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Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis, where she lives with her wife and the cats who own them. Her books include the Wolves of Wolf’s Point books Silver Moon and Blood Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories, Night’s Kiss and Crave. She is also the editor of the anthologies Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades and Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) and coeditor, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, of the anthology Hellebore and Rue. In addition, she is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world.
Today at Nerds of a Feather, Author/Editor/Publisher Catherine Lundoff returns to tells us about her Six Books
1.What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading an ARC of Melissa Scott’s new queer epic fantasy, Water Horse (Candlemark & Gleam, May 2021). It’s an intricately plotted epic fantasy featuring several LGBTQ characters. Given that it’s Melissa’s work, the world building is richly detailed and the plot and the characters are completely engrossing.
2. What upcoming book am I really excited about?
I am so excited about A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, coming out in May from Tor! I really loved his A Dead Djinn in Cairo and can’t wait to explore his steampunky Cairo with Agent Fatma el-Sha’arawi. I’ve been hoping that he would write more about her and this world for ages now. The Haunting of Tram Car 015 was delightful, but she only has a relatively minor role in it.
3. Is there a book you’re currently itching to reread?
Dancing Jack by Laurie Marks. This is what I said of it when I first read it: “Fine fantasy with memorable queer (and older) female characters in a compelling plot about war, survival and what happens afterward.” Dancing Jack never got its due as one of the best queer fantasies of the early 90s and I’d like to see a new audience rediscover it, as well as rereading it myself to see what I may have missed the first time through.
4. How about a book you’ve changed your mind about over time – either positively or negatively?
Positively, in this case. The book I’m thinking of is Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. I read this quite a while back and it was the first of Butler’s books that I read. At the time, I thought of it was an interesting science fiction novel that involved a lot of body switches and conflicts that reminded me of some other novels, but have come to the conclusion that I missed a fair amount of nuance and intricacy in the book. I think this is a series that I should revisit as a whole.
5. What's one book, which you read as a child or young adult, that has had a lasting influence on your writing?
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. This one is, of course, technically out of genre, but it is Austen’s snarky love letter to the Gothic thrillers of her time and it is well worth reading for that alone. This is the book that was my gateway into the fabulous world of haunted manors, maidens in peril and wildly dysfunctional families that populate Gothic literature.
6. And speaking of that, what's *your* latest book, and why is it awesome?
My latest book is Blood Moon: A Wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel, which came out in March from Queen of Swords Press. Blood Moon is the sequel to my menopausal werewolf novel, Silver Moon and it is awesome because a. I finally got it done and out in the world, which took a lot of overcoming sundry obstacles and b. because it completes the story arc that I began in Silver Moon, something that my readers have been asking for. I love creating happy readers and I think this book will do that.
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