Interview with Sam J. Miller – Destroy all Monsters

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A crucial, genre-bending tale, equal parts Ned Vizzini and Patrick Ness, about the life-saving power of friendship.

Solomon and Ash both experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve.

Ash lost all memory of that event when she fell from Solomon’s treehouse. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world he seems to have created in his own mind. One that insulates him from reality, but crawls with foes and monsters . . . in both animal and human form.

As Solomon slips further into the place he calls Darkside, Ash realizes her only chance to free her best friend from his pain is to recall exactly what happened that day in his backyard and face the truth—together.

Fearless and profound, Sam J. Miller’s follow up to his award-winning debut novel, The Art of Starving, spins an intimate and impactful tale that will linger with readers.

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I’m super excited to be joined here today by Sam Miller, author of Blackfish City, The Art of Starving, and his most recent YA release, Destroy all Monsters.

It’s got friendships and dinosaurs and photography magic and–

You know what? I’ll just let him tell it.

 

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Hi, Sam! Thank you so much for being here today! I haven’t read DESTROY ALL MONSTERS yet but if it’s anything like THE ART OF STARVING, I’m sure I’ll be crying in a fetal position while hugging it to my chest. To start off, can you share a bit about Solomon and Ash and some of the things they’re going through in the story?

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS is the story of Solomon, a gay teenage photographer in a city full of monsters and magic, who is trying to save his best friend Ash – the Refugee Princess – from a conspiracy trying to destroy all magic. But it’s also the story of Ash, a regular teenager in the real world, who is trying to save her best friend Solomon from a mental health crisis. As their quests progress, these two worlds begin to collide.

 

What was the main inspiration behind the story? I know this is a cliche, but it’s a question I never get tired of asking because the answers can be so unexpected.

I’ve always wanted to write a story that was set in two separate worlds, half gritty contemporary and half fantasy novel, because I love both those genres and the different kinds of fun you can have with each! DESTROY ALL MONSTERS was born the way lots of my stuff is born – the characters walked up to me and introduced themselves and then slapped me around until I did what they wanted me to do. In this case it was a pair of troubled teens, best friends, from different worlds, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally a story set in two very different genres – and have those worlds collide in wild and crazy ways.

 

I love, LOVE how you combine SFF elements with the topic of mental health in your books–your first YA story was about an eating disorder that manifests as fantastical powers, and now your second one revolves around trauma and monsters. What draws you to write these kinds of stories?

Well, being queer was considered a mental illness until the 1960s! And being queer is totally a superpower. So I’m definitely drawn to aspects of our experience that we are trained to perceive as negative or bad, or illnesses is to be cured, they’re really just different aspects of our self. Life is full of wonder and magic, and the things that we may be infuriated or depressed or miserable about are also things we can make peace with and find power in.

 

This is your third published novel (which is incredible!!) and I’m sure you’ve gotten hundreds of feedback from readers (including myself), but what are some of the favourite things you’ve heard over the years, from both teens and adults?

I’ve gotten a ton of great responses from people, especially young folks, who have let me know that my work is help them process painful or traumatic or confusing aspects of their own experience, and that of course is always my highest goal as an artist. Life is hard, and full of suffering we don’t want and don’t deserve, and great art is here to help us make peace with the world as it is. So just like great books and movies and music have helped me stay alive, I am always gratified to hear that my own work has had similar impact on others.

 

Pride month will be over when this interview goes up, but since there’s never a bad month for queer books, what are some recent LGBTQ+ reads that you want to recommend?

I can’t wait for the next book by Mark Oshiro! And ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING BY KACEN CALLENDER. And I’m super excited for How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters, The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper, and Mason Deaver’s I Wish You All The Best, and We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

 

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Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (HarperTeen), one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. His second novel, Blackfish City (Ecco Press/USA; Orbit/UK) was a “Must Read” according to Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Magazine, and one of the best books of 2018 according to the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and more. Joan Rivers once asked him if he was gay (HE IS!). He got married in a guerrilla wedding in the shadow of a tyrannosaurus skeleton. He lives in New York City.

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Author Interview (+ Giveaway): Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner

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Today I’m very excited to present an interview with Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner, authors of STARWORLD–an emotional YA contemporary that explores themes of friendship, sexuality, and the battles we face in our everyday lives.

Spoiler: Their answers are FUN.

 

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Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?

In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?
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1. Hi, Audrey and Paula! Thank you so much for being here today! To start off, how did this collaboration come about?

(Audrey) Starworld was born at the intersection of two concepts: the question of what might have happened if our high school selves had met, and Paula’s insistence that we write a book “in the stars” (e.g., *writes a terrible first draft*) despite a lack of any plot or characters at the outset. Between revisions on our debuts we started exchanging chapters back and forth, having way too much fun sneaking in inside jokes while also exposing some painful pieces of our pasts and ourselves.

 

2. What were some difficulties you encountered during the collaboration and what were some of your favourite moments?

(Paula) We had a really easy time co-writing. I think one of the most difficult times was when beta readers pointed out things that might come off as insensitive for various reasons. That was the last thing we ever intended, and it did hurt to hear—but ultimately it made for a better book, seeing some of those issues and having the chance to change them.

Favorite moments: the excitement and joy of reading a new chapter from the other, and all our hilarious shenanigans in Google docs trying to write startalk or dialogue on the same page at the same time.

(Audrey) We spent a rather unhealthy amount of time trolling each other throughout the drafting process.

 

3. Both Zoe and Sam deal with a lot of things in their family lives: divorced parents, parents with OCD and cancer, and a brother with special needs. And it amazed me just how real the emotions involved are–the worry, the guilt, the helpless anger. Did that come from personal experience or extensive research?

Both. We each drew on difficult things from our own lives/pasts, but we also did a lot of research to be as accurate and true as possible.

 

4. I don’t know how you got a hold of my messaging histories, but some of Zoe and Sam’s asterisk talk is straight out of my own conversation with friends. Are you both big asterisk users?

(Paula) *does not know what you’re talking about* *never talks in stars* *especially not to Audrey* *huffs* Okay the truth is we always have talked in stars and we have a hard time NOT doing it.

(Audrey) *startles awake* *stares into space attempting to look like a sage author type but actually trying to remember one of Ruby Rose’s tattoos*

 

5. I think, at one point or another, we all need a Starworld of our own–a place that we can escape to and call our own. Zoe and Sam’s world comes with kingdoms and dragons and mysterious quests. What does your perfect Starworld look like? And who would you take with you?

(Paula) I think if grown-up Audrey and I had a Starworld, it would have a lot of spicy food, good cocktails, amazing settings, LOTS of hilarium, and of course, each other.

(Audrey) Spoiler: it’s a bar. But a classy bar.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Paula Garner spends most of her time writing, reading, or making good things to eat and drink. She is the author of YA contemporary novels Starworld, Relative Strangers, and Phantom Limbs, which was a 2017 Illinois Reads selection for grades 9-12. Follow her on Twitter at @paulajgarner.

Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

 

Giveaway

ENTER HERE to win one of three copies of Starworld! Open Internationally (Age 13+).

 

Tour Schedule

Go check out the rest of the tour stops HERE.

Interview with Gregory Ashe (Author of Hollow Folk) + GIVEAWAY!

Gregory Ashe’s Hollow Folk series has not only stormed its way into my Best of 2018 list, it’s currently lounging on the extra-cushy VIP sofa reserved for the top three and getting fed grapes. There are also nymphs and satyrs giving it full-body massages. It’s having time of its life, really, and I’m pretty sure it’s not budging anytime soon. You can read my review here but, honestly, no words can do these books justice. So please, please go check them out. They’re only $3 (USD) each on kindle!

In the meantime, I’m so excited to be presenting my interview with Mr. Gregory Ashe himself! There’s also a giveaway for an ebook of MR. BIG EMPTY (HOLLOW FOLK 1) at the end!

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1. Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview, Greg! To start off, can you tell us a little about yourself and the books you’ve written? 

Thank you for having me. This is a huge honor, and I really appreciate that you’ve invited me to be here. Like most writers, I’ve been writing on and off for most of my life, but I didn’t start working on it seriously until about ten years ago. Since then, I’ve been pretty dedicated to improving my craft and writing the best stories I know how. By day, I teach high school, and the rest of my time goes to reading and writing! It’s a pretty great life.

I’ve written across a variety of genres, but more and more I find myself drawn to writing stories with strong gay protagonists–I’ll say more about that below.

 

2. How did the idea for the Hollow Folk series come about? What made you want to write about a gay psychic teenager solving crimes in a small town? 

The Hollow Folk series actually came about from a very real tragedy. After a bad divorce, a friend moved her family to a very small town in Wyoming. Soon after that, one of her sons tried to die by suicide. Although there were a lot of underlying issues (and that friend is nothing like Vie’s mom!), one of the causes for her son’s attempt was the move. That got me thinking about a boy stuck in Wyoming. And the more I started thinking about that boy, the more he started to take shape!

I mentioned above the focus on gay protagonists in my recent writing; a lot of that has to do with the fact that, growing up gay, I had very few strong gay role models. That has changed to some degree, but it’s something that I want to explore. I love mysteries (most of what I write is structurally a mystery, even if it has other genre elements). And I love sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction. The more I thought about Vie, the more those elements coalesced.

 

3. Vie is a character with a lot of demons. And I can only the imagine the emotional toll that comes with being in his head. I hope I’m not prying, but can you share with us the mental process of writing a character who forces you to draw on so many personal experiences?

I’m lucky that I can say I share relatively little with Vie. Although I’ve struggled with depression and suicidal ideation, I have had a very happy life (and a relatively sheltered one). I tried to work backward from the authenticity of my feelings so that the story would be as ‘true’ as possible; for me, another underrepresented group is people struggling with mental health, and so I wanted Vie to be someone who is flawed but who is honestly trying his best. The reality, though, is that writing this character was hard precisely because of how powerful those emotions are. That’s one reason I had to take a break from the series. The final book, which should be out by the end of this year, will see Vie struggling to find healthy ways of coping with mental health issues (and, since he’s Vie, you can probably imagine that he’s going to be hard-headed about the whole thing).

 

4. One of the things I love about Hollow Folk is how complex and messy all the teenage characters are. With your experience as a high school teacher, is that something you specifically wanted to explore?  

What a great question! I feel very self-conscious writing about high school as a teacher because I don’t want that to dominate my work (or, for that matter, my life). But the reality is that I see so many interesting kids every day, and their stories are funny and sad and powerful. I’m careful not to take anything directly from what I see, but it definitely provides a lot of fodder. High school is a fun age to write about because everything is, as you said, complex and messy! Teenagers still don’t know who they are, no matter how much they tell you otherwise. And that’s a good thing–that’s one of the things that should give everyone (including Vie and his friends) a lot of hope!

Another reason that I chose to set Hollow Folk in a high school age group was the rising suicide rates among LGBT youths, especially in Utah. YA literature has a growing amount of LGBT characters, but very few of those characters are heroes in genre fiction. Much more frequently they are in literary or ‘realistic’ fiction (whatever that means). So I saw this as another opportunity to explore!

 

5. From what I’ve seen, your books genre-hop quite a bit. The Hollow Folk books have elements of paranormal, romance, and mystery (all of which you nail!) and you’ve also written historical, thriller, and fantasy. What makes you experiment with all these different genres?

Thank you so much for saying that! A lot of my experimentation, as you call it, was exactly that: experimenting. I was trying to figure out what I could do well, what I wanted to do well, and what I needed a lot more work at! For me, an important part of improving as a writer has been to challenge myself with different genres, different narrative structures, different points of view, etc. Over time, I started to realize that genre was a less helpful way for me to think about my writing than about the emotional experience that I wanted to create for myself and for the reader. That’s why my writing has begun to converge around mystery, romance, and the paranormal. I really find myself drawn to the emotions that those elements raise, and I feel like those are the stories I want to tell right now.

 

6. Over the course of the series Vie and his friends get mixed up in all sorts of criminal activities–drug and sex trafficking to name a few. What was the research process for that like?

Oh dear. Well, to be honest, when I got to the sex trafficking, I paid for a VPN subscription. I was (still am) worried about a government agency seeing a pattern in my research and assuming I’m a serial killer / Unabomber / drug trafficker / etc. The research also took me down a lot of rabbit holes! I found that I finally had to draw a line in the sand and make myself start writing rather than keep researching. When possible, I’ve also tried to use people as sources–a few friends have been willing to provide insight into their areas of expertise, and some of that includes law enforcement!

 

7. What are some of the benefits and challenges you’ve encountered with self-publishing?

Great question. Benefits? The freedom to publish stories that I want to tell; access to niche audiences that traditional publishing has underserved; and higher royalty rates. Challenges? Sigh. A lot. Learning to do everything. Not doing it well. Trying again. Doing it slightly better. Lots of time invested that way! I have sold a few rights to my work when I wasn’t sure how to move forward (my first audiobooks came about this way), but more and more I think self-publishing is the way to go (although I’m always researching and trying to stay up with the industry).

 

8. Can you share with us any soon-to-be published stories or WIPs you have on the horizon?

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Yay! So exciting! In November, book six of the Hazard and Somerset Mysteries is coming out. I hesitate to call Criminal Past the last book in that series; it’s definitely the last book in this arc, but I’m so invested in those characters that I have a feeling I’ll be back to tell more stories about them.

Then, in December (fingers crossed!!!!), the final Hollow Folk book will come out. I don’t have a title for it yet, but tentatively I’m calling it The Mortal Sleep (could change; might change; no guarantees!). After that, I’m starting a new mystery series, but I’m keeping that one under wraps for now!

For people who enjoy the Hollow Folk series (or any of my books), I give away a free short story through my mailing list with every new release. So there will be another H & S short story in November, and a Hollow Folk short story in December!

 

9. What are some books–of any genre–you can recommend? 

So, so many. This is hard! I’ll limit myself to three:

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Stephen King, The Shining (I know, it’s old; I know, it’s horror; those are automatic turn-offs to some people, but it’s just so dang good. If you’ve already read it, pick up It)

Jordan L. Hawk, Widdershins (great m/m Lovecraftian horror + mystery!)

Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways (nonfiction; one of the best prose writers alive, in my opinion, plus he always chooses fascinating topics)

 

10. And lastly, if you could form an adventuring party with any three people–fictional or real–who would you pick?

I love this question. I would want to be the wizard, so I’m going to leave out Gandalf and Raistlin and all the Weis and Hickman / Sanderson magic-users I love! For a rogue, I would want Han Solo. For the cleric/priest, I would want either Reverend Lovejoy or Father Brown (I know, that’s a cheat; I guess I’ll pick Father Brown!). And for our fighter, I would want Jack Reacher.

Thank you so much for inviting me to do this interview. I had a ton of fun, and it challenged me to think about my work from some new angles! I really appreciate this opportunity!

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(This is the second interview I’ve done and it’s the second time I’ve asked that adventuring party question and I’ll probably continue asking it in future interviews :D)

Giveaway for Mr. Big Empty – Enter Here!

 

An Interview With K.D. Edwards, Author of The Last Sun…After a Brief Infomercial

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Me (in a diabetes-inducing tone):
They say laughter is the best medicine, but do you find yourself going day to day and struggling to find even a smile?

Are you tired of fantasy books that feature muscly macho men doing muscly macho things? Sick of strong and competent characters that are always strong and competent?

Have you ever read something and thought, “Man, I like this but I wish it was 500% more queer”?

Well, INTRODUCING….THE LAST SUN, the first book in The Tarot Sequence by K.D. Edwards!

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It features:
– Hilarious banter
– Competent but beautifully flawed characters
– A brilliantly intricate world based around a reimagined Atlantis
– And 1000% more queerness

Voices In My Head: Wow, that sounds amazing! When can I get my hands on this gem?

Me: Well, my friend, this is your lucky day because the book is out TODAY.

Voices: Today?!

Me: TO.DAY. So you can skip on out to your local bookstore and buy or order a copy right now. Or put in a request at your library and you get to read the book for free (I always joke that I’m on my library’s blacklist because of the mountain of requests I make each month, but honestly, all the librarians I know love them–so go for it).

Voices: Can this book fix my crumbling relationship?

Me: Um…y–yeah, definitely! It’ll fix your relationships, water your crops, and probably eventually ignite world peace.

And if you don’t believe my words, I’ll let the author himself speak, as we awkwardly segue into the interview segment!

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1) Hi, K.D! Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview! To start off, can you tell us a little about yourself and your book, The Last Sun

Absolutely. Well, maybe. I deliberately chose an initial-only penname so that I’d be able to vanish into my novel. I’ve never been as concerned with making a reputation for myself, as I am in making my stories known. But I’m a native of the East Coast, and spent the first half of my life bouncing around the northern latitudes – Central Mass, up to Maine and New Hampshire, back down to Boston for 5 years, over to Colorado for 1, back to Central Mass, then over to Montana for 5 years, then over to Washington State (Spokane) for a few years, and finally to North Carolina, where I’ve more or less settled in the last 10 years.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer – always. I even used to write a serial soap opera in high school for a bunch of people. But about 7 years ago I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “Time to fish or cut bait.” So I wrote a horrible contemporary coming of age novel. And then a less-horrible gay mystery. And then a borderline-passable YA post-post apocalyptic superhero novel. And by that point I realized I’d leveled up as a writer, so I started TAROT, the book I’ve always wanted to write.

2) The Houses of New Atlantis are named after tarots, and their powers are associated with tarot imagery and meanings. What made you decide to go down this direction? 

I’ve always been fascinated with Tarot cards, as an individual; and deep world-building, as a reader and writer. This is the best combination I’ve achieved yet. The Tarot mythology is just so damn rich with archetypes. I love taking them as a starting point, and building a game of courts around them.

3) Your magic system and some of the worldbuilding reminded me quite a bit of role-playing games. Were video games and/or pen-and-paper RPGs sources of inspiration for the book?

Oh absolutely. I plot and plan in terms of RPG. I would LOVE to turn the world of New Atlantis into a sprawling RPG like DRAGON AGE or WITCHER, with the heart of LAST OF US. The magic system in LAST SUN is so RPG – the way Rune’s abilities are limited by sigils, and the way he’s clever enough to use a single elemental power in several ways (like turning Fire into fireballs or walls of fire).

I should have had him smash more crates and fight more rats, and given gaming companies more of a wink…

4) Rune differs from many urban fantasy protagonists in that he’s not human. But his struggles are nothing if not human. I’d love to know more about your decision and process in creating an MC who is powerful–and has potential to become even more so–yet also powerless in many respects. 

I’ve always told people that TAROT was the first book I wrote that contained my darkness. And, indeed, as funny as I try to make the banter between Rune and Brand, the backdrop of the story – Rune’s past – is chilling. And I tried to be true to it. I believe that when you’re writing about abuse, whether physical or sexual, you damn well better respect it. That’s why it’s not simply backstory: Rune’s past, and the violence he encountered the night his court fell, informs all of his decisions, in one way or another. It’s why he can be such a force of nature in a fight, yet have no idea at all how to make small talk. It affects his ability to trust, to invest himself, to commit.

Plus, the fall of Rune’s court affected his supply of magical instruments. It limits his ability to be a constant bad ass – there are constraints on him, and it forces him to be very clever and resourceful. One of the things I like best as a writer is honoring those restraints, and forcing Rune to come up with different ways of extracting himself from a bad situation when his sigils have run dry.

5) Rune and Brand. Their bond forms the heart of the story. Did you have any specific inspirations for their relationship or did it just kind of write itself? 

It writes itself. It just does. I love writing their dialog. I love how much they mean to each other, and how they express that love – caring, caustic, and clever. I am so lucky they’re in my head.

6) One of things I love about The Last Sun is the way it showcases so many different shades of masculinity. Your characters are everything from sarcastic and grumpy, to gentle and virtuous, to awkward and whimsical, and more. And it’s wonderful to see this variety in a genre that often veers toward a testosterone-laden brand of masculinity. Was this a conscious decision on your part? And why do you think it’s important to explore these avenues in fantasy stories? 

It was a very conscious decision. I set out to make a modern fantasy with a main character who just happens to be gay, and I think gay men are fortunate to operate without a lot of hang-ups that are coded into straight men. Not to make generalizations, I say, generalizing.

7) In recent years we’ve seen a surge of diverse books in the YA scene, and it’s also slowly starting to catch on in adult SFF, with awards like the Hugos reflecting that. But to see an ownvoices adult fantasy with a full queer cast and a m/m romance plot is truly inspiring and exciting, not to mention groundbreaking. At what point did you decide, “These are the kinds of stories I want to write”? 

Back when I committed to really producing a finished, marketable novel, I had a tough conversation with myself about what type of characters I wanted to create. In the end, I realized that I had a certain luxury most writers don’t: I have a good day job. I’m not struggling. If I don’t become a commercial success, it won’t affect my ability to put food in my fridge. That decision gave me even more latitude to be true to myself and take chances.

I want to write mainstream fiction, and urban fantasy, and high fantasy, and YA, and zombie stories, and post-apocalyptic stories….. And I want it all to center around a queer main character, or at least with strong queer representation among a cast of main characters. That is my goal. To give certain young people a better reflection of who they are – something I didn’t have growing up.

8) Now for something refreshingly short! What was your favourite part about writing the book? 

The research. I loved researching abandoned human ruins, which were used to create the patchwork city of New Atlantis.

And I also love going back to my notes — I’m a HUGE outliner – and finding a one-liner that Brand is going to say that I’d forgotten about. I love making myself laugh with something I forgot I wanted him to say.

9) Do you have any recommendations for books and authors? Especially for those who have read your book and are now experiencing severe withdrawal? 

Robin Hobb is a master. No author has ever dug under my skin like her. I once sobbed so hard reading one of her novels that the collar of my sweater was soaked.

Graphic novels are a HUGE influence for me. Gaiman, Ellis, Ennis, Carey. And I like the early days of urban fantasy – Hamilton, Briggs, Harris, Butcher, Armstrong, Caine. I’m reading JK Rawlings’ (as Kenneth Galbraith) mystery series right now, and LOVING IT. Later in life, I started reading the really, really, really excellent YA SFF that was coming out – Armstrong, Black, Marr, Clare, Brennan. Oh, Brennan – IN OTHER LANDS is a riot. I just re-read that.

I could go on forever. Reading every day is important to me – I can’t imagine ending a day without it. I need to start a review column on my website; I keep meaning to….

10) If you could have any three people–real, fictional, historical and deceased or otherwise–in your adventuring party, who would you pick? And what would your classes be? 

Hah! I like balance. Definitely a glass cannon mage; a holy fighter who can tank and heal; and a ranged/melee rogue-assassin.

But if I were being creative…. Three people…. Oh, man, I’d definitely want Rune and Brand – there’s your combo of mage, rogue, fighter. And I suppose I’d want someone like Fitz’s Nighteyes. Perfect scout, good in a fight….

11) Thank you so much for your time, K.D! I can’t say enough good things about The Last Sun. If you have any last words you’d like to say to my readers, the bookish world, or the universe in general, you’re welcome to do so!

 

Am I allowed to tell people about the fan art you did for me? If so, I’d tell people that if they work hard & get published, I hope they have readers like you waiting on the other side of the door. People like you have made this experience of getting published a true joy.

And I suppose I’d say thank you to all my future readers. Above all else, I want to share this series with people. I hope I get the chance to write as much TAROT as everyone is willing to read – and that I entertain the hell out of you along the way.

Thank you so much for asking these questions! I’ve enjoyed answering them.

 

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In all seriousness, this book is the best piece of fiction I’ve read this year and it deserves all the success in the world. I can’t begin to express what it means to see bisexuality, and queerness in general, depicted in such a casual yet heartfelt manner in my favourite genre.

So take a chance and go check it out. You won’t be disappointed. (You can see my 1200-word gushfest of a review here.)

And for those curious, this is the first fanart I made for K.D.:

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