Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Laura Bickle / Alayna Williams: My first YA novel, The Hallowed Ones, will be released by HMH Graphia on September 25. Pitched as Witness meets 28 Days Later, The Hallowed Ones is a paranormal thriller in which Amish girl must protect her family from a violent contagion, even as fear and denial threaten to erode her community from within.
Mark Lawrence: Why yes I have! My daughter (age 8 and severely disabled) wrote a book that’s out-selling my own in the US! It’s a picture book and she used a head-switch and communication device to guide the plot. All profits are going to the hospice charity for terminally ill and life-limited children that helps support her. You can learn more here and watch the film below. Also Prince of Thorns is a finalist in the David Gemmell Morning Star Award and has had its movie rights optioned by Stephen Susco. So that’s all good! [editor's note: Purchase Wheel-Mouse for 99c on Kindle]
What are you working on these days?
James Barclay: It’s all editing, research, reading and planning at the moment. I’m in the editing process for Beyond The Mists Of Katura, the third in my ELVES trilogy. I’m delighted with how the books have turned out and how they’ve been received. All have been tough to write but the outcomes make it worth all the angst… I’m also editing a Young Adult novel for which I’m still seeking a publisher. There’s plenty of interest and I hope to have good news fairly soon. Fingers crossed. I’m researching prior to co-writing a screenplay with a horror director friend too — can’t say anything about it yet but we’re very excited at the idea and how it’s coming together. Reading? Well, all those luvverly British Fantasy Society shortlisted works. Wonderful. And lastly, the planning stuff, well there are always more fantasy books to propose to Gollancz, my publishers. As always, I like to present a full proposal of story, character, plot, background and sample chapters before crossing my fingers and hope for the best. I’m busy and loving it and there is so much more on the back burners…
Lauren Beukes: I’m adapting Zoo City for a screenplay for South African producer Helena Spring, working with my favourite accomplice/ plot genius/ writing partner, Sam Wilson. It’s lovely revisiting Zoo City. I could definitely spend more time here. I’m also finishing up my arc of Fairest, a spin-off of Bill Willingham’s brilliant fairytale remix comic series, FABLES. I’m working with artist Inaki Miranda and colorist Eva de la Cruz who push the words to be so much more with their artwork. It’s been amazing to see.
Read any good books lately?
Justin Gustainis: I recently re-read The Bloody Red Baron, by Kim Newman, which is just out in a new edition that includes a bonus novella, Vampire Romance. This volume is the second of Newman’s ANNO DRACULA books, which I cannot recommend highly enough. The series takes the premise of Stoker’s Dracula and turns it on its head. In this universe, Dracula defeated Van Helsing and his crew, went on to woo and wed Queen Victoria, and became Prince Regent of England, spreading vampirism throughout the realm. The Bloody Red Baron takes the action into World War I, with vampires fighting on both sides in the conflict.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail: For those who want a rich, engaging read I have to recommend three books, actually, L. Jagi Lamplighter’s PROSPERO’S DAUGHTER series: Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained. The series follows Prospero and Miranda from Shakespeare’s The Tempest into the modern day, with the addition of a whole slew of half-siblings, as well as elemental and mythical creatures.
More news next week!