Grim Cat (one of the cats that run the Grimbold Books show, don’t ya know) has come up with some questions to ask the authors of Grimbold. Bold Cat may have added some thoughts. Today, I am hosting the interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman, who has a new book coming out at the end of May, although you can get a hold of ARC copies now. Read on to find out how…
So, this story you’ve written. What’s it about? Why should I interrupt my nap-time to read it?
Anachronism is about a time traveler and a gay teenage girl (who happens to be the future President of the United States) who go on a road trip to stop a nuclear war. It’s funny and there’s a twist at the end that is very clever, if I do say so myself. And you can always nap ON the book like my cat does.
I’ve interviewed Chris before, but it often pays to revisit people, especially old favourites (no, Chris isn’t old… quite the opposite), so here we are…
First, I’ll start with a brief intro. Chris and I met through the blogosphere. I can’t quite recall initial contact, but I do recall finding his blog posts entertaining and enlightening. He was a self-published author while I was still writing HEALER’S TOUCH. I enjoyed his blog posts so much, I read one of his early works. Now, I’m not going to say I was blown away… but I guess I always sensed that Chris has what it takes to get somewhere in this writing world. Is he there yet? Am I? Perhaps not yet… but it’s coming.
So, I returned to Chris’ work when he released another novel. I rather enjoyed London Darkness: Infernal Inventions, and felt it was definitely a move in the right direction in showing Chris’ growing talent. And then he released His Only Star, a YA novella, and I gave that a read, too. Again, this was a step forward, and the emotions Chris managed to bring into the book were real.
The rest… I’ve yet to sit down to (though I plan to!)…
And the best way to watch an author, is to read an author… so, you know… go take a look…
And now, with no further ado… here’s that interview…
Hey, Chris. Tell us a little about yourself…
Well, first, I’m 23 years old, I’m married (I know, I know, I’m too young to be married! Or so I hear, anyway), and I love coffee. I also enjoy a few rounds of boxing (both engaging in and watching, that is).
I used to matter… but now I’m just a girl in a ghetto, a statistic of the Non-Compliance Sector. Three months have passed since Shea Kelly and the rest of Boss’s crew eliminated Danny Rose from the non-compliance sector, but their troubles are far from over. A new, more dangerous opponent has emerged, causing those once considered enemies to strike a tenuous truce. Secrets about the vaccine, the chip, and the past threaten Shea’s budding romantic relationship and even the very existence of the crew.
Those of you who have hung around here a while likely know that I tend towards being a pantster… or, more precisely, a plotster. I write by the seat of my pants with a vague notion of where I want the story to end up and how I want to get there.
But since there’s no one right way to do this thing, I thought I’d get fellow-writer Clare Davidson to let us in on her process. Clare writes Fantasy, and her new Urban/Paranormal Fantasy novel REAPER’S RHYTHM came out on Friday.
Take it away Clare…
To plot or not to plot…
Okay, I apologise for the terrible Hamlet pun. What can I say? I’m an English teacher.
Plotting and I have a love-hate relationship. It’s pretty similar to the relationship I have with my muse, actually. When I first started writing, I
After touring the universe with time traveler John Smith, Cici Connors wants one more thing—to go home. Will the imminent destruction of Earth throw a kink into her plans? (Leaving Who is the sequel to Loving Who, also available from Mojocastle Press.)
“You want…more than…me?”
His wide eyes and quivering lip betrayed how stunned John Smith was by my revelation, but somehow he still sounded indignant. The depth of his self-love knew no bounds. I could see the first Doctor booming such an arrogant statement to his companions who, of course, would reply apologetically, “Right you are. You know what’s best, Doctor.”
But he didn’t always. And neither did my traveling companion. Sure, watching the embers of the universe flicker until they were no brighter than a dying campfire did bring a tear to my eye—but so did a good chick flick and PMS. After so many wondrous sights, I’d become jaded and bored. My Doctor substitute didn’t seem to get it. I took another stab.
“Yes, I need more than just endless travels, endless fascinating sights. I need structure and routine occasionally.” I spun around on him and gestured wildly. “I need to be with people who love me for who I am—and don’t try to pawn me off on an interstellar slave trader in payment for a rickety transmat booth.”
He glared down his nose at me. “I explained that to you thoroughly, Cici. It was an attempt to get him to lower the price. No one should have to pay that much for such substandard transport.”
“You’re damn right!” My voice rose an octave, echoing off the transparent dome above us. “It was worse than substandard. I’m still picking the splinters of wood bark out of my hair. As much as I love to hug trees, rematerializing inside a trunk isn’t something I ever want to attempt again.”
By way of explanation about this fantasy romantic-comedy series: I’m a big Doctor Who fan and have always wondered what would it be like if a time traveler did visit Earth and ask me to come along with him on an adventure. Things wouldn’t work quite as smoothly as they do on TV, of course, and my romantic alien time traveler might have a few foibles and habits that are hard to get use to… This is what Cici discovers in the first book of the series, Loving Who. In Leaving Who, Cici makes a decision–she wants to go home. Somehow, with her alien friend John Smith and his colleagues Captain Mac and Babbling Brook, you know it’s just not going to be easy, but it will be funny.
Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is talk about me, me, me… Perhaps I do. But then, that’s one reason I love doing things like celebrating NZ Music Month – it’s a chance to celebrate other artists! (Wow, I’m starting to include myself in the rank of artists… It still feels weird, but I suppose… sort of… ).
Anywhay, this was the first Question-Reply-Next Question-Reply… style interview I’ve done. It was fun and gave Ana, the interviewer, the chance to react to my answers. I think she did a great job. I’m her first interviewee, and she’s looking out for MORE! So go check her (and me) out HERE!
I’m working on a new drawing:
So I can call myself an artist, and
To give myself the chance to zone out now and then – drawing is a whole different art to writing.
When I read the news that Iain Banks was unwell I was brought to tears. I considered doing a blog post, but I’ve been humming and harring over “capitalising” on someone else’s misfortune… I don’t want to do it. But, I feel like sharing with you, my readers, a little insight into what Iain (M.) Banks, the literary genius, means to me.
I signed his guest book with this message:
The day I picked up “The Crow Road” was the day I became a Reader. Rather than someone who just read books, I became a consumer of books and looked for a certain something in the books I read. Most of my book shelf is a bit of a rag-tag, but I have three dedicated shelves: two for a couple of series I’ve enjoyed, and one for Iain (M.) Banks books. In various online communities I have been better known as “QuietlyConfident” or “Soulhaven”… identities I adopted under your influence.
For all this, I thank you, and send you all the best vibes I have in my power to send. Whichever way things must go, I wish you the best of outcomes for you and your loved ones.
It’s weird to me. My online identity has been based on space ship names created by Mr Iain Banks in his Culture novels (in particular Look to Windward and Excession, though I have read several!) for many years, including my username for this blog…
Howdy folks. Another one of these things. They’re kind of fun. And I’m just doing a few ’cause it’s that time in the lead up to release day when publicity is needed on a grand scale… like, a massive scale… and probably should have been done ages ago… oh well. I am open to the idea of more author interviews, if you’re keen. I might even pick a day of the week to do them…
Today’s Interviewee is Paige Daniels. Paige is a fellow Kristell Ink author whose book, Non-Compliance:The Sector released in November. It’s a gritty tale about a post-war America in which the citizens have, mostly, been convinced to accept having microchips inserted into the backs of their necks… for their own safety, some may believe. Others might see it as government control… and those are the people you’ll likely find in the Non-Compliance Sectors – areas where those who refuse to be chipped must fend for themselves. So, what would you choose? The cosy lifestyle and the chip? Or hard-won autonomy?