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SPFBO 2019

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Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Like a lot of writers, I've had a lot of weird jobs, and have lived in a lot of interesting places, often in Asia. But I've also learned from the sidelines of enough cocktail parties that the most fascinating person in the room is usually the one who plays an excellent mirror. So I'd love to hear more about you, Petros. I've heard so much. 

What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?

I entered THE SPEC SET, and it's my third novel.

Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?

This is YA, but don't hold that against it. It's a superhero mash-up spy thriller with neurodivergent kids. You've never read anything quite like it. Promise.

Editor’s Note: We’ll hold you to that…

You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?

I've had enough beta reader feedback to know THE SPEC SET is equal parts intensity and unexpected. Because of that, I don't know if I can really hit people where they're at in fantasy genre. This book is not what you're used to. Also, disability plays a part of this story. Those who deal with disability may prefer to use reading as an escape. Those who don't may rather not go there. No judgment. No blame.

WHERE DID YOU HIDE THE MONEY!??!?!

There's a code, actually. Page 156, 78th word.

Editor’s Note: That was easy. Thanks, we’ve been looking for those two dollars for ages!

Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?

I've published with a small press, but some authors are successful going on their own. I think SPFBO can play a big part in their success.

Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?

My current book is for kids. It's kind of high brow MG fairyland thriller.

Editor’s Note: The world needs more fairyland thrillers, thank you for contributing to the genre!

Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?

All thanks to the reviewers and especially to Mark. It's a vibrant community you've created and I think its going to be the way of the future.

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

It's been about 30 years since Monty Python binges. Maybe its time to watch again.

Editor’s Note: Thank you for taking the time to do this, Taya! Best of luck with THE SPEC SET in SPFBO 5, and with your future projects.

Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

I live in Scotland with my wife and four children, working a full time office job in sunny Edinburgh. I write whenever I can, squeezing in a few hours here and there whenever possible.

What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?

The Queen’s Executioner. It’s the first book in my Magelands series, but I released a prequel novella called From the Ashes back at the end of December to introduce the world.

Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?

It’s an epic fantasy, told from four points of view. The series tends to get darker as it goes along - the first book is quite light-hearted in comparison!

You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?

I’m m hoping that the book’s originality will stand out. My ARC team were fairly consistent in stating that they never knew what was going to happen next.

Editor’s Note: Originality is fantastic, Christopher – we’re big fans of new ideas in the field.

WHERE DID YOU HIDE THE MONEY!??!?!

Under the floorboards along with the skeletons.

Editor’s Note: Don’t go dredging up old skeletons. They’re

Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?

Glory and riches.

Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?

I have finished the Magelands series, and am a third of the way through book two of a follow-up series.

Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?

We should all remember that we are not in competition with each other; but having said that I want to win.

Editor’s Note: Vainglorious personal ambition, we like it!

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Before or after carrying coconuts across the English Channel?

Editor’s Note: Before, preferably. At any rate, thank you for joining us today! Best of luck in the coming few months!

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Blurb: Zaaz, a young girl growing up in the far arctic north, finds something in a shipwreck near her home. Growing up with red hair, pale skin, and a witch for her mother already made Zaaz different than the rest of the village. What she gained when she opened the strange box she found made her doubly so. The White Witches of Northeim will stop at nothing to take her power as their own. Destined to become a powerful and notorious witch, this is the tale of her youth and coming into magic. Fleeing from the only home she’s ever known, bound into servitude, she’ll fight for her freedom, friends and the beauty she has found. 

Witch in Winter has some fine elements too it. What it lacks in plot cohesion and editing, it makes up for in worldbuilding and creativity. 

Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Greetings! I'm an English writer, living in Madrid, keeping the wolf from the door by teaching 6th grade goblins. In my spare time I write, read, travel, game and listen to loud music. I've loved fantasy since I learnt to read. Fighting Fantasy, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Hobbit were my gateway drugs.

Editor’s Note: We always knew someone had to teach all those goblins before us D&D players dispose of them by the throngs.

What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?

The Ashen Levels. Yes, it's my debut novel (not counting the shoeboxes of scrawled A4 pads), although I've previously published a couple of novellas.

Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?

It's a character driven story about overcoming adversity to discover an impossible truth. The world building is sublime--not info-dumped--and builds from a tiny fire lit hub to encompass continents, growing with the protagonist's exploration. It takes some unpredictable twists and turns, has a dark sense of humour and some pretty prose.

Editor’s Note: Count us in! We’re all for pretty prose and dark humour.

You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?

I hope so. I'm rarely confident about these things. I believe that given the chance, people will enjoy it. I certainly enjoyed writing it.

WHERE DID YOU HIDE THE MONEY!??!?!

Under their noses.

Editor’s Note: Ew! They’re covered in snot, aren’t they?!

Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?

I've been following SPFBO17 and SPFBO18 closely and have read several of the finalists' books. I've always thought it would be a great experience and this year I have a book ready. The stars have aligned.

Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?

As soon as school breaks up I'll be chaining myself to my writing desk. I've got a rough outline and setting planned out, so just have to jump into it now and hammer my daily word counts. The biggest difference is it's in an entirely new world and will contain multiple POVs.

Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?

Good luck everyone. As in past years I will attempt to read at least some of the finalists. Judges... are cool. And very good looking. Mark, thanks for going beyond the call of duty and championing the indie cause.

Editor’s Note: Nice try, Welburn! We know a sweet-talker when we see one!

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

African or European?

Editor’s Note: Third person to ask this question in a row, you’ve officially unlocked our No-Prize! On a serious note, good luck in the competition, Craig and we all hope you have a great time over the next few months! 

 

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