Monday, July 31, 2023

6 Books with T. Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher (she/her) writes fantasy, horror, and occasional oddities, including Nettle & Bone, What Moves the Dead, and A House with Good Bones. Under a pen name, she also writes bestselling children's books. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, dogs, and chickens who may or may not be possessed.

Today she tells us about her Six Books.

1. What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading a bunch of mystery, and have been reading the new Hercule Poirot from Sophie Hannah.

2. What upcoming book are you really excited about?

I’m really looking forward to the re-release of the Doctrine of Labyrinths books from Katherine Addison!

3. Is there a book you’re currently itching to reread?

Yes, although it’s more that I am itching for it to have been long enough since I re-read all the Murderbot books that I can do it again!

4. How about a book you’ve changed your mind about – either positively or negatively? Or if not, a book that you love and wish that you yourself had written?

Hmmm…I think the closest I get is that when I read China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, every few pages I’d go “Damn, I wish I’d thought of that!” Just all the weird worldbuilding bits were so fascinating. 

5. What’s one book, which you read as a child or young adult, that has had a lasting influence on your writing?

Probably Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown. I checked that one out from the library so often that I don’t think anyone else got to read it for about six months. 

6. And speaking of that, what’s your latest book and why is it awesome?

*laugh* Well, Thornhedge comes out in August, and I think it’s awesome because the main character is anxious and overwhelmed and trying her best and I love her. Also she’s a were-toad. But also I recently had an interviewer on a podcast, who’s read a LOT in-genre say to me “I have read so many retellings of Sleeping Beauty, and I’ve never seen anyone do this particular [spoiler] before. And once I read yours, I thought ‘Why hasn’t anyone done that?’” Which, I mean, originality isn’t the be-all and end-all of everything, but sometimes it’s still nice to get there, even if largely by accident.

But mostly, were-toad. 

Thank you T. Kingfisher!

POSTED BY: Roseanna Pendlebury, the humble servant of a very loud cat. @chloroform_tea