Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Interview with Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire has published seven books to date — Five in the October Daye series, and two in the NewsFlesh universe under the pen name Mira Grant. In 2010, she won the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer, and Feed, the first of the NewsFlesh books, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2010. And, as you know if you've poked around this blog, I'm a fan.


On March 6th, her third series hits shelves, starting with Discount Armageddon (my review is here). I emailed her to ask if she might have time in her busy writing schedule to do a brief interview about her new book, and her writing process. This is what I've been all excited about; I hope you all enjoy! I am also doing a giveaway for Discount Armageddon, so read all the way to the bottom to sign up.


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What was the initial seed of inspiration for the InCryptid series?
I wanted to write about cryptids, and about this crazy family that had been kicking around my head for a while, but I didn't know how to put them together.  My friend Kate wanted us to try watching SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, since we like dancing and it looked fun.  The season we started with had this cute blonde ballroom dancer named Chelsea Hightower on it. She could kick higher than her head.  I mean, you looked at this girl, you saw bubbly collateral damage.  And a series was born.

Did you have a favorite part to write in Discount Armageddon?
Yes.  It involved mice.

How much of what you write is outlined from the beginning, and how much do you make up as you go along? Has that changed since you first started writing?
I'd say it's about fifty/fifty, and that ratio has been pretty consistent since I started writing.  No plot has ever survived an encounter with the actual narrative, no matter how good it looked on paper.  The big things tend to stay constant, but everything else shifts and changes.

You write on your blog about the "machete squad," a group of readers who help you with revisions before an editor sees your manuscript. How much do you wind up changing between your first draft and after the machete squad has seen it?
The only thing ONE SALT SEA has in common with its original first draft is the involvement of the Undersea.  It even got a new title.  And a new central bad guy.  And a new location in the overall story arc.  A lot of that happened due to feedback from the Machete Squad.  Without them, my books would be a lot less solid.  I love them so much.


Herc and Risu hang out with Toby Daye
This is your eighth published book, and your third series. Do you ever get used to seeing your name (or your pseudonym) on bookstore shelves?
No.  Really not.  I look for myself in bookstores all the time, and it's not ego, it's disbelief.  It's like...this is what I've always, always wanted, and now I have it.  And that's amazing.






More by Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant:


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(Links are in the same order as the books appear above)


The Giveaway:

I would like more people to read and enjoy Seanan McGuire's books. Therefore, I will be buying 5 copies of Discount Armageddon to give to five lucky commenters, chosen by random number drawing. If you comment, you will be entered to win. If you have never read anything by Seanan McGuire and comment saying so, you will receive an additional entry, and the chance to also win a copy of Rosemary and Rue. If you link to this page or my review on your Twitter, blog, facebook, Goodreads, or wherever you hang out online, you will receive an additional entry, for a maximum of three entries per person.

I'm going by the honor code on whether you've read Seanan's books before, but I ask for links to where you've posted my link to verify your entry.

I will take entries through 7 AM EST on Tuesday, March 6th, and will draw and contact the winners on the 6th for your mailing address. I will ship internationally.

If more than 100 people enter, I will buy additional copies to increase your chances of winning.

So, leave a comment below with whether you've read anything by Seanan McGuire (or under her pen name, Mira Grant), and, if you've linked to this or to my review, a link to that post. Please do not post only a link; Blogger is likely to mark your comment as spam. If you link me on twitter, instead of putting it in your comment, you can @-mention me (@alicetheowl), and that'll count.


EDIT: the giveaway winners are listed here.

51 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Seanan McGuire - I've wanted to but haven't gotten the chance to yet.

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    1. You most certainly qualify for the giveaway, then. :)

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    2. Very shiny :D I hope I win a copy!

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    3. Don't forget to let me know if you link to this or my review to up your chances.

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  2. I've read her stuff, obvs. XD You know this. Always excited to read more though! Woo!

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    1. This book is SO GOOD. I can't wait to share my love for it with the rest of the world.

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  3. I've read all the toby books and all her Mira Grant books and I posted on fb

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    1. I'll contact you through your LJ if your name comes up. Good luck!

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  4. I have read the entire October Daye series and forced my husband to, as well. But I'd love to get a copy of Discount Armageddon.

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    1. Absolutely. I'll drop you a comment on this post if you win. Good luck!

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  5. I've read Feed and Deadline. Absolutely LOVED them. I'm hooked. I need more from Seanan. Her stuff is amazing.

    tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/deadtossedwaves/status/174589252535988225

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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    1. I agree. I'm a huge fan.

      I'll email you if my RNG favors you. Thanks, and good luck!

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  6. I haven't read anything of hers yet, only learned of her recently. Will retweet. @mirintala

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    1. Great! Should I contact you through your blog, or twitter, if your name comes up?

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    2. @mirintala
      Asylos at gmail

      My blog has been finicky about emailing me when there are comments. I imagine it is sick of spam. :D

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  7. I fell in love with Seanan McGuire with Rosemary and Rue. I will openly admit that :). I cannot wait to read Discount Armageddon though.
    Tweeted here:
    http://www.twitter.com/JanArrah/status/174590393655099392

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    1. Awesome. Should I contact you through twitter, or your blog, if your name comes up?

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  8. Would love to win a copy of her newest book. I just finished the latest October Daye book, One Salt Sea, a couple of weeks ago. Cannot wait to read the next in that series.

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    1. Same here, but Discount Armageddon is holding me over well.

      I'll contact you through your blog if your name comes up.

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  9. I've read at least the first few Toby books (I think I'm one or two behind), and I have but have not yet read (all of) Feed. Discount Armageddon sounds great (I love the cryptid bits on her blog/site!), so I'd _love_ to get a copy! (I will anyway...at some point. But from you I'd get it earlier...)

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    1. I enjoyed it quite a lot, and all the extras she's been tossing out there definitely enhanced my enjoyment.

      I'll leave you a comment on here if you win. Good luck!

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  10. Hi there! I've only read Feed, and finances have made me have to wait for Deadline. I would love to get tangled in a new series by Seanan. I posted a link on twitter, but I'm clueless as to how to post a link to that. @drumgoddess
    Email suinabird at gmail dot com

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    1. That's perfect.

      I'll email you if the RNG picks you. Good luck!

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    2. Also, lOoks like my tweet link was picked up by the Daryl Dixon Walking Dead fanclub! Wewt!
      http://paper.li/JadeSun12/1321041639

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    3. Nice! I love it when the aggregators pick me up.

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  11. I have read all Seanan's books and they are all excellent :). I don't do the linky posts :)

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    1. Not a problem. I'll send you a PM on LJ if your name comes up. Good luck!

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  12. I have Feed & Deadline, and they were a great fresh take on that genre. I would really like to try some of her Seanan work. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Absolutely. I'll contact you through your blog if your name comes up. Good luck!

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  13. I, too, have sadly read nothing by Seanan McGuire, unless you count her twitter feed, which can be mighty entertaining.

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    1. Well, hopefully, here's your chance. I'll PM you on LJ if your name comes up. Good luck!

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  14. Sadly, I have also not read anything y Seanan McGuire. Or happily, as I get another entry? Hmmm.

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    1. In this case, it's a "happily." If you don't win, it's "sadly," until I buy you a "just because" present.

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  15. You know I want a chance to read it! What a great interview. Thanks for stopping by Mz McGuire! I'll end up buying it on the evil Kindle regardless, but YES PLS Enter me.
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      Was it worth all my squeeing about it?

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  16. I have not yet read Seanan McGuire but hope to start with Discount Armageddon. Posting this page to my Twitter, @MontananSky.

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  17. I discovered Rosemary and Rue while browsing the shelves at Borders (moment of silence, please...) and have since read every October Daye book as soon as they've come out! I love this series and can't wait to check out Discount Armageddon!

    Posting this blog on Twitter under @danielle_meitiv

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    1. Isn't she great? I'll contact you via twitter if you win. Good luck!

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  18. I'm a fan of her October Daye series and my wife convinced me to read Feed, hiding the fact it was by Seaman. It was a great book and a huge surprise that it was written by the same author of the Daye books! They are such different beasties!

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    1. They really are, aren't they? She's quite a flexible writer.

      Is it okay if I contact you by commenting here if your name comes up?

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    2. Congrats! You won! If you could contact me with your mailing address at alicetheowl at gmail dot com, I'll ship it out to you ASAP.

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  19. I've never read anything by Ms. McGuire, but I've been meaning to read Feed. My husband really enjoyed it, and has recommended it highly to me.

    Retweeting this @liliththemaimed

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    1. Awesome. I think this is a great book to start with. I'll probably PM you on twitter if your name comes up.

      Good luck!

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  20. This book sounds like something I would enjoy reading. I have never read Seanan's books before.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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    1. Sure thing! I really enjoyed it, and I hope other people do, too. If your name comes up, I'll email you.

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  21. Haven't read any of Seanan's books, so I'm entering to see what happens!

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    1. Sure! I'll be drawing in just a minute, so good luck!

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