Today I am interviewing Stephanie Burgis, author of the new historical fantasy novel, Congress of Secrets.
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DJ: Hey Stephanie! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Stephanie Burgis: Sure! I’m a fantasy writer and a history geek. I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, spent a few years living in Vienna, and now live in Wales, surrounded by castles and coffeeshops. (My favorite combination!) I write fun, funny MG fantasy novels and wildly romantic historical fantasy novels for adults.
DJ: What is Congress of Secrets about?
Stephanie: In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, charming conman Michael Steinhüller plans his riskiest scheme yet…and hidden among the celebrating aristocrats and royals of the continent is a woman with a dark, alchemical secret. The sinister forces that shattered Karolina Vogl’s childhood still rule Vienna behind a glittering façade of balls and salons, Michael’s plan is fraught with danger, and both of their disguises are more fragile than they realize. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?
DJ: What were some of your influences for Congress of Secrets?
Stephanie: In terms of literary influences, I’m definitely writing in the footsteps of Judith Tarr, Ellen Kushner, Guy Gavriel Kay, Patricia McKillip, Delia Sherman and Nalo Hopkinson. (And I devour every new story they write!) Continue reading