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Guest Blog by Jo Anderton - Day Jobs - October 18, 2014


Please welcome Jo Anderton to The Qwillery. Guardian, the 3rd Veiled Worlds novel, was published in June!

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton - Day Jobs - October 18, 2014



Day Jobs

Day jobs are usually necessary, not necessarily evil, often interesting, but always time consuming. Balancing them and a writing life can be a challenge. But you know who I really feel sorry for? My characters. They're used to hanging out in my study, lobbing ideas at the back of my head and generally bitching about the terrible things I put them through. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to mope around in an empty room for at least eight straight hours a day? No one to harass into telling your story. No one to guilt-trip when they strip you of your hopes and dreams. I mean, they probably follow the cats around and shout story ideas at them, but cats don't listen to anyone.

But never fear! I have the perfect solution. If I need a day job to earn my keep… then so can they.

Tanyana, of course, works at an artsy architectural firm during the day. Actually, I don't know why she bothers involving herself as the main character in my Veiled Worlds novels, because she makes a bucket-load of money at her day job. She designs the kind of projects that usually get labeled 'public art', and half the population think are a waste of taxpayer funding, but are actually very important and sometimes even practical. They win awards. She actually quite likes her day job, because if she ever has to go on site then there are rigorous OH&S codes to keep her safe. They're much stricter about that kind of thing in Sydney than in her home city of Movoc-under-Keeper. It's very unlikely that she will fall eight hundred feet and land on glass, and even if she did she'd be in for a hell of a lot of compensation instead of a lifetime of drudgery as a debris collector. She doesn't even have to hide the silver bands of her debris collecting suit, wrapped around her wrists and neck, because her clients just think they're the most unusual jewelry they've ever seen, and someone with that kind of taste must be worth the huge amount of money she's charging.

Seriously, given what poor Tanyana goes through in Debris, Suited and Guardian, if I was her I'd just stay at work!

Kichlan… you know, I'm not so sure I'd give him the same advice. Kichlan gave up on a promising medical career to spend more time with his brother Lad. Worth the sacrifice? It’s always hard to tell, isn't it? He could be racking in the bucks by now, and probably saving lives and being generally awesome at the same time. Instead, he works a couple of low-paying jobs with flexible hours so he can always be there when Lad needs him. He probably likes the mail-centre job the most. It's mind numbing, but peaceful. No real stress, not compared to running a debris-collecting team and trying to keep Lad away from the puppet men 24/7. He one he hates the most is the fast-food joint. It's the way the oil from the deep-fryer stinks up his clothes. Which might sound odd, because he's used to smelling like muck from crawling around Movoc-under-Keeper in search of debris, but there you go.

His brother, Lad, has what you might call a kind of developmental delay. In Movoc-under-Keeper this can be dangerous -- the puppet men keep an eye out for debris collectors like him. They're special. But trust me, we do not want the puppet men to catch him! This doesn't mean he can't contribute and help out the brother who works so hard to look after him. Turns out Lad has a very spiritual side -- after all, he's regularly in touch with another plane of existence. He makes a bit of cash doing tarot and palm readings at the local hippie shop. He's also a wonderful yoga teacher. He's remarkably flexible for a man of his hulking size, and once his new clients get over that surprise they discover his soothing voice and calm energy. No one meditates as deeply as Lad.

So there you go, it's good to know my characters are keeping busy when I'm at work and ignoring them…

…Oh, apparently I forgot someone. And they're not happy about it.

The puppet men would like to let you know that they carry their weight too. Which is not very reassuring, because I'm not really sure they technically weigh anything. What do these creatures in their human-masks do when they're not trying to destroy two worlds and generally ruin Tanyana's life?



Actually, I don't think I want to know.





The Veiled Worlds

Debris
The Veiled Worlds 1
Angry Robot Books, October 1, 2011 (US/Canada and eBook)
       October 6, 2011 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
     Cover Art by Dominic Harman

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton - Day Jobs - October 18, 2014
In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]



Suited
The Veiled Worlds 2
Angry Robot Books, June 26, 2012 (US/Canada and eBook)
       July 5, 2012 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
    Cover Art by Dominic Harman

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton - Day Jobs - October 18, 2014
The Veiled Worlds, Vol II

Tanyana has chosen to help the Keeper, to stand against the Puppet Men, who continue to force the Debris into unnatural creations.

And when even her own suit becomes aggressive against her, Tanyana must weigh some very personal issues against her determination to serve the greater good.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Parasite | Make Monsters | Hidden Strings | Needs of the Many ]



Guardian
The Veiled Worlds 3
FableCroft Publishing, June 6, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
    Cover Art by Dion Hamill
    Cover Design by Amanda Rainey

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton - Day Jobs - October 18, 2014
The grand city of Movoc-under-Keeper lies in ruins. The sinister puppet men have revealed their true nature, and their plan to tear down the veil between worlds. To have a chance of defeating them, Tanyana must do the impossible, and return to the world where they were created, on the other side of the veil. Her journey will force her into a terrible choice, and test just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the fate of two worlds.





About Jo

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton - Day Jobs - October 18, 2014
Joanne is a writer of speculative fiction, and this is what she's always been. In Joanne's case, that tends to range between fantasy, horror and the just plain weird. Her debut novel, Debris (Book One the Veiled Worlds Series) was published by Angry Robot Books in 2011. Book two Suited was published in 2012. Guardian, book three, was published in 2014.

Her collection The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories won the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Collection! And she won the 2012 Ditmar for Best New Talent!



Visit her online at http://joanneanderton.com and on Twitter @joanneanderton


Interview with Jo Anderton & Giveaway - October 5, 2011

Please welcome Jo Anderton to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jo:  I listen to music while I write and I have a tendency to dance along, still sitting in my chair, while I type. It's extremely embarrassing when someone walks in on me...

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jo:  My list of favourite writers tends to change. Whatever I'm enjoying right at the moment becomes a new favourite! But I'd have to say that authors like Sara Douglass and Elizabeth Bear have influenced me, particularly with the way they blend science fiction with the fantastical. And Robin Hobb because she's just amazing.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jo:  A little of both. I do some vague plotting using timelines and different coloured pens. I always know the beginning, the end, and a few major events along the way. I enjoy discovering the rest of the story as it happens.

TQ:  Describe Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) in 140 characters or less.

Jo:  It’s about Tanyana, how she copes when her life and career are devastated by a terrible accident, and her fight to find the truth behind it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Debris?

Jo:  There were three main inspirations for Debris. One was a anime called 'Planets' -- set in the future, it followed crews collecting space debris. My brain asked "what if the debris was magical instead?" and the magic system in Debris became the answer. The second was a fascination with the interplay of technology and magic. Basically, I wanted to know what an industrial revolution would look like in a world where magic was commonplace? The world in Debris grew from that. The third, and perhaps strangest, was when my husband lost his job. What we went through -- emotionally and financially -- fed into the book, and inspired a lot of what Tanyana has to deal with.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of Debris?

Jo:  Ah, the research I did was many and varied. The magic system is loosely inspired by particle and quantum physics, so I did a lot of reading into that and found it really exciting! I also played with things like architecture theory and Russian cooking (I love researching food, it makes me so hungry).

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

Jo:  Without giving anything away? Oh that's hard. Well, I do enjoy the opening scenes. Stripping my main character of her power and leaving her penniless and scarred was a fun way to start.

TQ:  In Debris, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jo:  One of the members of Tanyana's debris collecting team is a strange, childlike man named Lad. He was both the easiest, and the hardest to write, and I love him dearly. On the surface Lad is slow but loving, and quite innocent to the world. Actually, Lad hides some of the biggest secrets of the book, and he suffers a lot because he doesn't really understand them, and can't communicate them. I loved writing his innocent, genuinely lovely voice, but I found his undercurrent darkness and the injustice of his situation difficult.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Veiled Worlds series?

Jo:  Definitely three. Plus a few short stories. And I've got this really cool idea for a graphic novel, involving one of the secondary characters...

TQ:  What's next?

Jo:  I'm currently working on something I call a "post-apocalyptic romantic comedy, set in Sydney in the not-too-distant-future, with ghosts". It's great fun!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jo:  Thanks for having me!


Read Jo's guest post about Genre here.


About Debris

Debris
The Veiled Worlds 1
(Angry Robot Books, October 2011)

Interview with Jo Anderton & Giveaway - October 5, 2011
In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]


About Jo

Interview with Jo Anderton & Giveaway - October 5, 2011
Jo Anderton lives in Sydney with her husband and too many pets. By day she is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator for an Australian book distributor. By night, weekends and lunchtimes she writes dark fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has recently appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, After the Rain and Dead Red Heart. She was shortlisted for the 2009 Aurealis Award for best young adult short story.

Her debut novel, Debris (Book One the Veiled Worlds Series) is out now from Angry Robot Books, and will be followed by Suited in 2012.

Jo's Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) generously provided by Angry Robot Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Science Fiction or Science Fantasy?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton & Giveaway - August 18, 2011

Please welcome Jo Anderton to The Qwillery, Jo's debut novel, Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) will be published by Angry Robot Books in October.

Debris

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton & Giveaway - August 18, 2011


     Genre is a funny thing, isn't it? My days working in a bookshop taught me to both appreciate it, and rebel against it. Most of the time the categories on the back of the books made it easier to shelve a whole trolley's worth as quickly as possible -- particularly first thing in the morning and with only one coffee to help! But sometimes they were just wrong. Like they said thriller when really I knew I was holding a big fat fantasy tome, or (and less often, I have to admit) YA Fiction 8-12 on the back of a gruesome true crime.

     But things really got interesting when the lines between genres started to blur, and that's when my deep-seated need to rebel kicked in. What makes some books set in the future literature and some science fiction? What's more important in a supernatural crime thriller, the 'crime' or the 'supernatural', and how do you decide where to shelve it? Do you let the computer do all the work for you? Or do you make sure no one's watching, take that 'obviously belongs in science fiction' book out of the thriller section and place it lovingly in the genre where it belongs?

     Maybe it depends on the kind of day you've had, the amount of caffeine consumed, and just how invested you feel in that particular genre. Maybe it's all linked so your hidden agenda to single-handedly ensure that fantasy and science fiction get the recognition they deserve!

     Anyway... moving on. So, genre's a funny thing. But nothing felt as strange as seeing the genre debate applied to my own book.

     You see, as far as I was concerned, Debris was always fantasy. It has a hero with a special power, a motley band of companions, and creepy evil-doers with end of the world aspirations. Core fantasy values all. But, at the same time, it is a bit different. Tanyana might be a hero with a special power, but she also has to worry about paying the rent. She lives in a semi-industrialised world, with a class system based on skill, not birth. Almost everyone has the ability to use magic -- a pseudo-scientific magic involving the manipulation of subatomic particles -- and the few that don't are forced into low-paid work collecting the waste this produces.

     Still, you know, fantasy. Surely chatting to subatomic particles just isn't possible, and neither is threading them together to create grand and powerful structures, or seeing them as glowing beads of friendly light embedded in all matter -- no matter how far technology advances in the future. Ergo, magic. Fantasy. With a few hints of steampunk. And maybe even some cyberpunk... but that's in book two.

     By now I really should have realised that genre isn't that simple. At the very least my days of bookshop rebellion should have taught me that. But no, I hadn't learned, so I was more than a little surprised when my publisher started talking about science fiction instead of fantasy. First reaction: "OMG they've confused me with someone else and actually they don't want to publish my book at all!". Once I got over that little hiccup (meltdown) we realised it was more an issue of definitions, instead of horror stories involving manuscripts swapped at birth. I'd say 'magic' they'd say 'subatomic particle'; I'd say 'carriages' they'd say 'on giant invisible spider legs instead of wheels'; 'clockwork and gas pipes' vs 'futuristic city'. You get the idea.

     Genre was blurring again, but this time I'd drawn the lines, and it was difficult to watch them dissolve before my eyes. We've decided on 'manga-inspired science fantasy', which is a pretty good description, although I also like to include 'dark-fantasy steampunk-ish' whenever I can.

     I guess the point is, that along the way I learned to let go a little bit. Genre isn't only about the appropriate code printed on the back of a book. It's also in the eye of the beholder. And I was holding so tightly onto the way I saw my story, and the (not-so-neat) little box I had squeezed it into, that I couldn't understand that anyone else might see it differently. But you know what? They can. In fact, they will.

     And that's okay, because their view of Debris is not wrong at all, just different. Like some of those books, back in my old bookshop days, weren't categorised on the wrong place, just differently to the way I saw them.

     Some.

     Maybe.


About Debris

Debris
The Veiled Worlds 1
(Angry Robot Books, October 2011)
Guest Blog by Jo Anderton & Giveaway - August 18, 2011
In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market paperback copy of Debris from The Qwillery. Please note that the book has not yet been published so the winner will have to wait until it is published to receive the book!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Have you encountered genre blurring? OR What do you think of genre blurring?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, August 25, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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