This week on Breaking the Glass Slipper, I interview Aussie fantasy writer Ben Peek. If you aren’t familiar with Ben’s writing, show your support for an emerging talent by buying his books! His most recent publication is Leviathan’s Blood, the second in the Children Trilogy. The first in the series, The Godless, set-up an intriguing and original fantasy world that has been a pleasure to learn more about. This is definitely a fantasy writer we should be keeping an eye on!

During the interview, we discuss writing characters and the gender politics involved, the need to have more PoC in the limelight, diversity in general, and the struggles writers face once they get published. As much as writers like to think the hard work stops when you get a publishing deal, the reality is that the work is just beginning!

You can read more about Ben’s experiences in the publishing industry in a guest post he wrote for Pop Verse here. He blogs regularly and is on twitter far more often than a working writer should be (follow him @nosubstance).

leviathan's bloodBuy The Godless UK / US

Buy Leviathan’s Blood UK / US

Twitter user @datbeardyman asked for a reading list of all books mentioned in the episodes. I’m working on getting them up for the backlog, but here is a list of all authors mentioned in this interview:

  • Margaret Weis
  • Tracy Hickman
  • Katharine Kerr
  • Melanie Rawn
  • Robert Jordan
  • N.K. Jemison
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Mary Gentle
  • Lynn Abbey
  • Robert Asprin
  • Octavia Butler
  • Toni Morrison