“In the Woods” opens with a sense of mystery and confusion, almost a rebirth for the main character April. What inspired such a tense opening? It’s a nod to the beginning of the second novel in the Wool trilogy. Here we have a survivor from the old world entering a new and much darker one. […]
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What was your inspiration to write this story? Over the course of the triptych, I’ve been trying to write about an apocalypse that is relatively devoid of violence, and to focus on regular people dealing with everyday interpersonal concerns made far more complex because they’re taking place before/during/after an apocalypse. So my first story explored […]
I love the format of the story. Did the story come first, then the formatting, or did the format help shape the narrative at all? I decided from the start that I’d write all three of the stories in the series as a mix of “chat” transcripts and traditional narrative, so the format was determined […]
So, as well as loving reading and writing – gaming is a big deal to me. I grew up playing games like Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic II etc etc…. There’s a pattern here you might not necessarily know – game designer (and comic and now […]
A new report commissioned by Spread the Word, edited by Danuta Kean and deputy edited by Mel Larsen, reveals that the publishing industry’s poor commitment to diversity is putting it at risk of becoming culturally irrelevant. Writers, literary agents and mainstream and independent publishers were surveyed to determine whether progress was being made on cultural […]
Sir Terry Pratchett has become, to use a term from his novels, a “small god”. In Pratchett’s fictional Discworld, a flat planet carried through space on the backs of four elephants on a giant turtle, magic exists, and gods appear to humans all the time. “Small gods” don’t have enough believers to manifest in any […]
I enjoyed The Force Awakens – enough to see it at the cinema more than once. Admittedly, part of that was to do with how amazing Oscar Issac’s Poe Dameron was, but still, it’s a fun film. There’s been a lot of talk about how similar the plot of The Force Awakens and Star Wars: […]
Recently I was lucky enough to interview the very talented Django Wexler about his short story ‘The Guns of the Wastes’. It’s part of the military fantasy anthology Operation Arcana, edited by John Joseph Adams. In this “mission debrief” Django Wexler talks to Georgina Kamsika about his Operation Arcana story “The Guns of the Wastes”… Georgina Kamsika: Right […]
Yesterday was World Book Day, and IPR Licence hosts a contest for followers to tweet their favourite children’s book. I mentioned ‘Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator’ – because I could never forget the Vermicious Knids. Today I got the terrific news that I’d won the contest – so I’m the proud owner of a new IPR licence author account.
Last time I saw my Clarion West 2012 buddies was the summer of 2013, so this Feb, I flew down to New Orleans for a mini meet up. My knowledge of New Orleans mostly comes from Bryan himself, (including the amazing pronunciation of the word ‘eggs’), and his writing, so it was good to see the crescent city — the Big Easy – itself. The fact that it was also Mardi Gras at the same time – gosh, coincidence!