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Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Signal to Noise - February 16, 2015


Please welcome Silvia Moreno-Garcia to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Signal to Noise was published on February 10th by Solaris Books.



Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Signal to Noise - February 16, 2015




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Silvia:  In a serious way I started writing nine years ago and wrote short fiction exclusively for about four years. I had written as a child and a teenager but it was all terrible, so it wasn’t until 2006 that I wrote anything that was in decent shape.

Why? writers are narcissists so it must be a deep-rooted desire for attention.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Silvia:  I can’t work on a novel if I don’t have an idea of what is going to happen, but that doesn’t mean a well-defined chapter-by-chapter breakdown.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Silvia:  Finding the time to do it. I have a full-time job, I’m completing a Master’s degree part-time, I have two small children and my husband would like to have a conversation with me once in a while (as husbands do). Gotta make room for everything.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Silvia:  I can never answer this question properly so I’ll pass.



TQ:  Describe Signal to Noise in 140 characters or less.

Silvia:  A novel of music, magic and Mexico City.



TQ:  Tell us something about Signal to Noise that is not in the book description.

Silvia:  It’s half-coming of age, half mystery in a way.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Signal to Noise? Why did you set the novel in Mexico City? Do you have any favorite 80s songs and/or groups?

Silvia:  My parents both worked in radio in the 80s and I grew up with a lot of records around me. I’ve set a lot of short stories in Mexico City. I like to write what I know.“Love Will Tear us Apart” by Joy Division is the best song of the 80s.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Signal to Noise?

Silvia:  I know the time period, so even though I had to check some data it wasn’t an alien setting for me. I grew up in that place, on that street.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Silvia:  Meche tends to dominate narrative so I suppose I was fond of her voice. I don’t know if that means she was easy or hard to write.



TQ:  Which question about Signal to Noise do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Silvia:  I don’t think anyone so far has asked me how I feel about releasing my first novel. I refresh Goodreads every half hour and I obsessively Google myself.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Signal to Noise.

Silvia:  She wanted pain and loneliness and everyone to stop talking and Sebastian and no one, all at the same time.



TQ:  What's next?

Silvia:  I’ve written a novel about drug lord vampires in Mexico City, so hopefully my agent can find someone to buy that. I’m working on what should be my third novel and editing a Lovecraftian anthology with stories by women.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Signal to Noise
Solaris, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Signal to Noise - February 16, 2015
A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape.
Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends -- Sebastian and Daniela -- and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love...

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral.
It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?





About Silvia

Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Signal to Noise - February 16, 2015
Photo by CG Cameron
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. Her speculative fiction has been collected in This Strange Way of Dying.

Signal to Noise is her debut novel.



Website  ~  Twitter @silviamg
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.


Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Signal to Noise
Solaris, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends -- Sebastian and Daniela -- and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love...

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

Solaris Acquires Novels by Arianne "Tex" Thompson and Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Solaris Books recently announced the acquisition of two novels - One Night in Sixes by Arianne "Tex" Thompson for publication in 2014 and Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia for publication in 2015.



PRESS RELEASE

Solaris acquires “progressive and inclusive
debut novel One Night in Sixes for 2014


Solaris Acquires Novels by Arianne
Solaris is pleased to announce that it has acquired the debut novel of Texan author Arianne "Tex" Thompson.

One Night in Sixes is a startlingly original Western-influenced rural fantasy novel that will be published in August 2014 with a stunning cover by Polish artist Tomasz Jedruszek.

This first novel from teacher Thompson is part of Solaris’s ongoing mission to publish the best science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and anthology titles from a diverse and progressive roster of authors from around the world.

The border town called Sixes is quiet in the heat of the day. Still, Appaloosa Elim has heard the stories about what wakes at sunset: gunslingers and shapeshifters and ancient earthly gods whose human faces never outlast the daylight.

If he ever wants to go home again, he’d better find his missing partner before they do. But if he’s caught out after dark, Elim risks succumbing to the old and sinister truth that lives in his own flesh - and discovering just how far he’ll go to survive the night.

Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver said: “Sometimes you come across a novel that makes you want to jump to your feet and immediately announce it to the world. One Night in Sixes was just such a book. Arianne has achieved the near impossible by presenting the world with a staggeringly original work of fantasy full of rich characterisation and excitement. This is one of the most progressive and incisive works of fantasy for decades and I’m delighted to be publishing it.”


About the Author

Solaris Acquires Novels by Arianne
Arianne "Tex" Thompson is a native and lifelong resident of Texas. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from UT Dallas and a master's degree in literature from the University of Dallas, she went on to become a community college professor, teaching the fundamentals of English to adults writing below the eighth-grade level. Now a master teacher for academic tutoring and test prep services, as well as the managing editor for the DFW Writers Conference, Tex is a regular feature at high schools, writing conferences, and genre conventions alike. With her first book, a 'rural fantasy' novel called One Night in Sixes, Tex joins the growing ranks of Solaris authors committed to exciting, innovative and inclusive science fiction and fantasy.







PRESS RELEASE

Love, music and sorcery in Mexico City – Solaris
acquires new novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


“Moreno-Garcia always reaches beyond the obvious...
[she] can evoke a shudder with a mere description of sound.”
– Winnipeg Review


Solaris is pleased to announce that it has acquired a new novel by Mexican and Canadian author Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Signal to Noise is a literary fantasy novel set against the background of Mexico City, ones of the world’s biggest cities and a unique setting for a story about the very real magic of music.

This latest acquisition by the award-winning publisher of science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and anthologies will be published in February 2015.

Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver said: "I read Signal to Noise on a beautiful summer day, sitting in my back garden. Silvia's book utterly transported me and by the end I was left in pieces. This is a beautiful, powerful novel, quite unlike anything else I have read. I'm truly proud to be bringing this to Solaris."

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends -- Sebastian and Daniela -- and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love...

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

Silvia said of the genesis of Signal to Noise: “Both my parents were radio announcers. So was my grandfather. I even had a brief stint in radio as a child and my mother used to take me to the radio station since I was a baby. Signal to Noise was an attempt to understand our fascination with music and sound.”


About the Author

Solaris Acquires Novels by Arianne
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. Her speculative fiction has been collected in This Strange Way of Dying and has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She is the winner of the Carter V. Cooper/Exile Short Fiction Competition and a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize. She tweets @silviamg and blogs at silviamoreno-garcia.com








Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Signal to Noise - February 16, 20152015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-GarciaSolaris Acquires Novels by Arianne "Tex" Thompson and Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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