Category Archives: Interviews & Smart Responses

The Making of a Susanna Kearsley Cover - Plus Giveaway

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On Saturday, Susanna Kearsley's The Firebird  ( A | BN | K | ARe ) won the RITA® for Best Paranormal at the 2014 RWA convention. While I had no idea that was going to happen, I'm a little extra excited, because I'd been working on a Q&A with the Sourcebooks art and productions departments about the making of her covers, and had planned to post it today. Yay for timing!  Season of Storms is…

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An Interview with Bennett Madison, author of September Girls

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Back in May, I had the opportunity to interview Bennett Madison, author of September Girls.  September Girls is a book in which the main character goes through so much personal growth that I almost set the book aside after the first couple of chapters but ended up completely devoted to it.  I often talk about a book in terms of whether or not it “stuck”, and the dreamlike quality of this book, and the bittersweet…

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An Interview With Nicola Griffith, author of Hild

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Nicola Griffith is the author of Hild, a historical fiction novel about Hild of Whitby.  Hild is not a romance, but it does have many romantic elements as well as a large and vibrant cast of women.  Nicola shared her perspectives on the importance of detail in historical fiction, writing about women in the Middle Ages, and Hild’s complicated romantic life.  There are some spoilers here, specifically relating to romance. On writing about women in…

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An Interview with Helene Wecker, Author of The Golem and the Jinni

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Helene Wecker is the author of The Golem and the Jinni.  This historical fantasy tells the story of two immigrants in New York City in the late 1800’s – a golem, named Chava, and a Jinni, named Ahmad.   I had a great time interviewing Helene at the Nebula Awards Weekend. The Golem and the Jinni takes place in New York and the sense of place is vivid and exciting.  What drew you to this place…

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Emma Approved: An Interview with Kate Noble

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Last year, half my Twitter feed was going bananas over The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a webisode transmedia adaptation – excuse me! EMMY WINNING webisode transmedia adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. There were weekly videos, plus Twitter feeds, blogs, and a never ending supply of animated gif sets on Tumblr, too.  Now, the team at Pemberley Digital is back with Emma Approved, a transmedia adaptation of Emma.  Emma, matchmaking busybody, has been transformed into… Emma, matchmaking tastemaker and lifestyle expert. Her motto: I…

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An Interview with DB Reynolds

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Each year I donate an interview to the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction, and each year I get to know about a completely unique book or author. Past interviews have featured Angie Fox, Delilah Marvelle, Jesse Petersen (with whom I did a video interview), Dianne Venetta, and Kim Boykin. This year, I'd like to introduce you to D.B. Reynolds, who writes paranormal romance, and has a brand spanky new book out. Aden, a vampire romance, is…

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Q&A with Wendy and Richard Pini

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I had the immense honor of moderating the Q&A session with Richard and Wendy Pini at Convolution.  The Pinis are the creators of the comic series Elfquest, which has now been running for 35 years.  Wendy Pini is also the writer and illustrator of Masque of the Red Death. Wendy and Richard Pini are huge heroes of mine and I had never done a public Q&A like this before so I was both very excited and…

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An Interview with Cover Artist Joe DiCesare

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Awhile back, I received the following email about a cover snark from 2010 titled Vintage Covers are Ready for their Close Ups:  Subject: The power of sexxy thumb-on-the-chin revealed…. Hi Sarah! Came across your blog and had to laugh. I'm the cover artist for Night of the Hunter, AKA “channeling-the-Hoff-with-the-sexy-thumb-on-the-chin” come hither look. The comments are hilarious, and although I wasn't doing hallucinogenic drugs when I painted that, I'm sure I belted back a few shots…

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An Interview with Connie Willis, Part II

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Part I of this multi-part interview with Connie Willis, conducted at the Nebulas this year, can be found here. If you like Connie Willis, this interview should make you very, very happy! On what Connie has learned from her books: Carrie:  What are some things you’ve figured out from your books?  I’m thinking especially of All Seated, Miracle, and To Say Nothing of the Dog, because I know those books are popular with romance readers….

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An Interview with Connie Willis, Part I

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Connie Willis is one of those writers whose books shape me as person.  Her contributions to science fiction cannot be overstated – and romance readers love her romantic books and short stories (she writes a huge variety of stuff, so don’t assume from that that everything she writes is romantic or happy).  I’m unbelievably honored that she spent so much time talking to me at the Nebula Awards.  I’m trying to present this with some…

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An Interview with Leah Bobet and Sarah Beth Durst

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Our series of interviews conducted by Carrie at the 2013 Nebula Awards continues. I had the great pleasure of interviewing Leah Bobet and Sarah Beth Durst at the Nebula Awards weekend.  They were both up for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Durst was up for her book, Vessel ( A | BN | K | S | ARe | iB ), and Bobet was up for Above ( A |…

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Carrie S Interviews Mary Robinette Kowal - Part II

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This is part two of Carrie's interview with Mary Robinette Kowal during Carrie's jaunt to the Nebulas. You can read Part I and jump back here, or read out of order – it's a fab interview either way. Enjoy! Carrie:  Who are your favorite authors? Mary:  One of my favorite authors is Steven Brust, who I think is one of the best first-person writers going.   I love his books.  And then Guy Gavriel Kay.  He…

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Carrie S Interviews Mary Robinette Kowal - Part I

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Last month, Carrie attended the Nebulas and interviewed several authors. So far we've posted her interview with Alethea Kontis, and EC Myers. Today: a two-part interview with Mary Robinette Kowal! Carrie: You guys, I totally geeked out during this interview – and Mary was very sweet about it.  I had so much fun, and I hope some of that comes through in this transcription.  There was a lot of laughter! Mercifully for us all, I did…

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Eugene (E.C.) Myers Talks YA, Romantic Proposals, and His Favorite Moment in Sweet Valley High

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I was thrilled to get to interview E.C. (Eugene) Myers at the Nebula Awards Weekend.  His book, Fair Coin, won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Eugene filled me in about his work, the challenge of marketing a book with a plot twist, and his fondness for the Sweet Valley High series and The Babysitters Club.  Be sure to read to the end of this interview (or skip to the…

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Heart of Obsidian, Now Gluten Free: A Tough Interview with Nalini Singh

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 I was invited to participate in a blog tour, which I rarely do. Only this time, the invitation was for Nalini Singh, and it contained the line, “She's not going to talk about the upcoming book.” GAUNTLET THROWN, PENGUIN. I AM ON TO YOU. So I agreed to do a Q&A with Nalini, and what follows are my scurrilous attempts to get information out of her. We worked on this through March and April, and,…

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