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Five questions with K.A. Doore

We love verbose interviewees! When people are excited about a topic, their enthusiasm lights up the metaphorical room. This week we are delighted to have K.A. Doore on the blog with more than enough enthusiasm to go around! On your website, you call out what queer...

Five questions with Maura McHugh

For our first set of five questions in 2020 – in the decade – we are excited to have a chameleon of creative mediums. Maura McHugh is a master of short stories, long-form prose, comics, and radio plays. Maura's most recent work Judges: Psyche, a novella set in the...

2019 reads in review

Charlotte takes us on a tour of her 2019 in books. The grand total My various totals of books read for 2019 were as follows: Fiction: 40 books of which 6 were a re-reading (and not including the short stories I read for submission)Audiobooks: 39 books of which 32 were...

Five questions with Caitlin Starling

I still remember the day my father showed me The Terminator for the first time. We were sat at breakfast one morning when he turned to my mother and said, 'I think she's ready.' Once I had finished eating my breakfast of Eggo waffles and ice cream, my father ushered...

Five questions with V.S Holmes

This week we're joined by author and archaeologist V. S. Holmes, who discusses writing in different genres, the ins and outs of collaboration and whether spec fic is making any real progress in representing its full and diverse readership. You seem equally comfortable...

Five questions with Helena Coggan

We asked Helena to come on the blog today to discuss YA fiction in all its guises – does it suffer from mostly being written by adults? Why are women so central to YA? Why does YA tend to gravitate toward dystopian narratives? All this and more... What do you think...

Five questions with C. B. Lyall

We caught up with author C. B. Lyall, whose novel The Virus of Beauty poses some interesting questions about power dynamics in our image-conscious society. The way someone looks directly influencing their level of power is intriguing and echoes the media's obsession...

Five questions with Vicki Jarrett

We're delighted to be joined this week by Vicki Jarrett, author of the eerie and imaginative Always North, out now from Unsung Stories, which has just won its second consecutive British Fantasy Award for Best Independent Press! Read on for a fascinating mini-interview...

Five questions with Heather Rose Jones

We talked to Heather Rose Jones about the eternal popularity of Regency novels, what magic can bring to a historical narrative and how class, gender and sexual identity intersect in women's stories. The Regency is a popular historical setting for writers. What drew...