Young debut novelist Samantha Shannon may be the Next Big Thing. Her fantasy novel The Bone Season, which she wrote before she was 21 years old, is being published in more than twenty countries and has been optioned for film. She's even being called "the next J.K. Rowling," although that comparison seems a bit off (they both write fantasy, but the similarities blur after that). In anticipation of her August 20th publication date, we reached out to Ms. Shannon to learn more about her:
Describe your book in 10 words or less?
A gritty, futuristic fantasy about criminal clairvoyants "“ and their
What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by
The Handmaid's Tale by
Margaret Atwood; Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell; The Complete Robot by
Isaac Asimov; Neverwhere by
Neil Gaiman; Villette by
Charlotte BrontÃ«; Great
Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Book that made you want to become a
I honestly don't remember "“ I don't think there was
one particular book. More a general love of reading. I first became fully aware
of the concept of worldbuilding when I read The Hobbit, so perhaps that . . .
Most memorable author moment?
Probably meeting Andy Serkis "“ I'm a huge admirer
of his work.
What talent or superpower would you like
to have (not including flight or invisibility)?
I'd love to be able to learn a language in a heartbeat.
What are you obsessed with now?
Game of Thrones "“ the show,
that is. I usually make it a priority to read a book before I see any film or
TV adaptations, but with Game of Thrones I'm
doing it the other way around. I have read the first book in the series,
though. Loved it.
What are you psyched about now?
The Edinburgh International Festival. Some of my
favourite authors are attending, including Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood and
What's your most prized/treasured
I have several treasured possessions, but one of
them is a silver Claddagh ring. I bought it from Galway when I visited Ireland
Pen Envy - Book you wish you'd written?
The Night Rainbow by Claire King. Gorgeous book:
vividly descriptive with a very memorable voice.
What's the last dream you remember?
Being shouted at by one of my characters as he rode
a bike past me. I very rarely remember dreams, but they're weird when I do.
"I am out with lanterns, looking for myself" "“ Emily Dickinson
Favorite method of procrastination?
Twitter. I probably could have written several more
novels if not for Twitter.
What do you collect?
Hardback books. I love them, especially when the
designers put a lot of thought into them and they have lovely textured covers.
What's next for you?
(Photo Credit: Mark Pringle)