I’m excited to have Foz Meadows here today to talk about her debut YA urban fantasy novel Solace & Grief (my review), the first book in The Rare series. Everyone please give Foz a warm welcome!
Hi Foz! Yesterday was your birthday, I hope it was wonderful. We'd like to know a little about you, please tell us about yourself.
Hi Donna, and thanks for having me! As of this week, I'm now a 24-year-old author, self-confessed geek and philosophy wife. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and have recently discovered that vodka mixed with Sasparilla is very, very tasty. Also, I love cheese.
Your YA urban fantasy novel Solace and Grief debuts on March 1, could you tell us about it?
Solace & Grief is about Solace Morgan, a teenage girl raised in foster care doing her level best to conceal the fact that she's a vampire. After encountering a faceless man, Solace runs away and finds herself in the company of her first ever friends, none of whom are exactly plain old human. They live in an abandoned warehouse; they drink and joke, but once Solace decides to try and learn more about their respective abilities, they soon find themselves in over their heads with the mysterious Professor Lukin and a string of increasingly dangerous occurrences.
How many books do you have planned for The Rare series?
Three: the second volume is already completed to a first-draft stage, and I've made a stack of notes for the final installment. I have half-formed plans to revisit some of my characters in later stories, too, but that's still far in the future!
How much research did you have to do for Solace and Grief?
If by "research" you mean "watch lots and lots of Buffy while thumbing through my collection of mythology books", then, um, lots. But it wasn't intended as homework. It's just what I enjoy doing.
What are your biggest influences in your writing?
They change every time someone asks! Generally speaking, I have a healthy appreciation for stories with a humorous element: apart from being funny, real life is quite often absurd, even - sometimes especially - when we're striving for seriousness. British radio comedy in particular has had a strong influence on me, since I grew up listening to it; discovering Neil Gaiman at university was also a revelation. For a long time, I was in the bad habit of trying to put narratives in boxes and, as a result, of trying to write with the shape of those boxes in mind. Realizing I didn't have to - that stories, like rivers, prefer to take their own shape - was an eye-opener.
Books covers are a big deal to the majority of readers and writers. Did you have any input on yours? Are you happy with how your book cover turned out?
I love the cover - the end product isn't overly dissimilar to the earliest designs, and from the very first one, I thought it looked spectacular. I was lucky enough to be asked for my opinion on what was being produced, but I never wanted to change it :)
Without giving anything away, can you tell us what your favorite scene is from your book?
There's a scene which takes place on top of the Sydney Opera House that I'm rather fond of. Other favourites: nepenthe and the Gadfly!
Can you share any of your future books plans with us?
Apart from the Rare series, I've written the first draft of an adult fantasy-slash-murder-mystery novel that I'm keen to do something with. I have other ideas in mind, but if I started trying to pin all of them down at once, I'd never finish anything :)
If the the worlds created in books were real, which book would you pick to live in?
Tough call! I've always loved Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, so that universe would be high up the list; Seanan McGuire's version of Earth as overlaid by Faerie is totally brilliant; and, assuming I had the power to navigate it properly, the forest of many-world-pools from The Magician's Nephew.
Thank you Foz for this terrific interview!
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