FanLit Asks: October 2, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:

Got any news to share?

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsSteven R. Boyett: I’m excited that I will be reading at the opening weekend of San Francisco’s massive Litquake festival, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-3 PM. I usually record these things, so it will be on the media page of my blog soon afterward. In my mortal guise I’m also a semi-famous DJ, and I’m also hugely stoked that I’ll be DJing the Litquake/Litcrawl closing party at The Blue Macaw in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct 14. It’s a private party from 10 to midnight, but from midnight to closing it’s wide open. Funk will be served.fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

Jacqueline Carey: My latest, Dark Currents, releases today. It’s the first volume in a new urban fantasy series set in the Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet, where Hel, the Norse goddess of the dead, presides over an underworld buried beneath the shifting sands. Daisy Johanssen, accidental hell-spawn, is Hel’s liaison to the mundane world. When a local college boy drowns and eldritch involvement is suspected, Daisy has to solve the crime before it ignites a backlash against her community.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsJim C. Hines: Well let’s see, last month I won a Hugo award for Best Fan Writer, saw my new book Libriomancer go back for a third printing after only four weeks, and got a promotion at work. I promise that in October I’ll try to be more fair about sharing the good luck with others. In the meantime though, yay September!!!

What are you working on these days?

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Helen Lowe: Right now I’m working on the third novel in my THE WALL OF NIGHT series, titled Daughter of Blood – it follows on from the first-in-series, The Heir of Night (2010 USA; 2011 UK), and the recently published second novel, The Gathering of the Lost (Harper Voyager, USA; Orbit, UK.) I find writing a novel pretty much a full time job, but I do fit in the occasional poem, as well as keeping my blog going with a new post every day and the occasional radio and blog interview with a fellow writer.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews Ken Scholes: I have a few shorter projects to wrap up between now and November. Then I will start gearing up to write Hymn, the final volume in the PSALMS OF ISAAK. Once I’ve finished this series, I’m going to tackle a YA book, I think. I’m still pondering it all.

Read any good books lately?

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Ian Tregillis: I know I’m a few years behind the times on this, but I recently read Scott Lynch‘s The Lies of Locke Lamora and absolutely adored it. I am desperate to get my hands on the sequel. What a terrific debut novel! Highly recommended.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsJennifer Estep: Among the books that I recently read and enjoyed are The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen and Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder.

Sarah Beth Durst: I love fantasy. I’m a sucker for anything involving a girl-who-kicks-butt plus impossible creatures. Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and BoneA few books I’ve enjoyed recently include: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins, Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent.


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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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