In Episode Two of the Books and More with Lenore podcast, Steven Erikson, author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, gives us a sneak peak inside the brilliant concept of his new (yet to be published) book, Rejoice--an alien first contact novel of a different kind.
You know, us people, we kinda suck. We exploit the Earth's resources and our fellow humans to get ahead, we resort to violence to gain power and control, we use unhealthy coping skills to deal with emotional stresses and trials, AND there's no sign that we are committed to changing our behaviour anytime soon. Enter aliens. What if extraterrestrials stepped in to put a stop to our destruction?
How would we handle an extraterrestrial intervention? What do you think?
Listen to hear our conversation...
I seriously don't even know where to start!
Today I will offer Steve Erikson a cup of tea in my makeshift, yet functional, west coast basement podcast studio.
There are thousands of Erikson fan's who are in love with complex world of the Malazan series, and who can't get enough of the spin offs and Erikson's other impressive (and fun) works, like the Willfull Child. All of these fans would be excited to have one-on-one time with Steve to discuss story and world building. And I want to talk about those things too, BUT do you want to know one particular reason why I'm personally excited? Steve is not just another author to me. He has become a dear friend and confident and encouraged me to keep with my writing during those times when I just didn't take myself seriously and/or had major mental blocks about my own worth as a writer. So for me, having Steve as a guest is an extra special treat, and an honour.
We will talk about his brand new book, an ET first contact novel like nothing I've ever read and discuss why an alien first contact novel? And why now? Also, let's find out what it takes to create a body of work that vast and wide as the Malazan series. Is he human? Or??
I am super stoked to announce the name of my first guest, the amazing Diane Gallagher. If you live in Victoria BC you might know her best as a high school teacher-librarian or you might be aware of her role as an activist for trans rights in schools and as a voice for LGBTQ youth. If you knew Diane in these roles, you might not be aware of is that she is also an accomplished author (you can find her work on Amazon or go ahead and pick up a copy of her latest novel).
Diane will join me in my cozy basement studio on April 12th to record an episode of Books and More with Lenore. We will talk about her new novel, her travels, and the writing life. In the meantime, if you have any questions for Diane, please send them to me. I will do my best to incorporate them into the conversation. You can message me via Books and More with Lenore Facebook page or send an email to lenore at lenorekennedy.com.
Diane generously donated a signed copy of the Bastard of Saint Genevra to give away! Everyone who signs up for the Books and More with Lenore mailing list will have the opportunity to win it. Remember: e-news is the best way to stay in touch because everyone who subscribes gets the episodes first BEFORE they are listed on iTunes.
Learn more about Diane and her new book by visiting her website and check out her author bio below:
Diane Gallagher is a freelance writer, novelist, essayist and poet, editor, social justice activist and retired teacher-librarian. Her first novel, Greenwich List, was published by Asteroid Publishing. Her second novel, The Bastard of Saint Genevra, has just been released by Island2Island Press, and her novella, The Rose: A Hirsute Horror will also be published by Island2Island press later this year. In October 2016, she released Mancia di Sanu: A Canadian Expat’s Take on Sicilian Life and Cuisine. Diane has had numerous poems, articles, and essays published online and in print. She writes two blogs: http://dianegallagherwritings.com and http://mysicilianhome.wordpress.com. She is currently working on the first book in a young adult fantasy trilogy set in the Cowichan Valley. Apart from writing, Diane’s other passion is working as an activist for social change. She spent a decade working with LGBTQ youth and was instrumental in writing the anti-homophobia and transphobia policy in her school district. Diane now volunteers by helping to run a fair-trade store in her small town. She passionately believes that helping people develop their own economic security is the best way to make long-lasting changes. Diane has travelled extensively, including extended periods in Italy and Japan. She currently divides her time between Sicily and Vancouver Island. Diane publishes under both Diane Gallagher and Diane Cacciato.