Friday, October 11, 2019

Nancy Richardson Fischer

Nancy Richardson Fischer is a graduate of Cornell University, a published author with children’s, teen and adult titles to her credit, including Star Wars titles for Lucas Film and numerous autobiographies for athletes such as Julie Krone, Bela Karolyi and Monica Seles. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Fischer's new novel is The Speed of Falling Objects.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
This is my pub month so I thought I’d treat myself to a book outside my normal genre. I’m reading Stephen King’s The Institute. I’m a huge SK fan - his imagination blows my mind, and the way he builds characters is a lesson in how to make the reader care. The Institute centers around extracting children with extra normal gifts from their families/homes, depositing them in an “Institute" and then torturing them with “tests” and using their skills for evil. I’m not done yet… I’m savoring it, but I may love this story even more than The Stand or Salem’s Lot, which is saying something!

I’m also reading Akilah Hughes’ debut coming-of-age memoir, Obviously. This collection of essays takes readers from her small Kentucky town to her arrival in NYC. Along the way Akilah shares stories about family, spelling bees, racism, the challenges of adolescence, and each one is complicated, funny, bittersweet, sad, and filled with hope.

Once I’m finished with Obviously, I plan to reread All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. JN is one of the authors who inspired me to write young adult novels (Robin Roe is another) and rereading the story of Theodore Finch and Violet Markey reminds me how powerful characters can be when fully realized and gives me a star to shoot for in my next novel.
Visit Nancy Richardson Fischer's website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt is a Hugo Award-winning SF and fantasy author, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others. He is the author of over twenty novels, including the newly released The Forbidden Stars: Book III of the Axiom.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Pratt's reply:
I'm reading a lot this year, because I'm judging a couple of awards, and my Table of Judgment is heaped high with copies of things to consider (and my Tablet of Judgment is likewise full of digital books). Just at the moment I'm finishing up Paul Tremblay's collection Growing Things, a very strong book of horror (or at least dark and weird) stories by one of my favorite writers of scary things. The stories are pleasantly varied, from the surreal and creepy to the grounded and poignant to the tongue-and-cheek and self-aware. I just finished G. Willow Wilson's The Bird King, which I enjoyed a lot too: magic maps, magic doors, courageous outsiders fleeing an impossible situation for a mysterious island... these are all things I like. Alongside that I also read one of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad novels, The Trespasser, which is excellent police procedural/crime stuff with great characters and compelling writing. (I didn't read that one for award consideration, but hey, my hold at the library came through, and I wasn't going to not read it.) I'm in the midst of Leigh Bardugo's Ninth House now, but am in deep enough in to say it's excellent, a dark contemporary fantasy set among secret societies at an elite university.
Visit Tim Pratt's website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, October 4, 2019

Kerry Anne King

Kerry Anne King is the author of the international bestselling novels Closer Home, I Wish You Happy, and Whisper Me This.

Her new novel is Everything You Are.

Recently I asked King about what she was reading. Her reply:
I am currently luxuriating in the creepy awesomeness of Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

I read widely across all genres, but I particularly adore character driven fantasy. I discovered Leigh Bardugo a few months ago and devoured the entire Grishaverse in a matter of weeks. So when I was able to get my hands on an ARC of Ninth House before the release date I was as excited as – well – as a reader with an early copy of a brand new book from a favorite author can be!

Like most of my favorite books, Ninth House blurs genre lines. Elements of fantasy, mystery, paranormal and thriller are all present and accounted for. The world is one of dark magic set within the real life bounds of Yale and it is entirely and terrifyingly believable. As for Alex, the main character, Joe Hill wrote this in an endorsement and I believe it’s spot on: “With a bruised heart and bleeding knuckles, she risks death and damnation – again and again – for the people she cares about.”

I haven’t finished it yet. It’s one of those books I want to linger in while simultaneously needing to know how it ends.
Visit Kerry Anne King's website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sibel Hodge

Sibel Hodge is the bestselling author of Look Behind You, Untouchable, Duplicity, and Into the Darkness. Her books have sold over a million copies in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany.

Her new novel is Their Last Breath.

Recently I asked Hodge about what she was reading. Her reply:
I've just finished Permanent Record by Edward Snowden.

A conspiracy, a whistleblower who knows too much, and a corrupt government system who wants to take him down. It sounds exactly like the kind of novel I write, but unfortunately for Edward Snowden, this is his real life.

It’s an excellent memoir, one that I feel is essential for the world we live in today to get an understanding of how the internet, that provider of knowledge and freedom, has become a huge tool for mass surveillance on the unsuspecting public. An Orwellian eye able and willing to pry into the lives of every private citizen, while the crimes exposed are unpunished and able to continue without impunity. It’s a compelling read—the writing style is conversational and draws you in from the first page with no confusing techie jargon.

Much respect and kudos to Snowden for his courage and integrity, and for sacrificing his own life to bring this into the public domain. It’s a book that will stay with you long after reading. One that should stay with you if we have a hope of maintaining our freedoms.
Visit Sibel Hodge's website.

My Book, The Movie: Their Last Breath.

--Marshal Zeringue