Friday, January 21, 2011
Interview with author Hilari Bell!
Continuing with the book store question... If there was someone thinking about buying any of your novels and you’re next to them-what would you say to convince them to buy them? (Of course, you can’t say you’re the author-that’d be cheating!)
This is something I'm terrible at. I was trying to do it at a signing, just the other day, and I was terrible at it, but... "YA paranormal, with a sexy, lying shapeshifter instead of vampires. I have to confess it's more adventure than romance, though there is a bit more romance in the next book."
Your bio says you're a fan of board & fantasy gaming. What are some of your favorite games? :)
That's kind of hard, because I don't think it would surprise anyone who's read my books that I read SF, fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, the odd thriller, and some (not much, but some) romance. The only genre I really don't read is "literary." And I don't think it counts if the books are from my writing group, or were assigned to me in college. Or read as part of research for my writing. But maybe they would be surprised to know that I'm crazy about picture books. I started reading them as a librarian, doing story time, but so many picture books are so wonderful and beautiful--both the art and the writing. In fact, some of them move beyond "stories for little kids" into "transcendent works of art." And there's a couple of them that never fail to make me cry--it was published quite a while ago, but see if your library has a book called, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. It's a terrible title, but the book never fails to move me to tears--in a good way.
I'm just finishing my editorial revisions for Traitor's Son, the sequel to Trickster's Girl. And then I want to start writing a gypsy steam punk novel, but I'm not quite ready to start writing it yet. I have a bit more research to do, and about a month of stuff I need to get out of the way before I start the first draft.
Hmm. Well, first it wouldn't be any time in the past, because the world gets better, not worse. Modern medicine, modern plumbing and modern sewer systems--heck, a washer/dryer and a vacuum cleaner are nothing short of miracles! On the other hand, a lot of fictional futures are way too dystopian. The universe I'd actually like to live in most is Star Trek's universe. Not only are they using technology to make life easier and happier, and caring as best they can for the planets they live on, but in Gene Roddenberry's universe we've become the "humanity" that I like to think we have the potential to be--without losing the things that also make us human.
That last answer was beautiful :) I have no doubt that humanity can reach that potential. Anyways, thank you Hilari for kindly answering my questions! I hope that my readers enjoyed the interview!