Catching Up with Anne Bishop
The Reading Cafe is thrilled to welcome back the wonderful Anne Bishop.
Anne has her new release, Murder of Crows being released tomorrow. This is the second book in her fantastic The Others series.
Let’s talk to Anne.
Hi, Anne. We are thrilled to have you back with us again at The Reading Cafe, to discuss your new release “Murder of Crows”, as well as to give us an update as to what else you may be working on.
TRC: You have just released the 2nd book in your The Others series. For those of our members who have not read this series, can you give us a description of the premise of The Others?
Anne: The Others is an urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth, where the earth natives, the supernatural beings like shape-shifters and vampires–are the dominant species that has control of most of the world. They see humans as lesser predators and a different kind of meat. Add into the mix humans living in cities surrounded by land controlled by the earth natives, always being watched for any transgression of the agreements made between the species. And to round things out, add in a girl who sees the future when her skin is cut, a girl who has run away from the man who owned her and wants to live her own life–even if it kills her. I stirred that collision of cultures and needs and came up with Written in Red, the first book in the series.
TRC: Do you find it easier writing the second book of a series, especially having completed most of your research for the first book, and knowing your wonderful characters?
Anne: No, it’s not easier. There is the challenge of remembering all the myriad details about the world so that simple things don’t change (is that a door or a gate?). There is holding on to the essence of each character while allowing them to continue to grow. And there is always more to learn. While Simon and Meg are still at the center of the story, in book two, our view of their world expands a little as we meet another group of humans who have their own secrets. So I wouldn’t say my research is done. It’s closer to the truth to say I have the foundation now to build on.
TRC: Murder of the Crows is being released tomorrow, March 4th. Can you please give us a brief description of the book?
Anne: When Meg Corbyn has a prophetic dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard, the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, starts wondering why Crows are being killed in so many human cities across Thaisia. Is it because Crows are easier to kill than the larger, predatory earth natives? Or is it because their tendency to poke around in human trash to find little treasures might uncover something humans don’t want the Others to know–something that reveals a secret about the girls called cassandra sangue?
TRC: When we last asked you how many books you were planning on this series, you stated at least two. Is Murder of Crows the last book in this series, or will there be more books?
Anne: I’ve just finished writing the third book in the series. It went to my editor the other day, so it doesn’t have an official title yet. Will there be more beyond that? I’m playing with some possibilities of what might follow the events in book 3. I’ll present those to my agent and editor soon.
TRC: What was your reaction when you found out that Written in Red was nominated on Goodreads & RT Awards for being one of the best books of 2013? I thought it was one of my favorite books of the year, and certainly best new series.
Anne: There was dancing. And many phone calls. And face muscles that cramped because I smiled so much. I kind of color outside the genre lines because it gives my imagination such a zing of energy to mix things up a bit and create something different. That can be risky. The nominations confirmed that readers, and reviewers, were willing to have fun with the story too.
TRC: Would you like to share with us what you are currently working on, and what you may have upcoming in 2014?
Anne: As I said, I’ve just finished the third book about the Others and haven’t yet settled on the story I’ll write in 2014, although I don’t think the Others are quite finished yet. As for the books, Murder of Crows will come out in the US and Australia. Daughter of the Blood is coming out in the UK this week and will also be released in Brazil sometime this year. And the French edition of Written in Red may come out this year as well.
TRC: Would you like to add anything else?
Anne: I’m having a wonderful time writing about the Others, and I’m very glad you’re all having just as much fun reading the stories.
TRC: Thank you, Anne for giving us an update on Murder of the Crows, as well as what we can look forward to in the future. It was a pleasure having you visit us again.
Anne: Thank you, Barb. Arroo!
Anne is offering a hardcopy of Murder of Crows and a paperback of Written in Red to one lucky commenter of TRC.
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3. Giveaway open to USA & Canada only.
4. Giveaway runs from March 3 – 8, 2014