AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Seanan McGuire

Tell us about your latest book. Since you write as Mira Grant and Seanan McGuire, why don’t you tell us about the latest you have out from both bylines.

This is where I talk about myself in the third person.

Seanan’s latest book, Sparrow Hill Road, is a stand-alone about a dead girl named Rose Marshall, who really wants a milkshake.  It’s a modern American ghost story, it’s my spin on the hitchhiking ghost legend, and I love it a lot.

Mira’s latest book is Parasite, it came out last October, and it’s about genetically engineered tapeworms, medical ethics, and corporate greed. It’s pretty grody. I love it a lot. And it’s my first hardcover, which is super exciting! I have built a little fort out of my author copies.

What’s the difference between Mira books and Seanan books?

Mira swears more. In all seriousness, Seanan is actually creepier in short form than Mira, because when I’m writing as Mira, I’m all about the scientific accuracy, and when I’m writing as myself, I just want to kill a lot of people. Mira kills a lot of people too, but she has to explain how.

You’ve never done a Kickstarter, but I’ve seen you actively promote them on occasion on Twitter. What do you find appealing about crowdfunding?

I was a theater kid. I did summer stock for years. And see, in theater, everything is basically either crowdfunded or supported by somebody with a million bucks: there is very little middle ground. For me, crowdfunding is like the little theater company putting on a production of Carrie: The Musical on a shoestring budget and with a volunteer cast. They may barely break even, but everyone involved is doing it out of love. I think the world needs more things done out of love.

Now that you’re going to create a fictional Kickstarter, has that made you think about doing a real one at all?

Fuck. No. Also nope, nuh-uh, not gonna happen, the nopetopus rides again, noooooooooooooooo. I have so much on my plate already that organizing and managing a Kickstarter would break me. I am in awe of the people who have that sort of organizational mind. Mine doesn’t work that way. Other sorts of crowd-funding, yes, but nothing so ambitious and lump-sum.

What are you working on now?

This interview. In a larger sense, I’m currently focusing on the end of Chimera, which is the final book in the Parasitology trilogy, and knocking out a bunch of short stories–some of them for you, in fact. After I clear those off my plate, I’ll be starting the next Seanan McGuire book, Chaos Choreography, which is the fifth in my InCryptid series. It’s a busy ol’ world.

BONUS: What’s so great about Disneyland?

Disneyland is magic. It’s a controlled environment where everything has been designed to make you as happy as possible. That’s why I go there so often. Because honestly sometimes, I just want to be in a world where everything is about making me happy. The world needs more happiness. Disney as a corporation isn’t perfect, but cheese and crackers, are they good at putting together a theme park.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Daniel H. Wilson

Tell us about your latest novel, Amped, and your forthcoming book, Robogenesis.

My latest novel focuses on the concept of human augmentation, and what that might mean for humankind. After civil rights are stripped away from people who are augmented (or “amped”), a civil war threatens to erupt in America. One man, blessed (or cursed?) with an extraordinary augmentation might be the key to saving our nation from itself.

And the sequel to the bestselling Robopocalypse, called Robogenesis (see what I did there?) is coming out in June of 2014. In the aftermath of a devastating technological singularity, survivors must navigate a new world populated by warring machines that have god-like intellects. Told from multiple perspectives, Robogenesis follows a grievously wounded soldier, a prosthetically-enhanced teenaged girl, and a shell-shocked veteran as they each find their place in a new civilization where the lines between machine and man are blurred. Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

Tell us a bit about your story. What’s it about?

“You Only Live Once” is about crowd-funded space exploration in a profit-driven world. Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Vylar Kaftan and Shannon Prickett

Tell us a bit about your story.  What’s it about?

The spaces in between time where nothing happens. Also, it’s about updates. Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Scott Sigler

Tell us about your latest book, The MVP, and also about Pandemic, which is coming out soon.

The MVP is part of my YA series, the Galactic Football League. It’s about a professional American football league 700 years in the future, where aliens play alongside humans and deaths on the field are commonplace. It’s book four of a seven-book series. I’m currently writing book five, due out in September 2014. The GFL series focuses on themes of racism and the integrative power of a true meritocracy. It’s the opposite of a dystopia: this is a star-spanning, scifi hero’s quest with a sports-based background.

My most-recent book is Pandemic, published by Crown Publishing. It is the conclusion to the Infected trilogy, which also includes Infected and Contagious. The series deals with the potential horrors of biologically-based smart materials and self-replicating technologies. In it, the Big Bad reprograms the human body into a kind of Von Neumann device: blood, guts and high-action ensue.

Infected looked at the tale of an alien invasion from the view of a single man who had no idea what was happening to his body. Contagious pulled back the camera to let the reader see the national response to this anatomy-morphing nightmare. In the final installment, the vector goes global—every nation in the world succumbs to this sprawling evil, governments collapse and humanity is faced with extinction as the disease truly becomes a Pandemic. Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Mur Lafferty

Tell us about your latest novel.

Ghost Train to New Orleans, published by Orbit, continues my series The Shambling Guides which has been called “if Douglas Adams had written Buffy.” It’s the continuing story of a human woman who edits travel books for tourist monsters. She heads to New Orleans with her staff to report on the underbelly of the Big Easy. She is accompanied by her boyfriend, Arthur, who has his own agenda in the city.

You were a podcasting pioneer, and you’ve also had some experience with Kickstarter, but you recently also had a novel come out from Orbit Books. How did you decide to crowdfund one project but go traditional with the other?

I’ve always attempted the traditional publishing route first, and then podcasting, and if the podcast is well-received, then I will self-publish. I Kickstarted the Heaven series because it was the most popular of my podcast fiction, but my agent couldn’t sell it, so I did a Kickstarter to fund its editing, layout, cover design, and limited edition print run. Podcasting, KS, cover design, and ebook publishing all take more work than writing, so I would rather put that non-writing work in someone else’s hands. But in today’s DIY world, I know that’s not going to be the case every time, so I self publish when I really believe in the work my agent can’t place.

Will your first step for future books always be to try the traditional route, or might you go right to Kickstarter on certain projects?

Listeners have asked for sequels to podcast-only or ebook-only fiction, and if I ever get to them I will likely Kickstart the project. But in most cases, step 1 will be traditional publication.

You’ve done a number of different podcasts over the years, and even served as editor of Escape Pod, the leading SF short fiction podcast, and of course you do the I Should Be Writing podcast. Do you think you’ll always have one foot firmly entrenched in podcasting, or will your career take you in other directions?

Podcasting made my career. I didn’t expect it to, but by giving out free content I built an audience of loyal followers, and I never want to turn my backs on them, so I will always be producing something for them.

What’s coming up next for you?

I’m releasing the final novella in my Afterlife series, Stones, and I’ve got some secret projects going on that I can’t talk about yet.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Jonathan L. Howard

Tell us a bit about your story.  What’s it about?

It’s about Cannes, the famous town on the French Mediterranean shore, playground for the rich and famous. There—how many more reasons do you need to destroy it? Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Jason Gurley

Tell us a bit about your story.  What’s it about?

Jerome 3.0 is about a widow who, since the unexpected death of her husband, has been trying to raise enough money to upload his memories into a robot. She doesn’t want much—just to talk to him again, or have him read to her at night. But things keep going sideways. This is the story of her third attempt to bring her husband back. Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Heather Lindsley

Tell us a bit about your story. What’s it about?

It’s about a project to save the endangered frozen head of a 20th-century American icon through an anonymous crowdfunding site called KickiLeaks. Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Kat Howard

Tell us a bit about your story.  What’s it about?

It’s about the quest to fund a restaurant that serves a very particular kind of cuisine. Continue reading ›

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