She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine.
When I was 15, so 10 years ago. I’ve always loved reading and loved the idea of creating my own books for others to read.
About 15 months for the first draft of Pantomime, but I wrote it in fits and starts. Then I submitted it, waited about 7 months, had a revision request and revisions took 3 months, then a month later I had a deal!
It’s my favourite genre to read and this story and world came into my head. I write across genres, however. I love how much possibility there is in fantasy – anything goes.
I mushed together a lot of my interests – gender studies, the circus, magicians, the line between magic and technology, Victorianism and high society, romance, adventure, mystery.
Not really; it was more a lot of little things. I had the idea to write an intersex character, but it wasn’t until I really started researching intersex issues that I realised it was a story and a character I should really try to bring to life.
Nope, though I’m sure various characters have aspects of people I know unconsciously.
Oh man. They had some horrible names. Pantomime for a long time was just called “Gene,” which is the name of one of the characters. Some of the other potential titles were Hippocamp & Epicene – terrible. Shadowplay went through so many potential names – Phantasmagoria, Psychopomp (?!), Spectre & Maske, Phantoms….so many. Shadowplay ended up working quite well, though, I think.
Of course. If I wrote Pantomime from scratch again it’d be different in plenty of ways. Same with Shadowplay. That said, though, I don’t regret it and it’s too late now! I would have tried to make Pantomime’s ending a bit less cliffhangery, and make some aspects of the worldbuilding clearer in both books.
Worrying about sales and the career sides of things stress me out the most. I don’t know if I’m doing well, or what the odds are of my next book selling, and sometimes that’s overwhelming.
Getting lost in the world and having the scene come out just right. That first flush of getting a new novel idea and knowing it’s a Novel Idea and not a passing fancy. Receiving a lovely review or piece of reader mail. I love knowing that someone connected with my world.
Whenever and wherever I can. Sometimes I’ll wake up and write before work, or on my lunch break. Sometimes I go to the café after work, and often I’ll go on the weekends. I meet up with two friends once a week or so and write with them, or go to the local writing group in my city. I try to write every day, or at least plan and brainstorm. It all adds up.