I chatted with P. K. Reeves about how writing fan fiction helps hone her creative craft, how her process changes when writing original work, and how she incorporates her Filipino culture with her urban fantasy series, Legacy.
I spoke with historic romance author Kristine Raymond about the similarities between the wild west of the U. S. and the modern community of the internet, the importance of found families, and what it's like to find out your character actually exists!
Sleepwater Static, crafted by Kathrin Hutson, is a near-future science fiction that glues you to the pages with a meticulous combination of nostalgia and momentum. While I haven’t read the first book in the series, this easily stands on its own, with the questions and callbacks well-crafted enough for me to enjoy the mystery, rather than be left wanting. The prejudice against those who can tell special stories is backlit with historic moments of racism and homophobia, a juxtaposition that is honest and pointed, without becoming didactic. This is exactly the series our world needs to see today.
Hutson slips from the present--a group of fugitive adults hiding out in an abandoned cabin while one of their members labors with childbirth--to letters and events from the main character, Bernadette’s, past. The characters, who can each spin a magical “beat” with their words, are unique and distinct. Huston weaves an honest portrayal of a found-family without slipping into the stereotypes of many ensemble casts. Like the “beats” themselves, this story oozes with intricate subtlety and pacing that slips between languishing summer and biting action. 5 out of 5 stars!
Pre-order now! *I received an Advance Review Copy in exchange for my honest opinion*
I chatted with YA Fantasy author Jenna Greene about the power of Young Adult books--even for adult readers--and how she and her characters pull motivation from the people depending on them, plus what's next for her REBORN series!