(Good) Interviews with my favorite authors make me incredibly happy. I love getting into their heads and learning more about how they have created these amazing worlds and characters and their plans for said worlds and characters. Here are a few for you.
I love how epic a fantasy novel is allowed to be. Everything is so heightened, more romantic, more tragic, more cursed. There is no such thing as blasé. It’s a bit biblical, in that way. Think of all the epic stories of the Old Testament. Brothers betraying brothers, men sacrificing their sons, women giving birth to dynasties, displaced people following a prophet to a promised land. It’s all those big themes of faith and questioning a higher power and redemption.
A total of four books–Chime, Anya’s Ghost, The Scorpio Races, and Blink and Caution–made all four of the “best of” lists. Three books–A Monster Calls, Between Shades of Gray, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone–made three lists. Thirteen titles made two of the lists. The majority made one list.
I’ve read five of those titles (high five to Chime for being my most re-read book this year) and I concur that they belonged on those lists. I guess that means that I have good tastes (either that or I’m so not a hipster).