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Interview

  • How does a typical book get written in your world – what do you start with?
    I love writing, so a typical book starts with an idea and a character. Lilly Lionheart started as a girl genius fused with dangerous genetically designed animals Mastermind’s Lair. The evil mastermind idea never quite panned out as the character decided to be pompous rather than clever, but the whole mad science angle was fun. On the other hand, Wizard’s Guide to Wellington’s inspiration was in a round-about way The Hobbit. Tolkien used the countryside of Britain to create a legend he felt Britain lacked, discovering a “forgotten” history. As New Zealand and specifically Wellington already had its own legends, it was a matter of discovering how the local landmarks and legends interacted to create a very magical and dangerous city

• What awesome books and projects are you working in at the moment?

Top SecretFire Crow with Peter Friend: It’s a secret project, so I can’t really say anything, except that it’s really exciting and I love working with Peter who is a master of the Science Fiction. His Voyage to the Moon, published in Asimov’s is amazing.

The Sylvalla trilogy: Written by a pompous old university lecturer, F. Fradherghast’s Quest, Prophecy and Omens follow the adventures of Princess Sylvalla who desperately wants to be a hero. This series takes the tropes of fantasy and gently mocks them, while landing the protagonist in deeper and deeper trouble. I’d love for audiences to be able to read the trilogy on two very different levels, not unlike Winter of the Birds by Helen Cresswell. The idea is that it can be read as a straight adventure, but it can also be read at a deeper level, where things are not quite what they seem on the surface.

And finally I’m putting the bells and whistles on Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death. It’s been the most crazy fun to write. …duck the gelignite, avoid the Acme fuses. Do whatever you need to, just make sure you don’t miss out — it’s more than your life is worth! Delayed by a run of bad health, Part One: Once Bitten will now be released on the 31st of Jan.

The rest of the interview can be read here.

A.J. Ponder is an award winning author whose work includes Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, and the Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death series.