Mary Robinette Kowal's debut novel has been awarded RT's fifth Seal of Excellence. Kowal, a highly respected puppeteer and vocal actor, wowed RT editors with Shades of Milk and Honey, a Regency England-set fantasy. The book seamlessly blends historical fiction with fantasy to create a novel in the same vein as Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott with one small addition - magic. In this interview, RT goes behind the scenes of Shades of Milk and Honey to learn how Kowal got into the "Jane Austen frame of mind." And don't miss the exclusive hidden extra that Kowal shares from Shades of Milk and Honey and the author's look ahead at the story's sequel, Glamour In Glass.
Author Trish J. MacGregor shares her impressions of Ecuador, where her new fantasy novel, Esperanza, is set. Learn how this country's contrasts captured the author's heart and get a glimpse of some of the moments that inspired her novel.
Ecuador is a country of stunning contrasts. From its Andean peaks and volcanoes to the seaside towns that smell of salt and fish to the mysterious jungles that are home to indigenous tribes, it’s a writer’s dream. Pick an area, any area, and you’ll find unique cultures, customs, and mythologies.
The lovely RT Web Editor, Morgan Doremus, asked me if I would be interested in recounting some remembrances of Kage Baker's early writing career, and her evolution as a writer. I was stumped at first - an outside view of a writer's internal process is never as enlightening as what the writer says herself; probably, her stories are the best story of all. But I was there through all of it. It took most of Kage's life to become what she was, and since she was a year older than me, it took all of mine, too.
My sister, Kage Baker, was a natural storyteller from her childhood. Our games were all orchestrated with plots from the books she loved best. She told us younger kids stories constantly and with great authority - I remember her sitting on a wet lawn one summer morning around age 8, captivating her audience with descriptions of the worlds revolving in all the drops of dew around us.
Which group is more likely to survive an apocalypse—liberals or conservatives?
It’s a simplistic question duct-taped to a complex problem, but when an American writer sets out to tell a post-apocalyptic story in these days of media-fired partisan rancor, readers look for the question on every page of the work. The writer’s choice, it seems at first, is to choose a side and go with it—which is to say, choose to write off roughly half of the population. (Bye-bye! Nice knowing you!) The passionately partisan writer can paint the question in black and white and be done with it. And the book might find its niche, a readership of like-minded people, and what’s wrong with that?
Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the popular Discworld series, has teamed up with author Stephen Baxter, of the Destiny's Children series, in a two-book project about parallel universes. The Pratchett-Baxter project, which will be published by Doubleday, is being referred to as the Long Earth novels.
The parallel universe concept behind the Long Earth novels goes back to the roots of the idea that inspired Pratchett's Discworld series. It is the idea that each planet "is but one of a chain of parallel worlds ... in an infinite landsc ape of infinite possibilites."
What makes the concept so exciting? "You can just step from one world to the next ..."
Readers can expect to see the first installment of the Long Earth project on the shelves in the spring of 2012.
Until then, Pratchett enthusiasts can check out the thirty seventh installment in the Discworld series, Unseen Academicals, which has just been released in paperback. Fans can also look foward to the fourth installment of the Tiffany Aching series, I Shall Wear Midnight, which will be released in September.
Gail Carriger, author of the Alexia Tarabotti series, is interviewed by RT BOOK REVIEWS Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan about her supernatural steampunk heroine and where the series is headed ...
Whitney Sullivan: Your heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, has no soul (and her partner is a werewolf) - what does she find most inconvenient about these unusual circumstances?
Gail Carriger: She will turn supernatural creatures mortal when she touches them. This can be terribly embarrassing, not to say fatal, for said creatures. It also means that on several occasions certain baser elements of society are actively trying to kill her, without proper introduction – so rude. One side effect of her soulless state is that Alexia is very practical in her approach to coping with most problems (including said werewolf partner). She either bashes them over the head with her parasol, or talks at them, with equally disastrous results.
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