Hey Benedict, thank you for joining me today! First thing to get out of the way before we jump into it – you made it to this year’s SPFBO semi-finals; even though Lynn ultimately went with Rob Hayes’ “Never Die” as her finalist, you put up one hell of a fight! Are you pleased with how this year’s contest turned out?
The world of the Malazan Empire is among the most complex fantasy worlds ever created. Very few would disagree with this, even those in the fantasy community who hold onto a firm dislike for Erikson’s storytelling style. I admire the world and characters; the complexity of both is second to none and I have within my mind’s eye, expanses of scenes as tragic as they are heroic, as cruel as they are hopeful.
Published by: Gollancz, SF Masterworks Series
Genre: Science Fiction
Published by: Scott Warren (Self-Published)
Genre: Fantasy (Economic Adventure!)
Review/Purchased Copy: Provided through NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
Carol A. Park’s Sweetblade is the dark origins story of Heretic Gods heroine Ivana, chronicling her loss of innocence and fall from grace as the weight of the guilt this young woman carries proves too much to bear, setting her down a path of blood and death.
Welcome to BookNest.eu! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?
I'm a fantasy author of five books. Some people agree that they aren't all awful.
Editor’s Note: Your name is known to the booknest.eu hive mind, Graham Austin-King.
What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?
I entered with The Lore of Prometheus which is my fifth novel.
Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?
Prometheus is a military/urban fantasy. Imagine Jason Bourne meets X-men.
You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?
I think it will. Prometheus is very different to anything I've written before and it's hard to classify into a subgenre which I think probably benefits it. It has a level of humour in it as well, which I think helps any book flow.
WHERE DID YOU HIDE THE MONEY!??!?!
In Dyrk Ashton's pants.
Editor's Note: You are not the first to level these complaints towards Dyrk. We are taking steps to investigate the matter in full.
Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?
SPFBO is an amazing opportunity to gain exposure for a novel. Not only have several authors signed major publishing deals as a result of this exposure, but also the stigma of self-publishing is being slowly eroded. The question is why wouldn't I enter?
Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?
I'm working on the sequel to Faithless right now.
Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?
Good luck everyone!
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
An African or a European swallow?
Editor's Note: Thanks for telling us a little about The Lore of Prometheus, Graham! I know for a fact Lynn loved your book and I myself am looking forward to digging into it later down the line! Good luck in the coming months!