1. What do you wish that people would ask you about your writing?
That’s a fun, and surprisingly tough question! I had to think about it for a while, but I’m going to go with, “What are some of your favorite scenes you’ve written?” No one asks about specific scenes, and there are some that feel so impactful to me, I’d love the chance to discuss them. One that comes immediately to mind is in Kushiel’s Justice, when a long-awaited moment of righteous vengeance is subverted and turned into something unexpectedly poignant and tragic.
2. Which of you characters would you most like to meet and why?
It’s an obvious answer, but Phèdre nó Delaunay from the original Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy, because she’s such a unique character—a masochistic courtesan-spy touched by the gods, and a genuine heroine in her own right—in the annals of epic fantasy. I owe a great deal of my career to Phèdre, and I’d like to thank her for it. She’s a true gift of the Muses, and I think it would be absolutely fascinating to meet her in person. Sometimes I truly wonder what goes on inside her head, even though I created her.
My second choice would be Lurine the lamia from the Agent of Hel series, just because I love her. She’s ancient, flippant and awesome, and I would love to hang out in her swimming pool and drink bellinis all day long.
3. Have you ever actually had to smack a fellow panelist in the head with a cricket bat to keep them in line?
Ha! You know I came close to borrowing yours! I’m a strict but fair moderator. I strive for a lively, engaging conversation that stays on topic, and in which every speaker has a chance to express their point of view. And yes, sometimes that means I have to lay a smack-down—at least a verbal one—on a panelist who’s inadvertently (or not) monopolizing the discussion. Otherwise, it’s just not fair to the panel or the audience.
At least it hasn’t come to physical violence yet!
New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Her most recent novel, Miranda and Caliban, is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Iceland to China to date. She currently lives in west Michigan.
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