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Five questions with Caroline Hardaker

Yes, we know we only just featured Caroline on the podcast (great episodes by the way...), but we loved her so much we were happy to feature her again on the blog as part of the Composite Creatures blog tour. Get your copy of Caroline's exquisite novel, Composite...

Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Ariadne is the daughter of King Minos of Crete and the sister of the dreaded Minotaur. Every year, Athens sends fourteen young men and women as a sacrifice to the Minotaur, and Ariadne looks away, unable to bear her part in these atrocities. Then Theseus, the prince...

Five Questions with JJA Harwood

We spoke to author and editor JJA Harwood about the enduring power of fairytales - their darkness, their happy endings, and why they work on such a universal level. The Shadow in the Glass is described as a fairytale retelling. And fairytales, in their original forms,...

Five questions with Elly Bangs

An underwater city! Explorations of shared consciousness and identity! Finding the beauty within a desolate post-apocalyptic world! Sounds great, doesn't it? We thought so too! We are pleased to welcome debut author Elly Bangs to the blog today to discuss her novel...

Review: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

Mika's position as a princess in the Kisia Kingdom has never been secure. Her life is dogged by Emperor Kin’s, her stepfather, assassination attempts to remove her and her brother from the line of succession, and she is often overlooked because of her gender. When Kin...

Five questions with Polly Ho-Yen

It isn't the first time we've addressed the issue of motherhood – for instance, we have featured Aliette de Bodard and Julia Fine on the podcast discussing the representation of mothers and parents in speculative fiction. But it is a perennial problem that mothers...

Five questions with Angela Slatter

Are mermaids having a comeback? Last year we featured Beth Cartwright on the show for Feathertide and this year we've already featured Aimee Ogden and her retelling of The Little Mermaid. Now we have the extraordinary Angela Slatter to weigh in on the subject! Is the...

Five questions with Aimee Ogden

Re-inventing the fairytale and fairytale mashups have become more popular in recent months. Writers are thinking beyond the tropes that shape these stories, experimenting with new settings and themes while retaining the kernel of the original tale. Aimee Ogden is here...

Five Questions with Maggie Nowakowska

To mark publication of Geek Elders Speak, an anthology exploring the history of women creators, we spoke to one of its editors, Maggie Nowakowska, about the ways in which fandom has changed over the last fifty years. ABOUT THE BOOK Fandom was a versatile place way...