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We’ve only got five days left for the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle! For your viewing interest, here is an interview with Janine Southard, the engaging author of Cracked: A Magic iPhone Story, an ebook featured in the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle.

1 – Tell us about your book in the SFWA Storybundle in one or two sentences.

Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story follows three story-gamers in Seattle who acquire a magic iPhone… it isn’t friendly.

2- What was your favorite part about writing this novel?
The setting! Sometimes I call this novel my “love letter to Seattle.” The whole time I was writing, I had a running list of things that are sooooSeattle (example: the complicated compost/recycle/trash bins at every coffee shop for appropriate self-bussing). I would go out with friends and grill them suggestions. A local paper would write about our bicycle feud with Portland, and I’d add “inferiority complex: Portland” to my list.

I felt vindicated when my copyeditor (who is a Seattle area native) told me she’d never have guessed I came from elsewhere.

3- What was the inspiration behind it?
Sheer contrariness.
I started this book so many times (with so many plots and characters) that I don’t remember what the original impetus was. The one constant has been a magic iPhone owned by a Blackberry/Android/whatever aficionado.
This time around, though, I’d been attending multiple critique groups and writing conferences where the prevailing opinion was: only first person point of view or deeeeeeep third person singular were acceptable viewpoints. “What about second person?” I wondered. Then, “what about third person omniscient?”
Having found the furthest thing from first person viewpoint, I dared myself to write an entire book in third person omniscient. This turned out to be great fun and led to reviewers comparing the novel to both Douglas Adams and Jane Austen (there’s a mash-up for you). So I guess it turned out well.

4 -Let’s talk about fantasy fiction more generally. Is there a trend in fantasy fiction that you love right now? Or perhaps one you’d like to see make a comeback?
I want quest fantasies to make a comeback because I have a complete novel waiting to be published that’s utterly out of fashion. ::laughs:: Seriously, though, I miss dragons. The only recent dragon books I can think of are the Temeraire books, which (if you missed them) are basically naval books with dragons in the place of sentient ships. They’re amazing. You should start with the first:Her Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

5- If readers absolutely adore your book, is there a sequel? What should they read of yours next?
There’s an associated anthology of short stories by other authors:Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology. I love everything about it (as one might expect since I was the editor), from matchmaking iPhones to a put-upon Siri who refuses to give good GPS directions ever again.
Of mine specifically, though, if you like Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story for its wacky humor, I’d recommend the novella These Convergent Stars in which shapeshifting cats enact a mistaken identity comedy (in space).

Janine A. Southard
Writer + Editor + Musician 323-304-0312
Author of the IPPY award-winning SF novel Queen & Commander on, Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble

So there you have it! Download the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle today and receive Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story and eleven other ebooks!

At StoryBundle, you the reader can name your price—whateAll Covers Largever you feel the books are worth. For $5 (or more, if you wish), you’ll receive the basic bundle of four books in any eBook format worldwide. For $15 (or more, it’s up to you), you’ll receive the eight bonus books as well. That’s twelve books in all for $15 to add to your e-library.

Are you ready? Here are the books:
The Garden of Abracadabra by Lisa Mason

The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta

The High House by James Stoddard

Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy

Cracked: A Magic iPhone Story by Janine Southard

Revolutionary Magic trio by Thomas Carpenter

Black Angel by Kjell Gold

Shadows in the Water by Kory M. Shrum

The Moon Ehterium by L. Rowyn

Off the Leash by Daniel Potter

Stay Crazy by Erica Satifka

The Wolf at the End of the World by Douglas Smith

At, you’ll find the core books and the bonus books, book descriptions, excerpts, reviews, who the authors are, and more. Doug Smith is a three-time Aurora Award winner. Lisa Mason is a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Author. Sally Wiener Grotta is a Locus Award nominee. The list goes on.

Oh! And you’ll find the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle. Which is only available until November 2. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at!