Interviews

Thoughtful & sparing: Jenna O’Connell on Romance & YA Heroines

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As a publicist, editor and occasional slush-pile reader, Jenna O’Connell doesn’t just know books, but the ins and outs of getting them on bookstore shelves and into readers’ hands. BELINDA: Hot topic first. Do you think love is killing the teenage heroine and why? JENNA: Killing is such a strong word! We’re certainly not seeing an absence … Continue reading Thoughtful & sparing: Jenna O’Connell on Romance & YA Heroines

Risking her life: Sue Parritt on Strong Female Characters

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Sue Parritt is an Australian science fiction author. Her first trilogy tells the tale of a futuristic Australia ravaged by climate change, and racial oppression. BELINDA: Tell us about Sannah, what makes her strong? SUE: Sensuous, emotional and dramatic, Sannah, 39, a descendant of Environmental Refugees from the drowned Pacific Islands, is the Storyteller for … Continue reading Risking her life: Sue Parritt on Strong Female Characters

Greying, pudgy & menopausal: Laura E. Goodin on Strong Female Characters

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Laura E. Goodin is the author of After the Bloodwood Staff, an Australian fantasy about a quest that doesn’t go quite how it’s supposed to. BELINDA: Tell us about Sybil, one of the two main protagonists in After the Bloodwood Staff: what makes her strong? LAURA: In a way, it’s her weaknesses and pessimism that make … Continue reading Greying, pudgy & menopausal: Laura E. Goodin on Strong Female Characters

She Will Stand Her Ground: Annie McCann on Strong Female Characters

In this interview, avid reader and blogger Annie McCann talks to me about Shazrad, the heroine of The Wrath and the Dawn, a modern retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights. BELINDA: Tell us about Shazrad, what makes her strong? ANNIE: In The Wrath and The Dawn, Shazrad is a woman living in a man’s world under a tyrant boy … Continue reading She Will Stand Her Ground: Annie McCann on Strong Female Characters

Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters

Felicity Banks is the author of Heart of Brass a steampunk novel about a young women with a brass heart and a family obligation that’s interupted by a criminal conviction. BELINDA: Tell us about Emmeline, what makes her strong? FELICITY: Emmeline has been taught that her duty is to marry well, giving her family the … Continue reading Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters

Strange and peculiar things: An interview with Amie Irene Winters

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Amie Irene Winters is the author of Strange Luck, a fantasy series about a girl named Daisy and a secret realm that built on stolen memories. BELINDA: You’ve just released the second book in your Strange Luck series, The Nightmare Birds, tell us a little about the heroine, Daisy. AMIE: Daisy is one strong and cynical chick, … Continue reading Strange and peculiar things: An interview with Amie Irene Winters

Wild, Tough and Cheeky: Carolyn Gilpin on Antiheroines

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Carolyn is the author of Facing Up a story about a girl trying to pick up the pieces of her life after a car crash ruins her life. BELINDA: Tell us about Carly, what makes her an antiheroine? CAROLYN: Carly is an antiheroine because she is cynical, prickly, quick-tempered, stubborn, impatient with her family and pretty … Continue reading Wild, Tough and Cheeky: Carolyn Gilpin on Antiheroines

Worldbuilding and Game Design: an interview with Diana Pinguicha

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Diana Pinguicha is a woman of many talents not least of which include designing games and writing books. BELINDA: Tell us about your book. What’s it about and what kind of audience would it appeal to? DIANA: The Fantasy novel I currently have on submission is called A Trace of Madness (I call it ATOM, … Continue reading Worldbuilding and Game Design: an interview with Diana Pinguicha

Going Her Own Way: LG Surgeson on Antiheroines

The Black River Chronicles by LG Surgeson

LG Surgeson is the author of the fantasy adventure series The Black River Chronicles, including the short story Clara’s Buttons. BELINDA: Tell us about Clara, what makes her an antiheroine? LG: Clara grew up on the dirty streets of Aberddu (pronounced Aber-thee) city. She was orphaned during the Summer of Fire, and left picking over the rubble of destroyed … Continue reading Going Her Own Way: LG Surgeson on Antiheroines

On fighting, YA and sci-fi: An interview with Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee knows kung fu, so when she writes a fight scene you know it’s going to be awesome. Which is fortunate, since her debut novel, Zeroboxer, is all about boxing (plus you know, intrigue,  planet-spanning criminal enterprises and a smattering of romance). Find out how you can win a copy of Zeroboxer at the bottom of … Continue reading On fighting, YA and sci-fi: An interview with Fonda Lee