Author Query – Edward Glover [Blog Tour]

edwardglover-amotifofseasonsToday’s Author Query has a very distinguished guest. Edward Glover is a decorated diplomat who after ending his service turned his hand to writing historical fiction. This shift and the setting and subject of his novels, a young British gentlewoman and a German officer in the eighteenth century, intrigued me and I was happy to have to opportunity to ask Edward some questions about his writing process, how his career influenced his writing and the origin of his Herzberg trilogy, the final book of which A Motif of Seasons was published this month.

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Let’s start with the basics. Who is Edward Glover?

A former career diplomat: but I haven’t put my feet up. I sit on several boards and I go to the Foreign Office twice a week. Most enjoyable of all, I have begun a new career as a writer of novels, drawing material from my long experience of the vagaries of human nature and my love of history. The next novel is already on the stocks. Noel Coward once said that working is more fun than fun. I certainly agree with that.  Read More …

Author Query – Ivar Leon Menger

15-10-02-aud-monster1983-updatedI love listening to podcasts and audio fiction. In fact, most of my short fiction consumption is through the podcast versions of various magazines, such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the Escape Artist podcasts. I also love serialised fiction podcasts, such as TANIS, The Black Tapes, Archive 81, Ars Paradoxica, and Sheep Might Fly. Ivar Leon Menger’s Monster 1983 seemed to be a hybrid between a full audiobook and the serialised fiction I enjoy. I was really pleased to get the opportunity to ask Ivar some questions about the release of his first audio novel in English. I hope you enjoy this interview and that you check out Ivar’s work.  Read More …

Author Query – Barbara Barnett

barabrabarnett-theapothecaryscurseI’m really excited about today’s interview. I read Barbara Barnett’s The Apothecary’s Curse last month and I loved it. (Look for a review of the book tomorrow!) So I was happy to be able to ask Barbara some questions about her debut novel. I got to ask her about alchemy, research and her love of everything Holmes. I hope you enjoy Barbara’s answers and check out The Apothecary’s Curse.

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Let’s start with the basics. Who is Barbara Barnett? 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to speak to you and your readers!!  Read More …

Author Query – Ruth Downie + Giveaway

Cover Image Vita BrevisHistorical crime fiction is my jam — well one of them — and while I mostly read books set later in history, I have a soft spot for books with a Roman setting. Ruth Downie’s Medicus series featuring Gaius Ruso is one that I wasn’t familiar with, but given that Vita Brevis is the seventh book in the series, I’ve got some catching up to look forward to. Today, I’m happy to be part of the Vita Brevis blog tour with an interview with Ruth and a giveaway for a copy of the book. I hope you enjoy Ruth’s answers as much as I did and do check out the other stops on the blog tour.   Read More …

Author Query – S.C. Flynn

childrenofthedifferentweb150Earlier this month I reviewed S.C. Flynn’s debut Children of the Different, which I really enjoyed. Today I am part of S.C.’s blog tour for the book with an Author Query. Thanks to S.C. for dropping by and I hope you enjoy the interview.

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Let’s start with the basics. Who is S.C. Flynn?

I am an Australian/British/Irish/Italian reader and obsessive reviser. I was born in a small town in South West Western Australia, but I have lived in Europe for more than twenty years. First the United Kingdom, then Italy and currently Ireland, the home of my ancestors. That has been a great experience, but also difficult and lonely at times.  Read More …

Author Query Redux – Rowena Cory Daniells

RowenaCoryDaniells-TheKingsBastardRowena Cory Daniells is an author I fell in love with from the moment I started reading her The King’s Bastard, the first book of the King Rolen’s Kin series. I really loved Byren, Fyn, and Pyro and their world. So I was really excited to learn that this September Solaris is kicking off their Solaris Classics series by republishing the King Rolen’s Kin series. To celebrate I’m really happy to have Rowena visit again for a second Author Query. I hope you enjoy it and if you want to learn even more about Rowena, the King Rolen’s Kin series and her Outcast Chronicles, you can also check out her first Author Query from 2012Read More …

Author Query – Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

alvarozinosamaro-travellerofworldsWhen Alvaro Zinos-Amaro approached me about possibly reviewing his book Traveller of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, I had to say no due to my teeter-tottering to-be-read pile and the fact that I’m horribly behind on writing up reviews. However, Traveller of Worlds sounded interesting and I thought that there would be plenty of people who read my blog who would be interested in it, so I asked Alvaro if he’d be up for an interview. He was! And you can find the interview below.  Read More …

Author Query – Col Buchanan

colbuchanan-thehighwildI love the fact that there are more and more ways to support creators these days. And that writers are experimenting with ways to publish their work. Some are exclusively traditionally published, others self-publish, yet others become hybrid authors. Col Buchanan contacted me about his new venture, The High Wild, some or all of which he hopes to publish serially online, I was keen to ask him some questions. You can find his answers below and please do check out his new project!  Read More …

Author Query – Anna Mazzola

annamazzola-theunseeingYesterday I reviewed Anna Mazzola’s amazing debut novel The Unseeing. It’s a powerful story about one of the most notorious cases of early Victorian England. I absolutely adored the book and I was really pleased to be able to ask Anna some questions about it. I hope you enjoy Anna’s answers as much as I did and that you check out The Unseeing. If you’d like to hear an interview with Anna — including a bonus question from yours truly — check out her appearance on the Tea and Jeopardy podcast.

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Let’s start with the basics. Who is Anna Mazzola? 

I’m a debut author, a very small one. My first novel, The Unseeing, came out in July. I also write short stories, look after small children and act as a criminal justice solicitor to people of all sizes.  Read More …

Author Query – Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted SkiesWhen I read the synopsis for Under Rose-Tainted Skies I knew I had to read this book. Mental health representation is important to me; if I hadn’t felt so embarrassed and like a failure, I would perhaps have sought help for my depression far earlier than I did and it might not have gotten so bad. In addition, one of the biggest effects of my depression was the fact that I became a shut-in, who’s main contact with the outside world was my then-boyfriend (now husband). So Norah’s struggles spoke to me strongly. I’m in the middle of the book now and it is brilliant—it hits close to home quite often, but Norah is really funny too. Look for a review tomorrow! In the mean time, I got to speak to the book’s author Louise Gornall, who I think is a YA author to watch!  Read More …