Monday, October 17, 2016

6 Books with Julie Czerneda

Photo Credit: Roger Czerneda Photography

Julie Czerneda is the best selling and award winning author of 17 science fiction and fantasy novels including the Species Imperative trilogy, the Clan Chronicles, and the Night's Edge fantasy series.

Today she shares her 6 books with us...

1. What book are you currently reading?
The Forgotten Tale by J.M. Frey, REUTS Publications. I was given an advance copy because I love this author’s work and I LOVED the previous book in the series, An Untold Tale. Fantastic stuff, especially if you enjoy serious smarts in your story-telling. Plus dragonet.

2. What upcoming book you are really excited about?
The next one Ben Aaronovitch writes in his Rivers of London series. Our travelling offspring lent me the existing books and I gobbled them up, despite trying to ration myself. They are fun, original, and yes, feel a bit Pratchett (wistful sigh) in the best way. Can’t wait to dive back in!

3. Is there a book you're currently itching to re-read?
PRIDE OF CHANUR by C.J. Cherryh. I included an excerpt in the 2017 NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE (I’ve Editor Power, you see) in honour of her being named a Grand Master this year. An all-time favourite of mine from the start. That taste has reminded me it’s been too long since I revisited Pyanfar and Co.

4. How about a book you've changed your mind about over time--either positively or negatively?
That’s a toughie. We’re still mid-move, so the majority of my books are in boxes. I’ll go with A PRINCESS OF MARS by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’ve loved the series, and still do, but recently I looked into the astronomy that was current at the time the books were written. I discovered Burroughs, as do we all, wrote with that understanding. The best science he had available. So now they’ve taken on a tighter SF feel to me than before. Very happy about that.

5. What's one book, which you read as a child or young adult, that has had a lasting influence on your writing?
There’s one that had a tremendous impact on me as a reader first, then as a writer. I discovered science fiction by reading every book by an author whose name started with “N” in my school library. It was the easiest shelf to reach and I was bored. When I found Andre Norton’s THE STAR RANGERS, I realized I was home. This was the literature I’d been looking for, without knowing it. My parents took note and from then on, my Poppa would buy me a couple of books each payday. DOC SAVAGE. TARZAN. Narnia. Everything he could find. I haven’t looked back. Except to reread those earliest loves regularly.

6. And speaking of that, what's *your* latest book, and why is it awesome?
Me? My latest book is THE GATE TO FUTURES PAST, Reunification #2, just released by DAW. I wouldn’t say awesome, unless you go with the original, rather terrifying meaning of the word. GATE is dire. Reunification brings my Clan Chronicles series to a close, so GATE is where all the dark things happen and there’s no escape in sight. People have told me it’s magnificent while they sob, which is high praise, if unnerving. I’m writing the ending, TO GUARD AGAINST THE DARK now, so I can promise there’s…

…okay, going on record here. There’s better to come. I promise. This is me and I like my endings big and satisfying on every level. They have to feel right. That said? This one, to the series, won’t be what readers expect. GUARD will be out October 2017.

POSTED BY: Joe Sherry - Writer / Editor at Adventures in Reading since 2004, Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2015, editor since 2016. Minnesotan.