FanLit Asks: September 11, 2012

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

Got any personal news to share?

Sarah Beth DurstMy next YA novel, Vessel, comes out from Simon & Schuster/McElderry today. It’s about a girl who lives in a harsh desert land and is destined to sacrifice herself so her clan’s goddess can inhabit her body… but her goddess never comes. It recently received a starred review in Kirkus. (Yay!) Also, I sold three new books! They’re my first books for adults: The Lost, The Missing, and The Found, and I’m really excited about them. Also recently, a bunch people in California parked a car on Mars, took some photos, and send them back, which I’m claiming as personal news because I stayed up late to watch it. Actually, I think Curiosity on Mars counts as personal news for the entire human race. (“Hey, look, Universe! We did something cool!”)

What are you working on these days?

Ian Tregillis Milkweed Triptych 1. Bitter SeedsIan Tregillis: I’ve been toying with several ideas for new novels. (Brainstorming is my favorite part of the process. So much more fun than the actual writing.) I’m discussing possible projects with my agent. I feel fortunate to have two books in the pipeline right now — it means I can take a little time to think about what I’d enjoy most. I have five ideas for novels rattling around in my head, and I’m trying to decide which one will be the most fun to tackle next. I enjoy writing novels, but I also enjoy having a little down time between projects now and then. It’s important to recharge those batteries…Jennifer Estep Mythos Academy 1. First Frost

Jennifer Estep: I’m working on Deadly Sting, the eighth book in my ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series, which is set to be published in April 2013. I’m also working on Midnight Frost, the fifth book in my MYTHOS ACADEMY series, which is tentatively set to be published in August 2013.

Read any good books lately?

Nancy Holzner: Lately, I can’t seem to get enough of spooky Gothic haunted-house stories. They’re often slower paced than the action-oriented novels I usually read, but I love the build-up of a truly creepy atmosphere. A classic I had never read until recently is Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and I love the way she builds psychological terror as the book proceeds. It was one of those books I kept thinking about for days after I’d finished it. Another I’m reading at the moment is The Seance by John Harwood. It’s set in Victorian England and has a lot of fun with classic Gothic elements — family secrets, haunted woods, a creaky old house, stormy nights — and the multiple narrators’ voices sound authentically Victorian. I’m really enjoying it.Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Helen Lowe: A few books I’ve enjoyed recently include The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz), which I describe on my blog, as “baroque space opera.” I also enjoyed Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, which I read ahead of interviewing the author, and where I was very impressed by the way the author dealt with the idea of “consequences.” A third novel I have enjoyed recently was The Bridge by fellow New Zealand author, Jane Higgins. Jane and I were on the “Why YA” panel together at the Christchurch Writers’ Festival and The Bridge is both speculative dystopia and a compelling coming-of-age story.


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KAT HOOPER is a professor at the University of North Florida where she teaches neuroscience, psychology, and research methods courses. She occasionally gets paid to review scientific textbooks, but reviewing speculative fiction is much more fun. Kat lives with her husband and their children in Jacksonville Florida.

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2 comments

  1. I’m reading Vessel right now! Really like it so far.

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