Today I am interviewing Janine A. Southard, editor of the new urban fantasy anthology, Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology.
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DJ: Hey Janine! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Janine A. Southward: Hi, DJ. Thanks for having me! I’m a science-fiction/fantasy author and editor. (My most popular book is probably Queen & Commander, for those of you who read young adult space adventures.) In the past few years, I’ve been writing more and editing less, so it was great to get back to working with other authors on this new project.
DJ: What is Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology about?
Janine: Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology is about the intersections of magic and technology in our modern lives. We all walk around with smartphones in our pockets these days. We sleep with them and consult them for the tiniest things. But do we really understand how they work? Would adding a magical element make a huge difference?
This anthology includes fantastic explorations of modern human nature, from the guy who ignores a phone that always gives perfect directions to the team of programmers who create an app that does magic.
My favorite thing about these stories is how positive they are about technology. Lately, half the non-fiction articles I read complain that phones and digital culture are destroying human interaction. Not in Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology! It’s got matchmaking phones and helpful diet trackers instead. Continue reading