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CreatureCourtCast #3: the Mean Streets of Aufleur

  • Posted on June 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

In which I talk about the construction of my fantasy city, why I particularly like fantasy with cities in it, the inspiration I drew from a trip to Rome, and the perils of mapmaking. I also read a section from a later chapter of the book (though edited out the worst spoilers) which shows off a bit of the city and includes a fight scene, to balance out all the chat about frocks in the previous ep!

Apologies for the mangled pronounciation of ‘chimaera’ by the way – this is the peril of learning one’s vocab from books! I do know it’s pronounced with a hard ‘ch’ but I only learned this after about 15 years of saying it ‘sh’ in my head and old habits die hard. In the interests of the public right to know I actually had to stop the recording and figure out how the hell I should pronounce ‘Diamagne’ (trouble with madeyuppy names & words is sometimes you don’t figure out how to say them until you have to) until I finally twigged – same way you say Charlemagne, duh!

Happy listening to all. I think I’ll do one more of these before the end of the release month – will take suggestions and requests for the final reading!

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CreatureCourtCast #2: Fantasy with Frocks

  • Posted on May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Here I am again with a CreatureCourtCast for your listening pleasure. You can play it directly or download it from here, or subscribe over in iTunes. In this episode, I do a reading of the first scene I ever wrote in this book & talk a little about why clothes are very very important to this particular story (plot points! character building!).

It also happens to be the scene that explains why the woman on the front cover of the book is wearing that particular dress…

Also, the podcast has dated slightly already in that Tehani announced on Twitter today that her local bookshop has copies of P&M! They’re still in boxes, though, so technically it’s not a “sighting in the wild”. If anyone sees an actual book on an actual shelf in an actual bookshop (or better yet, purchases one!) please let me know!

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CreatureCourtCast #1 – naked boys fall from the sky

  • Posted on May 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm

This is the first episode in a mini-series of podcasts I will be releasing to celebrate the June 1 release of Power and Majesty.

Episode #1 features me reading the first chapter of the book and chatting a bit about my week and how this first chapter was responsible for the book getting sold to HarperVoyager.

More episodes to follow over the next couple of weeks! If you have any requests for topics for me to talk about or parts of the book to read, leave me a comment here on this post!

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