FanLit Asks: September 4, 2012

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

What are you working on these days?

Mortal Love by Elizabeth HandTaylor Anderson: Well, I’m hard at work on the next DESTROYERMEN novel already, and as usual, I’m enjoying that a lot. If people get half as much fun out of reading my books as I get out of writing them, I figure I’m way ahead. Otherwise, I’ve been coordinating with the US Veteran’s Museum in Granbury, TX., trying to put together some really interesting activities.

Elizabeth Hand: I’m working on Wylding Hall, a contemporary gothic YA novel that riffs on Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.

Nancy Holzner: I’m currently writing DEADTOWN #5, which has a working title of Hellhound. I’ve also launched a Kickstarter project for a DEADTOWN prequel that tells the story of the zombie plague that took place in Boston three years before the events of Deadtown. The prequel will be novella length, and I plan to bundle it together with some short stories and release the collection independently as Tales from Deadtown.urban fantasy book review Nancy Holzner Deadtown 2. Hellforged

Read any good books lately?

Anne Ursu: Neversink, by Barry Wolverton. I got to read an early copy of this last year, and adored it. It’s a book that so well shows the ability of kids’ fantasy to hold epic ideas in the most delightful packages. This is a saga about tyranny and revolution, a classic hero’s journey, a call to the importance of mythology and history — enacted by megalomaniacal owls in bowler hats, a village of cheerful puffins, and one really loquacious walrus. Plus it’s hilarious.Indigo Springs

J.A. Pitts: Absolutely. Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica. Mira Grant’s NEWSFLESH Trilogy and I’m just catching on to the George R.R. Martin GAME OF THRONES series. I’m in the middle of Clash of Kings. All great fun.

Chaz Brenchley: Actually I’ve been pretty much comfort-reading these last months; with everything else in my life turned so thoroughly upside down, apparently I wanted to retreat into fictional worlds that were intimately familiar. So the literal answer to your question is “Yes, absolutely” — but none of these books are new to me, and they probably won’t be new to your readers either. I’ve worked my way through the whole of Neal Stephenson’s back catalogue (I love his work generally, and adore the BAROQUE CYCLE with a passion; it is outrageous that one man should know so much, and write about it so entertainingly), and am just coming to the end of a complete reread of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels. I’ve also been reading Lois McMaster Bujold, and m’wife’s collection of magazines (Asimov’s and F&SF, largely), and various other SF. The book I’m probably most looking forward to just now is Liz Williams’ Worldsoul — “What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?” — with a catch-line like that, who could resist? Not I…


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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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One comment

  1. Elizabeth Hand is writing a gothic YA novel? (And based on Rebecca? I loved Rebecca, to butcher the quote!) Sign. Me. Up!

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