’m really looking forward to getting back to their story and to see what happens next. But what with my current reviewing break, that might be a bit. But I still wanted to feature Rajan and his second book Rising Tide. So today I present an Author Query with Rajan. If you haven’t yet checked out his writing, whether in in short or long form, be sure to do so, because he’s a wonderful writer.  Read More …

Author Query – Kameron Hurley

kameronhurley-empireascendantKameron Hurley is one of the hardest working women in SFF. Currently under contract for four books – one with a looming deadline – she also on the last leg of her epic promotional tour for the second book in her even more epic Worldbreaker series. I loved The Mirror Empire and its successor was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015. I haven’t yet reviewed Empire Ascendant, but I have read it and I can tell you this: Hurley is hell on her characters, but in the best possible way. If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of Empire Ascendant, make it your next buy, because it is wonderful. Meanwhile, before you run off to your book retailer of choice, check out Kameron’s wonderful answers to my questions in a very special Author Query.  Read More …

Author Query Redux – Christopher Fowler

christopherfowler-thesandmenLast year I reviewed Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May and The Burning Man, which I enjoyed hugely. I loved the quirkiness of his Peculiar Crime Unit and I have a weak spot for police procedurals anyway. But his other books, speculative fiction with a wide horror streak running through them have consistently caught my eyes over the past few years, though I’ve never had the guts to read them—I guess my teaching myself to (dare to) horror is still a work in progress. His latest novel, The Sand Men, sounds fascinating and I’m pleased to be able to welcome Christopher back to A Fantastical Librarian for another Author Query and his answers to some questions about The Sand Men.


Welcome back to A Fantastical Librarian! Tell us about The Sand Men, your latest release from Solaris. What inspired this near-future thriller?

Partly my love for JG Ballard’s ideas. We used to correspond and I’ve read everything he wrote. I felt that if he had lived longer he would have been fascinated by the Middle East’s determination to hurtle into the future.  Read More …