Today I am interviewing Seanan McGuire, author of the new urban fantasy novel, Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day.
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DJ: Hey Seanan! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Seanan McGuire: I’m an American fantasy and science fiction author, living in the Pacific Northwest with a large collection of creepy dolls, My Little Ponies, and comic books. I do not get nearly enough sleep.
DJ: What is Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day about?
Seanan: Time. Sisters and debts and the need to stay when sometimes you really want to go, but most of all, time. It’s a ghost story and a love story and a story about the price we pay to stay ourselves.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day?
Seanan: The poetry of Martha Keller. We were fortunate enough to be able to reprint one of her poems at the front of the book.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Seanan: I don’t understand this question.
DJ: What is the world or setting of Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day?
Seanan: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is set in a modern urban fantasy New York City, and a modern urban fantasy small town Kentucky.
DJ: This may have skipped some reader’s attentions, but Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is actually a novella. It seems to me that novella is gaining a rise is popularity again: what is it about the novella format that you like? Do you feel there is a particular advantage to telling your story that way over the novel?
Seanan: I was asked to write a novella, so I did.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day?
Seanan: Writing it.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Seanan: The fact that I actually wrote a stand-alone for once.
DJ: What was your goal when you began writing Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day? Is there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Seanan: My goal was to finish the story. I did that.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day that you can share with us?
Seanan: All cornfields belong to themselves. Farmers are just their temporary caretakers, until the time comes for the harvest to turn everything around.
DJ: Now that Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is released, what is next for you?
Seanan: Finishing my next book.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day that we haven’t talked about yet?
Seanan: I am very proud of it, and I hope people will read it.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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*** Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is published by Tor.com and is available TODAY!!! ***
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When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.
But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is a new standalone urban fantasy novella from New York Timesbestselling author Seanan McGuire.
Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats.
Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the “Velveteen vs.” superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.
Seanan’s favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it’s easier that way..