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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
http://www.janinesouthard.com
http://www.twitter.com/jani_s
Author of the IPPY award-winning SF novel Queen & Commander on Amazon.com, 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 https://storybundle.com/fantasy, 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 https://storybundle.com/fantasy!

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Several authors whose titles are included in the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle interviewed each other on-camera. For your viewing pleasure, check out:

Erica Satifka interviews Sally Wiener Grotta at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=915vtWYgmDU
Cat Rambo
interviews at Erica Satifka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J-HBJvzAos
Sally Wiener Grotta interviews Cat Rambo at https://youtu.be/f1QnZtGm2UA

For interviews in print and other items of fascination, check out:
L. Rowyn interviews Kyell Gold at her blog at https://rowyn.dreamwidth.org/619558.html.
Kyell Gold’s interview with Doug Smith is on Kyell’s blog at http://kyellgold.com/wpblog/?p=5067&preview=true.
A blog by Douglas Smith, three-time Aurora Award Winner, about his book The Wolf at the End of the World in the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle at http://www.sfwa.org/2017/10/writing-different-culture/
The SFWA blog about the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle at http://www.sfwa.org/2017/10/great-fantasy-comes-bundles/

At StoryBundle, you the reader can name your price—whatever 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 delightful fantasy ebooks for $15 to add to your elibrary.

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 Kyell 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 https://storybundle.com/fantasy, you’ll find the four books in the core bundle and the eight as bonus books, book descriptions, excerpts, reviews, who the authors are, and more. Lisa Mason is a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Author. Sally Wiener Grotta is a Locus Award nominee. Doug Smith is a three-time Aurora Award winner. The list goes on.

Oh! And you’ll find the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle. Which is only available for seven more days until November 2. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at https://storybundle.com/fantasy!

I’m a huge fan of interviews. Show me a print or online magazine with an interview of a personality who has a book, movie, or political platform to sell, I’m all eyes.

Why? I’m always curious to see how that personality spins whatever she or he is selling, what language is used, what insights are made, what personal details are revealed, and how that feeds the promotion, how effective the feed is.

Let’s face it. We’ve been spinning ourselves since the days when a clever personality leaked the version of the news she or he wanted the neighbors to know to the village gossip. Take it away, village gossip!

Herewith, some links to interviews with the Award-winning Authors in The Philip K. Dick Storybundle. I’m not even going to try paraphrasing anything. You must click on the link and savor the full glory of the author’s words.

First up, Elizabeth Hand, author of Aestival Tide, has the cover interview in the prestigious Locus Magazine at http://locusmag.com/. Actually, Liz’s interview is in the October 2015 print magazine, but the online version often offers a partial. So go there and check it out.

Kathe Koja, author of The Cipher, has a dynamite video interview with the Lovecraft Ezine panel about writing, authors and their reputations, inspiration, and encouragement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07sXBJlvidc
And be sure to check out Kathe’s interview with Jeff VanderMeer about The Cipher and weird fiction at http://weirdfictionreview.com/2012/05/interview-kathe-koja-and-the-weird/.

For the interview of Walter Jon Williams, author of Knight Moves, with Lightspeed, an award-winning online magazine, go to http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/feature-interview-walter-jon-williams/

Finally, I’ve got some interviews I’ve posted on The Official Website of Lisa Mason:
Lisa Mason’s Interview with Festivale at http://www.lisamason.com/festivaleinterview.html
Five Questions with Castles in the Sky at http://www.lisamason.com/castlesinthesky.html
Lisa Mason Talks about Writing with Ryan Schneider, Chat 1 at http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan1.html
Lisa Mason Talks about Writing with Ryan Schneider, Chat 2 at http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan2.html
Lit World Interview with Ronovan at http://www.lisamason.com/worldlitinterview.html
I’ve got an interview with Locus Magazine that coincided with the launch of Summer of Love but, to be honest, my elves haven’t keyed it in yet. We may get to it before the bundle is over and maybe not. The interview is in Issue # 400. Check out http://locusmag.com/ to see if they’ve got back issues online yet.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. But you must act now! Once it’s gone, it’s gone! Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.